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Epic Trip Planning

Choosing our village in France – part 2

January 14, 2020
Quillan - Finding our new home

So how did we end up in our tiny little French town of Ax-les-Thermes, in the little-known départment of the Ariège? We have been asked this question more times than I can count so I should have this story nailed. Usually I mime circling a finger in the air and sticking it in the map, because that’s the way I began. In part 1 of this blog, I explained how we settled on the south west, the mountains rather than…

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Our Adventures

Summer in Les Alpes

November 25, 2019

From Alsace we drove across Switzerland, to the French Alps choosing this route partly for the novelty of traversing a new country in a day and encountering another language.  We stopped for a picnic by Lake Geneva where it was incredibly hot, and the lake was surprisingly like a swimming pool – warm, clear, and absolutely gorgeous for swimming. Sadly, one child had left his swimming togs at the bottom of his suitcase at the bottom of our car boot…

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Our Adventures

Of Champagne and Birkenstocks

August 20, 2019

When you’re so close to Champagne, how could you  resist stopping by for a glass or two? Yet again… we’re travelling with kids.  So rather than drag them around a series of vineyards, we decided to head into Épernay for a stroll down the Avenue de Champagne, home to dozens of champagne houses and their magnificent mansions, some of which have been transformed into elegant hotels.  Think Moët & Chandon, Pol Roger, Perrier-Jouët. Beneath the streets lie over 110 km of underground…

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Our Adventures

You came all the way to France and you missed it?

August 9, 2019

Everywhere we go in France we find ourselves thinking – gosh this is lovely – should we have based ourselves here for the longer part of our stay? Each region unfolds some new and unexpected loveliness and so it was with Burgundy.  We passed through pretty if a little more rustic villages, and rolling fields of sunflowers, corn, and golden wheat scattered with wild poppies. We’d booked a gîte (apartment) through AirBnB and thank heavens for the SatNav or we…

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