Getaway to the “Parc Naturel du Verdon” – Les Gorges

We finished our breakfast and were now ready to explore. The gorge is known as one of the premiere hiking places in Provence. We selected a hiking trail to complete later in the afternoon but first decided to drive the loop around the gorge.  From Riez we drove in the direction of Moustiers-Ste.-Marie. The village,…

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….

The Mythical Wines of France

France is known for some great wines. Who has not drink a Bordeaux, a Burgundy, or a Champagne? But did you know there are several areas that produce fabulous wines, consumed mainly in their regions’ of origin, and mostly unknown from the general public? The Bugey This region is one of the smallest in France…

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…