Windmill of Moidrey

Not far from Mount-Saint-Michel, near the town of Pontorson in Normandy, France, is the Windmill of Moidrey. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 1886, and is operational today. Wheat, buckwheat and rye flour are milled here and are available for purchase at the mill. Be sure to stop by on your way to…

More Loire Valley Sites

We visited many villages in the Loire Valley last month, but two that stand out are Trôo and Lavardin. Trôo has a large collection of Trogolydyte dwellings; we also had a delicious lunch there. Lavardin is famous for some castle ruins, and in the 1100s, the inhabitants thwarted an attack by Richard the Lionheart. Lavardin…

Market Day in Blois, France

On our recent trip to France, my husband and I spent six days in Blois, located in the Loire Valley. Blois is a lovely town located along the Loire River and is centrally located to many of the sites in the area. We were pleasantly surprised to find a street market in process one Saturday…

Saint-Suliac, France

Sheltering in place has left me with a lot of time on my hands. As a result, I have more time for blogging, and I have much to blog about after our recent trip to France. Saint-Suliac located in Brittany is one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, an official designation given to approximately…

Loire Valley Sites

The beautiful Loire Valley of France is filled with many interesting sites including chateaux, troglodyte dwellings, wineries, charming villages, ruins and much more. We were in the Loire Valley just a few weeks ago, and thankfully arrived home just one day before the travel ban went into place. We started our adventure in the city…

Photos From France

I had intended to write about les cheteaux in the Loire Valley today, but jet lag got the better of me, so I’ll share a few photos instead. We got home just yesterday and had a wonderful time. This was our seventh trip to France, and again, we found the people to be warm, friendly,…

Mont Saint Michel, France

The medieval village of Mont Saint Michel has a rich and interesting history that dates back to 708 when the Archangel Michael appeared to Saint-Aubert, the Bishop of Avranches. His request was that the Bishop build a sanctuary in his name. The first church was built in 966, by a group of Benedictine Monks. Construction…

Lunch in London, Dinner in Paris

Have you noticed that when you use frequent flyer miles for airline tickets that the route to your final destination is never very direct? A few years ago when my husband and I were flying home from France, the airline sent us to Heathrow, then to Minneapolis, then to Salt Lake City, and then finally…

Elk Rock Gardens

Elk Rock Gardens at the Bishop’s Close, dates back to the late 1800s and is one of the oldest gardens in Oregon. Perched on the cliffs high above the Willamette River, this 13 acre garden is a lovely place to stroll and take photos. We visited a few years ago with our dear friends Tim…