...and certainly not the Loire Valley. Since the pandemic started, I haven't been able to travel back to North Carolina once or twice a year the way I did from 2003 (and before moving to France) until 2019. I really miss those trips. I was born in a small town on the N.C. coast and lived in N.C. until I was 21 years old. But I left there more than 50 years ago to live in Illinois, France, Washington DC, and then California. Since I'm still not confident about flying back to N.C. again — or anywhere else, for that matter — I think I'll take a virtual trip to the Carolina coast through photos I've taken there over the years.