Fête de la Transhumance: Sheep Fill The Streets In St-Rémy

Fête de la Transhumance in St-Remy-de-Provence

One of the highlights of my recent trip to France had to be attending the Fête de la Transhumance. Think of hundreds if not thousands of sheep heading down the streets of St-Rémy-de-Provence. What a sight! It was also a great opportunity to meet up with author, Keith Van Sickle and his wife Valerie. We had connected months earlier when I did a review of his book, “One Sip At A Time: Learning To Live In Provence . I wanted to learn more about their life in Provence and find out how they were able to assimilate with the locals. So, we arranged to meet on June 5 just before the herding of the sheep was to begin. Continue reading →

How To Do A Road Trip In France Covering Two Regions

Road trip in France

You’ve decided to visit France but there are so many interesting regions that you don’t know which to visit and how many to visit.  Once you decide on a few areas, you discover they are incredibly far apart. How do you create a realistic itinerary for your road trip in France that won’t exhaust you? This post will share my answers to these dilemmas as I actually dealt with these questions for the trip I am now on. I spent months agonizing over regions and how to do the perfect road trip in France. Once it’s over, I guess we’ll see how close to perfect it was. Continue reading →

Snails In France—-The Ones You Eat


There’s a decades old story about a snail and a car dealership.

A snail walks into a car dealership and asks the salesperson to paint a large “S” on the back of the car he’s going to buy.
The salesperson asks why.
The snail responds, “So when I drive down the street, people will say, ‘Hey, look at that S-car go!’”

So, on that note, I  thought I would share with you a few anecdotes about eating snails– edible snails (“escargots” in France)–in France so that you really know what you are eating  getting into. Continue reading →