A Favorite Quote

One of my favorite quotes about travel is from Around the World on an Empty Stomach by Anthony Bourdain. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness,... Continue Reading →

Les Jardin des Plantes, Paris

At this time last week, we had just arrived in Paris and were looking forward to spending a few days exploring this iconic city. Our first stop was Les Jardin des Plantes, and due to a heatwave, we got an early start. This 68 acre park reminds me of one of my favorite places, Balboa... Continue Reading →

Inspirational Quote

The one who plants trees, knowing that he or she will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life. Rabindranath Tagore Jardin des Plantes, Paris

Settling for Paris

We had planned on going to the US tomorrow. We had plane tickets, and a rental car reserved; hotels reservations, plans to stay with family and friends, and other reservations in place. However, with rising COVID cases, and travel challenges at CDG and Heathrow, we came to the difficult decision that it was prudent to... Continue Reading →

D-Day Beaches, France

Last week I wrote about the first part of our trip to Bayeux; you can read about that here. After visiting sites in Bayeux, we headed to the D-Day Beaches and other WWII sites. We started our tour at Arromanches-les-Bains where artificial ports were installed to allow for quick unloading of supplies, equipment, and troops... Continue Reading →

Bayeux and Beyond

Last week I wrote about some sites we have visited recently not far from our home in Normandie. This week I’ll write a little more about two of these locations, Beuvron-en-Auge, and Bayeux. After visiting Château de Canon, we headed to Beuvron-en-Auge, one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, for lunch. It was a... Continue Reading →

Trois Châteaux

We have visited some beautiful châteaux since arriving in France four months ago, including Château de Valmer, Chenonceau, Château de Domfront, just to name a few. As I have mentioned before, some of these were built as fortresses, others as hunting lodges, and others as holiday homes, and we have seen a variety of each... Continue Reading →

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