Where the Mistral is a Stonemason

Maybe you’ve heard of the Mistral wind, that howling, horrific atmospheric anomaly that comes out of the north and down the valley of the Rhone in the wintertime in Provence. Today I saw evidence of its power at the Chateau of Les-Baux-de- Provence, first stop after picking up our guests at the Avignon train station. […]

Another Grand Adventure Begins today

Jenean and I met our new guests today at the TGV station in Avignon, France. We were totally impressed with this new and beautiful station. Our guests arrived exactly on time at 12:57 from Paris. Comments we heard were “that was a better trip than our plane ride over the Atlantic,” and “why can’t America […]


We found another piece of paradise in Provence on Monday the 11th when we drove down to Cassis. We took a rather ugly route down from Arles to Marseille, passing many factories and urban housing developments. However, upon arriving in Marseille at the Vieux Port (the old harbor), we were immediately charmed by this city […]

Return to Paradise

We’re enjoying another fantastic stay at the Domaine des Clos on the edge of Provence, France. We stayed here for four nights last summer while we planned a tour with four couples from Sarasota that is about to start (June 13) in Avignon. David and Sandrine Ausset have created a retreat from an old farm. […]

France has it all, including "WeeFee"

We’re on the Autoroute heading for our country B&B near Avignon. This year, for the first time, we notice that many of the gas stations along the motorway feature wi-fi, or in French, “wee fee.” How cool is this! Fill up with some insanely expensive diesel and get free internet access along with your $3 […]

Stopover on the way to France

We stopped on Saturday in the interesting old university town of Tuebingen, near Stuttgart. The editor of “German Life” magazine had asked me to take several photographs of the town to support an article in an upcoming issue. I’d been in Tuebingen about a month ago but got shut down by rain. Today, no rain […]

Jenean goes to Hell

There’s this great little pub and restaurant where we like to go with our guests or just the two of us. The place has a unique name, ‘Hell.’ This comes from the time when towns did not have street names but rather, district names. Any place where it was always dark and gloomy was considered […]

Vielen Dank Mark Schmidt!

Our good friend Mark Schmidt, the same person we have purchased our last three company vehicles from, offered us a ‘test drive’ today in a new VW Beetle convertable. I couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough. Jenean, newly arrived from America, poses with the skyline of Rothenburg in the background.