Zellenberg Hilltop Vineyards, Alsace, France

along the route du vin Alsace France

After eleven years of blogging, one photograph on Back Road Journal has been commented on more than all others combined. It was taken above Zellenberg, France, a tiny village perched on a hill whose slopes are covered with vineyards, some being the renowned Grand Cru d’Alsace Froehn vineyards. Years back, on a misty day in […]

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Nicole’s Coconut Custard Tarts

coconut custard tarts

For coconut lovers everywhere, these individual moist and delicious coconut custard tarts are a super easy dessert that combines a crisp, sweet buttery pastry crust with a coconut custard filling that is prepared in a matter of minutes and then baked to a beautiful golden brown. On a recent Caribbean cruise, one of our ports […]

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Nicole’s Table, A Taste Of Antigua And The Caribbean

View From Nicole's Table, Antigua

Wanting to experience the Caribbean cuisine of Antigua during a cruise port of call, my husband and I joined a small, hands on cooking class called Nichole’s Table. Over four hours, we created a delicious lunch that we later enjoyed on the veranda of the chef’s home overlooking St. John’s Harbor. When traveling, I love […]

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Welcome Aboard The Seven Seas Splendor

Regent Seven Seas Explorer Dock In Willemstad

Follow me aboard the beautiful Regent Seven Seas Splendor for one of its inaugural season voyages. My husband and I booked this 14 day Caribbean cruise over a year ago, and after Covid restrictions eased, we finally sailed on this small luxury ship. The fabulous crew, food and weather couldn’t have been better. What made this […]

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Austria, A Traveler’s Dream Destination

Zell Am See Austria

Austria, one of Europe’s most beautiful countries, is a traveler’s dream destination. It’s a mixture of sophisticated historic cities, grand palaces, museums, and a vibrant cultural scene, and picturesque villages with onion domed churches in peaceful alpine valleys surrounded by crystal clear lakes and snowcapped mountains. Austria is a charming blend of vibrant cities filled […]

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Spicy Shrimp, New Orleans Style

spicy New Orleans shrimp

Spend time in New Orleans and you are bound to hear about a spicy shrimp dish of large, head-on shrimp served in a garlicky, peppery butter sauce referred to as barbecue shrimp. Pascal’s Manale, one of the oldest restaurants in the city originally created this delicious but messy dish. Pascal’s Manale, founded in 1913, is […]

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Simple Pleasures Of Autumn’s Golden Days

the golden days of autumn

Autumn pleases all the senses as days turn cooler and the landscape becomes a riot of golden colors. Leaves crunch under our feet as we gather pinecones to decorate our homes and our kitchens are filled with sweet aromas of pies baking as we prepare to gather in thanks for nature’s bounty. Autumn or fall, […]

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Apples Picking, A New England Fall Tradition

Ask a New Englander where they are headed on a nice weekend in September and October and their answer will probably be “apple picking”. The air is crisp, the sky is blue, leaves are turning golden and orchards welcome families to pick their apples, purchase apple cider doughnuts and a jug of cider. Autumn is […]

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Bruges, One Of The Most Beautiful Cities In Europe

Bruges, one of the most charming cities in Europe

Bruges, with its beautiful medieval architecture, cobblestone streets and picturesque canals, seems to be straight out of a fairytale. Often called “Venice of the North“, it beckons travelers to tour its grand squares as well as its tiny back alleys and discover all its wonderful charms. While not as popular as Paris, Rome or London, […]

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Prague, One Of The Most Beautiful Cities In Europe

the Prague Castle

Known as one of Europe’s best preserved and most beautiful cities, Prague beckons travelers to come and explore its wonderful charms. From its massive hilltop castle to its many beautiful gardens, Prague makes one yearn to return again and again to wander its narrow winding streets admiring its historic architecture. Prague, nicknamed “the golden city […]

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