thanks to @francophilia, this morning i discovered the region that the simards, my ancestors, came from in france.

we originated from the Poitou-Charentes region, on the atlantic coast. here is what franceguide.com has to say about my homeland:

the Poitou-Charentes region has a magnificent coastline - and is one of the finest destinations for countryside holidays.

the region's reputation is closely linked to cognac – the superb, refined, locally-produced spirit. Poitou-Charentes is a land of tradition, where skills are passed on from generation to generation: its inhabitants know how to wait for a good product to mature – and they also know how to take the time to enjoy life and to welcome guests.



how far this pomme has fallen from l'arbre.


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