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October 2016

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Working my way through the alphabet, one country at a time


When I decided to go to France, I determined to see some “charming” villages.  I may have been influenced by Pinterest and the following lists: 15 of the Most Beautiful and Charming Small Towns in France; the 25 Most Beautiful Villages to Holiday in France; 13 Most Charming Small Towns in France, etc.  You get […]

The Cliffs of Etretat

Good news and bad news.  The good news is I’m successfully navigating the trains, subways, and buses.  The bad news is taxis aren’t readily available in small villages where I’m staying.  One morning I checked out and asked for a taxi to my first bus connection.  An unwitting employee directed me to an ambulance!  The […]

Mont Saint Michele

Mont Saint Michele looks ethereal when it dramatically appears above the horizon. Almost disturbing from miles away. This impression seems to be in harmony with its origins. Bishop Saint Aubert dreamt that Saint Michael appeared to him. Saint Michael directed Aubert to build a chapel in his name. But Aubert was reluctant. Saint Michael appeared […]

PARIS: One Big Museum

Leaving Paris was painful. Literally. We broke our record for steps in one day!  Our new personal best is 22,231. We crammed everything else we wanted to do into that final day. Rochelle, our friend living in Paris, quotes her father-in-law as saying “Paris is one big museum.”  So true–whether you’re in a museum or […]

Word of the Day in Paris: Vigilance

  What a relief to have someone posted at our metro entrance on the day we needed help getting to Versailles!  She approached us and showed us what to select on the screen to get our tickets.  Kyle questioned her, saying “$72 is too much for the train to Versailles.  It’s only supposed to be […]

PARIS: A Gastronomical, Olfactory, and Optical Feast

I feel like a glutton.  But Jasmine has been tracking our steps each day.  They’ve ranged between a low of 15,787 steps to a high of 20,376 steps.  That said, we’ve decided to make a lifestyle change.  We’ve come to the conclusion that we’re not eating enough cheese.  Large quantities of cheese make everything better. […]

Paris, a Pleasure to Walk

I could walk forever in this city!  I’m in France because my daughter, Jasmine, has always wanted to see Paris.  So I’m lucky enough to have Jasmine and her husband Kyle with me.  Luckily, Kyle has been here before and he’s adept at navigating the subway system.  It’s very relaxing for me and stressful for […]

“F” is for France! And I’m here!!

First impressions: The rooftops are charming!  I came directly to Strausberg from the airport. When the train arrived it was dark. When I woke up this morning I was delighted to look out from my third story window at all the red tile rooves. Most of the tiles are semicircles so they have a frilly […]