When Plans Change: An Unexpected Day In Honfleur

When Plans Change: An Unexpected Day In Honfleur

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in France | 2 Comments

This time I was really caught off-guard. With travel being travel, I always have a back-up plan or at least an idea of options. I allow time for delays, schedule changes, reservation glitches. I even carry names of alternate restaurant options in case my first choice no longer exists. But I hadn’t counted on a […]

Mariage Frères: My Paris Mothership

Mariage Frères: My Paris Mothership

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in France | No Comments

The taste is unlike any tea I’ve ever known. It’s a rich blending of flavors that stays with you long after you’ve reached the bottom of the cup. It’s an aroma that perfumes the air from the moment you open the canister to the first sip of the morning. And it comes in such an […]

Mont Saint-Michel Le Magnifique: Great Expectations on the Normandy Coast

Mont Saint-Michel Le Magnifique: Great Expectations on the Normandy Coast

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in France | 2 Comments

“The following morning at dawn I went toward it across the sands, my eyes fastened on this, gigantic jewel, as big as a mountain, cut like a cameo, and as dainty as lace. Then nearer I approached, the greater my admiration grew, for nothing in the world could be more wonderful or more perfect.” ~Guy […]

Mixing Memories: A Journey to Cognac & Rémy Martin Cellar

Mixing Memories: A Journey to Cognac & Rémy Martin Cellar

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in France | 2 Comments

In the early 1980s when my husband and I lived in Chicago, we would often spend our Friday nights after work at the Acorn On Oak. The Acorn was a wonderful old place and a bit of a Chicago institution, known for its piano player and the best burgers in the city. We would always […]

Bordeaux Day 2: Touring the Médoc Wine Region With Dewey Markham, Jr.

Bordeaux Day 2: Touring the Médoc Wine Region With Dewey Markham, Jr.

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in France | No Comments

If you’re looking for tour guides in the wine regions of Bordeaux, chances are you will run across the name Dewey Markham, Jr. The expat from New York who has lived in Bordeaux for the past 23 years literally wrote the book on wine in the region. His 1855: A History of the Bordeaux Classification […]

Bordeaux Day 1: Wine Among the Ruins In Saint-Émilion

Bordeaux Day 1: Wine Among the Ruins In Saint-Émilion

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in France | 2 Comments

“Is this wine? I had to sit down. The first time I had an emotional shock. Yes, it happened!” Our French tour guide Christiana was laughing as she described her first and happily memorable taste of wine from Saint-Émilion, one of the principal red wine areas of Bordeaux. We were on our way to visit […]

San Sebastián & Saint-Jean-de-Luz: Seaside Dreams of Summer

San Sebastián & Saint-Jean-de-Luz: Seaside Dreams of Summer

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in France, Spain | No Comments

San Sebastián, Spain The air was still crisp with the cool lingering temperatures of late May, but in a way it felt like summer. Our tour bus had crossed into San Sebastián, Spain, and was making its way up a winding road to Monte Igueldo, a viewing spot overlooking Concha Bay. Thick cloud cover was […]

When Accidents Happen: Falling Hard for Aix-en-Provence

When Accidents Happen: Falling Hard for Aix-en-Provence

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in France, Spain | No Comments

“I was looking up. It was the nearest thing to heaven.” ~Deborah Kerr, An Affair to Remember  Like the character from that classic film, I wasn’t looking where I was going. I was too engrossed in the way the sun was splashing across the beautiful old limestone buildings, with their green shutters and wrought iron balconies […]

Taking A Break: Tea & Coffee Shops Around the World

Taking A Break: Tea & Coffee Shops Around the World

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in China, Denmark, Estonia, France | 4 Comments

“Would you like an adventure now, or would you like to have your tea first?” ~J.M. Barrie, The Adventures of Peter Pan Finding a special café for taking a break between sightseeing outings is a great way to discover some local flavor while getting ready for the next stop. Sometimes it’s a place that I simply […]