The story of Ferdinand Cheval and his “Postman’s Palace” is one that few people outside France recognize. Yet, the monument he built to honor his love for his daughter draws an average of 300,000 visitors yearly. They come to the small town of Hauterives, southeast of Lyon, in […]
When Chef Eric and Yetunde told friends and clients they were going to Seville, I knew I would be following Cook’n With Class wherever they go. Enjoy the adventure in the Spanish capital with me. It’s my first time in Seville. It’s my first culinary experience with Let’s […]
Valentine’s Day is more than a box of chocolates in France. It’s a day to celebrate the myths and legends of Saint Valentine. Roquemaure, a hamlet in the south of France, boasts a special connection to Saint Valentine. Each odd year, on the weekend closest to Valentine’s Day, […]
A walk to Luxembourg Gardens and drinks with a Barefoot Blogger follower were the two things I wanted to accomplish today in Paris.
My Paris dream is to visit the French city— the most beautiful, romantic place on earth, like I have all the time in the world.
After spending three months with family and friends in the US, I’m back in Uzès. For the return trip to France, I came by the southerly route: Barcelona to Collioure. While sitting at the beach in Collioure, enjoying the views, the breeze, and an Aperol Spritz at a […]
After seven years of living in France, I’ve found a suitable companion. Now I’m learning about life in Uzès traveling with a pet. Meet Fanny. Fanny came into my life six weeks ago. Now, we’re inseparable. My friend Aileen brought Fanny from Sete. Aileen knows how much I […]
Now that I’ve dealt with the humbling experience of failing the French drivers’ code test not once, but six times, I’ll make this post short and sweet After the first disastrous French drivers’ code examination in Nimes — with a translator (read more here) I braved on to […]
My BFF Patricia Sands just published the re-release of her novel, The Bridge Club. The book is a celebration of friendship shared with eight women over a half-century… and counting. The Bridge Club: A Celebration of Friendship Patricia and I met in Uzès five years ago at the […]
Thanksgiving for Americans in Uzés this year is truly a story of sharing. One traditional Thanksgiving meal fed over two dozen Americans, in thirteen different households, plus leftovers to share with the local Montessori school. The idea was the brainchild of one of our favorite friends and gourmet […]
The gates are beginning to open to visitors and tourists in Uzès mid-COVID, welcoming travelers, particularly from Europe. It’s an anxious time for Uzetians who feel they have been somewhat “safe” in their medieval village
Come along on a visit to the Milan Cathedral: Duomo di Milano as you enjoy the televised Bocelli concert. Let’s pretend we are there! Photos by Barefoot Blogger & Son, 2018 (Reproduced from NPR) On Easter Sunday, renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performed a solo concert at the […]
I’ve been slack writing posts and I apologize. Those who follow the Barefoot Blogger on social media know I’m back in the US for awhile. Rejuvenating! I returned to the States in October because I needed to attend to some family matters. Mostly, I’ve been working with my son. […]
It’s not a coincidence that the South of France Memories Tour would visit Antibes, Aix, and Arles straight in a row. They are definitely A-List tourist spots south of France. A-List Tourist Spots South of France: Antibes You know by now that Antibes is one of my favorite […]
Next time you’re in Paris, here are 5 places to see in Montmartre
Now I’m loving it for someone who had never spent much time in Marseille! I jumped at the chance to join a cooking class in Marseille with Gilles Conchy of Provence Gourmet. Read on, and you’ll see why … Marseille is a city of wide, busy streets and […]
Marseille wasn’t high on my list of places to visit. A weekend spent there celebrating 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 to […]
It’s been my suppressed desire to sing in a rock band
Are Murano and Burano worth a visit while you’re in Venice? The half-day I spent in the colorful towns was a highlight of my holiday.
It’s easy to be lost in Venice, a city of incomparable beauty and romance — a place where you’re just one of the millions of tourists who visit each year. Yes, it’s easy to be lost in Venice. But I mean really lost. Like you don’t know where your traveling companion disappeared to when you hopped on the vaporetti. You don’t have the address of the Airbnb where you stayed, nor the key? And you don’t have a phone with cell service? It wasn’t part of my plan.