Ten of My Favorite Feelings – Joyful Stephanie

Thank You Omobola I was nominated by Omobola, author of the blog Live life Live Fully, to write ten of my favorite feelings. Over the years, I’ve blogged extensively about my emotional journey through alcohol addiction and anxiety; first as a medium for exploring and gaining clarity of my own story, second in hopes that…

Marseille, France – Walking Around….

The Sights: The Tastes!!!  I had a pistachio macaroon…it was a bit dry…  😦 I bought a mille feuille and the croissant with cheese, ham and béchamel sauce! SO GOOD!!! Lunch!! Salmon pasta in cream sauce, creme brûlée and a cappchino!!! It was time to say goodbye to Marseille….time to head back to the ship!!!!…

Marseille, France – Porte d’Aix

This triumphal arch, the Porte d’Aix was inspired by Roman triumphal arches and constructed between 1825-1839. It was a very cool to find as we started making our way through the city! View from the arch: S, xo

Marseille, France – Arrival in the South of France

Michael and I woke to the seaside view of the Mediterranean in the south of France at the port city of Marseille. France was a bit warmer than Italy!  🙂 After breakfast we took a shuttle bus from the ship that brought passengers into the middle of the city! After a full day, we returned…

Contamine-Sarzin, France

This one night stopover in France, on our way back to Geneva, was a wonderful family visit for my husband to spend time with his niece Cheryl and meet her new family!  Contamine-Sarzin is the hometown of her husband where his family has lived for many generations. This visit was all about the food!!!! Cheryl took…

Paris – See You Again, My Friend!!!

EVERYTHING IS BETTER IN PARIS!!!! Well, here I sit with a coffee, back home in the desert where the sounds of the Muezzin’s call to prayer have replaced the sounds of cathedral bells tolling across the heavens of Paris…. I have truly enjoyed looking over our pictures this morning of our stay in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Saint-Germain-des-Prés, we came…

Paris – Day 6 – The Eiffel Tower!!!

Our last full day in Paris was spent at the Eiffel Tower!!!  The weather was PERFECT!!!! Our walk to the Eiffel Tower was as romantic as can be!!  The sun was shining, the air warm with the freshness of spring, flowers blooming, joggers all along the Seine, tourists happy with the spirit of Paris!!! Michael…

Paris – Day 4 – P.M. – The Louvre

Another day of rain!! We were part of a 3 hour guided tour of the Louvre.  Our tour was in the oldest section of the museum. We started off looking at a portrait that was over 2000 years old called “Portrait of a Young Woman”. This portrait was a starting point to explain 2000 years ago artists knew…