Chateau du Paquier Fantastic Place to call home in France

We arrived at our favorite country retreat around 6 p.m. the other day, with an hour and a half to relax and freshen up before Helene and Jacques, our hosts, welcomed us along with the other six guests of the house to the beautiful garden of their ancient chateau for the start of the evening […]

Drive from Nice to Grenoble via Sisteron

We took the back roads from Nice up through gorgeous alpine scenery with a lunch stop along the way. Here are some scenes from that drive. Sisteron has been inhabited for 4,000 years. The Romans used the route through Sisteron as can be shown by a Latin inscription in the rocks near the road to […]

Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

Where we are right now, two nights at the Hotel Welcome (far right in photo) in the gorgeous village of Villefranche-sur-Mer near Nice. This is a nice splurge on one of the most beautiful coastlines in France.


We had our lunch on June 10th in the charming hillside town of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, or simply Moustiers, (Mostiers Santa Maria in Occitan) is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France, a part of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. As we approached, we stopped to take photos from the fields below. But, the real photos […]

Gorges du Verdon

The Verdon Gorge (in French: Gorges du Verdon or Grand canyon du Verdon), in south-eastern France (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), is a river canyon that is often considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful. It is about 25 kilometers long and up to 700 meters deep. It was formed by the Verdon River, which is named after […]

Glanum, memory of the past near St. Remy-de-Provence, France

We visited this monument the other day. It is an incredible experience that need at least two hours to enjoy fully. Glanum was an oppidum, or fortified town, founded by a Celto-Ligurian people called the Salyens in the 6th century B.C. It was known for the healing power of its spring. It became a Roman […]