Gruissan, Béziers, Wine Tasting РOctober, 2018

Sunshine, blue skies, warm breeze, sailboats in the harbor, fish nets catching eels, palm trees and a motorcycle that sucks up dog poop (really!) That was a first. Welcome to Gruissan. First stop after parking was a visit to the cooperative La Cave de Gruissan. Shelves with products from the area: mustard, olive oil, tapenades,…

Narbonne, Carcassone, Cassoulet, and Vineyards: France – October, 2018

“Let’s stroll by the seaside, take a walk by the seaside, soak up sun by the seaside, sip espresso by the seaside.” This has a delightful melody in my head; which, unfortunately, dear reader, you are unable to hear. Invitation: next time you stroll by the seaside, see which version you create ūüôā Dimanche, Sunday,…

Occitanie, South West France, October, 2018

“may my heart always be open to little birds who are the secrets of living.”¬† E.E. Cummings I awoke to the sound of chattering birds, roosters greeting the morning, and a gentle breeze blowing the curtains. Hotel Riberach¬†in B√©lesta was ‘home’ for 3 nights. The hotel, restaurant and cave (winery) have a snail as their…

Hydra, Greece, October 2018

What is it about the sea that makes my heart happy? I am here now. My soulstrolling friend, Kayce Stevens Hughlett, and I, said ‘yes’ to a writers retreat on Hydra, one of the Saronic Islands, located in the Aegean Sea. Aboard the Flying Dolphin from Piraeus we pulled 2 cards from the soulstrolling inspiration…

Athens, Greece, October 2018

Here’s the thing about renting spaces I haven’t stayed:¬† hopeful it’s as beautiful as the photos, curious – really, it has this view?¬†Airbnb studio, Acropolis View Awe, gratitude, ‘this is my life!’ voiced and heart filled responses. After returning the rental car outside Athens airport (transported by a kind and at the quoted price driver…

“Kalimera” Nafplio, Galaxidi, Delphi, Eleusis – October, 2018

“Kalimera,” Welcome.¬† Kayce Stevens Hughlett¬†and I had begun our soulstrolling¬†Greece adventure. After meeting at the Athens airport, we drove our Nissan Micro to the beautiful seaport town of Nafplio, near the north end of the Argolic Gulf, in the Peloponnese region. Kyveli Suites¬†was our ‘home’ for the night (thanks to Vanessa Sage¬†for the recommendation). After…

“Do I turn, or not turn?” Istria, Croatia

For a week in May, 2018, my adventurous, SoulStrolling friend, Kayce S. Hughlett¬†and I hiked from one hilltop town to the next in Istria, Croatia. It was filled with new adventures, laughter, thundershowers, mud elevated shoes, copious amounts of food, shots of espresso, abundant hospitality, stunning landscapes and conversations with animals. The chickens say hello…

When you go SoulStrolling in Venice, Italy

“SoulStroller (n.) A person who is present to life in all its intricate details, who listens to the voice of his or her heart and pays attention with all the senses…” Kayce Stevens Hughlett, SoulStroller: experiencing the weight, whispers and wings of the world. I believe, that if you desire to explore new places and…

“These are a few of my favorite things…” Restaurants and Bistros: Paris, France

I’ve experienced many delicious meals in Paris over the past number of years: from restaurants and bistros, to boulangeries and caf√©s, in an assortment of arrondissements throughout the city. For my friends, family and fellow SoulStrollers,¬†SoulStrolling, here’s a ‘few of my faves’ for your perusal, sampling and upcoming adventures. Fr√Ęiche¬†– Thanks to my husband, Dave…

54 or 12? London, England, February 2018

Stepping off the Eurostar from Paris to London, my feet touch the pavement at St. Pancras International Station and I am home. I feel it in my bones. Ancestors breath pulsing through concrete flooring. My deceased Dad of 11 years whispering my name, “Sharon Anne, my wee ShaSha, we’ve more to discover.” It’s a paradox…

The Other Side Academy, Salt Lake City, Utah

“Practice the art of attention and listening.” Phil Cousineau Sometimes, I am the recipient of incredible opportunities. Visiting The Other Side Academy¬†in Salt Lake City, Utah, is one of those. TOSA has an innovative and visionary approach to working with men and women ‚Äúwho have hit rock bottom‚Ķwho now want to learn a better way…