A Russian fort and a beach made out of glass

Tuesday, September 1 ~ Crescent City, California

Fort Ross

Fort Ross

Did you know that there used to be a Russian fort on the California coast? I know I was surprised to learn about it.  Continue reading

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Time to head further up the road

Sunday, August 30th ~ Shoreline Highway

Muir Beach

Muir Beach

The wedding celebrations were over, friends and family were returning home, and the newlyweds were preparing to leave on their honeymoon.

Time for us to continue on our road trip…  Continue reading

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Winchester Mystery House

Saturday, August 29th ~ San Jose, California

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

Most of our time was spent with family as we continued to celebrate the newlyweds.

We did slip away for a few hours and joined our son and his girlfriend on a tour through the Winchester Mystery HouseContinue reading

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Congratulations to Ian and Nadia

Friday, August 28th ~ Los Gatos, California

A lovely wedding joining two wonderful families

A lovely wedding joining two wonderful families

Today was one of the happiest days I can ever remember. My nephew, Ian Kennedy got married to Nadia Shraibati at the Regale Winery in Los Gatos, California.

The setting was picture perfect, the weather a little on the warm side, our family gathered together, the bride was stunningly gorgeous, the handsome groom was grinning ear to ear, wine was flowing, dinner delicious, a few happy tears were shed, bubbles popped, sunscreen and colorful sunglasses were in gift bags, ladies shed their shoes which were replaced by provided comfy flip-flops, bocce ball and crochet was played, dancing was lively, and a GREAT time was had by all who attended.  Continue reading

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Our next adventure begins now…

What's next for us???

What’s next for us???

WHAT’S NEXT: We have a month-long road trip planned that will first take us up to Los Gatos, California for my nephew’s wedding!  That will be followed up with a week driving through Oregon and Washington en route to my sister and brother-in-law’s home on Whidbey Island. They have chartered a boat for a week so the four of us can explore the San Juan Islands, crossing the border up into Canada for a few days.  Continue reading

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France ~ Searching for a lavender field in bloom

Sunday, August 2nd ~ Lavender fields near Avignon

Provence, France

Provence, France

One of my biggest wishes for this trip to southern France was to see the lavender fields in bloom. I was so excited when I saw in our tour literature that our cruise was scheduled to have an excursion to visit a lavender farm. Sadly, France had experienced a heat wave for a couple of weeks prior to our arrival, and most of the lavender fields had already been harvested.  Continue reading

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France ~ Avignon Bridge, aka Pont Saint-Bénézet, aka Pont d’Avignon

Sunday, August 2nd ~ Avignon, France (part 1)

Pont Saint-Bénézet

Pont Saint-Bénézet

Sadly our amazing Uniworld river cruise has come to an end. After enjoying our final delicious breakfast on board, we took a pre-arranged taxi the short distance to a local hotel located just off the main square.

Hotel De I'horloge, Avignon

Hotel De I’horloge, Avignon

The Hotel De I’horloge was basic, but the location was excellent. We like the window open at night for fresh air, but if you are sensitive to street noises, this may not be the right hotel for you. Thankfully Tim and I are both OK with street chatter, and are willing to give up a little for a great and walkable location.  Continue reading

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France ~ Tarascon and Arles for more Van Gogh

Saturday, August 1st ~ Tarascon and Arles, France

Intersection in Arles

Intersection in Arles

The ship is docked on the Rhone river in Tarascon, France. Our morning started out with a bus trip to Arles where we filled in a few more details from the life of Vincent van Gogh.

Along the way we passed field after field filled with bright yellow sunflowers.   Continue reading

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Avignon, France ~ Did you know there once were THREE Popes all at the same time?

Friday, July 31st ~ Avignon, France

Inside the Popes Palace, Avignon

Inside the Popes Palace, Avignon

I have really been enjoying our daily walking tours. Normally they run from 2.5 to 3.5 hours. Uniworld offers several options for their guests at most stops along the way. There is usually a regular walking tour, and then a “gentle” walking tour for those who would rather not walk as far, have mobility challenges, who want to avoid taking stairs or don’t want to walk over steep or rough terrain.  Continue reading

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France ~ Viviers, the organ concert that wasn’t, a delightful surprise and a relaxing facial

Thursday, July 30th ~ Viviers and cruising toward Avignon

Viviers narrow cobblestone streets

Viviers narrow cobblestone streets

The well written Uniworld brochure describes Viviers as:

“an enchanting village where time seems to have stopped centuries ago.  Viviers has a long and storied history that goes back more than sixteen hundred years and a splendid architectural heritage to match.”

This was so evident in the stone buildings, narrow cobblestone streets, and medieval houses.  Sycamore lined streets, some say planted to give shade to Napoleon’s soldiers, add charm and provide appreciated cover for us today.  Continue reading

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