The blog includes material from trips over the past several years.  We have spent a couple of falls in Paris, a spring in Paris, some time in Burgundy and Italy and went to Spain as well as Paris this past spring.   It is not written chronologically,  so if you are interested in a particular area, use the categories in the column on the right to choose the entries that might interest you.


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  1. Congratulations for you fantastic blog sweet Janet and thabks for sharing all
    it is a first class tour to France by your hands .Hugs from Brazil and Helga

  2. Janet says:

    Glad you enjoyed it Helga — we are heading for Italy and France in the fall – it will be fun to be there at that time of year — we haven’t had the chance before. Hope you will get a chance to return soon as well.

  3. john says:

    Janet, you are a very good writer and photographer, I have enjoyed reading about your travels. My wife who will be turning 50 this year, and I are going to take a 10 night trip to France. In your opinion should we stay in Paris for the entire time and do day trips or should we do 5 days in Paris and other nights somewhere else? What do you think. Let me know if you can. We plan on going the last week of October and 1st week of November. We have never been there and are coming from San Diego, California. My wife like to shop, visit small stores, look for antiques, and I like to visit museums, and see historical things. We both like to drink wine and eat food. Hotel suggestions ?, we like really nice but don’t want to waste money on extreme luxury.

    • Dinu says:

      Stay in lovely Montmartre… looks like a village inside this big city…

      oops… looks like you already have been there… how was it?? 🙂

  4. Bojan Vasiljev says:

    Hi Janet. Awesome blog. I have a quick question. Do you recommend getting a tour or visiting the view yards In France on our own?

  5. Hi Janet,
    I love your blog! We have similar interests. I am hoping to take my husband to France for our 20th anniversary in April (sans enfants). I don’t know if that is the best (read cheap) time to go. Can you advise?

  6. Janice P. says:

    I found your blog during my research for an upcoming family trip to France. You are so knowledgable and take such beautiful photographs. I feel like I am right there next to you. How fortunate you are to have the chance to travel to so many amazing places. And how lovely it is that you share your experiences with others.

  7. Dolores E. says:

    I wanted to send you an email regarding your delightful New Year’s card, but found this address instead. What fun to see the wonderful places you have traveled. My only experience on the Kona Coast has been rain, rain, and more rain. This made me want to go back.

    • Janet says:

      We had great luck in April with the Kona Coast — it was pleasant but not hot and we went snorkeling every day. It rained at night at the Volcano but was nice during the daytime — even a bit hot crossing the Volcano caldera and walking to the prehistoric pictographs. (we picked high noon for each of these little treks)

      Hope all is well.


  8. frugaleurope says:

    Lovely blog! Really enjoyed your article on St. Denis. It is a fascinating place!

  9. Lois Richman says:

    Came across you by accident and was thrilled. Very enjoyable to read and the pictures are beautiful. WE were thinking of visiting Moret Sur Loing and after reading your blog we will go. Much thanks Lois

    • Janet says:

      In summertime there are supposed to be boat trips on the Loing which sound like fun; it is a lovely stretch. As you can see from the photos we were there in the late fall and there were no tourists and no boat rides.


  10. Andy Herbach says:

    Very interesting blog and great photos!

    Andy Herbach
    Author of
    Open Road’s Best of the French Riviera and Provence
    Eating & Drinking in Paris
    Eating & Drinking in Italy
    Eating & Drinking in Spain and Portugal
    Wining & Dining in Paris
    Wining & Dining in Italy
    Open Road’s Best of Paris
    Europe’s Best Walks.

  11. Dinu says:

    Thank you for this lovely blog! You 2 lovely beings will love Carcassonne (Pays d’Oc, Southwestern France). And as true romancer you will love to stay inside the walls as it’s quiet when night turns. An easy way to get there is easyjet to Toulouse and/or by train.

    I found this blog searching for things in and about Ronda… and it reminded me a lot to Carcassonne (also its history, always resisting to conquerors)

    • Janet says:

      We have visited Carcassonne long ago on another trip. I started the blog in 2010 and so our many trips before then are not represented here.

  12. Janet M says:

    Janet, I very much want to take day trips from Paris during my next (3rd) visit. I have read many posts about easy to reach destinations (including yours; thank you!) and done research on line. However, after having had a traumatic experience years ago negotiating a TGV trip, I have developed a withering form of anxiety about taking the TER. Can you recommend a detailed site or book that will step me thru the process of buying the ticket , finding the platform, validating etc. I would be very grateful.

    • Janet says:

      This is really easy stuff and these trips are mostly in the Ile de France so if you have a Navigo Decouverte you just validate and hope on the train you want. The others are not far — you buy the ticket, validate and off you go. The recommended site for understanding European train travel is http://www.seat61.com. See if you can’t find what you need here. He talks about how to use local regional and international trains.


  13. J says:

    Janet, I enjoyed your Hawaii entries and am glad I came back to read about Paris! You havevsuch a good attitude about travel! I am a whinger…oh, the packing; oh, the luggage selection; oh, the arguing over how early to get to the airport…
    Well, I am somewhat unexpectedly getting a knee replaced in a few weeks. I am comforted thst I know I can see Paris again. But I regret not having done Kohala Kayak last trip, having skipped Puako petroglyphs in January…all the things I whinged out of. I wake up in a cold sweat over how to do snorkel exits from boats… From now on I will never leave anything on the table!
    Please keep writing and happy travels.

    • Janet says:

      My parents basically got none of the joys of retirement travel because they put it off and then my father was disabled for 15 years and died and my mother was then too old to be able to really enjoy doing things like travel (although we did take her to Italy for two weeks when she was 80) So we have been relentless about carpeing all the diem we can. You never know when it won’t be possible. Hope the knee thing goes well. We have friends who have done it and it was tough rehab but the results were well worth it.

      Happy travels


  14. Marilyn Macaulay says:

    Thank you for your amazing blog. I feel like I’ve been there now.
    My husband & I have traveled to Paris many times. Actually we’ve never been to Europe that Paris was not on the menu! We also dines at Tour de Argent many many years ago & I think we sat very close to where you sat. We’ve been married 47 years (70 yrs old) & want to squeeze in as much as possible while we still can.
    We’ve visited many areas of France. We are independent travelers & have driven ourselves most places in France, Italy & Scotland. Not
    In Greece!
    We just returned thus past fall from 3 week private tour of China.
    We are trying to plan a trip to St Petersburg & Moscow this September.
    I just read your blog on Catherine Palace & feel almost like I was right there with you. Thanks for your informative blog & great photos.
    We have been told that it’s advisable to have a private tour guide.
    I really don’t want to be in a group for the same reason as yours.
    I’ve checked out private tour companies but do not want to commit to them for the entire trip. We do want some days on our own.
    I see you contacted tours by locals. Did you schedule that in advance?
    Was connecting transportation from airport to hotel difficult?
    How about visa ? Letters of invitation since you apparently stayed in apartment?
    I thank you for any information you can share!
    A fellow traveler
    Marilyn (& Andy) Macaulay

  15. Susan says:

    Janet! Wow!

    I found your blog when googling Vaux-le-Vicomte, since we intend to go tomorrow and we were trying to figure out if our Navigo cards will suffice. (Answer — yes!)

    Here we are in Paris and it is raining cats and dogs. So I started reading your blog. I had to take a teakettle off the stove because I knew I was going to spend some quality time with you. When I got to your anniversary dinner at Tour d’Argent, I saw that you and I have the same elegant jacket for special occasions. So in addition to many shared experiences (postcardsfromsusan.blogspot.com) I feel like we are sisters — or at least friends — of the Jacket. And Paris. And Hawaii. And…and.

    I have not gotten very far through your blog but I had to write. We have stayed in vacation rentals in Montmartre for years, and the last two we have been very lucky to have leased by the year an apartment high on rue Lepic with a view “impregnable” of all of Paris. Sadly, we have decided to let it go at the end of September. So now we are looking for a new place to call home when we are here. I see that you rented on rue Caulingcourt. Any suggestions for us for the future?

    Meanwhile, you have a new follower! And now I have to get back to your blog…. 😉

    • Janet says:

      LOL. I got that black and white jacket to wear for my son’s rehearsal dinner last June and one of my SILs was wearing the exact same jacket except that her was solid turquoise and so only she and I noticed. I love it because you can literally wad it up in the bottom of the suitcase, pull it out and throw it on over basic black and you are ready for the opera.

      We use Perfectly Paris for Montmartre because we like how well they manage the apartments they represent. This fall we rented from an individual through VRBO and have what looks like a lovely little place for the month of October near Batignolles. We shall see.

      Hope our paths will cross.


  16. Susan says:

    Thanks so much for your response. So now I will confess that I have three of the Jacket — one is the white with silver, the other is black with silver, and the other is a lightly different stripe of red-orange on black. I could not resist, as they all have very different feelings. The red-orange is with me now, and I was delighted to see how it did not take a wrinkle. If only all my clothes reacted the same way!

    Thanks for the tip about Perfectly Paris. We rented from them once a few years ago and were not overly impressed, but perhaps it is time for another try. The photos of their listings are impressive, and the ones in the 17th look particularly nice.

    We are usually in Paris around April-May and September-October. This year we have a wedding in California October 1, so we will be in Paris 25 August to 28 September, so I’m afraid we will miss you. I do want to keep you on my radar, though, since it looks like we are birds of a feather. So stay tuned — we may have a chance to meet one of these fine days…(she wrote as the rain continued to fall in otherwise lovely Paris….) A bientot!

  17. Anne Bury says:

    Hello – I’ve been enjoying your blog; I found you in a forum on TripAdvisor. I’m off to France for a month next spring with friends, (two weeks in the Luberon and two weeks in Burgundy) and Semur-en-Auxois is near the top of my list of places to stay. I was wondering if you would be willing to share the details of the place you stayed there? It looked lovely.

    • Janet says:

      This is the VRBO link: https://www.vrbo.com/147605
      The price has gone up quite a bit since we stayed there; we did love it and it has two full bedrooms plus a sort of single bed nest on the landing. Very well equipped kitchen and we loved eating in the orchard although we had to haul everything down a small road and into the orchard gate. Lovely place.

  18. Anne says:

    Thank you

  19. Jean-Baptiste says:

    Janet, I would like to get in touch with you through email if is possible ?

  20. I am so happy I’ve discovered your blog. I thoroughly enoy reading about your travels. Such lovely photos and stories!

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