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France: Trip Highlights

On our second day in Paris, before our tour started, Michael and I visited the Army Museum and Napoleon’s Tomb.  As we later learned, Napoleon’s “little Napoleon” is not buried with him.  It has a history all it’s own and is rumored to currently reside in New Jersey.  A women inherited it when her father […]

France’s Food

I went to France under the naive impression that all of the food would be amazing.  That’s a great deal to live up to, but I thought the culinary capitol of the world could easily handle the weight of this opinion. During our first few days in Paris, both Michael and I were a tad […]

Remembering D-Day

Near the end of our France tour, we spent an entire day visiting various D-Day locations and beaches.  We had a wonderful British ex-military guide that brought June 6, 1944 into vivid detail, and yet managed to focus on the positive and keep most of the day light. Our first stop was the small town […]

From Blois, France

Bonjour, we are now seven days into our “Rick Steves’ Paris and the Heart of France in 11 Days” journey.  Blogging has been hard, we have little time to ourselves and what time we do have I’ve needed to spend it recharging myself for the next day. We have moved out of Paris and are […]

Overlooked Ingredients: Surroundings and Circumstance

Why do things taste better in certain environments and under unique conditions?  We all have a story or two where a meal or dish is infused with a particular set of factors and turns out to be some of the best tasting stuff ever, never to be duplicated again.  More often it’s something considered ordinary […]