Quaint villages and quirky caf├ęs in France

After the festive markets we drove north to Vitre. The town looked like a movie set; wonky half timbered houses were leaning towards the narrow alley and slanting down the roads. Roofs were rickety and all various shapes and sizes. We followed some cobbled lane ways and arrived in front of a huge gothic chateau….

Wild Flamingos and pink lakes in France

We headed south to Camargue regional park; a vast expanse of wetland between a river and the sea. It’s home to many migratory birds, wild horses and big black bulls, but we were only there for one thing – the Flamingo. As soon as we approached the park a menacing black cloud filled the horizon….

Villages lost in time and the stubborn French

The south of France is proving to be quite the catch. The villages we’ve visited have been extremely rustic and untouched. The houses are made of stones with chipped wooden shutters, lots of narrow alleys and cobbled roads. Gordes was a very interesting village, it was tiered and built on a rocky hill. The houses…

A slice of the American Midwest in Southern France

Europe’s largest canyon, Verdon Gorge slices through a limestone plateau for 25km. It’s deepest point is 700m and it’s narrowest at a mere 8m, it’s not quite the Grand Canyon, but it’s a good runner up. A scenic road leads around the canyon offering view points along the way. We passed the large Saint Croix…

From the French Alps to the Sunny South

We strolled around the medieval old town of Annecy with its sweet canals cutting through the town. Archways led from the narrow cobbled streets across to bridges. Under one of the archways was a load of rubbish all piled up with plastic bags, then we saw a face staring at us amongst the bags. She…

Sleeping in the shadows of Mont Blanc

France was our first port of call on this roadtrip, and 6 months later we are back in the land of baguettes after doing a huge, wiggly loop around 21 countries. Now we have a chance to explore France and hopefully head south to Spain. Our first stop was a rainy and cold Chamonix, a…

Our first week in Europe

We made it over to Calais successfully, for the first time in all our road trips we have a satnav, so we got it up and running when we arrived and it led us onto a wide, quiet motorway with hardly anyone on it. It was perfect for Craig to get used to driving on…