Nice, France

The beautiful city of Nice, located on the French Riviera, was founded in the 4th century BC by the Greeks, and was once part of Italy. It has an interesting history prior to becoming part of France in 1860. Today it is the home of approximately 1 million people and is a popular destination for…

Eze, France

The medieval village of Eze, located about 10 miles from Nice on the road to Monaco, is situated in the craggy hills far above the Mediterranean Sea on the Cote d’Azur. Established in the 12th century BC, Eze has a turbulent history and did not become part of France until 1860. Today it is a…

Nippara Limestone Cave

Our first trip to Japan was in July, 2016. I wouldn’t suggest going to Japan in the summer, it is oppressively hot and humid which made it difficult to spend much time outside. We got a break from the intensity of the heat when our friends who live in Tokyo took us to see the…

Monet’s Garden

Twenty years ago my husband, daughter and I took a trip to Europe with my sister and her family. We started in Edinburgh, where we strolled along the Royal Mile and visited the castle. We had to stop at a woolen shop to stock up on hats, scarves and gloves since we were all so…

Chuckanut Drive

Chuckanut Drive is a scenic stretch of road in Northwestern Washington State that runs from Bellingham to Bow. Before it was completed in 1896, boat or train were the only options to get south of Whatcom County. This scenic road was once part of the Pacific Highway that ran from Vancouver, BC to San Diego….

Another Milestone Birthday

My husband had a milestone birthday last week. Since we thought we would be living in France by now, I had planned on surprising him with a trip to the Loire Valley for a hot air balloon ride and wine tasting. But sadly, thanks to COVID, that didn’t work out. (I have written about life…

Pistachio Encrusted Truffle Goat Cheese Rounds

Baked and breaded goat cheese rounds are a popular item to add to salads and have been around for many years. There was even a time when you could by goat cheese rounds at Trader Joe’s that were ready to be seasoned. I had some on a salad a few years ago at a restaurant…

Deception Pass State Park

When I was a child my family had an annual picnic at Deception Pass State Park with the families of several of my father’s colleagues. We always met at Rosario Beach and occupied a large area with several picnic tables. We ate hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad (my mom’s was the best) and drank soda;…

Photos From Provence

Provence, located in southeast France is one of my absolute favorite places in the world. The slight smell of lavender in the air, the quaint hillside villages, the slow pace and the warmth of the sun, make for a perfect vacation destination. Today I’m going to share a few photos taken in Bonnieux, Gordes and…