Re-tracing Movie Locations in The South of France

Exploring Luberon in The South of France ~ Often “the destination” itself guides me on my pathway for a trip, yet this time my itinerary was inspired entirely by a movie!  I wanted to re-trace the steps and locations featured in the movie “A Good Year.”  Join me on this fanciful adventure as we meander  … Read More

Chef Interivew- Executive Chef Benjamin Hausner on A Viking River Cruise

On a recent river cruise in the south of France, I had the opportunity to learn about life on a river boat. And more specifically—-from the kitchen. The person educating me on all this was none other than our illustrious Executive Chef, Benjamin Hausner. Watching he and his culinary team “in action” on the first  … Read More

River Cruising Through The South of France

This is the sixth article in this Series on France. Journey with us through one of the most talked about regions in France. The countryside is dreamy, the people are approachable, and the essence of Provence is everywhere—-overflowing with bouquets of lavender, robust olive oils, crusty breads, colorful ceramics, delicious cuisine and charming village towns  … Read More

Paris- Monet’s Magical Muse

                  FOR any lover of impressionistic art, and especially artist Claude Monet, here are some very special “not to be missed” places to explore these fine works of art up close and personal. Please enjoy my favorite places when I am in Paris and in need of  … Read More

Paris Finds For Foodies… Four “Must See” Spots to Explore

  Second in our Series on France- In addition to the “City of Lights” Paris is noted for its incredible cuisine. Each time I visit I am tempted to secure an apartment so I can purchase all the delectable ingredients, and cook it all right there in my own abode. But alas, I am always  … Read More

Revisiting Our Favorite Restaurant In Paris!

It is hard to get a bad meal in Paris, and we often pop into restaurants based on the menu or the vibe. But here is one of our favorite that we return to each and every time we visit Paris.   La Closerie des Lilas (garden of lilac trees) opened in 1847 as a  … Read More

Exploring Paris In Three Days Flat!

This is the first in a Series of adventures in Paris that can provide an easy guide to anyone wanting to explore this City of Lights, the south of France, the Luberon Hill-top towns and everything in-between. From museums, to dining, to hide-aways, watch for weekly articles to add to your planning guide for Paris!  … Read More

Happy Birthday Julia! We Adore & Salute You!

A trip to Paris, France is not complete for me without a trip to E. Dehillerin. Tucked on a quiet side street—-lined with shade trees—-is the mecca of culinary tools and copper-ware. They are the self-described “Specialists of Materials for Cuisine”. This establishment has been in existence since 1820 which is almost impossible to comprehend.  … Read More

Fantastic Find in Cucuron, France

We found it! After a long and fun drive thru small towns and forests, we arrived in Cucuron. This was on the list to have a “sneak peek” at the movie location for a specific scene in the movie “A Good A Year”. The hunt was on to find the spot where Max and his  … Read More

Afternoon R&R Overlooking Luberon

Today explored the Luberon area and a few of the special spots where the movie “A Good Year” was filmed. In Gordes we visited the restaurant where Max met his love interest, and the fountain where he enjoyed wine. We tried to find the winery that was used as the villa but could not —so  … Read More