Paris is my favorite city in the world. I love the sensational architecture, stunning monuments, fabulous culture and endless restaurants and outdoor cafes. I spent six months living in The City of Light in my early twenties as a university student studying abroad and have been to Paris several times ever since. Somehow, her grandeur never fades nor her ability to completely blow me away like no place else. The history of Paris utterly intrigues me and can be found […]
My favorite time of the day is morning and there is no better way to start your day at one of the many outdoor cafés in lovely Paris. Cafe culture has been an essential part of Parisian life for centuries and I can see why. What could be better than sitting outside sipping a dark, strong cafe au lait, munching a buttery, hot fresh croissant and watching the world go by? Not much in my book. During a late April trip […]
“There is a place where the sidewalk ends And before the street begins, And there the grass grows soft and white, And there the sun burns crimson bright, And there the moon-bird rests from his flight To cool in the peppermint wind.
Perhaps my favorite perched village in Luberon is the gorgeous, red-hued Roussillon. Known mostly for her abundant natural ochre that covers the steep hillside and paints the town red, Roussillon is quite a spectacular place. Medieval serpentine streets lined with red-hued buildings and terracotta roofs, meander all the way up to the top. A leisurely afternoon in Roussillon is bound to capture your imagination and soul.
“Dream big – dream very big. Work hard- work very hard. And after you’ve done all you can, you stand, wait, and fully surrender.” – Oprah Winfrey A year ago, I was hiking the Tour de Vanoise in the French Alps and was utterly amazed by its pure beauty and vastness. As always with a hike, I felt myself slowly unwind with every step along the way. It was a time of great reflection about the upcoming year. Now as […]
Categories: Blogging, France, Tour de Vanoise, Travel by Country, Weekly Photo Challenge • Tags: change, CULTURE, France, Hiking, Inspiration, Photography, postaday, thirdeyemom, Travel, vanoise national park
“Stuff your eyes with wonder; live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury Out of all four perched villages of Luberon that we visited during our day trip through Provence, the most spectacular and majestic one of all was Gordes. Built high atop the rocky slopes of the Monts de Vaucluse, the village of Gordes is the crown jewel of Luberon […]
“Not all those who wander are lost.” - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring After visiting lovely Lourmarin, our next stop on our tour of the perched villages of Luberon was beautiful Bonnieux. Perched high above the lush valley of Luberon affording a spectacular panoramic view of vineyards, orchards and medieval villages, sits the village of Bonnieux. Dating back to before Roman times, this picturesque Provencal town is a wonderful place to explore for its simple beauty, tranquility and quintessential Frenchness.
The Provencal village of Lourmarin located in the South of France is known as one of the most beautiful perched villages in all of Luberon and was built at a strategic point between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. This intersection called the “Combe” was a gateway for salt merchants who transported this invaluable product across the country during a time in which salt was the key ingredient to preserving food. Just outside the village of Lourmarin sits the spectacular Château […]
Exactly a year ago today I was on a seven-day hiking trip through Vanoise National Park in the French Alps. It was a fabulous trip through gorgeous terrain with postcard perfect views every step along the way. The trek was not overly difficult as we averaged around 6-8 hours of moderate hiking each day. Yet the scenery of Vanoise National Park was utterly stunning, and the meals at the end of the day along with the delightful Vin de Savoie […]
Categories: Adventure Travel, Blogging, Inspiration, Photography, Trekking/Hiking, Weekly Photo Challenge • Tags: France, french alps, Hiking, Nature, Photography, postaday, thirdeyemom, tour de la vanoise, Travel
One of the best delights of a trip through the villages of Luberon is experiencing her magical local markets laden with Provençal products. Local markets offer a glimpse into the true heart and soul of the countryside offering a wide variety of products such as lavender sachets, handwoven baskets and linens, flowers, wine, produce and other regional specialties that are renown to the region. During our April road trip through the perched villages of Luberon, I was instantly drawn to the markets […]