The French Underground

While the Dordogne was rich in French history, scenic drives, gorgeous gardens, and many, many things fried in duck fat, one sunny afternoon we decided to ditch all that and head into the deep (well, sort of deep) recesses of the earth. You see, one of the other things that this region has is caves…

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Enchanted Garden

One of the things in the Perigord that The Beloved had on her to-see list was “The Suspended Gardens of Marquessac”, which seeing as they were “gardens”, I didn’t really know that much about. But I was on vacation in a beautiful area of France, enjoying gorgeous early Spring weather, and eating lots of things…

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Vacation’s Dog Days

If there was anything that could be considered “the hard part” of two-plus weeks in France, it was that we couldn’t take Penny with us. Now, I don’t think that she would have liked Paris all that much (crowded streets, lots of traffic). But it was pretty easy to imagine a pointer running through the…

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Medieval Times

When we were planning our trip to France, we knew that we wanted to spend a week in Paris and a week “somewhere else”. We were looking for a place that had some historical interest, that would be pretty to look at, and that would most likely be hospitable during the last week of March.…

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Musee Melee

I think that one of the reasons people go to Paris is to see great art. Well, one of the reasons that we wanted to go to Paris was to see great art. One of the smartest purchases we made – actually the first one that we made at the airport was the six-day Museum…

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Us and Them

Note: this is the first in what will probably be a long series about our trip to France last month. That is, if I ever finish processing all the pictures. C’est comme ca. Quiz time: Fill in the subject of each of the following statements with “Americans” or “The French” …are pretty sure they invented…

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Au Revoir!

Tomorrow morning, we’re heading off on our French Adventure, so I’ll be signing off for a couple of weeks. We ought to have wi-fi access, but I doubt I’ll be spending a lot of time online… :) See you in April!

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Check, please

When I am traveling, I am not a checklist person. I always cringe when, for example, someone would discuss their recent getaway to The Big Apple with a litany of, “We did The Empire State Building, and we did The Statue of Liberty and we did the Guggenheim…” Did? Besides sounding kinda vulgar, describing your…

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This year The Beloved is celebrating a birthday that may or may not end in a zero. Befitting such a milestone, I’d asked her to think about how she might want to celebrate it. It was actually a pretty short conversation. She wanted to celebrate it by taking a vacation someplace that she’d never been:…

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Seal Safari

During our getaway the other weekend to the coast near Año Nuevo State Reserve, we saw that there is a well-established elephant seal rookery at Año Nuevo Island and on the nearby beach. And better yet, we found that you can sign up for a guided nature tour and seal observation hike. That sounded like…

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