It constantly amazes me how truly beautiful this great state of ours is!
Recently we experienced another example of California’s infinite beauty when we traveled up to Tomales Bay. It is a narrow inlet in Marin County, about 15 miles long and one mile wide (see below) map.
It was a gorgeous sunny day and we were completely surrounded by blue sky and blue water. We had a beautiful view looking toward Point Reyes, just hills and wide open space. It was incredibly peaceful.
Although we only spent a short time there, we definitely will explore this area more.
As a cat lover, I’m always on the look out for cats when I travel. Since France (Paris specifically) have a reputation for being cat-friendly I was looking forward to seeing some French cats.
At the beginning of our trip, we were in the French countryside and we came across a sweet tortoiseshell kitty. She was enjoying the expansive green grass, and a setting that would generally be considered a cat paradise. As we tried to coax her closer, she just looked at us with her big green eyes. Malheureusement, elle ne comprend pas l’anglais!
Unfortunately while in Paris we didn’t run across any kitties roaming the street, but I know they are out there. There are some amazing photos of cats in Paris in a fun book I found called Les Chats de Paris.
On our frequent trips to the Luxembourg Gardens, we passed this majestic lion statue. When I took this photo, I thought about the little countryside kitty and how from a behavior standpoint, they aren’t all that different. As cat lovers know, our little domesticated lions think they are king of the animal kingdom.
After a lovely few days in the French countryside, we arrived in Paris to some very chilly and rainy weather. Despite this unexpected cold front, we soaked in the ambiance of one of my favorite cities. There is something to be said about a city which has bread and pastry shops on every block, an infinite number of cafes, and cheerful flower stores everywhere. Good crusty bread, rich coffee (un cafe creme si vous plait) plus fresh flowers equals a happy day!
One of my favorite episodes of Anthony Boudain’s No Reservations is his Paris episode in Season One. He describes the French appreciation of good food, and their ability to enjoy simple pleasures. As I sat at a cafe on one of our only sunny days, I thought about his episode. We watched people go along with their daily errands, make phone calls, buy the daily paper, and I was thrilled to soak it all in. Paris is a city with endless things to see, and yet lingering at a cafe is particularly satisfying.
For those planning a trip to Paris, I found this book, Paris by Pastry when I returned. I wish I had had this book handy while in Paris as it would have been fun to search out the best pastries in the city!
My recent trip to France was broken up into two parts. The first part was experiencing the French countryside for a few days followed by a week in Paris. Since all of my previous trips to France had been to Paris, I was excited to spend a few days in the French countryside.
We stayed in a little town called Amilly which is about 1 hour 15 minutes outside Paris. My sister and her family had rented a “gite” which essentially is a french farmhouse that is rented out. We had a lovely few days there exploring the town of Montargis and the canal in Briare. We met some very happy french chickens with a super long chicken run, and had what would be considered the best pain aux raisins of the entire trip!
The best part of this segment of the trip was attending my sister’s art show opening. My sister, a painter, was part of a joint show in Amily, and we were so proud to be there to support her.
Next stop….. Paris.
My husband and I had a brief getaway to Yosemite this week. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be less than 4 hours from such an amazing place.
Even though I’ve had spring on my mind lately, I thoroughly enjoyed the winter wonderland we found in Yosemite: beautiful snow capped cliffs, lounging deer, ice cold waterfalls and the unparalleled warmth and comfort of The Ahwahnee hotel.
This morning as we were leaving it started to rain. They were expecting quite a storm today so we were lucky to sneak away before it got too bad. The photo above was taken on the side of the road as we made our escape. I miss it already…………..