Paris, France

I have written many blog posts about France, but I have put off writing about Paris because…well, what can I say about Paris that hasn’t already been said? There are many large cities in France that are equally inviting and as beautiful as Paris, including Nice and Lyon; however, no travel site is complete without…

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,…

Some Random Thoughts on COVID-19 and Sheltering in Place

Getting away in the spring is always a nice break from the hectic pace of life. In the past, our spring get-aways have included Galiano Island, BC, Canada; Orcas Island, WA; Yosemite National Park and wine tasting in Sonoma County, CA. This spring we had planned to go to Eastern Washington to visit wineries and…

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…

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…

Lunch in London, Dinner in Paris

Have you noticed that when you use frequent flyer miles for airline tickets that the route to your final destination is never very direct? A few years ago when my husband and I were flying home from France, the airline sent us to Heathrow, then to Minneapolis, then to Salt Lake City, and then finally…

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…