Saturday, April 30th, 2016 As promised by the weatherman and every weather app available, the day presented itself rather miserable and wet and windy, with no relief in sight. So I decided to take a rain-rest day and travel with my luggage form La Cazette to Les Mas des Eglantines. I cleared it with Hilde […]

Day 4: La Frayssinette to La Cazette
April 29, 2016

Friday, April 29th, 2016 It was an absolutely gorgeous morning to wake up to and the weather stayed great all day: sunshine and not too hot, perfect walking weather. Breakfast at 9am was a feast, and we could pick and choose to make our own lunch packet. This was also the last time this group […]

Day 3: Albugue to La Frayssinette via Coupiac
April 28, 2016

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 By now I was used to the leisurely pace and presented myself for breakfast just before 9am. I did have fresh coffee, milk and a coffeemaker in my room, so I’d enjoyed a cuppa beforehand. Croissant with homemade jam, some cheese, homemade apple juice (Michel made 182 liters of the delectable […]

Day 2: La Libaudié to Albugue
April 27, 2016

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 To avoid confusion let me mention here that the ‘place names’ in the titles of the posts ‘Walking in the Vallée du Tarn’ are the names of the actual houses I stayed at. When you book walking holiday with ‘Franse Valleientocht’ you are not on a trek, instead they have walks […]

Day 1: La Bouysse to La Libaudié
April 26, 2016

Tuesday, April 25th, 2016 I found this walking holiday with Franse Valleientocht after doing a google search in Dutch instead of English, and the idea of staying with Dutch speaking hosts appealed to me. It’s a ‘chambre d’hotes/table d’hotes’ formula whereby you walk from house to house, via different routes, all in the same neighborhood; luggage gets transported. My hosts […]

Le Puy-en-Velay and Annemasse
October 13, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014 We said goodbye to Luc and headed off in search of the Millau Viaduct, which happens to be the tallest bridge in the World. We stayed on the smaller backroads which was a good choice. After a few hours we made it to the Millau Viaduct rest area and viewing point. […]

Visiting Luc in Gindou
October 9, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014 After breakfast we said goodbye to Kim and Vaughan and headed to Gindou, about 160km north of Toulouse. We arrived at our good friend Luc’s just after noon. Gindou is a small hamlet away from just about everything and turned out to be the perfect place to relax for a few […]

Kim, Vaughan, Toulouse and Carcassone
October 7, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 We arrived in Toulouse and had parked Sterlin at Kim and Vaughn’s place, just as Vaughn came home from work. We spent 2 nice evenings reminiscing about our trip – Kim and Vaughan are 2 of our convoy partners through China. Hard to believe we have been on the road for […]

Nantes, Bordeaux, Dune du Pilat
October 5, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014 On the way to Nantes we made a flying visit to St Malo. We planned to stop for a quick coffee and a look around, but all of the parking was height restricted so we made a u-turn at a round-about and continued South. Oddly enough that round-about was the most […]

Caroline finally makes it to Mont St Michel
October 4, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014 We approached Mont- Saint-Michel late afternoon under overcast skies. But nothing could diminish the excitement of finally seeing this tiny island commune in Normandy. I (Caroline) had been wanting to see this for the longest time. First stop was the information center where we found out about hotels nearby and how […]

Normandy Beaches
October 3, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014 We visited the very helpful Tourist Information Center in Caen and got all the information we needed to visit the Normandy Beaches. The first piece of advice was to visit the Museum/Memorial of Caen. Although it was 3pm by the time we got to the museum, this turned out to be […]

Amiens, Paris and Versailles
September 29, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014 After lunch we said goodbye to Marijke and Coen and drove from Wageningen to Tourcoing; the latter picked solely as stopover en route to Versailles to avoid a long day’s driving. There is not much to Tourcoing. A nice little church in the center of town, but that is about it. […]

Europe 2010
The photos.
August 16, 2010

Wow! What a trip! What a rush! I left home in San Francisco on July 30th, visited 8 countries in just under 6 weeks (I must be turning into a good American!) and arrived back home on August 6th. Naturally I took lots of photos (2300), of which I decided to put selections in albums […]