The 69th Cannes Film Festival: A Fine Vintage!

(Video of the Cannes Film Festival opening clip shown before every film) Dear Friends, Sure, there was the tasteless “rape” joke directed at Woody Allen, Julia Roberts ascending the Red Carpet barefoot, and the boos that greeted Sean Penn’s Last Face… But beyond a few incidents like this, the Cannes Film Festival took place with … Continue reading

The Riviera and the 7th Art: Cannes at its Best!

Dear Friends, Last time I was there, I ate lunch at a café table next to Michael Douglas and a beautiful model. I watched a very young and shy Isabelle Adjani being interviewed in the lobby of the Carlton Hotel. I gaped at a rather large Shelley Winters, a faded beauty who still radiated charm, … Continue reading

Authenticity in Travel

Dear Friends, On a recent trip to the southwest of France exploring the culinary delights of foie gras, truffles, duck and walnuts, a question kept occurring to me: what can be described as “authentic”?  Is a truffle farm authentic because its owners hunt for its precious fungi in a traditional way passed on for generations … Continue reading

Thoughts on Family Travel

Dear Friends, When I think back on the success of our family vacation this summer, I realize that there are key elements that contributed to our enjoyment. I wanted to share these with you: 1. My Children’s Ages We’ve traveled to Europe many times before with Nick and Sasha. This time, at ages 10 and … Continue reading

La Tournette, Haute Savoie

Dear Friends, A week after our Ste. Victoire adventure, I was fortunate to bring my children and husband to another favorite peak of my past–La Tournette, in Haute Savoie, France. I had discovered this corner of France 15 years earlier when David Parry, ATA’s chairman, and I conducted R+D for a hiking tour I had … Continue reading

Montagne Ste Victoire

Dear Friends, As many of you know, I was born in Marseille, France, and many of my childhood summers were spent enjoying Provence, with family and friends, from perches in cherry trees overlooking vineyards, swimming in the turquoise waters of Cassis’ calanques or picknicking in the dappled shade of the plane trees at Le Tholonet. … Continue reading