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Gordes Provence

Perfect Provencal Pair: exploring Roussillon and Gordes

Provence is everything the guidebooks say it is – picturesque villages, views over vineyards, olives, lavender and hilltops. And nestled into the middle of it are arguably 2 of the most lovely of them all. Less than 20 minutes drive from each other, they make for a perfect day in Provence.

Roussillon is noteworthy and unusual for the ochre quarries that surround it. While  most Provencal villages are known for their grey stone buildings and cool blue and purple accents, Roussillon radiates warm oranges and reds, which surround you in the rock quarries themselves and the buildings which clearly drew from their environment for supplies and inspiration.

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Lunch at the Clock Tower District

The Clock Tower District has often seemed like the unpopular kid at the Waterfront club. A small shopping mall with a few tourist-oriented stores and couple of restaurants – hardly seemed worth the effort to walk ALL the way from the enormous, bursting-with-energy Waterfront hub.

But the Husband persuaded me that there was a new playground right next to the restaurants so we decided to try the “other side” of the Waterfront for lunch this past weekend. And I’m so glad we did!

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Vienna – more than just the inside of your hotdog

Vienna, Austria – land of … well, I wasn’t really sure what it was the land of before we landed. Vague notions of Julie Andrews dancing in hills, sausages, Mozart … but we included 3 days there on our 2010 trip to Europe because we had 2 sets of friends who lived in the city, and it fitted in well geographically to the rest of our trip.

But Vienna is amazing! Land of deliciousness, architecture ranging from Baroque to modernism and beyond, palaces, culture and so much more. Vienna blew us away and makes a fabulous destination even if you don’t know anyone there. These are a few things that I loved – let me know if you agree or can add anything else to my list.

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Stellenbosch (part 2) – a kid-free morning

We explored Stellenbosch for the first time in years a few weeks ago, and I decided then to come back with a girl friend and no kids, so I could properly enjoy the gorgeous shops that abound in central Stellenbosch.

First stop was the unique Schoon de Companje, to indulge my new ice cream addiction at fanny Chanel. What started as a bakery, has grown to encompass an enticing array of coffee, wine, cheese, ice cream and other fresh foods. Definitely worth a pop in or a more leisurely meal.

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The closest thing I have to a muse

I’ve mentioned my love of Paris before – if you have an intense dislike of Paris then this might not be the blog for you – so I knew I wanted to write what will be the first of many posts about the city – but where to begin? There are so many places and spaces I love; but my heart belongs to the most iconic of Paris’ structures, the Eiffel Tower.

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Parc Guell

Five reasons Barcelona is a fantastic family travel destination 

Barcelona had been on my radar for a while, as a beautiful city, and for its architecture and food – in fact I rated it as one of the top destinations that we had not yet visited. So we included it in our 2015 trip to Europe with our young kids (age 1 and 4). What I didn’t anticipate was quite how fantastic a destination it would be for our family. It was probably the most family-friendly part of our trip, and here’s why:

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San Gimignano

Dream with me back to 2006…
As part of a 5-week back-packing trip around Europe, we spent 2 days in the little Tuscan village of San Gimignano.

This is one of the most famous Italian hill-top towns, beloved for it’s many towers, medieval architecture and magnificent views.

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