A Year in the Life – Part Deux

A Year in the Life – Part Deux

Our journey back into “normal” life started in North Carolina, which is where my parents and sisters live. First on the list of items needed for our new life? A car. Pff (that is a French expression for annoyance). We haven’t had a car now for at least 3 years, and...
A Year in the Life

A Year in the Life

In some ways it seems like only a minute has passed since we left France. And in some ways it seems like forever. Since landing in the United States, we have visited family in North Carolina, Ohio, and Michigan. We went on a cross-country trip that included The...
Wine, Women and Song

Wine, Women and Song

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.” Galileo Galilei Squeeze the juice from some grapes, throw in a handful of yeast, stick it in a barrel for a couple of weeks and voilà – wine.  That process has been refined over thousands of years into an art form....
Automne Voyage

Automne Voyage

We decided to storm the beaches in Normandy while les infants were back in school. From the looks of them, some of our fellow vacationers may have actually stormed the beaches in Normandy. I’m not complaining, we love rubbing shoulders with senior travelers....
The Canal du Midi

The Canal du Midi

The Canal du Midi (canal of the south) is an impressive feat by any measure. This man-made canal runs for 150 miles from Toulouse to the Mediterranean. It is 620′ above sea level at its highest point and one must pass through 65 locks (aquatic elevators) to...
Albi…yet another belle ville in France

Albi…yet another belle ville in France

Diane and I took a spur of the moment trip to Albi on Wednesday. A quick overnighter just 50 miles northeast of home. Even by European standards, Albi is an old city. People have been living here for 5,000 years. Romans, christian mystics, world wars, Albi has seen it...