Flamingos, Wild Horses and Rediscovering Aigues-Mortes

On the way to Aigues-Mortes

Going back to the great walled fortress of Aigues-Mortes was on my list during my recent trip to the Gard department in the south of France. I hadn’t been there in about 25 years and the trip WOULD have been perfect if I had seen wild Camargue horses and real flamingos. Sadly, it was not to be. I did see (somewhat) wild horses and the medieval town, but I did not see my little pink birds. The closest I got to seeing a flamingo was the sign on a road nearby. But it’s just not the same. C’est dommage (too bad). Continue reading →

Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon And Hamlet

You’re rich and you need your own playground. You want to meet your friends in the countryside, away from the Palace of Versailles. How about if your spouse gives you your own palace and builds you your own village, complete with farm animals?  In 1774 in the park at the Chateau de Versailles, the Petit Trianon was given to The Queen of France, Marie Antoinette (1755-1793). Then in 1783 a picture-perfect rustic retreat was created for her and it was called the Hameau de la Reine (The Queen’s Hamlet). Continue reading →

I’ll Have What He’s Having: One Sip At A Time In Provence

“One Sip At A Time: Learning To Live In Provence” by Keith Van Sickle

Remember the movie, “When Harry Met Sally” and the infamous scene in the deli with Meg Ryan ? Well, to paraphrase a line from this movie, all I can say is:

“I’ll have what he’s having” and “I want to do what he’s doing!”

Who’s the “he”? He is American Keith Van Sickle, who recently published his memoir called, “One Sip At A Time: Learning To Live In Provence”.  After reading it, I want to move to Provence…..NOW.    Continue reading →

Should You Stay Or Should You Go….To France In The Off-Season?

The rock band, The Clash, have a popular song called, “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”. This is always a question many ask when considering a trip to France in the off-season.  Although I have written about some of the highlights of travelling to Paris in December or January in this post I’ll share more of my thoughts about travelling in the off-season.  You just might be surprised. Continue reading →

The One Place You Should Visit In Bordeaux: La Cité du Vin

La Cite du Vin

When you think of Bordeaux, France you might immediately think of wine. If you do, then you should also seriously consider visiting La Cité du Vin, a wine museum that is far from the “stuffy”, boring museums that you might be used to. It’s literally hands-on, interactive, and fun for adults and children. Oh, did I forget to mention? There’s wine tasting at the end of your visit, too! Continue reading →