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.
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.
Finding the real Pisa When we vacation, we love to get off the beaten path and
Middleham Castle Middleham Castle in Wensleydale in North Yorkshire was a worthwhile stop in England. We had a great time exploring the castle, which is now in ruins. We had fun imagining the dinner parties, guests, and life in general living in a castle. King Richard III spent many childhood summers at the castle where he trained for knighthood. He later married Anne Neville who gave birth to their son Edward. Rumor has it that Edward, who died at a young age at the castle, haunts the castle looking for other children to play with. England is a great place to visit – full of
Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber Sometimes, I am a bit old-fashioned when it comes to travel. I will get a paper map of the location that I am visiting and pour over it for hours looking for places of interest – ruins, historic homes, cemeteries, prehistoric locations, castles, you get the drift. That was how I found
Steampunk infused with botanical magic Do you ever read those advertising magazines that are spread across the desk in your hotel room? I have to confess – Sometimes, maybe, but usually I just brush them aside to make room for all of the travel books, casual books, magazines, and electronics that I brought with me. It is not like I just
Be Comforted The UK is known for their warm, hearty and flavorful foods. Pub recipes have been handed down for generations. They are a mixture of delightfully flavorful vegetables such as carrots, turnips, rutabagas, and potatoes. Meats such as lamb, venison, chicken, and veal are frequently used for hearty sustenance. Pubs are the place sample this Country’s vast and unique array of savory dishes. The pubs of the UK are as diverse as the people who inhabit the country and the food that they eat. Familiar menu items in a pub are their hearty and savory pies which they call pudding, made with a selection
Ode To The Magical Pub Pubs are transporters into the mysterious past. Each pub has its own distinct feeling, charm and character that greets its guests. From the ancient carved wooden door that has been
I love to hunt for treasure, all kinds of treasure -big and small, new and old. It is the hunt for that singularly unique item to fill the vacant spot on the wall, or that
We like to ghost, by that I mean we like to go to haunted places. We like to try to capture them on our cameras. Sometimes we
The streets of London are very distinct in the curious and particular sights that you will encounter as you meander from one alley or cobble-stoned street to the next. There is such a vibrancy of diversity in both people and architectural structures that there is no shortage of interesting things that will catch your eye! On a recent jaunt down the A502 in London on our way to the Stables Market. It was quite obvious that the people we encountered were from a variety of life paths with a wide diversity of interests, characters and hobbies. There was the man who was in his later
We have done so much and been so many places!! I have so many stories to tell from exploring alleys to sheep herding at a B&B to hanging out at pubs with our sons! Right now we stopped for a quick nibble and tippies at this awesome place in Chester, England called The Botanist. Love it!
Well, we made it to England! The plane ride was so very long! For the most part none of us were able to sleep, except of course, Ian. During the 10 or so hour plane ride I
Now, I am not a big believer in the ghost, goblins, supernatural and such. I think that sometimes, people make up a fair amount to make a good story. But I will say, after this trip, it
The first time that we went to England we were so excited to be going to a different country! It was so thrilling to think of all the new experiences and people that we would meet! The new culinary adventures that we would expose our taste buds to. The massive amounts of history that we would see. For history lovers who grew up in a state in America where 50 years is considered “old”, going to a place that has centuries of history made us almost giddy! We made our travel list, what to pack, what not to pack, found