36 Hour Stopover In Collioure

Stopover in Collioure: Harbour

A few years ago I was heading from Spain to France. I passed a popular town on the French coast just before I reached Perpignan and always regretted not stopping there. During my last trip, I finally make a stopover in Collioure and am so glad I did. It’s a fishing village on the Mediterranean that is (sorry to use this word but it really does apply) “charming”. But it has more than just “good looks”. Here are some things you might enjoy if you visit (and you should). Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

Seeing Paris In A Different Light—Night Time

View from Printemps terrace at night

There is an entirely different look and feel to Paris when seen at night. While I have shared where to get some great views of Paris from different vantage points (Getting Different Views), these were for daytime shots. I’m sure they’re fine at night too, however, I HIGHLY recommend you visit these locations at night to not only enjoy Paris when it is quieter (fewer crowds), but also to get some interesting shots. Continue reading →

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Avignon

Palais des Papes, Avignon

When travelling there are some things you just never forget. Many, many years ago, during the first trip my friend Laurie ever took with me, we travelled to the south of France and on our way to Avignon, we first checked into our hotel. Whenever I hear or see the word, “Avignon”, unfortunately, I think of a funny thing that happened on the way….well, maybe not that funny to Laurie.  I’ll first share what happened and then share the wonderful things about the town of Avignon, the place I wish we had stayed in. Continue reading →