Blown Away by Orange, France: An Afternoon Admiring the Roman Theater and Triumphal Arch

The Provençal city of Orange, France plays host to formidable Ancient Roman architecture — and the mighty mistral.

Moments to Remember: A Long Weekend in Saint-Émilion, France

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” Cesare Pavese Taking to Saint-Émilion’s cobbled lanes not long after sunrise, I felt as though I’d gone back in time a few decades, perhaps even a few hundred years. In the early-morning light, the graceful wrought-iron signs appeared in silhouetted form. Though the establishments’ names were inContinue reading “Moments to Remember: A Long Weekend in Saint-Émilion, France”

The Windows of Basque Country, France

Nestled in French Basque Country, Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a fishing port and resort town just minutes away from France’s border with Spain. We book-ended our two-week stay in Bilbao, Spain with day and weekend trips to Bordeaux and Rioja Alavesa wine country, elegant Biarritz, France, and seaside Saint-Jean-de-Luz. When Shawn, his parents and I weren’t tempted by what wasContinue reading “The Windows of Basque Country, France”

Soaking up the Details (and the Wine) of Saint-Emilion – Bordeaux, France

Enclosed by vineyards producing some of Bordeaux’s most esteemed wine, it’s no wonder that the village of Saint-Emilion is one of the region’s most alluring destinations. During a weekend trip there earlier this year, I found myself effortlessly charmed by Saint-Emilion’s elegant limestone buildings, its window-boxes brimming with beautiful blooms, its wine, and its almond-flavored macarons. By day, Shawn and I ascendedContinue reading “Soaking up the Details (and the Wine) of Saint-Emilion – Bordeaux, France”

Photo du Jour: Georges the French Bulldog – Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

Georges, a regal French Bulldog, stands guard at a wine shop in the village of Saint-Emilion France, situated in Bourdeaux wine country. We recently met Georges, who spends his days sunbathing and greeting wine tasters at his master’s shop. A firetruck-red likeness of Georges also sits in the entry way, but laid-back Georges garners most of theContinue reading “Photo du Jour: Georges the French Bulldog – Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux”

A Stroll Through Paris’ Sainte-Chapelle

  Shimmering like a radiant jewel box, Sainte-Chapelle is often overlooked by visitors to Paris, who instead opt to tour Notre Dame Cathedral. I’d long read how Sainte-Chapelle is a must-see and favorite among shutterbugs, yet it took me several visits to the City of Light to see this Gothic masterpiece.

An Afternoon at Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France

Artist Claude Monet‘s name is synonymous with his dreamlike paintings which were inspired by his graceful gardens in Giverny, France, where he lived for 43 years. In 1980, his home and garden were opened to the public allowing Monet’s canvases to come to life. Today, visitors to Giverny can see Japanese-style footbridge that spans the property’sContinue reading “An Afternoon at Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France”