Author Archives: CatrinaTravels

About CatrinaTravels

I'm a writer and artist with a yen to see as much of the world as possible. After twenty years exploring cities and countryside in much of Europe, I added New Zealand, Australia, and Central and South America to my travel history. Next up is Morocco along with Portugal and Spain. After that? Stay tuned.

Travel Planning Part 1—The Itinerary

When friends learn about the ambitious itineraries for our vacations, they often raise their eyebrows and ask, “Are you going on a tour? Do you use a travel agent? How do you plan such a complicated trip?” My answer is … Continue reading

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A Pilgrim’s Refuge Near Bordeaux

Several of my friends planned to walk in the spring of 2013 along the Camino Santiago pilgrimage trail from Saint Jean-de-Luz in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Bill and I decided to honor that endeavor by visiting the … Continue reading

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Dinner in French

St. Emilion was a pleasant place to visit for a couple of days. Wandering the cobbled streets, sketching the view from the high parts of town, tasting wine at one of the more reasonably priced wineries made for a relaxing … Continue reading

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Relaxing Retreat in St. Emilion, France

Lodging in St. Emilion is expensive, but we found a not too badly priced small hotel for our two-night stay in 2012. Maison de la Commanderie is ideally situated on a narrow street overlooking the central part of town. We … Continue reading

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Dreaming of the Perfect French Meal

I am planning a dinner party and part of the process involves scanning cookbooks, magazine and on-line resources for recipes. But, none of the written lists of ingredients and detailed instructions capture for me the essence of my favorite meals. … Continue reading

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GPS or Bust

In 2012, we were eager to explore the region of France east and south of the city of Bordeaux. Checking our favorite on-line travel sites, we discovered a bed and breakfast on the outskirts of the village of Romagne. It … Continue reading

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Another Reason to Love the French

Upon arriving in Paris in October of 2012, my husband Bill and I immediately transferred to a flight to Bordeaux. We had visited that lovely southern French city in 2009 and were eager to spend more time there. One of … Continue reading

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Update to: Luggage Woes and a Solution

I posted this blog in 2012 before we left for a seven week trip to France, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. I thought I should share our experience with these suitcases. It was pretty much a disaster…no matter how … Continue reading

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