Summer Lingers

Summer lingers longing to stay like children on the beach who run and play and do not want the day to end. Autumn beckons, with a gust of wind, calling of clouds, a collective coolness in the morning and far after when the sun goes down. Summer holds on refusing us to keep our coats on after ten and tempting us to go to the sea and jump in. Indian Summer a fortunate gift a gentle letting go and letting be. Leaves are falling, the pumpkins and grapes have been cut from the vines, the last figs, ...
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Kayaking Through South Carolina’s Salt Marshes

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Brocante at Home

      My friend Valorie brought a group of American women over to my home for a private brocante.  I told them everything in my house was for sale, and as a reference, I added, "... instead of saying I do not want to sell that, or that isn't for sale I will just announce a crazy price like 10,000 Euros on objects I rather keep then sale." So when I said a crazy price everyone knew I did not really want to let go of certain things. Lucky for everyone I had plenty of things that were not 10,000. ...
Tags: Travel, France, Provence, Brocante, Tongue in Cheek, Valorie


  'Love is the whole thing. We are only the pieces.' Rumi          [Author: Tongue in Cheek]
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Every Life Tells a Story

                               Stories collected, memories gathered thoughts that keep me going on dark days. The patterns in the sky, the unfolding of hearts, life in the monastery and how I learned to pray while cooking. Stories of finding and keeping and losing and weeping, the struggle of having lived when death thought to call. Moments of living the words of a dream: Life continues to continue even when unseen. Memories of childhood and Portuguese donuts and saying the rosary with my cousi...
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French la Vie Creative Journeys in France

    Some of my favorite photos from my friends Jean and Natalie's antique shop in Lourmarin, a must see. Happy Birthday, Natalie!       If you are in Provence and would like to come by my home please let me know. Thank you, Judy, for your visit this week I enjoyed meeting you and your husband, I know our paths will cross again.            [Author: Tongue in Cheek]
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Maybe Children Should Lead the World

        [Author: Tongue in Cheek]
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The Latest Renovation Project

    After renovating numerous homes that Yann and I own, I have been asked to manage my friends Ching and Gary's home that they recently bought in Cassis, a stone throw (or should I say seashell?) from our place in Cassis. The apartment is in the center of Cassis, on the main street with one of the most extraordinary views Cassis has to offer. Gary and Ching's home has a rooftop terrace with a 360-degree view, plus a large balcony off the kitchen/living room area that looks on to the Chateau. ...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Gary, Rene, Yann, Tongue in Cheek, Ching, Cassis

The Angel Traveled

  My Grandmother Frances came to America from the Azores. Her trunk was filled with simple necessities: A linen towel, a few chemises, a hairbrush, a dress in cotton for Spring, and another in wool, probably an apron, certainly a rosary, and a porcelain angel holy water font.     As a child, I would secretly climb onto my Grandparent's bed, reach my hand into the small shell that the angel held to touch the holy water that she carried. I would bless myself, as my Grandparents did eve...
Tags: Travel, California, France, America, living in France, Frances, Tongue in Cheek

Porch Chair

                        The porch door was open, inviting the early autumn leaves a place to rest.  A few gathered taking solace by the old porch chair, tattered worn and barely standing, but as Autumn leaves who were they to judge. Together they shared their stories with the words that were written on them.  Words that had become the fabric of their being. And in sharing those stories, their souls were revealed- True colors that only eyes that listen could hear. _____   Thank you for your vote...
Tags: Travel, Brocante, Tongue in Cheek, Ette

Tchéquie, Prague

Le tunnel Copyright Jacques Witt [Author: Jacques Witt]
Tags: Travel, Blogroll, Non classé, Photographie, Photojournalisme, Voyages, Jacques Witt, Tchéquie Prague

Saint-Germain-en-Laye Castle

The present « Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye » is mostly of a some-kind-of-16th-century-“renaissance” architecture (Francis I’s reign), replacing some previous buildings. But one little part was left - the chapel, from 1238, which slightly preceded and for a while held the relics for which the Sainte-Chapelle (see previous post) was built.   This has always been a Royal Castle. Louis XIV was born and spent a large part of his life here, before moving to Versailles  (see here) in 1...
Tags: Travel, England, Paris, Francis, Versailles, Saint Germain, National Archaeological Museum, German Army, Napoleon III, Laye, Sainte Chapelle, James II, National Museum of Antiquities, Emmanuel Fremiet, PeterParis, Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Travel News: November 5, 2018

Epcot Festival of the Arts Debuting at Disney World in January Travel Pulse Disney World announced Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts will debut January 18. The annual celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts will last for 39 days through February 25, 2019, and features more live music than ever, fresh tastes to savor and new artwork to admire and bring home.   Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas getting water coaster Travel Weekly Royal Caribbean International’s Navi...
Tags: Travel, Disney, Silicon Valley, Venice, Epcot, Royal Caribbean, Guangdong, News And Deals, Disney World, Lam, Greater Bay Area, Rialto Bridge, Hong Kong Macau, Disney Cruise Line, Accademia Bridge, Travel Weekly Royal Caribbean International PAT down 30.3% to Rs 13.4 Cr in Q2-FY19 on seasonality and higher marketing spends Financial Results for Q2-FY19 (versus Q2-FY18) Consolidated Revenue: Up 5.4% to Rs 88.17 Crores from Rs 83.59 crores Profit After Tax: Down 30.3% to Rs 13.4 crores from Rs 19.2 crores. Net Profit before Tax: Down 3.2% to Rs 18.2 Crores from Rs 18.8 Crores. PBT margin was 20.7%, down... ...
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I wont take no for an answer

We are up at 7am to shower dress and have breakfast. OK its not in the true spirit of backpacking we know but we have booked a taxi to take us to Cuidad Valles. It is due at 8am. Eva brings us tamalle iced sponge cake and lemon tea.Our bags are
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I Was Born to do This

  Reading about Joan of Arc, such courage and faith she had in what she believed was right and her duty. As she was burned at the stake she said, « Hold thé cross high so I may see it through the flames » Damn that was one very brave woman. I do not have that sort of courage, but I admire those who do. In her words: "Children say that people are hung sometimes for speaking the truth. I am not afraid; I was born to do this" To hear our calling, to trust what we believe and to follow it with cert...
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The Ripple Effect

  Casting our pebble is a daily choice.  We might not be able to save the world or help those in need in another country or place. But we can love and encourage each other every day where we are. The rippling effect. A small do-able gesture that has an impact and sends forth a message of love.         [Author: Tongue in Cheek]
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Antique Clothing

          Watching this video I could imagine where the clothing and textile fragments I have found at the brocantes belonged and where or how they were used such as the pockets, or buckles, aprons, pins, corset vials ...         [Author: Tongue in Cheek]
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Cassis Demolition Day

  After climbing to the third floor you arrive at Gary and Ching's apartment. The landing or entrance is small and dark, it is behind the bathroom wall.  Today was the demolition day, and the bathroom was the first room Rene smashed up to itty bitty pieces that need to be hauled down three stories by foot. Just like our apartment, nothing can do left outside, not even the truck after ten in the morning. Oh what fun! Yann is not involved in this project. As it is not our apartment.      And ...
Tags: Travel, Gary, Rene, Yann, Tongue in Cheek, Ching

Bonbon "Candy" Boxes for your Sweet Tooth

  A French nineteen-century fabric covered candy box. They are not made like this anymore unless they are for bonbons that cost a small fortune, or in cardboard with pretty labels.           A blue grey paper candy box with gold lettering. Chocolate covered chestnuts from Ardeche.         A French baptismal candy box. In France, the tradition has it that Jordan almonds are given by the Godfather.       A round candy box with embossed siding, personage scene on top and a ribbon aroun...
Tags: Travel, France, Jordan, Venice, Brocante, Tongue in Cheek, Ventoux, Carpentras, Bonbon Candy Boxes

How to Fake French

      How to Fake French. The clip has four steps on how to fake French, No. # 2 is especially true. Did I ever tell you about the time I had an entire conversation with a French saleswoman by making sounds similar to step NO. # 2. Well, I did, and in the end, I bought a blouse from her shop.          [Author: Tongue in Cheek]
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The Gift of Life Unexpectedly

  Nearly, eight years ago Justin a good friend and "like a brother to my brothers" died in a tragic motorcycle accident. Today on Justin's mother's FB page she posted this article and I wanted to share it with you:       Text and photo courtesy Eric Kurhi S.J. Mercury News     "I saw this picture in the San Jose Mercury News. Let's just say there’s a LOT more to this picture than meets the eye." "In the middle is Arthur Reyes from Fairfield.  He’s 28. And he’s VERY lucky t...
Tags: Travel, Fairfield, Northern California, Justin, Reyes, Tongue in Cheek, Gift of Life Unexpectedly, Eric Kurhi, Arthur Reyes, Mary Knauer

Chestnut Soup

                     Chestnut Soup In a large heavy soup pan, saute a chopped large onion, three tall thin carrots, and the heart of the celery with their tender tops with a tad of oil or butter. Toss in 30 or so *cooked chestnuts,  stir around until they are coated with the sauteed mixture. Add several (6 or so) cups of cold water. Bring to a boil, then turn the burner down to simmer until the chestnuts are tender. Add a glass of white wine, and a shot of vermouth or bourbon. Nutmeg, salt and p...
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French Story Books for Children in English

  Chelsea and Sacha a year ago, right before Sacha left for Seattle.       A blog reader of mine asked me about French gifts for her grandson who is four years old. I thought I would add my list of gift ideas (books) for children here on my blog. With that said my mother would suggest that the best gift to give is the gift of spending time with a child by playing with them, cooking, and or simply hanging out with them. Reading was one of my favorite things to do with Chelsea and Sacha. Reading ...
Tags: Travel, France, Chelsea, Paris, Seattle, Picasso, Sacha, Tongue in Cheek, Sacha Reading, Walked Across France Madeline This, Monsieur Saguette, Baguette Paris

The Prayer Booklet

  Je te bénis. Words that were written in an old French prayer journal I found at the brocante. Someone's hopes, dreams, thoughts, worries written down in prayer. Page after page. Someone's grandmother, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, child- How could it be given away? How I would love to have a collection of prayers from my great grandmothers. Reading the journal I saw that her hopes, dreams, thoughts, worries were not much different than my own. Hopes of happiness, dreams of the future,...
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Pumpkin Idea

A scarred pumpkin from my cousin Judy. Want to know how to do it?   How to scar a pumpkin. See how to scar a pumpkin.   Do tell me your favorite pumpkin recipe?          [Author: Tongue in Cheek]
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Doors in Paris

                        A few doorways in Paris. above photo via Yann.         [Author: Tongue in Cheek]
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Happy Birthday Mom

  Happy Birthday, Mom and many more!   If you are in Willows please drop by and say hi to my mom. This morning when I called her she said she made cream puffs... "...that way I have goodies if anyone comes over to wish me a happy birthday." That is one of the many qualities that I love about my mom she is always thinking of others even on her birthday! A generous heart, generous soul. xxxxxxxx Photo by Sophie Epton during Chelsea's and Martin's wedding day.          [Author: Tongue in Che...
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Shun Negativity and Choose To Be Positive in Turbulent Times

It’s election week here in the U.S., which of course nowadays means that hate speech and general anger is at its zenith. I think we can all agree that the last few years have been tough; not just in America but around the world. For a travel blogger that’s actually a problem. Writing about travel is fun because it’s an inherently positive experience. Many people consider their vacations and time off as the essential mental pressure valve in an otherwise stressful year. From my point of view, it...
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