About PJ

PJ Adams is a psychotherapist and best selling author who splits her time between California and Europe. She enjoys learning French and writing about travel, self help, and other topics. Follow her on Twitter @PJAdams10Facebook, YouTube.

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    Sunday
    Mar052017

    Paris Top Tens for Spring

    I often get asked about my favorites in Paris. So here is a short list of some of the places and spaces I frequent while I am there. I generally follow this rule however: try one new place for every tried and true favorite. 

    Breakfast: Angelina’s, Poilâne, Erik Kayser, Bread & Roses, Coffee Parisien, Frenchie to Go

    Lunch: Angelina’s, Framboise, L’Avant Comptoir, Les Cocottes, Taillevent, Les Fous de L’île

    Bistros or Restaurants: Bistro Paul Bert, Cuisine de Bar, Le Timbre, Ma Bourgogne, Septime, Georges, Chez Paul, Aux Lyonnaise, Le Fountaine de Mars, Le Soufflé, L’Estrapade, Chez L’Ami Jean, anything on Rue St. Dominic (Left Bank)

    Medium-Priced Hotels: Lyric Hotel, Hotel du Louvre, Hotel Langlois, New Orient Hotel, Hotel Beaubourg, Hotel Madeleine Plaza

    High-End Hotels: Four Seasons Hotel George V, Hotel Le Six, Hotel Luxembourg Parc, The Ritz, Hotel Plaza Athénée, Mandarin Oriental, Le Bristol Paris, The Peninsula Paris, Le Meurice, Park Hyatt Paris (go to any of these for an aperitif to “live the life” if you can’t afford to stay overnight)

    Apartment Rentals: parisaddress.com, parisstay.com, parisvacationapartments.com, vrbo.com 

    Museum Must-Sees: Louvre, Orsay, Pompidou, Grand Palais, Petite Palais, Rodin, Carnavalet, Pantheon

    Walks: Paris-Walks, Discover Walks, New Paris Tours, Hidden Paris, CityFreeTour

    Sights: Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre, Champs-Élysée, Arc de Triomphe, Luxembourg Gardens, Marais, Catacombs, Palais Garnier, Versailles 

    Shopping: Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, Le Bon Marché, shops along Rue Saint-Honoré, Saint-Germain-des-Prés and any place on the Left Bank. Also Daiwali--my fav scarf store

    Street Markets: Rue Cler, Raspail, Mouffetard, Bastille, Montorgueil

    Monday
    Dec192016

    Travel Faith Trumps Terrorism

    Cowardly aggressors mowed down Berliners who were happily shopping the wonderful Berlin Christmas Market. No act of violence will keep travel lovers from following their passion. 

    I have three interantional trips booked for 2017--including the Christmas Markets in Europe. 

    We will not be kowtowed, hobbled, or sidelined. We will travel to fulfill our dreams and our travel destinies. I invite you all to join me. 

     

     

    Wednesday
    Oct262016

    Fall in Champagne & Paris Is Wonderful

    Brides & Champagne were the themes of my recent trip to France. Paris--my second visit this year--and Champagne were wonderful places to welcome in the Fall season. 

    Reims, the busy center of the Champagne region, is bustling with activity since the harvest has just finished and the "crush" is underway. Epernay, a few kilometers from Reims proper, is the countryside where most of the champagne grapes are grown. I visited numerous producers who invited me to learn the intricacies of champagne making.

    Pommery & Moet welcomed me to their up-to-the-minute tasting rooms and caves where high-end champagne making is in high gear. I visited Hautvillers, where Dom Perignon rose to fame and is buried in the pretty church on the hill. I entered the fantastic caves at Moet and Pommery, then enjoyed a fantastic tasting in their very modern tasting room. The guides were chic, knowledgeable, and freindly.

    Champagne making is an art--and a science--I learned. There are subtle nuances of aroma, juice combinations, and fermentation time that impact the various qualities of champagne.

    Spending time with Matthias at Vine Escapes and his Champagne Academy gave me a good grounding in the steps in champagne making--AND I learned how to identify the subtle aromas and flavors in champagne (peach, pear, wood, lemon, etc.) that go into creating various vintages.

    But I really enjoyed the Cotes des Blancs outside Epernay where individual producers grow grapes not only for themselves, but for the major champagne houses like Moet and Taittinger as well. My time here taught me the subtleties of grape growing, pruning, fermentation, and bottling to create a great vintage.  

    Back in Paris, I found some fantastic new sights, visited some old haunts, and checked on the 10th arrondisement where the terrorist tragedies occurred last November. I found the canal to be very serene...and the locals were relaxing--the tragedies a distant memory.

    Let us never forget that Paris is romantic, stalwart, and enchanting. The bride and groom posing prettily at the Louvre (and were very happy to pose for my photographs) are a reminder that Paris is ever-romantic, ever-renewing. The City of Light has a glow that never dims--and I for one will always return to enjoy her beauties.

    Sunday
    Sep042016

    San Juan Capistrano's THE Bookstore Features PJ Adams Sept. 18

    Monday
    Aug082016

    Intoxicating Greater Paris: Loire, Valley of the Kings Debuts

    At long last we are happy to announce the publication of Intoxicating Greater Paris: Loire, Valley of the Kings. The Loire is one of the most beautiful valleys in France. It's home to 300+ aristocratic châteaux (castles) sprinkled like Renaissance jewels across the countryside just an hour by train outside Paris.

    Built by the kings and courtiers of yesteryear, these fabulous estates are now open to the public. But not just for sumptuous tours and memorable dining--but also for weddings, garden shows, Christmas celebrations, and romantic overnights.

    Among my favorites are: Chenonceau, the pretty women’s château much loved by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de’ Médici; stately Chambord, François I’s king of castles with 425 rooms, 365 fireplaces, and 84 staircases; Chaumont, the fantastic castle and queenly host of the International Garden Festival; Ussé, Sleeping Beauty’s castle where Charles Perault’s princess still awakens to her true-love’s kiss; Azay-le-Rideau, the diamond estate on a lake, and dozens of others.

    Along the way, we visit the pretty towns of Tours (the cradle of the French Language), Amboise (the handy tourism enclave), Blois (regal center of historical Loire); modern Orléans (Joan of Arc and noted jazz locale), Saumur (equestrian and Cadre Noir haven), Chartres (home to the famous cathedral), and Le Mans (24-hour auto race darling that attracts fans the world over).

    But there’s more! Did you know that some of the most famous wines and cuisine in France come from the Loire? Chinon, Sancerre, and Vouvray are some of the wine stars of the region. And yes, we also taste some of the Loire's memorable cuisine like chèvre goat cheese and mushroom tarts, famous dishes like Boudin blanc, Canard au Muscadet, and Jambon de Sancerre plus much-loved desserts like tarte Tatin. But not just as appreciative diners! We’ll take some cooking classes and learn the secrets to French cheese and macaron making too.

    We’ll fly the Loire skies in a hot-air balloon, cycle the pretty byways along forests and vineyards, hike and picnic at the burbling river’s edge, and wander the most splendid gardens and mushroom caves on the planet. Come and join me in my journey, along with local expert Christy Destremau American-French owner of France Off the Beaten Path Tours, as we bring you the delights of Intoxicating Greater Paris: Loire, Valley of the Kings.

    We invite you to sample the Loire delights in our new book now available on Amazon worldwide and Barnes & Noble in paperback and ePub formats. We also include tour guide and tour package recommendations for visiting this area of France. Among these are France Off the Beaten Path Tours at https://www.traveloffthebeatenpath.com.

    Happy travels!