Travel Photos of France

According to a recent New York Times article, the European Union may allow fully vaccinated American tourists into EU countries as soon as this summer. I can’t get this thought out of my mind, and find myself dreaming of France and reminiscing of past vacations there. It’s been just over one year since their borders…

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, France

The medieval village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie located in southeastern France has the distinction of being one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (one of the most beautiful villages in France), and deservedly so, as it is nestled in the hills near the beautiful Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon. This tiny town with only 700 residents…

Travel Photos of the Loire Valley

The gorgeous Loire Valley of France is known for wine, cheese, amazing architecture, ubiquitous castles, troglodyte dwellings, charming villages, hot air balloon rides over the vineyards finished with a glass of champagne, what more could one want? It was one year ago that theTravelsketcker and I were there, so it seems appropriate to share some…

Photos of Mont-Saint-Michel, France

It was just about one year ago that theTravelersketcher and I visited Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, right before the travel ban went into effect. Because of the cold weather and fear of COVID, the village was mostly empty, a rare occurrence for this popular destination. You can read more about that visit here. This beautiful place…

Let’s Do Lunch!

Seattleites of a certain age may remember the Frederick & Nelson store located on 5th and Pine in downtown Seattle. Frederick’s had a large restaurant on one of the upper levels that periodically offered fashion shows. My mom loved going out to lunch and seeing the latest fashions, so we went there often. I have…

Châteaux Français

A few weeks ago I wrote about UK castles, so today I’ll continue on that theme and write about castles in France. There are well over 1,000 castles in France in various conditions from some that are still inhabited to others that are a pile of ruins. They are all interesting to visit and have…

Goodbye 2020

We are all no doubt, very happy to see 2020 come to an end; goodbye, good riddance; this was not a tearful farewell. The year brought too many deaths, epic proportion job loss, business closures, and too much heartache. According to a Pew Charitable Trust survey, 9 in 10 people have experienced a change in…

Door and Window Photos

Interesting doors and windows have always caught my attention, perhaps because they offer an opportunity to discover a new place or to catch a glimpse into the lives of others. For whatever reason, I have quite a large collection of door and window photos and will share a few of my favorites today. There are…

Lyon, France

Lyon, known as France’s second city, is located in the central-eastern part of the country, at the confluence of the Saone and Rhone rivers. Also known as the gastronomic center of France, it has well over a dozen Michelin rated restaurants. Wandering through the tree-lined streets, visiting the stunning cathedrals, sitting in an outdoor cafe…