Posted on November 21, 2015
I love Austin! After my trip to San Francisco, I headed to Austin for a DECA conference. Today I was exhibiting and promoting Vector Marketing. After we were done, I needed a snack before dinner. Last night I passed Manuel’s Mexican in my way to get sushi. In hindsight, I should have had dinner here. It was so good! I had a margarita and some ceviche. This is best ceviche I have ever had. It was perfect. I will be returning when I am back in Austin in two weeks!
Posted on November 19, 2015
This week I was in San Francisco for meetings. This is only my third time in San Francisco. The last time I was there it was POURING rain the entire time. I know this is rare, since they are experiencing a drought. Before the meetings began, I was able to take some walks. Here are a few pictures that I took during my time in SF. Have a great day!
Posted on November 10, 2015
When we did our research for our trip to the Provence region, we discovered that the area was know for its pottery. There is so much to do in Provence and not enough time. I could say that about every area we have visited in France! One of the things I liked about working with Emily from Your Private Provence was she asked what we wanted to do and designed our tour specifically for us. She created an amazing day! I love supporting local artisans and handcrafted products and loving seeing things produced. Sidenote: I work for CUTCO Cutlery and love visiting the factory. The artisan we visited was Christine Denniel. We had the opportunity to meet her husband and tour the workshop. I purchased a bowl, mug and vase. I smile every time I see them and have great memories. Should have bought more!
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Posted on November 9, 2015
After a couple of day in Avignon, we were ready to start our wine tour. The B&B was located about 40 minutes outside of Avignon. We had the idea to hire a tour guide to show us the Luberon Region and other treasures. We wanted to maximize our time with sightseeing. Philip from La Madelene Rhone Wine Holidays recommended Your Private Provence. Emily is the owner and was our guide for the day. We started by heading towards the Luberon. We stopped at a little market to get some fresh goodies for our picnic lunch. I love these markets in France! We did stop by a mowed lavender field and took a fun picture, which you will see in the photos below.
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Posted on November 5, 2015
Posted on November 2, 2015
As I mentioned in a previous blog, we really don’t make plans for restaurants to visit till we get to our destination. We were told the restaurants around the corner from our apartment in Avignon were good. We went to Michelin restaurant by accident. We did make reservations at La Fourchette for our last night. The only reason we made reservations was because the restaurants were busy and wanted to make sure we had place. We started the meal in true French style with a glass of champagne and we enjoyed Chateaunef-du-Pape for our wine. Since I had fish, I enjoyed a white one. Until I visited Rhône region, I didn’t realize that there were white Chateaunef-du-Pape wines. We had a great meal and lots of laughs. We were too full to have dessert!
Posted on October 29, 2015
After looking at the towns close to Avignon, we decided to go to Aix-en-Provence. We did some research and found out that there was “big” craft fair along with their Market day. We were going to be in town and hadn’t been to a French market yet! We booked a train for early and we started our day out laughing, because we had trouble finding a taxi. We got to Aix and they were still setting up. It was supposed to be pouring rain, but instead we had perfect weather. Walked down a few streets and that was the whole market. It was cool to see, but we didn’t need to be up and there so early. Lesson learned! It is ironic that 1/2 of my pics of the market were blurry, so it looks even smaller. We explored town and had sushi for lunch. This is one of the towns we should have done more research, but we thought the market would take more time. I did get some goodies: lavender honey, which I love putting on blue cheese. When I first heard of lavender honey, I didn’t think I would like it, however I loved it. How can you go to Provence and not get Herbs de Provence and some great soaps. The Paella and roasted chicken looked amazing, but it wasn’t something we could get and keep. The cheeses looked delish too. We should have gotten stuff and a place for a picnic.
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Posted on October 28, 2015
While we stayed in Avignon one of the coolest things we did was go to a light show at night. It took place in the courtyard of the Palais de Papes. We were happy that it was showing in English while we were there. The way things like this usually go on our trips it is the night before or after we are there. Les Luminessences d’Avignon was amazing and told us the story of Avignon.
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Posted on October 27, 2015
We chose Avignon as our base for our trip because it was close to where we were doing a wine tour (can’t wait to start blogging about our wine tour!) and it had a TGV station. It made it very easy to get to Provence from Paris. After we had decided on Avignon, we realized it had a very unique history. Avignon’s relationship to the Catholic faith was one of the most interesting parts. During the 14th Century there were six papal conclaves held in Avignon and the popes were based in France. This was the one thing I had wanted to do while we were in Avignon. We spent a HOT afternoon touring the Palais de Papes. I love history and there is definitely a TON of history in these walls.
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Posted on October 24, 2015
We spent our first full day in France in Avignon. Avignon is located in Southern France and was still experiencing HOT days. We slept in, which felt great, and explored the city. We found out something new about restaurants in France (at least outside of major cities). They don’t open till noon, unlike in the states when you can get lunch at 11 am. It gave me a chance to take some pictures and we were able to get our bearings to the important things food and shopping and where they were located! Avignon definitely proved to be the perfect place for our home-base.