Monthly Archives: September 2014

One to remember

Every traveler hopes for a peak experience, some connection to the places we visit that goes beyond the museums, cathedrals and restaurants. If we are lucky we get at least one on each trip but it doesn’t always happen. This … Continue reading

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Italia!

Yesterday, after a mind numbing, back breaking six and a half hours on trains, we landed in the Cinque Terre (five lands), five villages clinging to the cliffs over the Mediterranean just south of Genoa. The towns are connected by … Continue reading

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A day in Nice

After a long uneventful travel day we are enjoying the Riviera in Nice. Blurry eyed tourist mix with rough locals, North Africans and beautiful people wannabes in this resort town with an edge. This morning we visited the Marc Chagall … Continue reading

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The Côtes du Rhône

Today, our last day exploring Provence, we drove a loop route around the Denetelles du Montmirails, the craggy peaks in the heart of the Côtes du Rhône region, famous for its wine. Our first stop was yet another impossibly picturesque … Continue reading

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Not more Roman ruins!?

Last night we were treated to another mind blowing gastronomical experience at O’Natur’elles. Run by two vivacious women ( note the play on words – elles is feminine they in French ), the cozy place features all “Bio” ( french … Continue reading

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A fond farewell

It was with some regret that we bid farewell to our gracious host and hostess at the Hôtel des Voyageurs. Before hitting the road we checked out the local farmers market right in front of the hotel and picked up … Continue reading

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The end of the road

Dinner last night at our hotel was fabulous, right up there with Le Criquet in Arles. We both had an entrée salad with some kind of meat (we think chicken), pâté, comfit, roasted cherrie tomatoes (like home grown) and greens. … Continue reading

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Just when we thought it couldn’t get better

Leaving Arles this morning we had a small snafu and momentary panic when we realized that the human ticket booth at the station was closed on Sunday and the machine only took change. We had plenty of bills but few … Continue reading

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Market Day in Arles

The Saturday Market in Arles is huge! It dwarfs any farmers market I’ve seen in Portland. Everything from clothes and leather goods to live grouse are available. Thanks to Provence’s proximity to the Mediterranean, there is an abundance exotic spices. … Continue reading

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Sur le Pont d’Avignon …

Dinner last night at Le Criquet was our best gastronomical experience so far! The guide books said Provençal cooking was heavy on garlic and they weren’t kidding. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten that much garlic at once! And that … Continue reading

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