Belgium: Delightful Brussels Winter Wonders 2013

Winter Wonders, Brussels, Belgium, 2014

  Like a child being led to kindergarten for the first time, Brigitte took me to the Paris train station put me on the train to first solo trip abroad. After two and a half months of traveling through Europe together I had … [Continue reading]

Happiness to you in 2014!


What's on your bucket list for 2014? … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

Happy Holidays!


Best wishes for the holidays and 2014! … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]