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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

In the Loire Valley

Nothing is quite comparable to enjoying the Chateaux of the Loire Valley.  As most people never have the quality time to really explore this region we find 3 days is not enough. We do know that visiting in the fall you will not experience crowds and will not run into the traffic that would surely slow down any summer visit. 

This year we enjoyed Chenonceau, Amboise and Villandry, which blew us away! Posting a few photos of our days here.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

A Life By Design - Funding the Perfect Life

About to embark on 4 weeks abroad, there is the realization falling upon me that life as it is today is about to be put on hold.

Having responsibilities and those who look to you for guidance however on a daily basis makes it much more challenging to step out of 'the present' and allow yourself to totally disconnect and live the life you planned for two years.

As the Managing Broker of a very large Real Estate office in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, I am surrounded by some of the most brilliant minds in the business, coupled with THE most brilliant leaders in Real Estate (Technology) industry today.  Ahead of their time in assuring we as brokers will still have work in the years to come. But this is not the reason for this post.

We have been abroad many previous times but this is only the third trip since 911.  We had returned from France 910 and took us until 2004 to work up the nerve to go back. Then the economy tanked, real estate markets collapsed and those in this line of work had to be serious and not waste further time.

With economic improvement in 2016 we found ourselves returning to France and vowed we would not allow another 12 year gap pass not going anywhere.

To begin this adventure in the Loire valley, we are excited to return there having been their last before digital photography was created.

An armchair photographer my entire life, I eagerly await the scenery that will greet us in every direction. 

Time permitting will include some posts.


Sunday, September 2, 2018

A French Frye in Paris

There is NO other blogger or Facebook page I follow closer than A French Frye in Paris. I am not alone as his followers are fully committed to his cause as am I.

Long overdue for a post to my blog, I have never been so excited to promote another blogger as I am today.

As it took years to gather the knowledge we now have with respect to our travels abroad, and specifically France, never did I realize how much I didn't know about Paris thanks to Corey Frye, an American in Paris.

Married to a Parisian and father of two, Corey is a tour guide, photographer, blogger and one of the most brilliant minds/walking-pedia of Paris. 

Not sure if that was gramatically propper but the past year has been an eye-opener for my husband and I thanks to his weekly live-stream walks through the streets of Paris.

For us, the education and insights of a city we thought we knew well has been profound. When I think of the books in our home library on Paris and France, Corey has taken us into places we could never find in a tour book.  

Corey takes you to the corners and neighborhoods of Paris one may never see especially those with less than a week in this magnificent city that can never be compared with any other across the globe.

I strongly encourage you to follow Corey on Facebook, and his Blog and consider watching his Saturday morning LIVE STREAM walks from Paris that begin at 10am CST.

So many of us who follow Corey now feel like he is our (little) brother helping us get to know our favorite city in a light that few are able to see. 

He has created this unmatched niche of bringing Paris to you in the privacy of your home. Once you join Corey on one of his walks you will not want to miss any future walks.

You can not only find his past Paris walks on his Facebook page but also on his YouTube page.  For his Patreon subscribers, there are additional benefits. Below are links to get to know Corey better.

If you love Paris this is the place for you.  Ron and I look forward to meeting Corey in the near future and know that because of his Parisian brilliance we will be enjoying Paris like we have never done before.

Visit Corey's Facebook Page:    https://www.facebook.com/AFrenchFryeInParis/ 

For detailed maps of Corey's Video Tours & other exclusive Paris content: https://www.patreon.com/afrenchfryeinparis

Friday, May 12, 2017

Le Tour de France 2018

If you have plans on watching next year's TDF in person, in the coming weeks we will be posting some of our favorite picks of hotel accomodation's in all  locations for all stages including the start in Vendee, France.