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…

Photos From France

I had intended to write about les cheteaux in the Loire Valley today, but jet lag got the better of me, so I’ll share a few photos instead. We got home just yesterday and had a wonderful time. This was our seventh trip to France, and again, we found the people to be warm, friendly,…

Mont Saint Michel, France

The medieval village of Mont Saint Michel has a rich and interesting history that dates back to 708 when the Archangel Michael appeared to Saint-Aubert, the Bishop of Avranches. His request was that the Bishop build a sanctuary in his name. The first church was built in 966, by a group of Benedictine Monks. Construction…

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…

Elk Rock Gardens

Elk Rock Gardens at the Bishop’s Close, dates back to the late 1800s and is one of the oldest gardens in Oregon. Perched on the cliffs high above the Willamette River, this 13 acre garden is a lovely place to stroll and take photos. We visited a few years ago with our dear friends Tim…

A Holiday Weekend

I have a busy weekend planned with friends and family which includes a birthday celebration for my daughter; so I’m posting some random photos of past adventures. Sailboat on the Willamette River, OR. Brix Restaurant, Napa Valley, CA. In the Cotswolds, UK. Pretty swan in Brugge, Belgium. Horse back riding near Wallowa Lake OR. Flowers…

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…