The first thing you notice is the calming scent of lavender. It hangs faintly on the air everywhere, in the garden and in the house. That’s not surprising; the eco-lodge is named for the lavender that owners Elizabeth Perkins and Hans Groot grow on their farm amid a patchwork of rolling hills in Le Marche, between the mountains and the sea.
You could spend weeks or months exploring historic Hanoi. I spent five years living at the heart of Vietnam’s capital, and discoveries large and small were a daily affair. Day trips offer you even more excitement and adventure.
The first thing you notice is the colors. Cobalt blue skies and turquoise waters…blindingly white sand beaches. Waterfalls of purple, yellow, and magenta bougainvillea tum-bling over ancient stone walls.
People have used roofs made of natural vegetation for thousands of years. In northern Europe, a thatch roof—of reeds, heather, straw, or rushes—provides very effective insulation (many say better than the artiﬁcial stuff).
I was having yet another deep discussion with my wife Diane about leaving the U.S. for Ecuador. We’d spent more than a year researching, scouring the internet, the pages of this magazine…now I was suggesting we take a trip down there to check it out.
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