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…

Sunrise On Darling Lake

Darling Lake, what a pretty name! The town of Alexandria in Minnesota, where this lake sets, is located half way between Minneapolis, MN and Fargo, ND on I-94. It is a popular place for summer vacations and family winter getaways. That October morning I woke up around 5:00 a.m. The weather was unusually warm for…

Macaroni & Cheese for grown-up

Our household does not follow a regular schedule. Since both of us work in a tourism industry related field, we usually work when other people are off. We celebrate holidays when we can, Thanksgiving sometime in November, and Christmas sometime in January. This is why I am posting this Macaroni and Cheese recipe for grown-up…

Pizza Night Re-Invented

Is there such a thing as healthy pizza? Many people will say no, but I say YES with this recipe using cauliflower. I like cauliflower for its versatility. I’ve used it many times in recipe to replace ingredients that are high in carb. I used the cauliflower in this recipe to replace the pizza crust….

Chaco Canyon and its long lost civilization

On the North West corner of New Mexico, a few miles from the border of Colorado and Arizona stands the Chaco Culture National Historic Park. The recommended access route to the park is from the north, via Highway 550. The access road is well marked, however out of the 25 miles of road getting to…

2 Days in the Mountains of Colorado during Fall Season

I have few words that can describe the beauty of our mountain state, Colorado at this time of the year. After spending a couple of days at the balloon fiesta in Albuquerque, we decided to take a drive to Durango for a night, and stayed at the General Palmer, a Victorian Era hotel established in…