Category Archives: learnng new things

Translating yoga into surfing

When I got back from Murano, the thing I most wanted to do was yoga with my nurturing teacher, Anita. It felt so good to be back, focusing on form, breathing, and the meditation that comes with Shavasana. Despite my … Continue reading

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Venice – night eye candy

My daughter and I arrived in Venice in late afternoon. We quickly checked into our hotel and then set out to see Her as the chilly dusk approached. A quick right out the hotel door brought us to our first … Continue reading

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Kayaking the Kohala Ditch

This month, Stacy and I kayaked the Kohala Ditch with Flumin’ Kohala. It was the six year anniversary of my move to the Big Island, and as my real estate agent, she was part of getting me here. I’m amazed … Continue reading

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Blois – a French market feast

It’s typical to visit castles and chateaus while in France, but give me a food market any day. Blois had one of the best. So first thing Saturday morning, we went there to figure out our menus for the next … Continue reading

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Loire River Valley – chateaus and cave dwellings

We spent 10 days in the Loire Valley. It’s close enough to Paris that in centuries past, nobility built summer chateaus here to escape the city. Before that, French royalty ruled from Blois and elsewhere in the valley. More than … Continue reading

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Saumur – living it up in a villa and houseboat

We have finally left the region of Brittany and are now in the Loire River Valley staying in Saumur. We picked up Marilyn, the third member of our party, from the train station, and headed over to our digs at … Continue reading

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The megaliths of Carnac – Stonehenge on steroids

Our destination after San Malo was the south coast of Brittany. The little port village of Portivy is on the Quiberon Peninsula. We’re staying on the ocean side, Le Cote Sauvage (the savage coast), and our gite is just across … Continue reading

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San Malo – the rebels of Brittany

From Le Mont St. Michel, we drove into Brittany, the northwest region of France. Dianne has been here before and she talked about it glowingly for years: the menhirs and dolmans, the cider, the Breton culture, and of course, the … Continue reading

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Giverny – gardens behind walls

France: the land of croissants, Monet, sumptuous food, and fruitful vineyards. I’m traveling again, this time in rural France. Yes, I just went to Spain in spring. But I’m 65, and am taking every opportunity I can to live full … Continue reading

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Rich Memories: Lucking out with the perfect flat in Madrid Spain

It’s been five weeks since I traveled in Spain and my thoughts drift back there often. What comes to mind most frequently is Madrid. I think it has something to do with not feeling like a tourist there; I felt … Continue reading

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