400 Years of Secrecy Behind a French Liquor

May 16 is Chartreuse Day! Do you know what it means? The Chartreuse liquor is today considered one of the oldest liquor in the world. The recipe for that French liquor made in the heart of the French Alps was given to the Carthusian Monks in 1605, more precisely, you guessed it, May 16, 1605….

Hiking the Highest Peak in Thailand!

When thinking about Thailand,  hiking is not the first thing that comes to mind. But, believe it or not, this is what we did! In the northwest corner of Thailand, near the historical city of Chiang Mai, stands the highest peak in the country, Doi Inthanon, at 8,481 feet above sea level. The ridge is part…

A Romantic Winter Hideaway in the North Woods!

Romance? What is Romance? Merriam Webster dictionary define romance as: A feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love A quality or feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life. This is our romantic story, It was a warm January afternoon; the temperature was above the freezing point for the first time in weeks….

Day Trips from Bangkok

Bangkok is a large city of 17 million people. After a few days visiting the town we felt the need to get out of the noise, traffic and smug that never stop. Our Thai friends suggested we drive to the Bridge on the River Kwai and hike the Erawan waterfalls. So, we packed an overnight…

36-hours in Hong Kong

What would you do if you only had 36-hours to spend in an iconic city of 7 million people? This is what we asked ourselves when we arrived on our planned 36-hours layover that turned into 24-hours due to a flight delay out of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Hong Kong is a large city of several…

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 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…

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…

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…