My uncle would always say, “having the right tool for the job, makes all the difference in the world”. That is so true! As an avid traveler, this is a list of some of the best travel gear that are my favorite go-to items I always keep in my carry-on.
You open the door to walk into the shop. A luxurious fragrance of freshly baked croissants and cinnamon sprinkled muffins greets your senses. Your mouth starts to water. Welcome to Bisous Bisous, a patisserie shop so French you want to say Bonjour!
The Canal du Midi, a silky pale green liquid ribbon that slowly meanders connecting the Mediterranean port city of Sète to Toulouse is one of the most notable and oldest inland waterways of Europe still in use. The lofty dream of engineer Pierre-Paul Riquet to create a direct passage between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean bypassing the Strait of Gibraltar enabling farmers and producers of wheat, wine, wools, silks, and salt a way to export their goods for trade.
Cruising the Canal du Midi is a bucket list destination for empty nesters wanting to enjoy the French countryside, sipping wine and eating artisan cheese at a relaxed, unhurried pace, away from crowds. This guide to cruising the Canal du Midi will help you plan your bucket list vacation.
Lake Charles, Southwest Louisiana’s premier destination for luxurious Vegas-style casino resorts. With a Southern welcome, Lake Charles offers its visitors gourmet restaurants, derby race tracks; and something you won’t find in Las Vegas – deep sea fishing and the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu.
Natchitoches (pronounced nack-a-tish), this charming French Creole town has been celebrating a town-wide epic Christmas festival since 1926. This year, the Southeast Tourism Society named Natchitoches Christmas as one of the top 20 holiday festivals of the year to attend.
Cooking by the Canal du Midi, which offers hands-on cooking classes, is an entertaining way to learn about and create timelessly classic French cuisine with modern ease. Located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of Southern France, owners David and Heather teach the classes two to three times a week in English. The classes cover a range of culinary topics from basic knife skills to modifying recipes to suit a person’s busy lifestyle or dietary restrictions with a focus on using local, seasonal ingredients – regardless of your location.
Autumn is the season of pumpkins, corn mazes, and stunning fall color. Make time this fall for a romantic weekend getaway to explore Alabama’s picturesque countryside. Generally awash in color from mid-October to mid-November with peak color the last week of October and the first week of November, Alabama has five state parks that are ideal weekend escapes to experience the splendor of fall.
Born from the desire to belong to the land and to create a sustainable heritage, Kiepersol Vineyard and Estates in East Texas wine country is much more than just a vineyard – it is a family passion. The sixty-acre estate sits on top of Bullard Salt Dome nestled in the rolling hills of Tyler, Texas just two hours east of Dallas is also home to a distillery, restaurant, and a bed-and-breakfast.
The concept of ecotourism is one that has been around for decades. It is the concept of building responsible cultural and environmental awareness of an area while respecting and preserving the well-being of the inhabitants, both human and animal. Puerto Vallarta does this through art and eco-tours such as swimming with dolphins in the wild.
Louisiana, this deep Southern state rich in 18th-Century French architecture is known for its charming gentile hospitality mixed with Cajun and Creole heritage and frozen daiquiri cocktails that are works of art.
Women In Travel Summit (WITS) is an empowering sisterhood networking event for women in all genres of the travel content creation industry – writers, bloggers, influencers, and brands that help support diversity in travel. Each year, WITS partners with host destinations throughout North America drawing together some of travel’s most energetic, knowledgeable, and supportive network of women. This year WITS went international for the first time to the distinctly French (and friendly) Quebec City. Once I learned the destination for the conference, I immediately began scouting places to stay. Hotel Terrasse Dufferin Depending on the length of my stay,
Galveston was a bustling seaport delivering food, textile goods, and people from around the world. The Galveston Historical Society brings this seaside city’s rich maritime history to life at the Tall Ships Festival where people can experience sailing nostalgia on board multi-masted schooners.
It was a beautiful sunny day in Quebec City, finally, after several days of grey, cold rain the sun was a welcome change on my
Relaxation Breaks – You Deserve Them I don’t care who you are or what you do, male or female, young or old – life can be a challenge. We are pulled
A Cool Reprieve The Guadalupe River lovingly called “the Guad” by locals of the Lone Star state, winds and meanders its way through Texas Hill Country. It flows past carved out limestone cliffs and mounds of gnarled cypress roots looking like they are dipping their toes in the river as they reach for water. A favorite destination for locals and visitors alike who are trying to escape some of Texas’ sweltering hot summer humidity. Thousands will travel to this cool water mecca over the course of a summer for a day of kayaking, tubing or rafting.
Shreveport has been a foodie mecca for diverse regional dishes since its founding in 1836. Shreveportites are infamous for putting their own unique spin on recipes that have been handed down or brought from other countries. This is but a small sampling of delectable morsels you can offer your palate when you visit Shreveport-Bossier City.
Sweet nectar from the high plains of Texas Alvord, Texas – Marker Cellars in the Red River Valley hosted their first wine pairing and Texas wine history event. Texas Wine History I was invited to join a small group of Texas wine lovers to enjoy an evening sampling bold Texas flavor matched with pasta, dried fruit, nuts, assorted cheese, and cannolis. Mark Rogers, the owner of Marker Cellars, taught us some interesting tidbits about Texas wine history. Native American Indian tribes used wild Vitis rotundifolia, also known as muscadine grapes, in much of their diet. Muscadine grapes are packed with
Remnants of Natchitoches French Creole and Spanish roots are evident in its historical cotton plantations, and 19th-century landmark buildings. Natchitoches – A Road Trip To Louisiana’s Hidden Gem Natchitoches (pronounced nack-a-tish), settled in 1714 it is the oldest settlement in