The Glories of Growers Champagne

You would love to celebrate a special event with a nice French champagne, but are intimidated by the nosebleed prices of the most popular brands. Relief may be on its way, thanks to the efforts of Champagne de Vignerons, a syndicate of about 5,000 small, mostly family-owned wineries authorized to label their Methode Champenoise wines, [Read more …]

Museums of Paris

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Paris has a huge number of many of the best museums in the world. You could spend a week doing nothing but museums, and still not really see all of them. We, therefore, are selective. We visit some of our favorite museums virtually every trip and then visit others more selectively, as when we haven’t [Read more …]

Paris Food and Lodging

For an updated list of Paris restaurants, click here. Wherever we travel, we try to mix visits to some of a city’s premier restaurants with stops at casual local places. And in some cases, even add some meals in a park or our room. Nowhere is this “work” more fun and delicious than in Paris. [Read more …]

When in Paris, Rent an Apartment


Tom and I were recently in Paris France..the city of lights, city of amour (love), fois gras, cheese, walking tours (to walk off the food), art, architecture, history….well, you name it and it has it. Since we were in Paris for 5 nights, we decided to rent an apartment to get some additional space than [Read more …]

The Charms of Strasbourg


Strasbourg France was the terminus of one trip and the beginning of another. We entered Strasbourg by ship, after a lovely three-day cruise of the Mosel and Rhine rivers. After one all-too-short day in the beautiful, fun city, we rented a car and headed south, along the Alsace Wine trail through countless numbers of pretty [Read more …]

Day-Tripping through Burgundy

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We have taken longer trips to France’s Burgundy region, touring the Hospices de Beaune, tasting our way through Caves des Cordeliers and experiencing pre-scheduled tastings at wineries. This time, after a morning drive from Mulhouse (at the base of the Alsace Wine Road), we had far less time. We arrived in Beaune France at noon [Read more …]

Exploring the Alsace Wine Road

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The wine road, south from Strasbourg, is filled with lovely towns, squeezed between vineyards. Among the prettiest are Obernai, Mittelbergheim, Andlau, Itterswiller, Rorchwihr, Ribeauville, Hunawirh, Riquewihr and Kayserville. While we drove straight through, or only stopped to take brief walks though most of them, some of our longer stops included: [Read more …]