Day two on the week-long car tour from Uzes to Tours, through the Dordogne with my long-time friend, Julie, was hurried and hot–35 degrees centigrade. Happily we ended up in total luxury–a chateau! There are two luxuries Julie and I splurged on during our 7-day Dordogne auto tour. […]
wandering through Dordogne
Any who visit Uzés, France are in awe of the Château de Duché. It’s the centerpiece of the town and home to the Duke of Uzés — the oldest ducal peerage in France. If France was still a kingdom, the Duke of Uzés would rank just below “princes […]
Why do I love France? That’s a question I’m asked by those who wonder why, after four years, I’m still here. A French Collection asked five bloggers who write about France, including moi, “Why do you love France?” After reading each response, perhaps you’ll understand how we feel […]
As long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of “faraway places” — like the ones Mother told me about when I was a child. Escaping into the fairytale world I visited in my mind was my way of dealing with real life. “Going to China, or maybe […]
Revisit the seaside towns of Port Vendres and Collioure, France with me and my North Carolina friends. You may want to put these two on your “must see” list! When “The Golden Girls” discovered Port Vendres and Collioure, the quaint towns along the Mediterranean, it was quite by accident. […]
Golden Girls on the Mediterranean side of France Side trips from Uzes are now behind us. It’s time for the Golden Girls to hit the super highway and head for the Mediterranean coast of France. The Mediterranean Side of France: Sete The Venice of France I couldn’t wait […]
Nimes, Pont du Gard, Avignon
So many friends are contacting me for ideas on where to go on “girl trips” around France. Let me share the adventures of my buddies, the Golden Girls, from our tour of France and Italy. Perhaps you’ll get some ideas for your travels.
French Cooking with a Pro One thing I dreamed about before moving to France was to attend a cooking class in Paris. Little did I know that my wish would come true — without leaving the little town of Uzès. Chef Eric Fraudeau of Cook’n with Class Paris has […]
The red hills of Roussillon are an inspiration for artists, but I had no idea how many famous authors came to visit Roussillon.
My beloved labradoodle, Bentley, crossed over the Rainbow Bridge this week. I was devastated. Mainly I was sad that I wasn’t there to tell him “farewell.” Ironically, I was on my way back to the States to see him when I got the news he was passing. I […]
When you have an appointment at the prefecture to renew your French expat visa, you’d better show up. Rain, shine … or flu! Today was the day to update my 12-month French expat visa — or carte de séjour. The event seems to come around much faster each […]
A recent weekend in Marseille turned my perception of the city inside out. Now I can’t wait to return. I’ll admit, a weekend in Marseille was not at the top of my travel list. Even though it’s less than two hours away from Uzés. It’s surely because I’ve […]
Have you ever heard of “tree sports?” Neither had I. Now trees are where I’d love to hang out. Literally! Time to learn about tree sports in Uzès. Tree sports in Uzès One of my favorite places in Uzes is the Vallée de l’Eure. I’ve written about the […]
How mould from rye bread found its way into the first Roquefort cheese
Marseille wasn’t high on my list of places to visit. A weekend spent there to celebrate the birthday of a dear friend from Uzès totally changed my mind. On top of being an incredibly beautiful city with lovely, welcoming people, Marseille is for foodies like me. I’ve been […]
After my first true visit to Marseille, I can’t say enough good things about the city. While I’m composing my thoughts for a post on the long weekend, I want to share some highlights: the doors and windows of Marseille. Marseille, the second largest city in France, is […]
How many times have you said to yourself: “Someday I’m going to visit the south of France.” If you’ve always wanted to visit the south of France, why are you putting it off? “I’m afraid to travel solo.” “I don’t know where to go.” “I’m too busy.” I […]
Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to renew the French Expat Visa. It’s a gift from France that keeps on giving.