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A Tuscany Trattoria Lunch

A trattoria is a traditional Italian eating place.  It is informal, usually serves local recipies, it’s hearty, not fancy, may include family-style/communal seating, and there may be no menu.  Trattorias were traditionally the place...

Journey – Lyon to Menton

This is our little FIAT 500X.  It’s great. Yesterday we went to pick up our car and encountered complications. We were VERY fortunate to have an amazing person helping us. She had very good...

Lyon – First Meal and Practicing French

If you saw this sign, you’d likely imagine that dinner was being served.  Makes sense really. We arrived in Lyon this afternoon and easily found our way to our residence for the next two...

Paris – Day 3 & Journey – Paris to Lyon

We’re on a wonderful train traveling at abou 300 km/h right now on the way to Lyon. This is a nice way to travel. Very smooth, fast, comfortable. Yesterday we got an earlier start...

Paris – Day 2

We walked 20 km yesterday! I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by being in the presence of things that are far older than anything I’ve seen before.  It gives some perspective to what the French...

Paris – Day 1

We arrived at 10 am and by the time we got an airport shuttle (train) to the transit and rode that – VERY SLOW – train into the city and got to our hotel...

Journey – Halifax to Paris

We flew via West Jet on a Boeing 737-800.  Very nice craft.  The highlight for me was that the pilot was a freind from many years ago – Kevin Dort.  I’m quite sure that...

Ready…Set…

 We’ve gone away for a long weekend and taken more with us than we have for this trip.  This is very un-natural for me… I want to take EVERYTHING and then some! But… I’m...