Category Archives: France

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This is one of our favorite countries: full of art, history, and fantastic food. It’s a collection of diverse regions with a wide variety of scenery and cultural traditions. Chris studied French in school, and Melissa feels that her temperament is essentially French, so this is a place we keep coming back to. The posts below are from 2008, at the end of our year in Europe. The photo galleries also include pictures from a 2011 vacation in southern France.

 

 

Back to the Middle Ages

Back to the Middle Ages

On Aug. 26, we landed in France, the final stop on this year’s European tour. France is a big place (one of the largest countries in Europe) and we can’t possibly see it all, so we decided to focus on the country’s mid-section. We plan to spend a couple of weeks in the Burgundy area,… Read More

Wandering Through Wine Country

Wandering Through Wine Country

We spent our first two weeks in France traveling through the Burgundy region (by train, bus, and occasionally rental car) visiting small villages and mid-size towns. The scenery in this area is pretty but not dramatic. There are rolling green fields full of corn, sunflowers past their prime, or white cows with calves. Sometimes it… Read More

In the Footsteps of Pilgrims

In the Footsteps of Pilgrims

Sometimes when you travel, you have an unexpected magical day, the kind that remains vivid amid the blur of other memories. That happened to us in Vezelay, a picturesque hilltop village in the northern Burgundy region of France. For the past 1,000 years, people have made pilgrimages to Vezelay, whose basilica is thought to house… Read More

The Importance of Terroir

The Importance of Terroir

Wine lovers go on at length about the “terroir” of a wine, which roughly means how the soil in which the grapes are grown affects the flavor of the wine. As we’ve traveled in Europe, we’ve come to realize that the peculiar characteristics of a specific place are just as important for architecture and art… Read More

Weaving Our Way Through Lyon

Weaving Our Way Through Lyon

After spending a few weeks in French villages and small towns, it was a bit of a shock to be in a big city again. Lyon and its suburbs are the second-largest urban area in France, with about 2 million people. That meant we were back in a land of traffic, skyscrapers, and hordes of… Read More

Wow, We’re Heading Home?!?

Wow, We’re Heading Home?!?

It’s hard to believe, but true—we’re on our way back to the U.S. tomorrow. We’ve had a wonderful time in Paris and the Loire Valley, but have been neglecting this web site terribly. We’ll go ahead and post the other pics and stories once we’re home. Our plan is to stay a few days with… Read More

Accidental Tourists

Accidental Tourists

Early September: We had intended to go directly from Lyon to our next HelpExchange, at a horse farm near Poitiers. But then our hosts at the farm asked us to come a few days later. Suddenly, we had three unplanned days to fill. Where would we go? The fact that the Alps are just an… Read More

Horsing Around

Horsing Around

We spent much of September at L’Archerie horse farm in Secondigny, near Parthenay and Poitiers—our sixth and final HelpExchange of the year was in many ways the most interesting and challenging of all. Two weeks of isolation on a horse farm with two odd old coots (German Pamela and English Jim) for company and a… Read More

What Shoveling Manure Can Teach You About Management

What Shoveling Manure Can Teach You About Management

One of our jobs on the horse farm each morning is to take a wheelbarrow and a couple of pitchforks into one of the fields and clean up the manure deposited by the two horses who live there. Such cleaning is necessary (unless you have a very big field) because if horses should happen to… Read More