La Rochelle, France

Last week I wrote about our trip to the beautiful village of Montmorillon to visit friends from Seattle; you can read that post here. From there we headed to La Rochelle, a harbor town on the Bay of Biscay which was established in the 10th century and is known for its impressive medieval towers that... Continue Reading →

Rodin Museum, Paris

We enjoyed a visit to the Rodin Museum and gardens on our trip to Paris last month. We have visited this beautiful museum multiple times before but never tire of seeing the works of France’s most famous sculptor. Housed in a stunning manor house built in 1732, it was called Hôtel Biron when Rodin rented... Continue Reading →

Faro, Portugal, Part II

Last week I wrote about our time in Faro, you can read that post here. This week I’ll follow up with more about our time in the Algarve. One of the highlights of our time there was a bird watching tour in Ria Formosa Nature Park along the coast of the Algarve. This 44,000 acre... Continue Reading →

Faro, Portugal

A few months ago on a cold, blustery, rainy day at home in Normandie, we decided to take a trip to a warm, sunny location, as soon as possible. We considered several cities in Spain, but after looking into destinations with direct flights from CDG, we decided on Faro, Portugal. We booked a flight, train... Continue Reading →

France – Year One

It was one year ago today that theTravelsketcher, Neville, and I arrived in France. Our retirement dream was to travel, and living in France has allowed us to do just that. It has been an eventful year to say the least, and on several occasions we considered giving up and moving back to the Pacific... Continue Reading →

Special Visitors

As many of you may know, our daughter and son-in-law came for a visit last week. It was so wonderful to be together in person, we have missed them immensely. We have frequent video chats, and communicate via WhatsApp at least several times per week, but being together, in person, was so special. theTravelsketcher and... Continue Reading →

Madeira, Portugal

The islands of Madeira, Portugal, also known as the Pearl of the Atlantic, are located 280 miles off the African coast, but more than 600 miles from Portugal. This cluster of four lush, green, tropical islands, two inhabited and two uninhabited, may remind you of Hawaii. Madeira and Porto Santo are the two inhabited islands... Continue Reading →

Sintra, Portugal

Sintra, Portugal is a magically beautiful place nestled in the mountains not far from Lisbon. The forests, groves, grottos, astronomical observation towers, and much more, will make you feel like you have somehow found your way into a magical forest or fairytale. Home to at least five palaces tucked in the hillsides, and on the... Continue Reading →

Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal has been on our bucket list for many years. In fact, it was one of the first places we ever talked about visiting when we first got together over 35 years ago. So theTravelsketcher and I were very excited about finally getting to visit this beautiful country. It certainly took us a long time... Continue Reading →

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