Who doesn't want to visit an elegant town with a soup named after it? Yes, the town would be Vichy, France, and the soup would be vichyssoise, a cold rich soup made from puréed leeks, onions, potatoes, cream. Yum. So if you're traveling through the Auvergne in the centre of France, an untouristy destination of ancient volcanoes, hi … read more
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"Bonjour Monsieur et Madame," said the elderly Frenchwoman in a singsong voice as she sat on a bench outside the drinking hall in the Parc des Sources. The park is … read more
The pale unearthly-looking desk clerk handed me the key to my room. "You leave the lobby and take the elevator up. It's a manual elevator, please be sure to shut the … read more
When I told my mother I was going to Assisi, a medieval town in Italy, she said that she and my father had gone there on their honeymoon, aka the penniless but … read more