If you’ve been following the adventures of the Barefoot Blogger’s life in France, you might remember my brush with fame and the TV show, House Hunters International.
What does the Barefoot Blogger think about the Provençal lifestyle after moving to the south of France? Perfectly Provence‘s Carolyne Kause-Abbott asked questions you’ll want answered if you’re considering a big change in your life after retirement. Choosing the Provencal Lifestyle to Embark on a Retirement Adventure Carolyne […]
When driving down the backroads of France near Uzés, it’s a common sight to ride alongside tall stone walls. You know these beautifully laid stones must conceal something amazing. Perhaps behind French garden walls there’s a story to be told.
As crazy as it might seem, several years ago I experienced an almost identical injury in South Carolina, US. It was on my left side. “Why You Should Care About Healthcare This Election: Part 2” is about my US healthcare.
The second day of the French Thermal Spa Tour started with a drive through the Pyrenees to the “beaux village” of Saint-Bertrand-De-Comminges. The road trip from our overnight at L’hostellerie des Cédres to Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges was a brilliant plan, thanks to my trip guide extraordinaire, Nevenka. She knew the […]
While”lounging” at a rehab hospital in France, I’m reminiscing this time last year. I was beginning a voluntary stay in a totally different part of the French health care system: a French thermal spa. Since moving to France I have met some very interesting people. Few are more entertaining […]
We were up and ready to meet our guide early. Then off to see and learn around and about Nice.
The French love their fresh fruits and vegetables. That’s why there are farmers markets in France in nearly every town, once a week or more often. In between, lots of places have their hometown green grocer. In Uzes there are market days on Wednesdays and Fridays. The green market […]
Everytime I make a visit to the US to see family, it’s always the same. My grandson insists on watching videos of his grandmother’s hot air balloon ride. I’ll admit, when I think about the day I took my first hot air balloon ride, I get as excited as […]
It’s time for the St. Louis Festival in Sete. Gee, I hate to miss it this year. It’s always so much fun: beach time, parties and the Sete water jousting competitions. I’m in the States with family. Why now? After four years in France, I’ve learned that August […]
A recent visit to Carrières de Lumières was my third experience with the digital, immersive events staged in a former bauxite mine outside the village Les Baux de Provence. This year’s exhibition is “Picasso and the Spanish Masters.” Believe me, the photos don’t do justice to the real event.
When you go to a friend’s house and there’s great food and wine flowing and lots of people you enjoy sitting around, it’s pretty special, don’t you agree? What if you learn how to create the foods you are served? A hands-on cooking class? That’s the perfect way […]
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tour When visitors to the south of France put “wine tour” at the top of their list of things to do, a Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine tour quickly comes to mind. The wine growing region that covers approximately 3,200 hectares (12.4 miles) of land in the Rhone valley is […]
Sète may be a small town on the French Mediterranean coast but it hits above its weight in the gastronomic arena. Home of the most sought after oysters in France, Sete is known for these specialties: the famous octopus pie (tielle), red labelled gourmet fish soup (Azais Polito […]
For someone who had never spent much time in Marseille, now I’m loving it! 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 […]
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.
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 […]