In the footsteps of saints and wine growers

I think I am not the only one who occasionally often dreams of living in an 18th century French farmhouse in the countryside surrounded by vineyards, fruit trees and vegetable gardens. The pure simplicity of growing and harvesting the food we need and waking up to sunrise over a stunning and natural landscape is part…

The Stars of Champagne–A Tasty Adventure

“What did Dom Perignon say to fellow monks after he invented champagne? … Come quickly, I am tasting the stars.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars This weekend we’re going to be heading back up to Bordeaux—this time to explore the Saint-Émilion region. Thinking about the tastings we have planned, I began reminiscing to…

Port Leucate Through Rosé Colored Glasses

Yesterday I made a joke with a woman in a flower shop—in French. It was such a victorious feeling to be able to make the shop owner laugh in her own language. It wasn’t anything very complicated. When she asked if the plant we were buying was everything we needed, I looked around and joked, “Je voudrais…

10 Lessons I’ve learned as an Expat (thus far)

1. World history and geography CAN be fun. When I was growing up, I was never really good at geography and probably mediocre at world history. Now that we’re doing so much traveling, I can actually relate different places to experiences and mental images. The lessons I learned in school make so much more sense…

Sun, Sand and San Sebastián 

The weekend before last we discovered a gorgeous haven in Spain that we will most definitely visit again: San Sebastián (or Donostia). This Basque city that lies on the cost of the Bay of Biscay (just 12 miles from the French border) was our (desperately needed) R&R stop on the way back to Toulouse from Pamplona. It was the…

Painting a Picture of Giverny

I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.-Claude Monet Looking back at photos we’ve taken during our past month in France, I am reminded how lucky we are to get to travel abroad and see so many new and wonderful sights. Monet contributed his becoming a painter…

One Hot Weekend in Bordeaux (SFW)

It was hot in southern France this past weekend. I mean 100ºF hot (that’s 38ºC for those of you who use that scale). There’s no better way to beat the heat than a nice cold glass of wine. That’s why we once again hit the road and took a two and a half hour jaunt…

Connecticut through the Grape Vine

Wine yesterday, coffee today, beer tomorrow. Well, the wine was actually about two weeks ago on the Saturday before we left for Miami, but it was part of a fun afternoon that deserves mention in this blog. That day actually started bright and early as we traveled to Meriden, CT for their annual Daffodil Festival….