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…

5 Marine Museums in Minnesota Worth a Detour

“Minnesota has more shore line than California”! Christopher Finke hunted down the data verifying the claim used by Explore Minnesota Tourism in a 2011 Ad Campaign. His research shows that yes, Minnesota does have more shoreline than California. So, it is not surprising to find Maritime Museums all around the State. These little gems retrace…

[A royal treatment] a unique way to visit France!

A friend of mine just started a fabulous custom-made intercultural and language experience for individuals in the beautiful region of Touraine France. The Touraine region is known for its castles and wines. In the 15th and 16th centuries the region was the favorite residence of the French kings and is now a popular tourist attraction…

What to do on a gloomy Sunday?

What do you to on a gloomy Sunday after Thanksgiving when shopping and football is not one of your past time? Go on a road trip. We left St. Paul and drove to the lovely town of Stillwater located east on the St. Croix River. We took the Scenic St. Croix River road going north…