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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 …

Spring has Sprung, Finally!

We've all been waiting for it, and I had to come to Provence to believe it was really here, but now there's no denying spring has sprung! After one of the strangest winters and coldest springs on record in Paris, (snow in March, I wish I was joking!) we- along with everyone else in France- are very happy to finally see spring. So happy printemps to all. Here are images and evidence of this spring in France, I particularly loved the irises (above) in Bonnieux this morning.
The magnolias at the Musee Quai Branly (which are protected  behind Jean Novel's glass wall and pictured above) were among the first trees to bloom in Paris this spring and they gave me hope! Right now we're in Provence ( much more about the trip later) but I couldn't resist sharing these images of the lilacs in the Luberon, aren't they fabulous, so abundant, fragrant and wild?
I also loved these grape hyacinth which I photographed at the Chateau d'Ige in Burgundy a few weeks ago - as you can tell there are lots more things coming up on the blog!
Finally, Paris in the springtime! A lovely image (below) of the sculpture park on the left bank over by the Institute du Monde Arabe. It's a fabulous place and the minute it warms up it's packed with people in the early evening.
Enjoy your spring wherever you are, I hope you didn't have to wait for it as long as we did here in France!