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Cascades du Dard

Tuesday, 20 Oct 2015 | Views [574]

The trail turned sharply left, away from the highway. Within moments, the roar of passing trucks was muted, then swallowed by the heavy fog that engulfed the Chamonix Valley. The forest floor was a carpet of wet moss over boulders, an undulating sea ... Read more >

Tags: fog, forest, france, hiking, mountains, outdoors, waterfalls

The Crown Jewel of Chamonix: The Aiguille du Midi

Monday, 5 Oct 2015 | Views [571]

In a shining moment of mature glory, I drank two cups of coffee on an empty stomach and raced up to freezing temperatures and thin air at an altitude of 3,842 meters, where I promptly started running up flights of stairs, fueled by excitement and adrenaline.... Read more >

Tags: altitude, cable car, france, hiking, mountains, outdoors, snow

Lyon, France

Tuesday, 22 Sep 2015 | Views [650]

 Lyon was not a city on my (long) list of travel destinations. Were it not for the easy, cheap train from Rolle coupled with the easy, cheap flight from Madrid for Chris, I doubt I ever would have found myself here. In looking for a place to meet ... Read more >

Tags: cities, europe, france, markets, surprises

Yvoire, France

Sunday, 6 Sep 2015 | Views [393]

Last night, as I strolled through Lausanne with Sarina, Craig and Baby Malia, I felt the blissful, sudden on-set of euphoria that always appears shortly after I begin a new adventure. These moments are precious: the early stages of travel when bonds ... Read more >

Tags: castles, ferry, france, freedom, languages

Photos: Les Riols, Tarn et Garrone, France

Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | Photo Gallery

Three weeks remodeling Simon and Linda's river home on the Aveyron in southwestern France
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Tags: country, france, homestay, rural france

La France Profonde

Thursday, 3 Oct 2013 | Views [618]

Soggy clumps of the floral wallpaper fall onto my forearm as I shove the paint scraper upward against the wall. The muted green and pastel pink pattern, once so popular decades ago, now gives way to the soft, white plaster beneath it.  "Shit," ... Read more >

Tags: culture, dinner parties, food, france, french, french food, language, soup, wine

The Opening Number: Les Riols, France

Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | Views [498]

Welcome to The Chocolate Box. That is what Simon Curtis calls the new home he just bought with his partner, Linda Walsh, on the banks of the River Aveyron in in Southwest France. This sweet little cottage is nestled on a rural, country road outside ... Read more >

Tags: culture, family, france, homestay, host, les riols, river aveyron, rural france



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