Category Archives: Smell the Roses

Driving up the California Coast

Hordes of people have asked for the blog to restart, so here it is… First we’ll catch up on September, yes September! Remember the blue moon? We saw ours in Palm Springs. This was part of a second annual trip … Continue reading

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Utah’s Red Rocks and Missing Mountains

The rocks of Utah are as red as the Golden Gate Bridge and hundreds of millions of years old (or 6,000 depending on your point of view). The large concentration of iron oxide colors the rocks red and the lack of … Continue reading

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The mighty Colorado River, complete with dogs on paddleboards

The Colorado River starts as a small stream in northern Colorado, grows wider and grander through several states and ends up small once more, with not enough water for all its users’ demands when it reaches California and Mexico. We’ve followed the … Continue reading

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Tour de France

The elite Tour de France is over for the year, 21 stages and more than 2,000 miles only a memory. We have memories of our own of our shorter, smaller Tour de France. Some of the same hills, but tackled by … Continue reading

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It takes a village…to host a Keuka Lake wedding

A year ago we didn’t think  about what would happen when our quest for lavender fields brought us back to the very lavender field we started from, less than a half-mile from our home on Keuka Lake. But a lot of things change in one year. … Continue reading

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Like snowflakes, no two mistral bells are alike

The mistral is a strong, cold, northwesterly wind that blows around the south of France through Provence and the Rhone Valley. Winds can reach 60 miles an hour or more and last for days at a time. To protect their beloved … Continue reading

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Eygalieres – Leaving Saint-Remy

We stayed in our pied-a-terre in Saint-Remy again for a few days. Great airbnb hosts and a convenient spot next to a fantastic boulanger for morning croissants. Where Saint-Remy-de-Provence ends in the east, Eygalieres begins. The hilltop village has just over … Continue reading

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Celebs have arrived in Saint-Tropez!

We heard that two famous people were coming to Saint-Tropez for just one day so we  returned to our first home in France to be their official paparazzi team. Then it’s on to “le shopping.” Au revoir! All of Saint-Tropez misses … Continue reading

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Gorges du Verdon, a very grand canyon in France

Les Gorges du Verdon is France’s version of the Grand Canyon. There are a number of similarities. In both cases, a relatively small river has etched its way through several thousand feet of limestone, leaving a wide gorge with walls of … Continue reading

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MAMAC, a very NICE modern art museum

New York has MoMA and Nice has MAMAC, Musée d’art moderne et d’art contemporain. Although it’s just plain azure at the moment, the facade often features brilliant light installations turning the entire entrance into a work of art. The French artist … Continue reading

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