Provence and French Riviera : A 10 day Itinerary to see the Sunkissed Southern France

So you have been to Paris a few times but can you really check France off your list if you haven’t visited Southern France?  Called Région Sud or PACA, Southern France includes Provence, French Alps and Côte d’Azur. You most definitely heard of the lavenders of Provence and the glitz and glamour of Read More …

Visiting Van Gogh Asylum in Saint Remy

Vincent Van Gogh – the famous Dutchman once said “There are two ways of thinking about painting, how not to do it and how to do it: how to do it – with much drawing and little color; how not to do it – with much color and little drawing.”  His Read More …

The man and his mountain : Paul Cezanne and Sainte-Victoire

Paul Cezanne painted the Sainte-Victoire mountain over 60 times Aix-en-Provence is a quaint town that is full of French countryside charm, colorful Provencal markets, Plane tree line streets where every fountain holds a secret, each mansion house has a story to tell. Cézanne’s colors are all around you, you’ll actually feel like Read More …

Gordes : An afternoon of goofing around and 3 things we should have done

On a trip to Southern France, we drove to the village of Gordes and spent the afternoon shopping and goofing around in the quaint French village. Situated on the southern edge of the Plateau de Vaucluse, the town consists of a 12th century castle and beige stone houses. It is Read More …

Hotel Splendid Etoile : At the heart of Champs-Elysees with a Twinkling view

The allure of Paris is undeniable, we use Charles de Gaulle as our routing airport into Europe at every opportunity we get and spend a few days before or after a trip.  The city of light is hard to beat for Romance, History and Culture, wish we had the luxury Read More …

Westminster : A Stay at Nice with French Riviera views

We were in the balmy French Riviera for a few days after spending some time Chasing Lavenders in Provence.  Nice is a perfect place to stay for a few days for a classic South of France experience.  You can do day trips to so many different places on the French Rivera Read More …

Saint Tropez : Photo diary of a Provencal escape!

Saint Tropez, the Côte d’Azur seaside town, is a Romantic Port of call which became a spectacular resort destination after World War II, with the influx of artists of the French New Wave then the European and American jetsetters, drawn to St Tropez for its unbeatable setting and glamorous vibe. We enjoyed our boat Read More …

Musee de l’Orangerie : A museum walk

We all love Paris for the café culture, shopping, famous landmarks and but mostly for the wonderful museums.  From the Louvre to Musee del l’Armee .. there is so much to see, learn and experience…  I love Musee de l’Orangerie’s compact size perfect for visits with kids, everyone knows the famous Read More …

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc : A French Riviera getaway in Cap d’Antibes

Nice was nice but was a little crowded for us. The French Riviera that we had envisioned was a little different than what we were experiencing in the towns of the Cote d’azur.  The beaches along Promenade des Anglais were beautiful but covered with galets, hard round marble-like pebbles sometimes as large Read More …

A day Roussillon in the ochre-red village of Provence

The ochre-red village of Roussillon, one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France, (Beautiful Villages of France) is on the southern edge of the Plateau de Vaucluse. Roussillon is beautiful, with its red rocks, red stone buildings and red tile roofs sitting in a deep green pine forest on bright red-ochre hills.  We Read More …