Paris in the Fall: Soaking Up the Spectacular City of Light

October 6, 2021France

 “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” ~Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast The sun was reflecting off the Louvre’s glass pyramid, casting shadows along marbled monuments, dancing through … Read More

When Plans Change: An Unexpected Day In Honfleur

August 29, 2016France

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 … Read More

Mariage Frères: My Paris Mothership

August 22, 2016France

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 … Read More

Mixing Memories: A Journey to Cognac & Rémy Martin Cellar

August 1, 2016France

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 … Read More

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

July 18, 2016France

“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 … Read More