Sunday, October 4, 2015


Once upon a time, I saw a tiny little mouse on Etsy. I knew right away that she would be a good traveling companion, and I immediately got in touch with Johana, the artist, who lives in Chile. Johana agreed to make Isadora with a traveling backpack and a camera, and several weeks later, poor Isadora experienced jet lag and culture shock, as she opened her eyes in Dallas, Texas.

Isadora first traveled with me to Winfield, Alabama for a visit to my family. She was lucky enough to spend her nights in what used to be my Aunt Elaine's bedroom, a Gone With the Wind vision in pink.
Our next trip was to my favorite little town in this country, Jerome, Arizona. Isadora visited designer Christy Fisher's incredible shop in Cottonwood, and admired the jewelry.
We stayed at the Surgeons House Bed & Breakfast, the most enchanting, amazing place in town. Isadora loved the tiled wall on one side of the house.
Soon, though, we set our sights for Europe, and we spent time researching many wonderful places.
Our first trip abroad together was in 2014 to France and the Netherlands. We stopped in Madrid and ate a ham sandwich before continuing on to Toulouse.
From there, we drove to Saint Cirq-Lapopie, France, where we spent a week in a perfectly situated little house, overlooking the River Lot.
Isadora kept track of the wine corks from a day of wine tasting outside of Cahor.
 She took her job very seriously!
We also spent a day in Rocamadour.

 From France, we traveled to Amsterdam, a city of cheese!

Last month, we flew to Paris.
From there, we took the train to Lyon. Among many other things, we really enjoyed the Silk Museum.

 Next, we took the train north to Dijon, where we spent a week in a splendid apartment!

We did a lot of shopping, and found Christine Ferber's jams and many kinds of mustard!

In Paris, we visited many shops. One very kind shopkeeper insisted on posing Isadora so that I could photograph her!

Isadora and I are now home. Our next trip is to Montana in January, so she may need a coat! Thanks for following the meantime, happy trails to you all!


  1. This is so sweet Vickie.. I love Isadora, and you. Hope to travel with you both one day..

  2. I wish I had met this cutie in Dijon! Next time I hope :) I wish you many more travels!

    1. I'll introduce you next time, Coco!

  3. What a lovely story Vicki, Isadora or according to spell check Salvadoran must have been in heaven with all that cheese. Fabulous photos too, wishing you both many more adventures.

  4. That is the cutest blog ever! In charge of the corks from the wine tour day outside Cahors....I'll take that job! I leave a week from today for the Dordogne and arrive in St. Cirq 10/24. Will send you many photos!


    1. Be sure and look up my friend Ann in St. Cirq...I emailed you her phone number.

  5. I love this!! Isadora is adorable. I also have a miniature travelling companion! :)

  6. Beautiful story! Can I guess? She the most likes Amsterdam. Because of chees:)

    1. She likes all of her traveling places! :-)