Dreaming of Italy, One Cafe at a Time

One of the things I miss most about France and Italy is the amazing coffee or cafe. Americans may have a Starbucks on every other corner, but there's nothing like sipping a creamy and slightly sweet cafe latte while overlooking the coastal waters in Positano, watching the boats pull into port. Like Continue reading

Memories of Cassis

Memories of Cassis

Cassis, France - located on the Mediterranean coast - was our last stop during our side trip to Provence. Cassis is located about 30 minutes Southeast of Marseille, another port village in the South of France. But where Marseille is a large, gritty, commercial port, Cassis remains a small, colorful Continue reading

Enchanting Gordes

Enchanting Gordes

On our third day in Avignon, we made our way to one of the most enchanting towns in France - Gordes. The small Provincial village is set in the hills of the Luberon region. The narrow hillside driving can make it a challenge to reach the hill town in poor weather. However, to our good fortune, we Continue reading

Roman Influence in Southern France

Roman Influence in Southern France

On our second day in Avignon, France, we drove straight west to visit the small towns of Arles and Nimes. Both towns have been highly influenced by Roman architecture and monuments. While in Arles, which is a quintessential provincial town, we toured the very large Roman arena dating back to 1st Continue reading

Road to Avignon

Road to Avignon

We said au revoir to the Royal Champagne hotel very early on Tuesday morning and drove back to Paris. From Paris Gare de Lyon, we caught an early train to Avignon, in Provence in Southern France. The 2.5 hour train ride was relaxing and gave us both a chance to catch up on our writing. On a side Continue reading

Floating Gardens of Sausalito

Floating Gardens of Sausalito

Last week, I mentioned my recent trip to the little seaside town of Sausalito, CA, and gave you a snapshot of the many unusual floating homes. This waterfront community, formed just after WWII ended, started with just a few makeshift houseboats and now has more than 400 floating homes. Long, Continue reading

A Taste of Italy: Summer Caprese Salad

A Taste of Italy: Summer Caprese Salad

Numerous studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet - one that is rich in fresh, plant-based foods, olive oil, herbs/species, and more - has significant benefits for the heart. But the use of high quality, fresh ingredients may also provide you with a more enjoyable eating experience. According Continue reading

12 Ways to Order Espresso

12 Ways to Order Espresso

When my husband recently started drinking espresso (via our Nespresso), I tried to explain the difference between the many "fancy" espresso drinks - mocha, cappuccino, macchiato, etc, most of which seemed to have originated in Italy. Even this weekend, as we dined in our hotel restaurant, I found Continue reading

Spain and the Second Breakfast

Spain and the Second Breakfast

While in Barcelona a few years back, I remember ordering breakfast from a quaint but bustling cafe on one of the city's main streets. It was full of business professionals and young adults grabbing un cafe and a quick breakfast, which was, amazingly, churros dipped in chocolate. Up to this point, Continue reading

Finding Europe in My Own Backyard

Finding Europe in My Own Backyard

(photo source) In my previous post, I shared with you several ways that you could have your very own European-themed staycation, no matter where you live. While writing that post, I realized that there are still several experiences I wanted to add to my summer to-do list. And, it just so Continue reading

12 Ideas for a European Staycation

12 Ideas for a European Staycation

(photo source) Have you ever wished you could experience Europe or even a different country, without the excessive expense or time away from work? With one month to go until the unofficial end of summer, why not plan a few European-like experiences right in your own area  - a European Staycation Continue reading

A Beach in the Heart of Paris

A Beach in the Heart of Paris

(photo source) The French Riviera may be known for its beaches, but what many people don't know is that Paris sports its own beachfront property, right in the heart of the city. Each summer, from July 21 to August 21, at least one well-known waterfront along the Seine River is transformed into Continue reading