Monthly Archives: June 2014

Dinner Under the Stars in Beaujolais Country


The best moments of slow-lane travel are never planned.  They simply happen, memories wrapped in unexpected discoveries.  Sometimes they take the form of a deserted medieval ruin atop a mountainous plateau.  Sometimes they arrive with the aroma of a delicious meal in a  mom-and-pop brasserie in the middle of nowhere.  Or they present themselves in…

In the Shadow of Mont Ventoux


This is how narrow the road is to Mas d’Helene, two kilometer from the village of Crestet: When a bicyclist approached us, I stopped the car. I didn’t want him to scratch it. In pre-Internet days, this is the kind of place an American tourist would never have found. There are a dozen rooms, a…