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the older houses here are often well insulated against excessive summer heat with thick stone walls.

large families helped each other stay warm huddled round the fire in winter. august afternoons can be merciless.

the winters... what tao said about PT. lots of room for improvement there.

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Apr 10th, 2010 at 12:49:29 PM EST
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Same thing for the South of France: thick stone walls (or brick walls in the Toulouse region). Those old house are delightfully cool during hot summer afternoons.

That's for old houses; more recent construction hasn't been so careful, especially during the years when cheap and abundant energy was the prevailing paradigm. Special mention to the buildings and houses built during the 60s and 70s that should be just demolished...

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Apr 11th, 2010 at 07:41:29 AM EST
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Special mention to the buildings and houses built during the 60s and 70s that should be just demolished...

In my experience they do that all by themselves.

by njh on Sun Apr 11th, 2010 at 09:18:35 PM EST
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