Our Lady, Notre Dame

Our Lady, Notre Dame

On Sunday, our third day in Paris, it was fitting that we toured the iconic cathedral, Notre Dame. On a side note, when I called the kids back home to tell them we went to Notre Dame, my son reminded me that Notre Dame had just lost to Florida State, ha! When you walk up to the towering Continue reading

Royal Tour of Versailles

Royal Tour of Versailles

On our second day in Paris, we ventured out in the St. Germain area for a quick, early morning run in Luxembourg Gardens. Whoever said the French do not run for exercise is mistaken. We saw many runners, men and women, throughout Paris (day and night) but especially throughout the garden, albeit Continue reading

Paris Adventure – The Louvre

Paris Adventure – The Louvre

Bonjour from Paris! We arrived in Paris at 8:30am local time and had intended to hit the ground running. Instead, the lack of sleep on the flight quickly caught up with us, leading to two bleary-eyed travelers shuffling their way through the city to reach the St. Germain Hotel, in the heart of St. Continue reading

Starting My Paris Adventure

Starting My Paris Adventure

After many months of planning, I'm off to Paris! Although it's technically a vacation, it is likely to become more of an adventure ... walking through quaint neighborhoods, sipping Champagne in Epernay, and discovering the mountain towns of Provence. Stay tuned for more details of my very Bistro Continue reading

Monet, Merlot, and Macarons: Why I Love France

Monet, Merlot, and Macarons: Why I Love France

(photo source) With just a little over 5 weeks until my Fall French getaway, what better time to highlight some of the reasons why France is so popular for tourists, including yours truly. In early August, the French Government released tourism numbers for last year which showed that nearly 85 Continue reading

Top 10 Travel Selfies to Take in France

Top 10 Travel Selfies to Take in France

(photo source) Selfies are the latest craze on social media. From Ellen at the Oscars, to President Obama and now, the Pope - everyone is taking a selfie and, of course, posting it on Instagram, Twitter, and more. It's no surprise that travel enthusiasts are also embracing this phenomenon, using Continue reading

A Toast to the Eiffel Tower

A Toast to the Eiffel Tower

  (photo source) Raise your Champagne glass and grab a macaron! Today marks the 125 birthday of one of the world's most recognizable monuments-- the Eiffel Tower. Standing  nearly 1,063 feet high in the heart of Paris, France, the beloved icon is visited by nearly 7 million people each Continue reading

Paris Makes Top 10 List for 2014

Paris Makes Top 10 List for 2014

(photo source) As if I needed another reason to visit France....late last year, Lonely Planet released it's Best in Travel: The Top Ten Cities to Visit in 2014, with Paris, France topping the list.  The travel website bestowed the ranking, noting that the world's most beautiful city is now more Continue reading

Thawing Out in Lake Las Vegas

Thawing Out in Lake Las Vegas

We are merely 5 weeks into 2014 and I'm already on my second business trip of the  year. This time, I'm in sunny and temperate Las Vegas - Lake Las Vegas to be exact. For me, "temperative" is a relative term. After having been consumed by the Polar Vortex in Chicago for four weeks, 55 degrees and Continue reading

Raising the Barre in the New Year

Raising the Barre in the New Year

(photo source) Happy New Year everyone! For many Americans, the New Year is a time to set resolutions – to create a goal for the year and then do your best to try to stick with it. However, like most French girls, I’ve never really been the type to make or stick with New Year’s resolutions. After Continue reading

World Flavors of McDonald’s

World Flavors of McDonald’s

(photo source) As a person who tries to live by French or European principles of eating, I normally avoid fast food restaurants for the simple reason that they often use unhealthy cooking methods to cook less than quality food products - not to mention they serve the same foods over and over with 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