Galiano Island, BC, Canada

It was five years ago this week that theTravelsketcher and I visited Galiano Island, so I’m taking a break from writing about France to share some photos and thoughts of this gorgeous location. Galiano Island is located in the Gulf Islands at the southern end of the Strait of Georgia, between Vancouver Island and mainland... Continue Reading →

Sainte Suzanne, Normandie, France

Sainte Suzanne, located not far from the town of Mayenne in Normandie, has the distinction of being one of the few fortresses that William the Conqueror was unsuccessful in overtaking. He and his forces tried in vain for three years to take the town, and eventually gave up; you can read more about that here.... Continue Reading →

The Expat Life

The expat life seems to conjure up images of tropical beaches, long lazy days of perfecting the art of idleness, open air markets where one can easily chat with the locals, and the ability to take off for a few days at a moment’s notice. In reality, being an expat brings many challenges. It’s an... Continue Reading →

Château de Domfront, Normandie, France

Château de Domfront has a turbulent and interesting history that goes back many centuries. From what I was able to find out, it appears that the chateau was built by Henry I Beauclerc, and was standing in 1051 when it was assailed by William the Conquerer, Henry’s father. It passed through many hands during the... Continue Reading →

A Week In Photos

It’s been a hectic and somewhat stressful week, so I’m going to share some photos of what we’ve been up to, and follow up with more details when time allows. Last weekend, we enjoyed a relaxing walk in our neighborhood and a visit to a nearby chateau. Château de Bois Thibault On Tuesday, we drove... Continue Reading →

Saint Céneri le Gérei, France

In 1982 an association named "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France" was created to increase tourism in the French countryside. A village must have some specific cultural or historical significance in order to be considered for this distinction. Today, there are well over 100 of these villages in France, including six in Normandie. We visited... Continue Reading →

Getting Settled in France

We arrived in France on Monday, March 14th, and have settled into our rustic, little cottage near Torchamp in Normandie. Torchamp is pretty much a wide spot in the road. We wanted to escape the hectic pace of the city to find some peace and quiet, and we have done just that. Here are a... Continue Reading →

Guest Blogger, Neville

We arrived in France on Monday and are busy getting settled in our new (to us) home, so I have asked Neville to be a guest blogger today and share his thoughts on our recent move. Hi, I’m Neville. I don’t understand why humans can’t stay put. Until a few weeks ago, I had a... Continue Reading →

Seattle, The Emerald City

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Mukilteo, WA, where theTravelsketcher and I have lived for the past six years. Mukilteo is a beautiful little town about 25 miles north of Seattle. However, I was born and raised in the Seattle area, and have spent the majority of my life in and around the region.... Continue Reading →

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