Truffle Tuesday

It’s difficult to keep a travel blog going at the moment, when travel is so restricted, so I am sharing a short story today. One of the dishes I mention in the story was inspired by a delicious dish I had at the Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive in Bow, WA. I have previously written…

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a lovely town in Provence with antique shops and a lively and bustling street market where you will find a wide variety of local items. The canals that branch off of the Sorgue River add to the beauty of this town. I have been there only twice and each time just for an…

Gordes, France

The iconic village of Gordes in southeastern France, nestled in the foothills of Les Monts de Vaucluse, overlooking the Luberon Valley is one of the most popular villages in Provence. It is one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, a distinction given to approximately 100 villages to promote tourism in rural France. It was…

San Juan Island, WA

Located in Washington State, near the Canadian border is a group of islands called the San Juan Islands. Clustered in the Salish Sea, the largest of these islands include San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Shaw along with well over 150 smaller islands. The islands offer a wide variety of activities including hiking, beach combing, canoeing,…

Windmill of Moidrey

Not far from Mount-Saint-Michel, near the town of Pontorson in Normandy, France, is the Windmill of Moidrey. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 1886, and is operational today. Wheat, buckwheat and rye flour are milled here and are available for purchase at the mill. Be sure to stop by on your way to…

More Loire Valley Sites

We visited many villages in the Loire Valley last month, but two that stand out are Trôo and Lavardin. Trôo has a large collection of Trogolydyte dwellings; we also had a delicious lunch there. Lavardin is famous for some castle ruins, and in the 1100s, the inhabitants thwarted an attack by Richard the Lionheart. Lavardin…

Market Day in Blois, France

On our recent trip to France, my husband and I spent six days in Blois, located in the Loire Valley. Blois is a lovely town located along the Loire River and is centrally located to many of the sites in the area. We were pleasantly surprised to find a street market in process one Saturday…

Saint-Suliac, France

Sheltering in place has left me with a lot of time on my hands. As a result, I have more time for blogging, and I have much to blog about after our recent trip to France. Saint-Suliac located in Brittany is one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, an official designation given to approximately…

Loire Valley Sites

The beautiful Loire Valley of France is filled with many interesting sites including chateaux, troglodyte dwellings, wineries, charming villages, ruins and much more. We were in the Loire Valley just a few weeks ago, and thankfully arrived home just one day before the travel ban went into place. We started our adventure in the city…