Paris: Montparnasse Cemetary


I'm staying in the 14th Arrondissement of Montparnasse, where there is quite a lot of, shall we say, focus on the hereafter. Today, I visited the Cimetière du Montparnasse where many of France's intellectual and artistic elite are buried. It was … [Read more...]

Paris: Musée des Arts Forains, Carousel Museum


I read about the antique carousel museum, Musée des Arts Forains and it was on my 'must see' list of places to visit in Paris. I'm so glad I went and even the 3 souls who came along to indulge me seemed to enjoy themselves. This museum is only … [Read more...]

Paris: Champs-Élysées


Christmas markets, ferris wheel, ice skating, mulled wine, it's all on the Champs-Élysées at Christmas time. Having just had lunch with our new friends from Calgary Alberta, Beth & Gary, we headed in the direction of La Grande Roué ferris … [Read more...]

Paris: Petit Palais Museum


While strolling the Champs-Élysées after a ride in La Grande Roué ferris wheel, we came upon the Petit Palais Museum. We had only an hour before it closed, so little time for so many beautiful and interesting exhibits curated from private … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays!


Best wishes for the holidays and 2014! … [Read more...]

Palace of Versailles


Now a wealthy suburb of Paris, Versailles was once a country village where Louis XIII went on hunting trips. After purchasing the property in 1624 and building a hunting lodge, it was his successor, Louix XIV who  expanded it into one of the largest … [Read more...]

Hôtel de Ville, Paris

Hôtel de Ville, Paris

The Hôtel de Ville, the building that houses the administration for the city of Paris, was lit up for Christmas with twinkling lights on the roof, a sparkling Christmas tree and a forest of vertical light towers. A lighted skating rink in the front … [Read more...]

Paris: Now that’s a dinner party!

at the Eiffel Tower

The most unique feature of Jim's Parisian life is the fact that he has held an open dinner party in his home every Sunday night for the past 30 years. Through my network I learned of Jim Haynes, a man who came to Paris from Louisiana some 30 years … [Read more...]

Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain


Granada, the capital of Spain, is situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, a popular ski area. More on Granada The pomegranate, which in Spanish is granada, is the official symbol of Granada. I was captivated by this beautiful fountain … [Read more...]

Benalmádena, Steep Stroll to the Sea


From the train station it was a pretty easy downhill stroll to the waterfront in Benalmádena. Once there we found lots of restaurants (many were closed for the season) including a great place on the promenade where fresh sardines were served hot off … [Read more...]