Another Milestone Birthday

My husband had a milestone birthday last week. Since we thought we would be living in France by now, I had planned on surprising him with a trip to the Loire Valley for a hot air balloon ride and wine tasting. But sadly, thanks to COVID, that didn’t work out. (I have written about life…

Photos From Provence

Provence, located in southeast France is one of my absolute favorite places in the world. The slight smell of lavender in the air, the quaint hillside villages, the slow pace and the warmth of the sun, make for a perfect vacation destination. Today I’m going to share a few photos taken in Bonnieux, Gordes and…

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…

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…

The Wedding

As many of you know by now, my trip to Japan was prompted by a wedding invitation from a young woman, Saori, who was our exchange student about 10 years ago. She lived with my husband, daughter and I for three months, and it didn’t take long for the four of us to become close…

Rock Canyon Vineyards

A winery tour and tasting is always a great way to spend an afternoon. However, it’s hard to top a tour and tasting shared with loved ones in a beautiful, rustic setting. Add to that some remarkable wines, rescued animals and a skinny-dipping three year old, and you have a perfect afternoon! That is exactly…

Sonoma County Wine Tasting

Every few years my husband and I take a trip to Sonoma County to collect wine. We do quite a lot of entertaining and enjoy finding new and interesting wines to share with our guests. And Sonoma County is a great place to do just that. Over the years we have found many lovely wines…