France

Skiing in Morzine and Avoriaz, France

Skiing in Morzine and Avoriaz, France

I truly believe the silence is what I love about winter. Traipsing through the snow-covered hills of the Vallée de la Manche just outside the Morzine ski resort in the Savoie Mont Blanc region of France, we couldn’t hear a thing except the crunching of […]

A Long Weekend in the Savoie Wine Region

A Long Weekend in the Savoie Wine Region

Let it be in your stills and in your storms, Fair Lake, in your cavorting sloping sides, In the black pine trees, in the savage rocks That hang above your tides; Le Lac by Alphonse de laMartine Most of you have probably never heard of […]

A Wellness Weekend in Val Thorens

A Wellness Weekend in Val Thorens

There’s nothing like cold crisp air to make you feel alive. Even it you don’t ski often or well, you still feel healthy on a ski weekend break, even after eating tons of tartiflette and cheese fondue. It’s clomping through snow and all the other […]

Easy Day Trips from Paris: Château Vaux-Le-Vicomte

Easy Day Trips from Paris: Château Vaux-Le-Vicomte

You arrive in the village of Maincy, turn down a long tree-lined avenue, and find yourself in the parking lot of le château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte. Entering through the gift shop, you really have no idea the wonders to come. Another easy day trip from Paris […]

Easy Day trips from Paris: Le Petit Trianon Versailles

Easy Day trips from Paris: Le Petit Trianon Versailles

For those who follow the oeuvre of Mel Brooks, it will be obvious what I mean when I say, “It’s good to be the King.” For those not acquainted with the comic’s masterpiece, A History of the World, Part I, you will find Mr. Brooks […]

A Two Night Jaunt in Normandy, France – Fécamp and Honfleur

A Two Night Jaunt in Normandy, France – Fécamp and Honfleur

A three hour boat trip from Newhaven to Dieppe might not be everyone’s idea of luxury, especially if you have ever been to Newhaven or Dieppe port – no business class lounge here. Just a corrugated hut with a small café serving coffee if you’re […]