Eze July 2015

Eze is a medieval village perched on a rock overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.  The ancient town is filled with restored stone houses, galleries and small shops.  Its labyrinthine streets wind up the hill to a botanical garden at the top offering a panoramic view of the Mediterranean sea.   Do wander around the small cobblestone streets and then have a drink at the terrace of Chateau de la Chevre d’Or.

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Burgundy July 2014

We drove from Eze to Burgundy passing by beautiful lavender fields in Avignon and Sault and sunflower fields near Beaune.  Beaune is the wine capital of Burgundy in the Cote d’Or area in eastern France.  The annual wine auction of Hospice de Beaune is the primary wine auction in France.  Beaune is surrounded by some of the best wineries in France.  We visited several on this trip including Santenay, Clos de Vougeot, and Domaine Faiveley.  The medieval town of Beaune is relatively small and very nice for exploring on foot.  The Hospices de Beaune or Hotel-Dieu de Beaune, in the center of town, is a former charitable hospital for the poor built in 1443.  Nowadays, Hospice de Beaune is a non-profit organzation which owns about 150 acres of donated vineyard land producing excellent wine for auction.
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Paris June 2014

Paris is one of my favorite European cities where I have visited countless times since my university days.  My god daughter and her mother, one of my closest friends, live in Paris.  I would visit at least once a year if not two or three times just to shop, eat, and most importantly to hang out.  This is the first time since the advent of digital cameras that I decided to walk around and photograph some of the more touristy places in the city.

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