Bluette Matthey

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The Ancient City of Narbonne, France

Narbonne, France used to be a port town on the Mediterranean, but silting, over centuries, has left the city of just over 50,000 a bit high and dry, …

France

Pezanas, France--a Beautiful Languedoc Town

The Languedoc region of southern France has a bit of a problem with dog waste. Some towns and cities are worse than others. Dog owners simply don’t …

Vitamins

Those Contented Swiss Cows

Why is Swiss cheese so excellent? Because it comes from really contented cows!<p>I live in Le Locle, Switzerland, surrounded by pastures on rolling …

Cows

Entreves, Italy: All You Can Eat And Then Some...

We had just driven over the Great St. Bernard Pass (a drive not for the faint of heart) from Switzerland into the Aosta Valley, arriving at the …

The Engadine Skimarathon

The Engadine Skimarathon is a cross-country race held annually in the pristine Engadine Valley in eastern Switzerland. The second Sunday of March …

The Traboules of Lyon, France

Besides being France’s premiere city for gastronomic delights, Lyon is also famous for its traboules, the hidden passageways and staircases woven …

Knights Templar

South of France: The Vermillion Coast

The Vermillion Coast is a twenty-mile stretch of coastline along the Mediterranean Sea in the Pyrenees-Oriental region of southern France, stretching …

France

Great Food in Bled, Slovenia

You can tell a lot about a country or region by its food. We recently experienced the culinary delights of Bled, Slovenia, when we ate in the …

Painting

Quintessential Sulmona (the city that gave us Ovid and candied almonds)

During my recent stay in Sulmona, Italy, I enjoyed the daily promenade that takes place in its historic center on the north side of Piazza Garibaldi. …

Painting

Trek the Transhumance in Abruzzo

The tiny (population 50ish) fortified hill town of Castrovalva, Italy is perched on a knife-edge mountain overlooking the Sagittarius Gorge in …

Travel

Baden-Baden's Old-World Spa

I visited the Black Forest region of Germany while researching my latest mystery ‘Black Forest Reckoning’ and, once again, found myself in Hardy …

Meditation

A Back Road Serendipity in Provence

My cousin and I exited the A51 shortly after Manosque onto the D82, faithfully following the GPS mounted on my windshield. We were excited to be on …

Travel

In Pursuit of the Green Fairy

The Absinthe Trail runs from Pontarlier, France to the Val-de-Travers in neighboring Switzerland, where I live in Canton Neuchatel. It meanders …

Absinthe

Montenegro: Land of Black Mountains ... and Wild Pigs

It was my first road sign in Montenegro. A red-bordered, white triangle with the silhouette of a wild pig, centered in black. Wild boar crossing, …

Painting

The Forgotten Roma

Roma play a large role in my latest book, Dalmatian Traffick, so my destination is the Roma relocation camp on Podgorica’s eastern side, near …

Roma

A gem in Germany's Black Forest

Staufen im Breisgau in the southern Black Forest is a charming town of pedestrian streets in its city center lined with shops, boutiques, hotels and, …

Europe

A Walker's Paradise

An amazing phenomenon in Switzerland is the number and location of hiking trails available for everyone to use. This Alpine country is a paradise for …

Vitamins

Lest We Forget

I visited the Museum of the French Resistance and Deportation yesterday in Besançon, France while gathering research for my next Hardy Durkin novel, …

History

Sur le Pont d'Avignon

On a recent trip to the south of France I stopped in Avignon to check out the town’s renowned bridge. The Saint-Bénézet Bridge was built in the …

France

Cathars Put to the Flame

On the trail of the Cathars, I visited the fortified, medieval village of Minerve, France, in the Herault department in southern France. Minerve is …

France

A Jewel in Catalonia: Ceret, France

Ceret, France is a wonderful small town in the Pyrenees-Oriental department of southern France fifteen minutes north of the Spanish border. Unlike …

France

Cinque Terre, Italy's Other Riviera

Cinque Terre (five lands for the five villages encompassed) is a totally unique area in Italy’s Liguria region. Five fishing villages, their harbors …

Picturesque Appenzell, Switzerland

We recently stopped in Appenzell, Switzerland, on our way back from a visit to Germany’s Black Forest. Appenzell is a picturesque town in the …

Vitamins

The Sacred Route in Franche-Comte

I just finished hiking sections of La Vy aux Moines, the Way of the Monks, or Sacred Route, to get background flavor for my next Hardy Durkin travel …

A Place to Linger

I’m a travel mystery author, setting my books in off-the-beaten-path locales throughout Europe. When writing <i>Abruzzo Intrigue</i>, which takes place in …

Corsica's Polyphonic Singing

It was my last night on the island of Corsica, and I wandered into a small bar filled with locals rubbing shoulders in happy camaraderie. …

The Grand St. Bernard Pass, Switzerland

We’d just driven over the Great St. Bernard’s Pass (elevation 8100 feet), the third highest road pass in Switzerland which connects the Swiss canton …

The Hermitage in the Galamus Gorge

Pilgrimages are popular in Europe, particularly around Easter and Pentecost, and the Hermitage of St.-Antoine de Galamus in the Languedoc-Rousillon …

Salvador Dali's Ultimate Dream

Long an admirer of Salvador Dali, I recently visited the Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain, one of the most unique art museums I’ve ever seen. …

French Comfort Food in Lyon

It was a Saturday in July and my son and I had just arrived in Lyon, the city once described as the ‘world capital of gastronomy’. Our quest was the …