Where is your “happy place”? That place that is a retreat from the stresses of work or just life. That place where you can relax, refocus, and recharge (the 3 Rs). By definition, happiness is a state of well being and contentment. My definition of happiness: France. This week I share with you 4 places in France that have brought me great happiness and I suggest how you can find your own happy place in France. Continue reading →
For many years I’ve disliked Montmartre in Paris: crowds around Sacre Coeur, artists chasing you down to do your portrait in Place du Tertre, hawkers peddling Eiffel tower keychains, and streets filled with flashy souvenir shops. On my 25th trip to Paris my mind actually changed, thanks to the tour I took with Culinary Tours Of Paris. Continue reading →
At times visiting a museum can be tiring. There is so much to see and that’s primarily what you do: just look and take pictures. But to “experience” a museum using more than one of your senses offers a more unique visit. During my visit to Les Caves du Louvre in Paris I had this type of experience and it certainly helped me learn more about wine. I then followed it up with a tasting at O Chateau. Both are aimed at informing wine lovers (and novices) about wine: how it’s made and how one tastes wine.
I wanted to share my posts from a previous blog I had in 2011. I attended the Language and Cooking School in France, Ecole des Trois Ponts in Riorges, France. It is located near Roanne which is west of Lyon. I took language classes in the morning and cooking classes in the afternoon (after doing some homework). Everything—all meals, classes, cooking and interactions—-were done in French. It was one of the best experiences learning French. Continue reading →
This is the beginning of my Top 100 list of great France experiences. I was only going to do 10, but there were so many to choose from that I decided I would simply list 5 and will keep adding on to the list. So here are 5 that every traveler to France should consider:
Experience #1: Touring many Chateaux In The Loire Valley
1. Touring Many Chateaux In The Loire Valley (and staying in a few). I keep going back to the Loire to see the chateaux. While there are so many, I do love returning to Chateau de Chenonceau, which spans the River Cher. It is the second most visited Chateau in France (after Versailles). I have also been fortunate enough to have stayed in:
- Chateau d’Artigny (in Montbazon and built between 1912-1929)
- Chateau de Chissay (in Chissay-en-Touraine, 13th Century),
- Chateau de Tertres (in Ozain, 19th Century)
I often say, “I just eat to live” rather than “I live (!) to eat”. However, maybe I am in denial. I keep blogging about food and doing “food” experiences like today.