Lounging in France 18: Old and New

One of the themes of this little blog series is reusing old stuff in modern times. It’s creative. It reuses resources. And it allows you to live in an old area, an old city, an old house, and still live like a modern human being. Everybody in the end has to do this. It’s not very often that you get to trek into the wilderness, and stop where there’s not a sign of human habitation, and say, “Well, I guess this is where we’re going to live.” Hardly anybody goes to where no man has gone before.

So this is a grand example, in the town of Figeac in southwestern France. This is in the historical center of town, which dates back to the Middle Ages. A lot of the houses have been preserved, including this one. Nicely half-timbered, yes! But what do we espy, here on the ground floor? It’s a busy street, lots of traffic, ideally suited for a commercial enterprise. Yes, it’s the storefront for the local Internet service provider. Go in here and sign up for connectivity, and join the 21st century!



About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.

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