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…

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Listen, Before the day in all its sunlit energy bursts through the shuttered windows. Listen, As the hummingbirds, sparrows and robins converse about issues in the ‚Äėhood.‚Äô Listen, As the gentle morning breeze waltzes with the trees. Listen, As¬†the red geraniums share their sensory delight, Grounding to the earth. Listen, To the melody of pine,…

Rose Citroen

This poem found me today by way of walking to the grocery store, instead of driving, and through Mary Oliver‚Äôs poem: Humility ‚ÄúPoems arrive ready to begin. Poets are only the transportation.‚ÄĚ She spoke to me of pink – The day unfurling like her, One petal at a time. Reminding me of candles On my…

“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…

Suspending time: Paris, October 2017

“Y-a-t-il plus belle fa√ßon de suspendre le temps?” Is there a better way to suspend time? Oh how this phrase strikes a chord within. My heart’s been missing Paris. Alisha Wielfaert¬†was in Paris recently and referred to the city as her “soul’s home.” This is true for me. For some, time feels suspended simply by…