Areas of expertise: The Alps, Scotland, Slovenia, Peru, Palau.
Latest journey: Canoe camping in the Adirondacks with my husband and five-year-old daughter. Some of the most beautiful places are in our backyards. We enjoyed the simplicity of a lakeside campsite, s’mores by sunset, star-studded nighttime sky, sleeping to loon calls, a morning wake-up dip, building fairy houses, and trees ablaze with prime fall foliage everywhere.
Favorite places: I’m a bit biased as a Francophile and mountain lover, so the French Alps—anywhere amidst them. More specifically? Standing atop the Domes de Miages with Mont Blanc seemingly a stone’s throw away, surrounded by 360 degrees of incredible mountain beauty—glaciers below, blue sky above, granite peaks, snow underfoot, silence and stillness, save a slight whisk of wind.
The café in Contamines Montjoie (where we enjoyed pizza oozing with Roblechon cheese and potatoes with a glass of French wine afterwards) was quite a nice place, too!
Favorite travel quote: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd
Best travel experience: My visit with a very inspiring woman in Brittany, France years ago. Her 85-year-old friend taught me how to make galettes of buckwheat flour and water (not be confused with crepes made with milk and white flour!). She gracefully demonstrated the use of the ladle, rake, and long skinny spatula and made a perfect product each time. Mine? They looked more like a Rorschach test—or maybe that was due to her homemade cider she kept serving me.
We then proceeded to a traditional Fez Noz dance, which started at about 10:00 p.m. With what seemed to be with everyone’s kids, parents, and grandparents from town, we danced in circles linked by pinkies around two musicians sitting in back-to-back chairs, playing what resembled oboes as loud as bagpipes. We left at 1:00 a.m., long before the dance was over!
Where next: Slovenia—It’s time to explore some new Alps. I’ve been intrigued by Slovenia for years and look forward to experiencing Slovenian culture and cuisine and discovering everything the Julian Alps has to offer first-hand.