Lights, Camera, Action at The Palace of Versailles

There’s nothing quite like an afternoon of opulence at the Palace of Versailles.

After a short drive out from Paris, we bypassed the waiting crowds and walked right in.

It was almost as if we belonged in a crib like this… CONTINUE READING >> 

There’s nothing quite like an afternoon of opulence at the Palace of Versailles.

After a short drive out from Paris, we bypassed the waiting crowds and walked right in.

It was almost as if we belonged in a crib like this… CONTINUE READING >> 

Walking the Basque Country of Spain (and a Wee Bit of France)—Live

Man, can the folks in the Basque Country throw a party!

Our live-blog continues along the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James).

See how we stumble into one of the most unique festivals we’ve ever seen, learn to cook like a Basqueman, and dip our toes into the French side of things… CONTINUE READING

Man, can the folks in the Basque Country throw a party!

Our live-blog continues along the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James).

See how we stumble into one of the most unique festivals we’ve ever seen, learn to cook like a Basqueman, and dip our toes into the French side of things… CONTINUE READING

Basking in the Basque Country of Spain, A Live Blog

One of the finer aspects of a walking tour is the ability to partake in incredible food without worrying (too much) about stepping on the scale when arriving back home.

We looked long and hard for the perfect pairing of spectacular scenery and incredible edibles—and believe we’ve found it!

Chase us as we eat massive amounts of tapas (they’re called pintxos here), roam around Madrid, make a pilgrimage along the Way of St. James, sleep in a palace, storm a castle, hit the beach… CONTINUE READING

One of the finer aspects of a walking tour is the ability to partake in incredible food without worrying (too much) about stepping on the scale when arriving back home.

We looked long and hard for the perfect pairing of spectacular scenery and incredible edibles—and believe we’ve found it!

Chase us as we eat massive amounts of tapas (they’re called pintxos here), roam around Madrid, make a pilgrimage along the Way of St. James, sleep in a palace, storm a castle, hit the beach… CONTINUE READING

Now We’re Cookin’! How Cooking Classes Enhance Travel (Around the World)

Let us take your tongues on a trip around the world!

Food is a huge part of travel for us, but even more fun is learning how to recreate the gastronomic goodies we discover in the far corners of the globe.

From classes, to demonstrations, to street vendors — who are kind enough to share their secrets — here is a taste of the knowledge we have compiled during our explorations… CONTINUE READING >>

Let us take your tongues on a trip around the world!

Food is a huge part of travel for us, but even more fun is learning how to recreate the gastronomic goodies we discover in the far corners of the globe.

From classes, to demonstrations, to street vendors — who are kind enough to share their secrets — here is a taste of the knowledge we have compiled during our explorations… CONTINUE READING >>

The Oddest Art at the Louvre in Paris, France

We don’t know art, but we know what we like.. and we like it weird!

Traipse along with your GypsyNesters as we scour the Louvre for the strangest masterpieces we could find…. CONTINUE READING >>

We don’t know art, but we know what we like.. and we like it weird!

Traipse along with your GypsyNesters as we scour the Louvre for the strangest masterpieces we could find…. CONTINUE READING >>

Paris Underground: Digging Beneath Her Surface

Paris has long been heralded as the home of chic, hip, cutting edge trends, and that notoriety as an avant-garde hotspot is mostly associated with the Left Bank.

But sometimes you’ve gotta dig deep to find the fun — and weird — and creepy — beneath the surface… CONTINUE READING >>

Paris has long been heralded as the home of chic, hip, cutting edge trends, and that notoriety as an avant-garde hotspot is mostly associated with the Left Bank.

But sometimes you’ve gotta dig deep to find the fun — and weird — and creepy — beneath the surface… CONTINUE READING >>

Only One Day in Paris? Here’s What to do!

What if you only had one day to spend in Paris? 

How could you spend it and see the highlights?

What if you have a week, but have no idea where to start?

We have the answer! Find out how we saw  Paris’ most famous landmarks – including lunch in the Eiffel Tower and dinner on the… CONTINUE READING >>

What if you only had one day to spend in Paris? 

How could you spend it and see the highlights?

What if you have a week, but have no idea where to start?

We have the answer! Find out how we saw  Paris’ most famous landmarks – including lunch in the Eiffel Tower and dinner on the… CONTINUE READING >>

How Much Do You REALLY Know About the Eiffel Tower?

There was so much we didn’t know about the tower until we visited!

Did you know it’s been painted a bunch of different colors?

Did you know that you could have lunch there?

Find out what was creator Gustave Eiffel’s real name was – and how different the tower’s name would be if he had kept it, why there is a mannequin on the outside of the elevator, and what it looks like to step out on the glass… CONTINUE READING >>

There was so much we didn’t know about the tower until we visited!

Did you know it’s been painted a bunch of different colors?

Did you know that you could have lunch there?

Find out what was creator Gustave Eiffel’s real name was – and how different the tower’s name would be if he had kept it, why there is a mannequin on the outside of the elevator, and what it looks like to step out on the glass… CONTINUE READING >>

Deep Inside the Creepy Catacombs of Paris

In Paris, a trip underground means journeying into the creepy subterranean Catacombs.

When several of the city’s cemeteries ran out of room for any more burials, the remains of some six million people were moved… CONTINUE READING >> 

In Paris, a trip underground means journeying into the creepy subterranean Catacombs.

When several of the city’s cemeteries ran out of room for any more burials, the remains of some six million people were moved… CONTINUE READING >> 

Left Bank Charm: Hotel Vic Eiffel

Finding the proper hotel is important to us; our criteria are stringent – and a bit eclectic.

We love neighborhoods, places where we can soak in the culture and the atmosphere of a destination… CONTINUE READING >> 

Finding the proper hotel is important to us; our criteria are stringent – and a bit eclectic.

We love neighborhoods, places where we can soak in the culture and the atmosphere of a destination… CONTINUE READING >> 

Dispatch Two: River Cruising Paris to Prague, A Live-Blog

It’s a living fairy tale – we’re still happily river cruisin’ through France, Luxembourg, Germany, and the Czech Republic!

Don’t miss a single fabulous moment – and

Join us LIVE for every step of the way!..CONTINUE READING >>

It’s a living fairy tale – we’re still happily river cruisin’ through France, Luxembourg, Germany, and the Czech Republic!

Don’t miss a single fabulous moment – and

Join us LIVE for every step of the way!..CONTINUE READING >>

Dispatch One: River Cruising Cities of Light, A Live-Blog

We’re excited to bring you along LIVE as we explore the cities of light along the Rhine, Moselle and Main Rivers!

We’ll be cruisin’ through France, Luxembourg, Germany, and the Czech Republic starting in Paris and steaming toward Prague.

Join us for every step of the way – live!.. CONTINUE READING >>

We’re excited to bring you along LIVE as we explore the cities of light along the Rhine, Moselle and Main Rivers!

We’ll be cruisin’ through France, Luxembourg, Germany, and the Czech Republic starting in Paris and steaming toward Prague.

Join us for every step of the way – live!.. CONTINUE READING >>

Perfectly Provincial in Bormes-les-Mimosas, France

Bonjour! It looks like they “filmed” Beauty and the Beast here!

A day of provincial life as it has been for centuries, completely unpretentious. A place where the scent of flowers, coffee, and bread filled the air.

Then a surprise.

We came upon a pretty little lane on a really steep hill named Rue Rompi Cuou and discovered that it means… how should we put this?… bust your… no… let’s say Break Your… CONTINUE READING >>

Bonjour! It looks like they “filmed” Beauty and the Beast here!

A day of provincial life as it has been for centuries, completely unpretentious. A place where the scent of flowers, coffee, and bread filled the air.

Then a surprise.

We came upon a pretty little lane on a really steep hill named Rue Rompi Cuou and discovered that it means… how should we put this?… bust your… no… let’s say Break Your… CONTINUE READING >>

Our Voyage on the Brand New Royal Princess!

We’re live-blogging from the brand-spanking new Royal Princess on her maiden voyage across The Mediterranean and we’d love for you to come along for the adventure!

Follow along as we explore the nineteen incredible decks of the newly christened ship (by THE Royal Princess Kate herself – WITH the yet-to-be-born Prince George along for the ride!). We’ll be taking you “backstage” to show you the amazing amenities not found anywhere else, GypsyNester-style… CONTINUE READING >>

We’re live-blogging from the brand-spanking new Royal Princess on her maiden voyage across The Mediterranean and we’d love for you to come along for the adventure!

Follow along as we explore the nineteen incredible decks of the newly christened ship (by THE Royal Princess Kate herself – WITH the yet-to-be-born Prince George along for the ride!). We’ll be taking you “backstage” to show you the amazing amenities not found anywhere else, GypsyNester-style… CONTINUE READING >>

Food for Thought: How Food Enhances Travel

An old adage says that you don’t really know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes. We believe it is just as true that you don’t really know a place until you eat a plate of its food.

There is so much more to visiting a destination than seeing the sights. We try to immerse… CONTINUE READING >> 

An old adage says that you don’t really know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes. We believe it is just as true that you don’t really know a place until you eat a plate of its food.

There is so much more to visiting a destination than seeing the sights. We try to immerse… CONTINUE READING >> 

Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’ on the Riviera

The Riviera is synonymous with playground for the rich and famous.

First royalty, then artsy types like Picasso, Matisse, Aldous Huxley arrived, and nowadays Elton John, Bono, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have all bought homes and frequent the seaside resorts. Of course two road weary GypsyNesters in a tiny rented economy car felt… CONTINUE READING >>

The Riviera is synonymous with playground for the rich and famous.

First royalty, then artsy types like Picasso, Matisse, Aldous Huxley arrived, and nowadays Elton John, Bono, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have all bought homes and frequent the seaside resorts. Of course two road weary GypsyNesters in a tiny rented economy car felt… CONTINUE READING >>

Bouillabaisse Hit

Our “low to the ground” style of traveling enables us to uncover unique regional fare. Right near the top of our list would have to be the bouillabaisse on the French Riviera.

While the city of Marseille traditionally lays claim to being the birthplace of bouillabaisse, the fact is that fishermen all along this rocky coast invented the soup as a way… CONTINUE READING >>

Our “low to the ground” style of traveling enables us to uncover unique regional fare. Right near the top of our list would have to be the bouillabaisse on the French Riviera.

While the city of Marseille traditionally lays claim to being the birthplace of bouillabaisse, the fact is that fishermen all along this rocky coast invented the soup as a way… CONTINUE READING >>

Bouillabaise in France! It’s an event!


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Unbelievable deliciousness! Veronica accidentally (?) eats an eyeball (?)! While the city of Marseille traditionally lays claim to being the birthplace of … CONTINUE READING >>


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Unbelievable deliciousness! Veronica accidentally (?) eats an eyeball (?)! While the city of Marseille traditionally lays claim to being the birthplace of … CONTINUE READING >>

Up in the Air in Courmayeur, Italy

Where Italy, France and Switzerland converge sits the fairy tale town of Courmayeur. At the top of Italy’s Aosta valley, high in the Alps, literally in the shadow of Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc, the town has become one of Europe’s premier alpine getaways. Whimsical slate roofed structures are set amid the amazing views of the Dente del Gigante (Giant‘s Teeth).

Somehow David convinced Veronica that going on the Funivie Monte Bianco, a cable car that terrifyingly drags you STRAIGHT UP Monte Blanc was a good… CONTINUE READING >>

Where Italy, France and Switzerland converge sits the fairy tale town of Courmayeur. At the top of Italy’s Aosta valley, high in the Alps, literally in the shadow of Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc, the town has become one of Europe’s premier alpine getaways. Whimsical slate roofed structures are set amid the amazing views of the Dente del Gigante (Giant‘s Teeth).

Somehow David convinced Veronica that going on the Funivie Monte Bianco, a cable car that terrifyingly drags you STRAIGHT UP Monte Blanc was a good… CONTINUE READING >>

French Quarter Pounder: Eating in New Orleans

Mention New Orleans and most folks conjure up visions of Mardi Gras, jazz bands, Bourbon Street or maybe even the world champion Saints, but we think of food. Crazy good food.

An incredibly diverse, yet unique style cooking has developed through the combination of several cultures down here at the bottom of The Mississippi River. Elements of French, Spanish, Caribbean, Cajun, German and Italian cuisine are all represented in what has come to be known as Creole.

Several of Creole’s signature dishes are very similar to typical Cajun recipes and can share the same names and ingredients. Most start with “the holy trinity” of Louisiana cooking, bell pepper, onion, and celery. The names jambalaya…  CONTINUE READING >>

Mention New Orleans and most folks conjure up visions of Mardi Gras, jazz bands, Bourbon Street or maybe even the world champion Saints, but we think of food. Crazy good food.

An incredibly diverse, yet unique style cooking has developed through the combination of several cultures down here at the bottom of The Mississippi River. Elements of French, Spanish, Caribbean, Cajun, German and Italian cuisine are all represented in what has come to be known as Creole.

Several of Creole’s signature dishes are very similar to typical Cajun recipes and can share the same names and ingredients. Most start with “the holy trinity” of Louisiana cooking, bell pepper, onion, and celery. The names jambalaya…  CONTINUE READING >>

Video – Bananas Foster – On Fire!


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The waiter brought a cart up to the table under the hanging wisteria and began setting things aflame, always one of our favorite pastimes.  For more on New Orleans food: http://www.gypsynester.com/nola.htm


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The waiter brought a cart up to the table under the hanging wisteria and began setting things aflame, always one of our favorite pastimes.  For more on New Orleans food: http://www.gypsynester.com/nola.htm

Let Us Run This Bayou

In Louisiana, the area south of I-10 and west of New Orleans is a “whole ‘nudder t’ing.” Over the years we’ve made periodic pilgrimages and would be hard-pressed to come up with a part of this great country that we are more fond of. Through hardship and isolation, a society singular to this region has developed with its own food, music and unique language. We love spending time in amongst it all

The main factor in the… CONTINUE READING >>

In Louisiana, the area south of I-10 and west of New Orleans is a “whole ‘nudder t’ing.” Over the years we’ve made periodic pilgrimages and would be hard-pressed to come up with a part of this great country that we are more fond of. Through hardship and isolation, a society singular to this region has developed with its own food, music and unique language. We love spending time in amongst it all

The main factor in the… CONTINUE READING >>

French Canadian Kiss

It’s a six hour transatlantic flight from New York City to get a French fix in Paris or, if you’re more Chevrolet set than jet set, you can hop in the car and drive six hours to get your Franco fill right here in North America.

Having seen much of the USA in a Chevrolet, we decided to swing by New York City to grab our daughters, The Piglet and Decibel, and head north for a whirlwind… CONTINUE READING >>

It’s a six hour transatlantic flight from New York City to get a French fix in Paris or, if you’re more Chevrolet set than jet set, you can hop in the car and drive six hours to get your Franco fill right here in North America.

Having seen much of the USA in a Chevrolet, we decided to swing by New York City to grab our daughters, The Piglet and Decibel, and head north for a whirlwind… CONTINUE READING >>