It means ‘research’, but it’s also a noun meaning ‘the search’. (As in A la Recherche du Temps Perdu, for the Proust fans). Then, if we add an acute accent, recherché means rare, exotic, obscure.

And, of course, my title is also a reference to the exquisite Recherche Bay, way, way down in the south of Tassie.

Recherche Bay Tasmania travel
Recherche Bay

This is a heritage listed area, saved form logging in 2003, by the wonderful Tasmanian Land Conservancy with help from Dick Smith. In 1792, the French d’Entrecasteaux expedition landed there to replenish supplies and do some …  well, research.


* “Recherche Bay” by Tirin aka Takver – – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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