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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

Mid-March Snow in Paris!

A few weeks ago I mentionedsnow flurries here in Paris but  they were very light. Now in the middle of March, I was hoping for spring but instead we had a serious snow fall earlier this week. Apparently it was enough to shut down the Eurostar. From all accounts France is just like the UK where they shut down in anticipation of the state's inability to cope! Despite the snow we headed over to the Isle St. Louis to one of our favorite bistros (C'est un Plasir) and here was what it looked like on the very cold walk  there and back. 
The snow stayed around for a day or two but I'm happy to say that now it's gone. I went out for a long walk the next day and forgot my camera so  there are no shots of the snow in the sunshine, sorry. Above and below you can see the snow covered bridge over to the Isle de St. Louis,  it was completely silent because the roads were empty. What a delight!
D. had to be persuaded to stop and take his gloves off for this picture and the whole time I was thinking I might freeze to death for this blog! However, the Seine looks lovely at night in the snow.

 D, rushing home past an empty cafe.
It was snowing heavily by the time we arrived back in the Marais. I tend to think French smokers will sit outside whatever the weather but clearly this was too much for even the hardiest smokers!

Our street, the Rue Bourg-Tibourg, is never this quiet at night.


Anna said…
Nightmare! Come to South Africa!
SA sounds great, wish we were there too!