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Monthly Archive for August, 2010

Why Do the Roma Wander?

One of my cousins sent me this article last week:
Why Do the Roma Wander?
Because in the old days, they had to.   By Juliet Lapidos
Seven hundred Roma have been detained in France as police dismantle their campsites–part of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s crackdown on illegal immigration. On Thursday, some 100 were flown to Romania for repatriation with [...]

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My Roulotte

Since purchasing the book about ‘roulottes’, I have been rather obsessed with the idea that I should have a ‘roulotte’ of my own. I have just the right spot to leave it parked, and envision having campouts in it with my grandchildren — a place to sleep outdoors but off the ground —- also near [...]

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Roulottes

A ‘Roulotte’ is the French word for caravan — specifically the Gypsy home on wheels that was pulled by horses in previous times. I remember seeing Gypsies in horse-drawn caravans in Portugal, and it wasn’t so many years ago — perhaps fifteen to twenty years past. These roulottes possess a romanticism of their own and [...]

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Nan of the Gypsies

Not surprisingly, I am a person who loves to go into antique stores. I love old things, and I love the thought of the stories that go with the history of the articles one can see in an antique store. I love the surprise of never knowing what you are going to find! It’s all [...]

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Modern Gypsies

If any of you have any romantic ideas about Gypsies, you need to let those go. There are no more Gypsies of our childhood stories, gathered around horse-drawn wooden ‘roulottes’ (caravans) and cooking outside over open fires. Men are no longer strumming guitars while women in long, flowing skirts shake tambourines and dance around the [...]

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