In 2014 we spent several days in the Loire Valley region of France, and as part of our itinerary, we visited some of the chateaux the area is famous for. One of my favorites was the Chateau de Chenonceau. The grounds and gardens were absolutely gorgeous, as was the Chateau itself. It has a fascinating history, shaped in no small part by many powerful women who lived there over the centuries. You can read more about Chenonceau HERE, and see more of my photos and recaps HERE and HERE.
Travel Planning And Prep
I’ve set aside a magazine article on some of the chateaux in the Burgundy region, where we’ll be headed in late May. I’ll be reading up this weekend and making some notes. If anyone has suggestions for either spots to visit or interesting books on the history of that area (Beaune and Lyon), I’d love your suggestions! I like to read either a history or a biography of a historical figure from an area before we visit, as I find it helps contextualize some of what we see.
Those of you planning to travel to France this Spring should be aware that there are ongoing train strikes scheduled 2 days per week from now into June. Usually our travel plans include some train travel, but this year we decided to rent a car, as we’ll be spending several days in the countryside. Strikes are always a possibility in France, so it’s good to stay on top of the situation and have backup plans. (Thanks to Marg for the heads-up!)
Portable Sun Protection
I’m super diligent about applying sunscreen to my face and neck daily, but haven’t always been when it comes to my hands. Sure, you can apply sunscreen in the morning, but as soon as you wash your hands…poof! gone. I’ve been using this Supergoop! sunscreen on my face and neck the last few weeks and have been quite pleased with it. So I was happy to find a hand cream with Broad Spectrum SPF 40 from Supergoop! in a purse-sized tube. You bet I’ll be traveling with this!
I’ve been meaning to share this product, and a question in yesterday’s comments prompted me to mention it here. As part of my quest to transition to beauty products that aren’t tested on animals, I’ve been trying new products as my old ones run out. I’ve raved before about Charlotte Tilbury’s “Light Wonder” foundation, and a few weeks ago picked up the Full Fat Lashes Mascara to try. Love it!! Coverage is buildable without clumping, stays put all day, and washes off easily. It goes on just as smoothly as my prior favorite, Le Volume de Chanel, and it’s a few dollars less.
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