Saving our History! The Healing Waters Legend of West Virginia

A few years ago I wrote about French Towns with Healing Waters. These towns build their reputation around natural springs dating all the ways back from the Roman Empire when the settlers recognized the therapeutic value of the springs, and were eager to exploit them. After living in the states for 23 years, I had…

France: A Few of The Most Beautiful Villages of the Atlantic Coast

There are so many stunning villages in France that it was hard to select just a few, so I based my selection on specific conditions: The village had to be on the Atlantic Ocean, of course… Less than 5,000 people live in these villages all year long. All villages have unique traits of the region…

Visit Provence: The Village of Seguret

It’s been over a month since we got back from our trip to France. Besides spending time visiting family, we took a 2-day trip down the Rhône Valley. We spent the first day visiting the little village of Tavel. The primary and only industry in this area is wine making. Tavel produces rosé wines, and…

An Escape in the Côtes du Rhône Meridionales: Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is located on the southern region of the Rhône Valley a few miles from Avignon, the city of the Popes. Its mediaeval castle dominating the valley was built in the XIV century for Pope John XXII, the second of the popes to reside in Avignon. That said, this was not the purpose of our…

An Enchanted Summer on the Atlantic Ocean

The year was 1982; I was finishing my college junior year and was getting ready to go on the adventure of a lifetime. I had been selected has one of 17 students to go on a summer internship abroad. I was going to the United States! I was the proud owner of a passport with…

Fully Loaded Stuffed Homemade Tater Tots

Have you ever tried to make loaded stuffed tater tots? My better half had an inspiration. He thought it would be a good idea to make stuffed tater tots for our winter family weekend coming-up. He had some at a restaurant near us and literally stuffed himself with tater tots one day. I always like…

Skiing Big Sky, Montana…The Lone Peak

I made it to the top! And made it back done! All in one piece thank you for the gondola that carried me to safety. Did you really think I would ski that part of the mountain? Besides this big achievement, what did I like about Skiing Big Sky? The Mountain The ski area is so…

How to survive winter in the Upper-Midwest?

It’s 5 below outside when I am writing this blog. I have not been able to warm up all day and cannot wait to get home and enjoy a nice bowl of soup. Winters in the Midwest can be long, cold, dark and icy. Some of us prefer to move south for a few months…

The Lighthouses of Lake Superior Serie [Wisconsin]

Duluth is once again the starting point of our adventure. This time, we will cross over to Wisconsin following Hwy 535 south towards Superior. When arriving in Superior we followed highway 53 all the way to Parkland and then hop on highway 13. The road follows a dense swampy forest with no easy access to…

Christmas Delicacies from Around the World

It’s Christmas Eve! Like most of the past Christmases, my better half is working. I am seating by the tree planning tomorrow’s Christmas dinner. I am French, and he is Norwegian. One of France traditional Christmas dessert is the “Bûche de Noël” or Yule Log, and of course it will be part of our celebration….

The Lighthouses of Lake Superior Serie [Minnesota]

Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world (surface area). Ships from all around the planet travel through the great lakes. These bodies of waters are known for rough waters and many islands along the way. Lighthouses guided the ships all the way to the far western ports of Duluth and Superior, the…