HAPPY AND ALONE BETWEEN THE RHONE AND THE SAONE IN LYON Located in the Rhone valley in southeastern France in the heart of Beaujolais wine country, lying just south of the Burgundy region and just north of the Provence region, is Lyon, France’s third largest city in terms of population, culture, and commerce after Paris […]

It’s spring in the Alps. The water is perfectly clean, perfectly clear. There’s a tiny dock with a gazebo decorated with hanging pots of fresh colorful multi-color flowers. There’s hardly a soul around. It’s very quiet. There are no cars, no buses, no crowds of tourists. It’s a good time to just sit a while […]

Water!  There’s always something about water that lures us to its presence.  Whether it is an ocean, or a lake, or a river, or a creek, or a trickling spring, we are all automatically hypnotized by and lured to it.  We want to see it, touch it, smell it, and sometimes jump into it.  Add […]

Perched in the southeastern corner of Parc de la Villette in Paris, the new Philharmonie de Paris building makes its presence forcefully with its gigantic looming form which many say resembles a crashed spaceship. With its creative and iconic combination of boxy and angled and organic forms, this imposing structure is a fitting new addition […]

     Churches, cathedrals, monuments, museums, sidewalk cafes, café au lait creperies, pastry shops, crème brulee, and macaroons (yum!)—these are all things that Paris is famous for.  Not to be missed though is all the parks, cemeteries, and gardens that are spread throughout the city providing residents and visitors with refreshing oases away from the traffic […]

Strolling along quaint old glass covered sky lit lanes that Parisians have done for more than a century is an experience I can savor over and over again. Long before enclosed shopping malls became the norm in America, the idea of covered shopping avenues was alive and well in Paris. In the first half of […]

“You must go there.  You must go to Paris, and you must go see the city from the top of the Eiffel Tower”  I’ve heard this so often.  One thing I sometimes get peeved about when I’m traveling is people telling me that I just have to go there, have to do this or that.  […]