Domme is a medieval, bastide town located in the Dordogne Valley in the Nouvelle-Aquitane region of southwestern France. Perched on a rocky outcrop, Domme provides magnificent views of the Dordogne River and valley. A member of the association, Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, Domme is a popular tourist destination.Continue reading “A Visitor’s Guide to Domme”
Sarlat-la-Canéda is a lovely French village in the Dordogne Valley. It is home to the highest concentration of medieval, Renaissance, and 17th-century architecture of any town in France. Its picturesque lanes and facades display the privileged status Sarlat received in return for its loyalty to the French crown during the Hundred Years’ War.Continue reading “A Guide to Visiting Sarlat”
Gimel-les-Cascades is a small commune in the Corrèze region of France. Not in my France guide book, this tiny town is truly a hidden gem. It is a picture-perfect French village and was one of my favorite places in the Limousin and the surrounding area.
I was thankful to arrive around lunch time, as most everything closes between 12-2 in the Corrèze, and I didn’t have to contend with any traffic. As such, somehow, I managed to drive my giant rental car through the few narrow streets that we were wide enough for only one vehicle at a time.
There was so much to see in Gimel-les-Cascades including remains of castle La Rouche Haute, Church Saint Pardoux and its treasury, Chapel of the Penitents, the home of Gaston Vuillier, and of course the waterfalls for which Gimel-les-Cascades is named.Continue reading “Gimel-les-Cascades”
History of Uzerche
The Roman Times
Uzerche is a town in the Corrèze department of the Nouvelle-Aquitane region of France which includes the Limousin. The town is perched on a rocky outcrop above the Vézère River. Uzerche dates back to the Roman times, and it was the last place the Gauls fought Julius Caesar.Continue reading “A Guide to Uzerche, France”
Oradour-sur-Glane is a village in the Haute-Vienne department of the Limousin region (now part of Nouvelle-Aquitaine) of France. The new Oradour-sur-Glane was rebuilt after World War II next to the original village which was destroyed by a German Waffen-SS company.Continue reading “The Ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane”
I wanted to go to the French Open in Paris for a day, but it was a long way to go from the USA without other plans. Having visited Paris previously, I was looking for other options when I found a “housesit” in Lagraulière, a town in Corrèze on a website called Trusted Housesitters. There are several other similar ones, but basically the site matches house and pet sitters with homeowners who need help with pet and home care.
I paid my application fee for the site, applied to the job in Corrèze which includes details about the owners, pets and home, and miraculously got it! After some communication back and forth, I booked my plane and train tickets in preparation for my next adventure.Continue reading “Life on a French Farm in Corrèze”
While most people have heard of Nashville, Tennessee, I imagine not as many have heard of Nashville, Indiana. Nashville, Indiana is a small artist community located in Brown County. A few years ago, Nashville was named as one of the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit by Smithsonian Magazine.
I stumbled across the town nine years ago during my year-long road trip around the USA and have wanted to return to stay at the nearby Story Inn which is rumored to be haunted. Finally, I made my return trip after going to Kentucky for the Derby.
I arrived Sunday night and stayed through Tuesday. Monday and Tuesday are very quiet days in Nashville. Some of the restaurants and museums are closed. I liked the quaintness, but for those who want more activity, visit on a weekend, as Nashville is a popular tourist destination and hopping.Continue reading “Top Things to Do in Nashville”
I’ve always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby, but have never been able to talk anyone into going with me. Either they’ve been once, and that was enough, or they weren’t interested due to the exorbitant price of a seat.
Finally, I decided to go on my own through my vacation club Dreamtrips, who offered a package that included three nights at a hotel in Lexington (not Louisville), transportation, a reserved seat in the Grandstand for the Derby, a horse farm tour, and a bourbon tasting for only $1,860 after I applied 630 points.
Given a package from the Kentucky Derby for the same seating with the addition of a concert, food and beverage cost $1,799 not including lodging which was $1,600, I thought I got a pretty sweet deal.Continue reading “The 145th Kentucky Derby Weekend”
So, I have always felt that as an American, I needed to visit Graceland. I’m not sure why given I’m not an Elvis fanatic, but I finally decided to visit Memphis in between my trip to Dallas for my high school reunion and my trip to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby. I was pleasantly surprised by Memphis and Graceland!Continue reading “Memphis: A Three Day Itinerary”
A Guide to Visiting Graceland
So, I have wanted to visit Graceland for some time now. Don’t ask me why because I’m not an Elvis fanatic nor do I know much about him. But I feel as an American, it’s my duty see what all the craze is about.
Over the years, I’ve scanned Graceland’s website thinking I might get to Memphis soon. Tickets used to be a reasonable $30, but recently with a massive renovation to the complex, the price to enter has sky rocketed. Tours range anywhere from $41 to see the mansion only to $174 for the Ultimate VIP experience.Continue reading “A Guide to Graceland”