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…

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…

What’s that smell?

Did you notice that every country, and town has its unique smell? A friend of mine brought it to my attention. I never noticed it before until I travelled to Thailand. Besides the humidity smell [mold] typical in tropical countries, and the smug surrounding Bangkok, spices is the predominant smell in Thailand. It took me…

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….

La Chandeleur, A French Food Tradition Celebrated with Crêpes!

A week from today, while a large amount of the U.S. population will get ready to host Super Bowl parties, all around France, people will be active in the kitchen making crêpes, and planning festivities for their family and friends. Why? Because of La Chandeleur or Candlemas! La Chandeleur is of Christian origin celebrated every…

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…