Palacio Viana | Cordoba, Spain

This is the Viana Palace, home to the Cordoban courtyards.  Five centuries old, the Viana Palace had 18 different noble families living here.  During these centuries, different renovations and extensions were completed making up the 12 courtyards.  The last noble family lived here in the late 20th century and is now a National Monument of Historical and Artistic Interest and a Historical Artistic Garden.  It is truely gorgeous.  Read more about the Palacio Viana here.


Mercado De San Miguel | Madrid, Spain

I just got back from a road trip through Spain, eating and drinking my way through Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Malaga, Granada, and Valencia.  One of my favorite places to eat for lunch, which we did 3 different times, was the Mercado De San Miguel.  This old iron building houses some of the tastiest markets, food and tapas.  Upon arriving, first thing first.  Grab a nice glass of wine and find a seat. Then fill your table with an assortment of tapas including sundried tomato and cheese stuffed olives, toasts topped with salmon or tuna or cheese, fried calamari, squid, croquettes, ham filled sandwiches, oysters, paella and more.  This place is a culinary feast and quite the party.

And now to my personal favorite.


Chasing Lavender | Provence

One of the sights I was especially looking forward to when I got to Provence were the fields of lavender.  I had heard of this famous abby in Gordes, the Abbaye Notre Dame de Senanque.  In June and July, the fields in front of the abby are filled with blooming, fragrant lavender.  In fact, the abby building itself often takes on a purplish hue depending on the light.  Well, we missed the lavender by about a week.  They had just harvested their fields, much to my dismay.  Not to be deterred, we continued on our quest in search of lavender through the hills and into the town of Sault and beyond.  As you can see, we succeeded in our mission.  

Read more about the abby here.


"It was love at every sight," Della Hicks-Wilson | Gordes, France

I would say, as I caught my first glimpse of the hilltop village of Gordes, that it was love at first sight.  But then, I discovered, it was love at every sight.  

My Favorites List:


La Bastide de Gordes
Rue de la Combe,

Hotel Le Phebus


Le Clos De Gustave
Route de Murs

La Trinquette
Rue des Tracapelles

Le Renaissance
Place du Chateau

Aux Fines Herbes Restaurant
Rue de la Republique