Chenonceau Castle – Thinking About Life Passions

This post begins with the most exquisite artwork of a meal, the food whispers a blessing. Come. Savor. My treasured purple wisteria continues to call out.  Château gardens. Julie eye-catching moments.

Delicate touches to our meal create art.

Bruce and I are not foodies.

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The French Countryside Begins! Guédelon Castle – The Château de Chambord

Yesterday’s steps:
Bruce and I walk a lot at home, but
these tours are ultra active!

Today’s plan:

Traveling on our tour bus out to the countryside, we pass field after field of yellow flowers – harvested for canola oil, these fields of yellow, along with the countryside setting, are peaceful looking – nature makes me happy!

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 April 18

 

 

I get fun pictures as we are walking – many people have well behaved canine companions on leashes & that gets my attention.  Too, look at this woman’s fun purse – it’s made to look like a piano

 

 

 

 

We continue walking this well-choreographed tour as Claire leads us to this cheese shop.

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Paris! La Sainte-Chapelle Shakespeare And Company – The Abbey Bookstore

Day 2 of the Tour
April 17

 

Our tour has officially begun

 

The Seine River with the Eiffel Tower as we walk around Paris!

 

 

La Sainte-Chapelle

Construction began sometime after 1238 and the chapel was consecrated on 26 April 1248. The Sainte-Chapelle is considered among the highest achievements of the Rayonnant period of Gothic architecture.

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April in Paris!

Bruce & Julie – October 2017
in celebration of our 40th wedding anniversary which was August 20th 2017

Big cities have special problems that other places don’t. Watch out for taxi driver scams in Paris. We knew how much a taxi should cost from the airport to our hotel.

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Celebrating the Winter Solace

Celebrating Life in Ireland

Newgrange

In 2009 our 27-year-old son was a visiting scholar at Trinity University in Dublin Ireland.

On the fabulous trip to see him we got to experience Newgrange…

Newgrange World Heritage site

Newgrange, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a prehistoric monument dating back over 5,000 years, The passage tomb features a 19m (62ft) long passage leading to a central chamber which is adorned with megalithic art.

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Mountain Magic

 

Rainbow Clouds

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 Nature almost always plays a part in a really good day for me. This morning’s walk on our nature trail included a rainbow cloud. It is a fairly rare phenomenon. It’s a little miracle to me that I was in the right place at the right time to get to see this.

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Munich, Salzburg & Vienna

Rick Steves Tour

October 2022

“It is the personal experiences on our travel adventures that transcend just visiting somewhere new” – Julie A R Stephens

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Rome, Italy – I put euros in her cup and remember her

  “The most precious gift we can give one another is letting them know they matter.”

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