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Flashback Friday – France


From Sud to Nord, Bateaux to Chateaux, I spent a summer a couple of years ago celebrating a friend’s birthday in Saint Tropez and then hired a car and drove myself to Paris, spending nights along the way at places that drew me in. Here is a smattering of memories caught on camera.


French Simplicity

A side street in Saint Tropez

Paris Pavement

Pavement graffiti in Paris

A Sea of Sunflowers

Driving up from the South – A common and never tiresome view.

Boules Players

French men always find time to repose. Petanque in the shade with a splash of Ricard.


View front my Chateau bedroom window in Rocheguede.


Statues all over the Chateau.


A favorite reading chair in my room.


A favorite lounging spot with a glass of rose and a book.


One of the many wineries you see along your drive to the North.

Wine Barrel

An old wine barrel.


The town of Dijon.

Dijon Mutard

The many kinds of salt and pepper to be found in Dijon, not forgetting the mutard!


An old carousel in Saint Tropez.

Saint Tropez

The beautiful boats of Saint Tropez.

Saint Tropez Villa

The villa my friend rented in Saint Tropez

Artwork in the Villa

Artwork in the villa

A bientot, France! J’arrive en Octobre!

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Richmond – Rich in Delight

Just a few years back (wink wink, nudge nudge), I went to Kingston University in South London. Not only does it have one of the top two fashion schools in the U.K., but it also sits by one of the London area’s most overlooked parts of the city. I wanted to show my fiancé my old stomping grounds, so, we fought our way through the urban jungle with my friend, Gail, and ended in Richmond Park, home to thousands of deer grazing in the endless grasslands and trees that are regal and abundant – trees that seem to come alive in the shadows of twilight. When I was at University, I used to go out of my way to drive through the park. Such a haven from the hustle and bustle of Blighty.

The river Thames snakes around Richmond, which became a world of punting, and river boating. At University, it was a regular stop for a Sunday pub lunch. My fiancé discovered that it’s also a great spot for a quick shot of whiskey!

As we continued on along the Thames, Gail pointed us in the direction of Petersham Nurseries. Go for the amazing food and atmosphere, stay for the beautiful plants and flowers. What an inspiration!

Our cute little lunch spot.

Gail and I amongst a forest of blossoms.

The sweetest loo I’ve ever seen.

So simple and so beautiful.

Our bellies full, and our senses sated, we continued on up the A1 to our final destination… my childhood home of Newcastle. More on that later! In the meantime, add Richmond to your list of London To-Dos!

Image credit: Jeffrey Doornbos


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Road Trip to the Rockies

Taking a flight, and flying above it all, is definitely the quickest way to get to wherever you’re going.  But hitting the road always cements a bounty of memories, that no airline ticket can buy. Happy 4th from Colorado!

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