Cote d’Ôr: Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, L’Abbaye de Fontenay, and Semur-en-Auxois

The foucs of our last side trip in France was a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Abbaye de Fontenay, founded by Saint Bernard in 1118. We were lucky that this trip also also included short stops in the villages of Posanges, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, and Semur-en-Auxois.   Posanges Our stop in Posanges was … Continue reading Cote d’Ôr: Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, L’Abbaye de Fontenay, and Semur-en-Auxois

La Côte de Nuits

Being in the Burgundy region of France meant that we were in one of the great wine-producing regions of the world. We could not leave France without learning about the history, culture, and production of wine, so we decided to take a tour of La Côte de Nuits—one of the subregions of Burgundy. We happened to … Continue reading La Côte de Nuits

Paris: La Ville Lumière

The weekend of May 17th, we hopped on a train from Dijon for a four-day trip to see the sights of Paris. Paris, or "La Ville Lumiere," was one of the first European cities to have electricity. Today, it continues to glow with more than just bulbs and wires; its energy also comes from its … Continue reading Paris: La Ville Lumière

Beaune, France

Beaune is a town in the heart of Borgongne (Burgundy) about a 20-minute train ride southwest of our homebase of Dijon. It is a town that honors the region's centuries of wine making. What also sets it apart are the walls that surround it—ramparts that were built, reinforced, and added on to between the 12th … Continue reading Beaune, France

Lausanne, Switzerland

The weekend of May 12th, 2018 we took a side trip from Dijon to the French-speaking city of Lausanne, Switzerland. The two-hour train ride took us by villages, farms, meadows, and bright yellow canola fields in bloom. Since the scenery was so beautiful, if the trip had included only this train ride, I believe I … Continue reading Lausanne, Switzerland

Penguin Island and Margaret River

At the end of March and the beginning of April, we took two side trips south of Perth: one was to Penguin Island and the other was to the Margaret River region. These trips allowed us to view the landscapes, flora, and fauna that make southwest Australia so unique. This region is a recognized biodiversity … Continue reading Penguin Island and Margaret River

Rottnest Island: A Photo Essay

(This is a collaborative post by Rich and Ang.) A visit to Rottnest Island had been on our to-do list since we arrived in Australia. A few weeks ago we finally made the trip. It was fantastic. The island, which sits approximately 11 miles off the coast, was named by Dutch explorers who upon arriving … Continue reading Rottnest Island: A Photo Essay