Country Dancing and Native American Teepees at a Chateau

We recently went to a horse show at the Chateau de Beaumesnil. Normandy has a long tradition of thoroughbred horse racing and elite horse competitions. Even beyond these competitions, many local farmers have horses, cows and donkeys on their land.  The girls were thrilled to see the horses and see the horse show except we …

Disneyland Paris – Already 20 Years Old!

It is hard to believe Euro Disney, now called Disneyland Paris, is 20 years old.  I still remember all the brouhaha around opening the Paris location especially with the constant love-hate relationship between the US and France.  People wondered how can such an American emblem be properly represented and marketed in France, a proud country …

Family and Please Do Not Call It Bastille Day

One of the things that I love about our summers in France is seeing family and friends and truly getting to enjoy time spent with them without major schedule constraints.  For my daughters as well, they seem to like spending time with their family in France without the worries that they usually have during the …

Tropical Bliss in Boracay

To celebrate the end our visit to the Philippines, we decided to spend a few days in Boracay — one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines.  In 2012, Travel and Leisure named the Boracay the top overall island.  There are some parts of the island that are super-developed and take away a bit …