Today, the city of Bordeaux may be one of the best kept secrets of France. Locally referred to as La Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty), Bordeaux has been transformed throughout. Since 2002 Bordeaux has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. By mid-2007 half of the entire city (18 sq km, from the outer boulevards to the banks of the Garonne) was Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage Site. Today, Bordeaux boasts pedestrian friendly boulevards with a high-tech public transport system, a new tramway referred to as “Le Tram”. It has also been called as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world with the significant development of its bicycle path network. Greater Bordeaux, boasting more than 400 miles of bicycle paths, is now one of the major league green cities of France, inviting each and every person to hop on a bicycle and go for a ride.
A day spent wandering the vineyards of the Côte d'Or, Bourgogne is a day well spent. Grands Cru vineyards holding some of the world's greatest wines reside in this picturesque countryside. Yes, the wines are incredible and likewise, the hospitality of people like those at Clos de Tart. It's a short trip by car or train from Paris. For those who admire Pinot noir and great wine, as well as those of you who are not sure of a difference between Pinot noir and Chablis, the Burgundy region of France will keep you coming back for more.Read More
We made our second trip to Mont Saint-Michel in June. A chance for us to travel during the summer months and to take in this amazing place with our family. The contrast between visiting in the winter off-season and visiting during high-season is remarkable. With our first visit to Mont Saint-Michel the weather was as expected, cold and raining. However, we were prepared ourselves for this and found it much like that of the Pacific Northwest in States. The reward for visiting in January was having the entire place to ourselves. There were virtually no other travelers on the day we went. On our summer visit in June, there were buses filled with tourists. Lines of people for everything you wanted or needed to do. That being said, it is equally beautiful and the view across the bay was stunning.Read More
The Loire valley is well known throughout the world as being a great destination due in part to one of the most beautiful rivers anywhere in Europe. Beginning in the hills of Sancerre it meanders its way through this region of castles, palaces and fine mansions. Today, the entire Loire Valley is a World Heritage Site, as designated by UNESCO. This is slow travel at its finest. Life in Val de Loire calls you to slow your pace and take in its most striking feature; the beautiful views.Read More
The drive along the La Côte d’Azur from Nice through Villefranche-sur-Mer, to Monaco is stunning. It's difficult to capture for even the most talented photographer. It could not have been a more perfect day than the day we made the drive. Blue skies and the sunlight on the Mediterranean revealed the absolute clarity of the water and a brilliant color of blue. The ocean breeze was cool and energized Daisy. For Daisy, there is nothing better than a cool ocean breeze with sand under her paws.Read More