Roussillon, Provence, France

Roussillon is a beautiful gem of a village located in the Luberon area of Provence, in southwest France. The village is blanketed in the ubiquitous ocher, a natural pigment found in the area, and is one of the largest deposits of the mineral in the world. Ocher was mined here for many years, and is…

Sunday Lunch

The French have a tradition of gathering together on Sundays to enjoy a long, leisurely lunch with family and friends. I first read about this tradition in a book by Susan Hermann Loomis called In a French Kitchen. Since my husband and I love food, cooking and France, we adopted this custom for our weekends….

A Milestone Birthday

I celebrated a milestone birthday last week. It’s hard to believe that I have reached this age; where did the time go? I don’t feel old, in fact, sometimes I feel like a kid who doesn’t know what to do when I grow up! I have grey hair, wrinkles, arthritis, aches and pains, but I…

Yamhill County Restaurants

Planning a trip to do some wine tasting in beautiful Oregon? If so, you may want to find some good restaurants to try. Not to worry, there are many fantastic restaurants are in the area. I prefer independent restaurants that support the local farmers and offer fresh ingredients over chain restaurants, and this area is…

The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive

One of the perks of traveling is trying new restaurants. I have been fortunate to have traveled to quite a few countries and I have some favorite restaurants in various locations including World Wine Bar in Tokyo, L’Etoile du Nord in Paris, and Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, CA. However, my absolute favorite restaurant, The…

The Thanksgiving Feast

Societies have been feasting pretty much since the beginning of time. It is a tradition that is held in every society, and unlike many traditions, is one that has not diminished over the centuries. Early societies feasted for practical reasons, a large animal was killed, and since the meat would not last very long, a…

The Wedding

As many of you know by now, my trip to Japan was prompted by a wedding invitation from a young woman, Saori, who was our exchange student about 10 years ago. She lived with my husband, daughter and I for three months, and it didn’t take long for the four of us to become close…

Why is Travel so Appealing?

What is so appealing about travel? I have been pondering this question for quite a while. As most of you know by now, I love to travel, and there are few places I don’t want to visit. I love history, art, architecture, and experiencing other cultures; that’s part of the reason I love to travel. But…

Sunny San Diego

Every winter my husband and I get away from the grey and gloomy weather of the Pacific Northwest for a short vacation in the sun, this past winter, we chose San Diego for our destination. This was my first visit there and I quickly realized why so many of my family members and friends love…