Bonjour, Vaison-la-Romain! June 23, 2019

My teeth are stuck together from eating nougat, that oh-so-sweet French confection, via the Middle East, of honey, nuts and egg whites. We hit a nougat factory in Montélimar yesterday and bought it by the kilo. Multiple kilos. I can’t get enough. Got to make sure it makes it safely home. The house in Vaison-la-Romaine…

Awesome day, all-around June 19, 2019

Parisian night music, wafting up to my open window from the restaurants and bars below. A symphony of multiple conversations playing off, through, and over each other, together rising in volume, dropping down to near silence, rising again, pierced by shrieks of laugher and deeper rumbles of amusement. The music softens as the night deepens…

We are the Lethargarians June 18, 2019

A long time ago we built jet lag into our travel plans and quit worrying about it. If we want to sleep, we do it. The clock be damned. Even if we get a good night’s rest over the ocean (and I didn’t) there still comes a time the next day when it catches up…

Love will find a way June 17, 2019

Our feet know the way. For thirty years we have made this pilgrimage. The hair is grayer (or bluer.) The waists are a little thicker. The hotels have changed — though not for the last ten years. Our Paris is not everyone’s but it is deeply familiar and soulful — like coming home to a…

One Fish Two Fish; Old Fish New Fish December 14, 2018

New Fish! I have a cold and wasn’t up to snorkeling or being hot so I slept away the day that Jerry, Gale and Tom went to the Great Barrier Reef. By all accounts it was a great day but the greatest part was that my husband, who seems to have a curse on him…

Home Again, Home Again ~~ January 12, 2018

On the plane — January 11 We are almost home after a month’s absence. It’s been an incredible trip — upending my mind, raising my consciousness, lighting up the globe of my imagination so that places that were once just names to me are now pulsing with life. It’s been the kind of transformative trip…

Random Things I Love about Paris ~~ January 7, 2018

It’s our second to last night in Paris, capping off a trip of a lifetime to exotic places I never thought to see. With all that adventure, I planned a little familiar comfort at the end of the trip with a few days in the loveliest city in the world. I wish I could write…

Breads and spreads ~~ January 3, 2018

On the plane from Amman to Paris. About to take off. Images, thoughts, impressions, and emotions about our month in Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan are a swirling kaleidoscope in my head. This has been one of those change-the-way-you-see-the-world trips. It will take me some time to process it. But mostly, in this moment, I am…

Time Travel ~~ January 1, 2018

Yesterday we said goodbye to Maria Gadnaor, a joyful, funny, sprite of a travel companion. We enjoyed her company so much. She saw us from Eilat, through Petra (Big and Little), to the place where John baptized Jesus and set the forces of Christianity in motion. The baptismal site is such a poignant place. There…