Christopher D. Wright

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Christopher D. Wright

My husband and I are passionate about traveling and food. When we travel, our goal is to get a real feel for the place we are visiting. We do not just seek out the main attractions but get off the beaten path, try to experience what the locals experience. We have a great respect for other cultures, history and food. We try to work all of this into our travels. I started this Blog to share our adventures in hopes that others might have a better experience when they travel.



Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 29th 2019

Just finished having breakfast, possibly the final croissant of the trip, I will miss them, but my waist line will not. The breakfast room was packed several groups of retired people just finishing up to get on their tour bus for the day. We shared a table with a nice retired French woman, of course we could not converse. We have about an hour before our taxi arrives to take us to the TGV station and our train to back to Paris. Jerry is doing the last-minute packing so I thought I would get a head start on today’s entry. It has been really nice not knowing what is going on in the world, or hearing about the orange man we have as an imposter president. That will soon be over when we return home and ... read more
Terrace in Aix
The Tub
TGV to Paris


Aix is a very lazy town on Sunday, most shops and other businesses are closed, many of the restaurants are also closed, finding a dinner location for later today was difficult we had two places cancel on us before we even got here. Since it is Sunday we opted for a lazy slow start to the day. We slept in until about 10, then took our time getting ready. We did not really have a lot planed for the day, brunch and several things to walk by but only one thing to actually go into. In order to give you a better idea of our room, and for me to remember in later years, I have added some pictures on this entry. It is very large and decorated very period. Caumont Centre D’Art Out day started ... read more
Brunch

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Grasse April 27th 2019

This was the last day with the car and we were headed for Grasse, 2 hours from Aix, above the French Riviera. I didn’t mention that our room was not actually in the hotel, it was down the street by the Church and Museum in a separate building, once a single-family residence, now about 6 apartment style rooms owned by the hotel. To get to breakfast we had to walk the grueling ½ a block to the main hotel. We sat at the only table for two to have our coffee, croissant and cheese. At the table next to us was a trio of retired women, discussing their children. One of them kept mention Prineville Oregon, so on our way, out I asked if she was from Oregon, she was in fact from Prineville, said I ... read more
Streets of Grasse
The Road to the Gorge


It was time to leave our five-star accommodations and head to Aix. We had a leisurely breakfast while we waited for the taxi to take us to the airport where we would pick up our car. I did have a horrible shock when we checked out of the hotel, somehow, I am no longer a Hilton Gold member, so we had to pay for our breakfast, guess we just need to travel more and get those points built back up. The trip to the airport was a hoot, the driver, who spoke very little English and we next to no French, still tried to have a conversation with us. What we understood is that he loves Apple computers but hates Android phones. We arrived a few minutes early to the Europe Car rental desk, and they ... read more
Donjon Gilles-Aycelin
162 Steps Later

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne April 25th 2019

We choose Carcassonne over other places in France that we haven’t been before, for one reason; potential place to retire. The cost of living here is very low a 900 square foot apartment with two bedrooms for $900 a month. That is less than half of what we pay in New York for 720 square feet and one bedroom. To fully get the feel for the town, our original plan was to rent a couple of bikes, stop at a couple of real estate offices then ride by apartments, houses, etc. Biking was not in our stars. First, I had originally booked some bikes on line, but they never confirmed or responded to my three e-mails, at least no money exchanged hands. The hotel did have bikes available, even though they did not advertise that, so ... read more
The Cheese & Sausage Guy
The Vegetables
Indoor Market

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne April 24th 2019

Part of the reason I am behind in my blogging and now typing this when I should be typing today’s is, we had a very early train from Paris to Carcassonne. The initial plan was to blog while we were on the train, but sleep won out. The day started at 3:30 for Jerry, yes, he got up first because it just takes him longer. I slept until 4:30. We had done most of the packing the night before, so only needed to shower and to the last-minute items in the morning. We were on the curb waiting for the cab by 5:30. Yes, we took a cab to the train station, normally, we take the metro everywhere, to the train station, to the airport, but we are in our mid 50’s now and are trying ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 23rd 2019

As I write this post, it is Thursday, so I am now a couple of days behind on my blogging, but we had a couple of busy days and a very early and long travel day. We are now in the South and have a couple of hours before dinner, so I will try to get caught up. Our final day in Paris was fairly chill. We did not really have a packed agenda. We got up at a reasonable time, had our morning croissant (our last for a while) and coffee, then headed out. Our first stop of the day found us back in the 14th, Montparnasse. The day was overcast, so the view from the top of the 59th floor of the Tour Montparnasse would be somewhat muted. Turns out that the best time ... read more
Hazy Eifel Tower
Chez Josephine

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 22nd 2019

Last night before we retired for the evening, we decided to change up the itinerary for Monday. We had originally planned this as our day trip out of Paris to Chateau Fontainebleau. This would have required us keeping up early and taking a train for an hour to the Chateau. Instead we decided to sleep in a bit and finish off the last five arrondissements. Of course, sleeping in means no morning croissant since we did not get up early enough for the morning breakfast. Instead, before continuing on our hopscotch we had lunch at a nearby café. We both were in deed of some raw vegetable, so Jerry had the French version of a cobb salad. It was basically the same, just more blue cheese, crispy chicken and strips of bacon instead of bacon bits. ... read more
Looking from the 16th back at the 7th
Place des Ternes
Montmartre

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 21st 2019

Easter Sunday in Paris, a peaceful and sunny day. The original plan was to head to the Flea Market on the edge of town and then head to the wine warehouse district in Bercy. However, since we had the Metro shutdown yesterday and had to cancel our hopscotch around Paris, we decided to do that instead. We were at Breakfast by 9:30 and at the start of our attempt to hit all 20 arrondissements in one day. Mind you this was not just going to each of them but it was doing in order 1 through 20. The first part was getting from the 7th to the 1st. We would be getting great use out of our Metro pass today. Jerry spent weeks before our trip putting this together. Reading up on each arrondissement, mapping out ... read more
The Bourse
Arts et Metiers
Bastille

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 20th 2019

Things happen for a reason, and today was a perfect example of that. First, our bodies revolted (protested so to speak) and we slept until 10:00. Meaning, we missed breakfast, most importantly the croissant and now were very behind in what was to be a very intense day hopscotching across Paris. By the time we were ready to leave for the day it was already 12:30, first stop was our favorite little crepe stand at La Tour Maubourg. It is just a few blocks from our hotel so we walked. It was again another lovely cloud free day in Paris around 75 and a nice breeze to keep you cool as you walked. We ordered our standard crepe fromage and jamon and then sat in the park across the way. Which is also right next to ... read more
Walk along the Seine
Rue Cler
The Madeline




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