Thursday Doors: St. Nicolas Cathedral in Alicante

My contribution to Thursday Doors this week is a second installment of doors I found in Alicante (a city on the east coast of Spain) from a trip my husband and I took in September. This week, I’m featuring the square where you’ll find the Concatedral San Nicolás. This cathedral, in honor of Saint Nicholas,…

Thursday Doors: Alicante, Spain

After my trip back to the US (visit here if you’d like to see) in August to visit family and friends, my husband and I strategically packed up our apartment in France, shoving all our belongs into one large suitcase each plus a carry-on.  As our Schengen Zone visa was preparing to expire in a few weeks,…

Thursday Doors: Family Home

If I summed up travel during this time, I would say, “Be prepared to hurry up in order to wait.”  Delay is the key word.   In July, after my trial trip to Carcassonne (see post from last week) to reacquaint myself with the world outside my apartment, I boarded a bus in Perpignan, France…

Thursday Doors: Bastide Saint-Louis, Carcassonne, France

The week before last, my contribution to “Thursday Doors” was from a trip my husband and I took in June to Carcassonne, southern France (visit here). The photos I featured were of the ancient fortified city that sits perched on a hill overlooking the lower city or the ville basse on the left bank of…

Thursday Doors: Carcassonne, France

For the last several months, I’ve sadly missed out participating in the weekly Thursday Doors challenge hosted by Dan Antion over at No Facilities blog. Searching for that door that brightens my day or ignites my imagination is like finding treasure when I travel or explore the place where I currently am living. But, like…

Thursday Doors: Summer in Perpignan

Yesterday, my husband and I took a thirty-minute walk to the downtown Perpignan prefecture where we picked up our new resident permits for France.  We’ve been waiting for months for our visa to be extended.  I don’t go out much yet.  But, we needed to go.   The weather was warm and sunny, so the stroll was refreshing as…

What’s Important

A language Sally did not understand swirled around her in chaotic jibberish.  The laughter of patrons eating at the dumpling shops unnerved her.   Why am I here?  Five years later, Sally sat at a wobbly table.  Surrounded by friends, she gripped a pair of chopsticks with acceptable form.  The taste of savory dumplings delighted her tongue.  She lay down…

Passed Down

Jin-sun jolted awake to the sound of the phone ringing. “Meet me in Seoul,” his sister said.  “It is time.” The Gwangkang market in Seoul was abuzz with life. Traditional dishes were served at food stalls and shops that were handed down from one family member to another.  Jin-sun and his sister entered the pork dumpling shop where…

Thursday Doors: Collioure, France

The following photos are my contribution to Thursday Doors, a door-lovers group hosted by Norm Frampton. ~~ For the third and final week, the featured doors are ones my daughter, Sarah, captured in Collioure.  Collioure is a quaint town in the southern French department of Pyrénées-Orientales, located along the Vermillion Coast. There are … interesting pedestrian…

Thursday Doors: Bright Buildings in Collioure

The following photos are my contribution to Thursday Doors, a door-lovers group hosted by Norm Frampton. ~~ As promised last week, this week I am featuring more doors my daughter, Sarah, captured in Collioure from October 2019. Collioure is a lovely town along the Vermillion Coast in southern France.   “The pearl of the Vermillion Coast, the…

Thursday Doors: Blue Doors in Collioure

The following photos are my contribution to Thursday Doors, a door-lovers group hosted by Norm Frampton. ~~ This time last year, my daughter came to visit us in France.  It was wonderful!  During her stay, my husband, son, and daughter took a day trip to Collioure, a charming town along the Vermillion Coast located less than an hour…

Thursday Doors: Sant Vicens Ceramiques

The following photos are my contribution to Thursday Doors, a door-lovers group hosted by Norm Frampton. ~~ I’ve enjoyed immensely going back through my archives during this time staying in. I was surprised to find I had not yet featured the Sant Vicens area in Perpignan, a fifteen-minute walk from where I live. Last October, despite the…