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French Laundry

French Laundry

I have been doing laundry for many years, for five people, but in the past few weeks I’ve learned my most expensive two lessons. First of all, never put a king size velvet and silk Pottery Barn quilt into your French washing machine whose capacity is 8 kilos. Just because you can stuff it in...
Pharmacie de Garde

Pharmacie de Garde

  I learned something new today because my son woke up with flaming red, goopy, oozing, crusted over eyes. Common sense told me pink-eye, but if you live in the south of France you feel a bit paralyzed on Sunday if you need to do anything other than eat a good lunch. Almost everything, but...
Week 13: Flying From France to Los Angeles to Get a VISA and Back Again

Week 13: Flying From France to Los Angeles to Get a VISA and Back Again

Harper and I left Nice on Sunday morning and flew through Munich to arrive later that extra long day in Los Angeles. We passed through customs, grabbed our bags and hopped on a bus to get our rental car. We were in a hurry to find In n’ Out Burger and then the Hotel Shangri-La...
Week 12: Los Angeles Consulate Visit, French Long Stay Visa

Week 12: Los Angeles Consulate Visit, French Long Stay Visa

I will start off by stating: this is not a guide on how to get a French Visa, I wouldn’t dream of dragging you through everything we have been through in a blog post. Rather, this is a condensed version of our experience during the week we traveled to obtain our visa. If you are...
Week 11: Ikea, Antibes, Yacht Show

Week 11: Ikea, Antibes, Yacht Show

We must be in the rainy season in southern France as it has been cloudy and rainy more often than sunny for the past several weekends. Instead of spending the entire Saturday indoors, we decided to find something to do away from the house. After resisting for more than two months, I finally gave in...
Week 10: Easter, St Paul de Vence

Week 10: Easter, St Paul de Vence

My assumption that it doesn’t rain that often in the Cote d’Azur was definitely wrong. The last few weeks seem to be filled with more cold, rainy days than warm, sunny days. I’m not really complaining, just admitting that my knowledge of the weather here was either wrong or the rain we are experiencing is...
23 Tips (and growing) for Visiting Tuscany

23 Tips (and growing) for Visiting Tuscany

1. Make time to see attractions at sunset or at night. If you are taking photos, the best light is often in the last hour of the day. If you can, visit popular tourist attractions after 9pm to avoid crowds and get a different perspective. Sometimes seeing things at night can be a new experience...
Week 9: Five Days with Toscana

Week 9: Five Days with Toscana

Shhh… Don’t tell my wife. I’m in love with another. She is natural beauty, with dizzying curves that are hard to miss. Her knowledge on the subjects of art and culture have made her very influential and she maintains incredible collections at the Uffizi and Pitti Palace. I’m not the first to love her, other...
Villa Collina by Inspirato: Our Own Italian Borgo

Villa Collina by Inspirato: Our Own Italian Borgo

Villa Collina by Inspirato is like no place I’ve ever stayed. Working in the travel industry, I have been fortunate to spend time at some of the top luxury hotels and resorts in the world, but nothing is quite like the experience at Villa Collina. It’s not just another luxury lodging property or resort, but...
Tuscany Day 5: Siena

Tuscany Day 5: Siena

Our last full day in Tuscany and there is no doubt that we want to spend more time here. We’ve covered a lot of ground but there is still so much we could do. Today our focus is on Siena, but as discussed in an earlier post we are being pulled toward spending more time...
Tuscany Day 4: Chianti

Tuscany Day 4: Chianti

Another day, another enchanted morning at Villa Collina. This morning I drank my espresso sitting in front of the Il Campanile chapel as I watched the sun climb out of the valley below. Our day in Val d’Orcia was amazing, but tiring, so we decided to take it easy at Villa Collina before venturing out...
Tuscany Day 3: Val d'Orcia- Montalcino, San Quirico d'Orcia, and Pienza

Tuscany Day 3: Val d’Orcia- Montalcino, San Quirico d’Orcia, and Pienza

Our third day in Tuscany began with an amazing sunrise from the top level master bedroom of our villa. Opening the windows wide we could lean out and hear the quiet, and feel the crisp morning air. While looking out the open windows, I felt connected to another time and place. One thousand years ago...