|October 3, 2012||Filed under France, Gordes, Provence||
According to WebMD’s fitness and calorie calculators, each of our 20 minute walks from the rental maison to nearby restaurants burned enough calories to compensate for not much more than half a glass of vin rouge or a tablespoon of foie gras. Et alors? We didn’t care. We were on holiday!
My friends and I returned recently from a dream-like week in the heart of Provence, France, near the spectacular village of Gordes, indulging in the gastronomic abundance of the region. We almost convinced ourselves that the French paradox would apply to us since we tried so hard to dine like locals. Alas, we ate but we didn’t stay so mince. (more…)
|September 10, 2012||Filed under Bordeaux, France|
At Kilometer 22, I was following Christ, literally. Earlier I ran next to a few Crusaders, passed a swarm of Ninjas and jostled with toga-clad Greeks. At various wine-tasting stops, I toasted glasses of red Bordeaux with cavemen, centurions and pharaohs.
Welcome to the 2012 Médoc Marathon! Costumes, wine consumption and joie de vivre are de rigueur at this annual running extravaganza in the beautiful wine country north of Bordeaux, France.
Held this year on September 8th, there were over 8,000 participants, 20 wine-tasting sites, 33 bands, and during the last four kilometers, tents of ham, oysters, steak, cheese and ice cream. Yes, I tried them all!
|June 15, 2012||Filed under Paris, San Francisco, Sonoma Valley||
What’s a Perfect Outing?
When was the last time you came home after an adventurous day and said “Wow, that was a perfect day!”?
- Were you amazed by something you saw or experienced?
- Did you put your body into motion, making you sweat a bit and your endorphins pop?
- Did you indulge in some decadent meal or pampering?
- Were you with interesting people to share the fun?
For me, a perfect day includes all of the above. So, the “secret” to having a perfect outing is to fire up all your senses!
Perfect Outings is founded based on those principles. Perfect Outings offers highly curated private adventures for the active, discerning traveler. Tours are now available in Sonoma Valley and San Francisco.
The “Perfect Outings” concept started a few years ago when I was with several friends in Paris and we had one of those amazing days: a morning 10K run through the Marais and on the Promenade Plantee; a decadent lunch at multi-starred Taillevent in the 8th arrondissement; an afternoon stroll down the Champs Elysees and through the Tuileries, ending at the L’Orangerie to admire the Monets. (more…)