Nov 102007
 

[Translate]   My  husband and I just returned back from 11 glorious days in Italy. We flew to Milano and stopped in Bergamo on our way to Verona for two nights, then we drove to Bologna for a few hours on our way to Colle di Val d’Elsa for one night, then to Siena for the day and then went to Monte Santa Maria Tiberina in Umbria for a week where we drove around the beautiful region of Umbria and saw Citta di Castello, Umbertide, Montone, Gubbio, Perugia, Spoleto and Assisi. Over the next couple of weeks I will be writing about the places we visited and providing a recipe to go along with the Click here to continue reading this post

Nov 052007
 

[Translate] Sorry for the long break.  I just returned from a wonderful trip to Italy and I have plenty to show you. I will be writing a full report in the next few days.  For now, here are a few teaser photos:  

Apr 112007
 

[Translate] Sur le pont d’Avignon On y danse, on y danse Sur le pont d’Avignon On y danse tous en rond On the bridge of Avignon We all dance there, we all dance there On the bridge of Avignon We all dance there in a ring My last installment on our trip to Provence is in Avignon, the seat of the Catholic papacy from 1309 – 1377 . Avignon is a beautiful walled city on the Rhône river. It has tree lined boulevards and very interesting architecture. It is also famous for the Le Pont St Benezet which originally spanned the Rhône River between Avignon and Villeneuve-lès-Avignon on the left bank. It was built between Click here to continue reading this post

Apr 092007
 

[Translate] St. Paul de Vence is a very picturesque town which is famous for its beauty and also is the final resting place of Auguste Escoffier and Marc Chagall. It has narrow winding streets with small squares tucked in between. This is definitely a village for romance, whether you want to propose to someone, go on a honeymoon or just spend a romantic vacation with the one you love. I would recommend staying at Le St. Paul. Everyone wants to be at the Colombe d’Or because of its amazing collection of paintings and sculptures and because every movie star known to man has stayed there. The hotel is therefore always crowded with curious tourists. The Click here to continue reading this post

Apr 072007
 

[Translate] I tend to do a lot of research when planning a trip. I always buy a guidebook and look for interesting places to visit on the internet. I spent weeks collecting information for our trip to Provence, including printing out maps on the Michelin website. It was quite helpful and we used those maps for our various day trips that we made. One of those places that I insisted on visiting was the village of Villeneuve-Loubet, because it is the childhood home of Auguste Escoffier and his birth home contains the Musee de l’Art Culinaire, or Museum of Culinary Art. This museum is dedicated to Auguste Escoffier, “King of Chefs and Chef to Kings”, Click here to continue reading this post

Apr 052007
 

[Translate] My husband and I went on a lovely 12-day vacation last June to the Cote d’Azur and Provence. We stayed in a beautiful villa on Cap d’Antibes for 10 days and a hotel in Avignon for two days. We travelled to Haute de Cagne, Nice, Tourtour, Villecroze, Salernes, Flayosc, Vence, St. Paul de Vence, Villeneuve-Loubet, Grasse, Villefranche sur le Mer, Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Marseille, Cassis, Avignon, Orange, Carpentras, and Aix en Provence. We were fortunate enough to have been invited to stay at a family friend’s home in Cap d’Antibes. We had the house to ourselves. The house was 75 meters from the sea and had a rooftop terrace which has a magnificent view of Click here to continue reading this post

Mar 312007
 

[Translate] I hope that all of you have a joyous Passover full of peace and love. I am going to be very busy the next couple of days preparing for the seder and will be back with more stories and photos to share with you this coming week. Here are a couple of teaser photos for a series of upcoming posts. We are going to travel to France. Any idea who lived here?

Mar 182007
 

[Translate] These are the words of an email that I read in shock last April. I received an email via JewishGen from a man from my paternal great-grandmother’s hometown, Giershagen, Hochsauerland, Nord Rhein-Westphalia, Germany. He asked if he could be of assistance and I wrote him back. We exchanged a few emails and after I explained who I was and which relative lived in Giershagen he proceeded to tell me that my great-great-grandfather’s house and the synagogue that he attended are still standing. I cried. I lived in Germany for two-half years, rather close to Giershagen and never went there. Okay, I was young and stupid. Since my job takes me to Germany every 3-4 Click here to continue reading this post

Mar 162007
 

[Translate] It snowed in Jerusalem this morning and we had hail this afternoon in central Israel. Spring has not sprung yet. Jerusalem gets snow about once a year, but yesterday it didn’t stick. I like visiting Jerusalem. I think it is a romantic city with all of the Jerusalem stone buildings and the skyline of the old city. The best way to get an overview of the old city is to climb on the roofs of the houses there. The view is amazing. I really like going to outdoor markets. They are full of sights, sounds, smells and are also a great place to people watch. You can find some amazing faces in the market, Click here to continue reading this post

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