Posts made in September, 2014

Gallo-Roman Vaison-la-Romaine

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in The South of France, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Gallo-Roman Vaison-la-Romaine

Vaison-la-Romaine was inhabited during the Bronze Age, and in the 4th-century BC, the upper city of Vaison became the capital for a Celtic tribe. A place of vital significance in the early history of Provence, Vaision-la-Romaine extends on both sides of the river Ouvèze, with an upper self-contained medieval quarter with the look and character of a hill-village.   From the 18th-century, most of the town had moved back down to the plains by the river, thus forming the “new” town. The Ouvèze River flows between the low-lying new town of Vaison and the rocky spur on which the...

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Seaside town of Cassis

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in The South of France, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Seaside town of Cassis

“One who has seen Paris, but not Cassis, has seen nothing!” (“Qui a vu Paris, et non Cassis, n’a rien vu!”) – Provençal writer Alexandre Dumas Located in the département of the Var, the seaside gem of Cassis (not to be confused with crème de cassis, a specialty of Burgundy which takes its name from the French word for black currants) sits on the Mediterranean coast about 12 miles east of Marseille. The village encompasses rolling hills of picturesque vineyards which descend into a scenic port. Cassis produces its own wines, white and rosé, from the surrounding...

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Athens, Greece

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Greece: Athens & the Greek isles, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Athens, Greece

Home to the most important ancient monument in the Western world, Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities, with a recorded history spanning around 3,400 years.   Athens is considered to be the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy.   Join me in this lively and vivacious city as we explore our past, all the while relishing a culinary journey every step of the way. Our friends in Sifnos recommended our hotel in Athens, their preferred choice when in town.  Centrally located in the heart of the Old City of Plaka and the Acropolis, the modern hotel has been...

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Culinary Journey to Greece

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Greece: Athens & the Greek isles, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Culinary Journey to Greece

It is said that the Mediterranean diet is the healthiest in the world.  In the Mediterranean, the people say that the Greeks have the healthiest diet.  It surely has something to do with olives, fish, vegetables and herbs… Join me on an exciting culinary journey to Greece, where authentic dishes such as these await your palate … With our culinary guide we’ll track down the best souvlaki in Athens Photo courtesy of Culinary Backstreets   Each time you order a Greek salad, they will ask if you want feta (from Crete) or the local island cheese. This is a Greek salad...

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Santorini island, Greece

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Greece: Athens & the Greek isles, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Santorini island, Greece

No doubt the most visually stunning and dramatic Greek island, Santorini is at both elegant and charming.  Voted as the world’s best island for 2011 by the readers of Travel & Leisure, this Cycladic Island offers one of the Aegean’s most unusual landscapes.  The island’s official name is Thira, although the medieval name – a corruption of “St. Irene”, left behind by the Italians – is most commonly used today. With its unique blend of sulphur, salt and water, 120 miles southwest of mainland Greece, Santorini is the world’s largest inhabited...

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