Mini Train

In our previous lives as a traveling couple, we would rarely have paid to ride the little tourist train that departed from Collioure’s town center every hour.  But now, as a traveling quartet, with one member of our merry band being particularly spontaneous (and insistent) whenever we chance upon anything resembling an amusement ride, be that a carousel, a playground, …

Collioure

We arrived in Collioure looking forward to slowing the pace of our trip down a bit.  With ten days of nothing to do but go to the beach and explore the small town, it promised to do just that.  We responsibly spent the afternoon of our arrival getting our parking situation sorted and going to the grocery, which was ok …

Les Machines de L’ile

Heading south from Le Mont Saint Michel we didn’t really have a plan, other than we needed to check into our apartment in Collioure, a small Mediterranean coastal village some 600 miles away, in three days time.  It was overcast and rainy the whole day, and we had just stopped for lunch at a kebab shop in the city center …

Le Mont Saint Michel

Our ultimate destination after leaving Paris was to be the sunny beaches of the French Riviera, but we decided to make a slight detour and head west to the coast of Normandy and a particular island that I’ve always wanted to see.  Le Mont Saint Michel is something right out of the imagination of Tolkien or Martin: a towering abbey …

Notre Dame

Our time in Paris went quicker than we thought it would, which was good considering the circumstances of our rather bedraggled crew, but bad for our sightseeing ambitions.  We had gone into this endeavor knowing any sort of museum was out of the question, indoor tours such as castles and churches a close second, and that outdoor monuments, with plenty …

Paris

We landed in Paris with high hopes for a good start to our six week sabbatical… unfortunately those hopes were quickly crushed when our bags did not arrive with us.  By the time we received the last bag three days later, things had gone from bad to worse: we were all in various states of despair due to a rather ornery …

Operation France Dix Sept

Bon Jour!  If you hadn’t noticed, we had a little set back with our website being hacked by some unscrupulous internet scoundrels, and despite my best efforts, I was unable to fix the problem.  That left me with only one, rather unfortunate, option: to put a fork in her.  But, I won’t be so easily put off!  So, we are …