Wednesday, April 14, 2021
40 Before 40

40 Before 40

With the monumental 40th birthday approaching, I decided to make a list of the forty things I wanted to do before my milestone occurred. It was fun, and I think I learned a lot in that year. Will there be a fifty before fifty? Wait and see!

Do You Dream Of Your Name In Lights?

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          Alfonz and I dropped Angelina off at school by 9:00am and then we made our way directly to Toulouse. It took us over 2 hours to get there, but I was pretty excited about the adventure I was about to start in Budapest Hungary, as an actual paid travel writer. For years, I have been writing for free, getting my name...

Carignan Grape Harvest – Languedoc France

                      Wine is to France, as pasta is to Italy, as paprika is to Hungary, and as hockey is to Canada. Everyone drinks wine. In France, I am reminded at every meal out, it is cheaper than water, as I pay for 2.40€ perrier and my husband's 2.00€ rosé. The Harvest in the Languedoc region of southern France is more than...

Write for a Magazine – 40 Before 40

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Another 40 before 40 goal is ticked off my list. I actually think this is two separate goals. I have been writing for BBB Midi since last year, a local Languedoc publication that lets people, like myself, share experiences with their readers. They have a fellow blogger who writes Tales from the Shop Floor as well as myself, who writes as...

My French Garden Love

To appreciate Mother Nature in all her forms, gardening is a celebration of creation. Watching and nurturing seeds to sprouts, the stages plants go through until they flower and lastly give fruit: is a lesson in patience and love.  Gardening is a common pass time and no wonder, when you can get your hands dirty and take a moment...

Da Vinci’s Last Supper

  The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci was painted between 1494 and 1498 on the north wall of the refectory of the ancient Dominican monastery of Saint Maria delle Grazie. On the opposite wall is the fresco of The Crucifixion by Lombard painter Giovanni Donato da Montorfano, from 1495. Housing both the initial and final episodes of the Passion...

40 Before 40 Venice Italy – The Floating City of Venice

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  Venice is remarkable. It has a romantic allure that tops the charts for places to see in the world. The idea of a city on top of water, with canals for roads and little cobblestone footpaths lined with window displays, and festivals like Carnevale and Il Redentore; bring 12-20 million tourists here per year. Piazza San Marco, Grand Canal, Saint Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, Rialto Bridge,...

The Haunted Covenant Inn & Falkland Palace

Falkland Fife has a population of just over 1100 and is Scotland's first conservation village. In 1300AD, the village was called Parish of Kilgour. When I first heard the name it rang a bell, and after searching the net, I found that Mark Kilgour is a character in the Henderson's boys novel series by Robert Muchamore. I...

Piazza Dei Mercanti & Duomo Roof Top View

  Milano! You either love it or hate it here or at least that's what the tourist book says. Milano on first glance is noisy, crowded, busy and dirty. On second glance you will find a lively culture, with people out and about with many things to do and see; even in the middle of winter. Mom was recently reacquainted through the...

Spring Skiing In The Pyrenees

    In the heart of Catalan country, a quick two-hour car trip from Capestang, you will find the pretty ski village of Eyne, Pyrénées Orientales. Winding roads lead you up towards snow-capped peaks with beautiful views of the valley below. Joining three other families from Capestang on this weekend getaway, we had 6 kids and 8...

Sagrada Familia Basilica – Barcelona Spain

If you do one thing outside of budget on your trip to Barcelona, go inside Sagrada Familia Temple. The large Catholic Church draws tourist from around the world. In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI declares the temple a minor Basilica. The unfinished work by Antoni Gaudi is different than any other church. Its vastness alone is note worthy but with light...