Category Archives: Smell the Roses

Grasse, the city of flowers and perfumes

Grasse is another town in southern France with buildings washed in pastel orange and pink under roofs of terracotta tiles. Streets are narrow and winding. Mountains loom in the distance beyond the bell towers. It looks a bit like Menerbes or … Continue reading

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Van Gogh’s Asylum, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

He was the thief of sunflowers, gathering them via rapid brushstrokes. Vincent van Gogh was one of the most prolific and influential of the Post-Impressionist painters, producing over 2,000 paintings and drawings in just over 10 years in the late … Continue reading

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A Day in Provence – Wednesday Market at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

After Peter Mayle wrote A Year in Provence in 1989, Francophiles the world over yearned to relive his experiences enjoying the excellent markets, fascinating people, and delicious food of Provence. So here we are. Nous sommes ici! Our home base for a week or … Continue reading

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La Corrida d’Arles, definitely NOT a rodeo

We happened to visit Arles at Easter weekend, just in time to experience the festivities of La Feria, the fair, with a highlight being La Corrida, the bullfight. Each day of La Féria de Pâques, Arles has a running of the bulls before and … Continue reading

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Another Day, Another GREEK Salad

In the US, we eat Greek salads. They usually have lots of lettuce, a few bits of tomato and cucumber, an olive or two, red onion, and some crumbles of feta cheese. Here in Greece we eat GREEK salads. Where’s … Continue reading

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Aussie Odds and Ends

We’re already on to the next phase of our journey, so these are just a few tidbits that didn’t fit into our other Australia posts. Not nearly everything from the trip, but a few items we don’t see in the … Continue reading

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Banksia

Australia has been full of beautiful flowers. One in particular was something we’ve never seen before, but very common along the woodland coast, in fact everywhere we went in New South Wales and Queensland. It’s the banksia. Not a flower … Continue reading

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Australia Animalia Part 2

In Noosa National Park, a fellow hiker alerted us to the existence of the goanna. We thought he said iguana, very similar sounding. We found out they are somewhat similar looking too. At least a goanna is also a big lizard, specifically … Continue reading

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Surfing, Australian Style – February 2015

We found out Australian schools have four sessions a year with long breaks between them, but no three-month summer vacation as in the US. So in the summer months of February and March in New South Wales and Queensland, beaches are … Continue reading

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Brisbane (Visiting my boss!) – February 2015

We were looking forward to seeing Brisbane for several reasons. We’ve been to eastern Australia’s top and bottom before, but never the middle. It’s a glorious city built on the Brisbane River, with bridge crossings providing access to parks and shopping … Continue reading

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