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…

[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…

An amazing trip less than 2 hours from Paris!

Imagine… If you read my previous post on the Castle of Villandry, you are already there. While Villandry was my favorite, especially the gardens, we had the chance to visit 3 more castles during our trip. Visiting Paris? Find the Best Deals & Reviews at TripAdvisor. Chenonceau The story behind the building of this castle…

A must-see Renaissance Castle in France…Villandry

Imagine! The sun is rising over the river through the window overlooking the gardens. Wood has been placed on the fire and the air is filling with warmth and the crackling sound from the burning lumber. In the distance, I can hear the dogs barking. The dignities are coming from all other the province for…