Yvoire village, France

We spent the last several days with our extended family, visiting Lake Geneva and beautiful medieval Yvoire village. The town of Yvoire is over 700 years old.  Evidence of the past is still seen in the gateways and castle. The village has been recognized for its floral decorations.  And as you can see from the photo above, it is a … Continue reading

Annecy France

The lake in Annecy France is just breathtaking with the mountains in the background.  We had a beautiful day and enjoyed some time in the water before exploring the old town with our niece, Roxane.  The water was quite brisk, but with the warm air it could be tolerated for short durations. If you are ever in the the eastern … Continue reading

Paragliding in the Haute-Savoie in France

Paragliding France

Adventures in Paragliding One of the things my nephews love doing when they visit France is paragliding.  The Haute-Savoie region is beautiful and perfectly suited for paragliding.  On this particular day, Ben was going to fly and Jon stayed behind with the rest of us to watch. We drove up the narrow mountain road to the trail head.  From there … Continue reading

Visiting cousins in France

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to visit family while we were traveling through France.  We spent many happy days climbing mountains, playing ping pong, going to the beach, playing cards, playing dominoes, walking, exploring, laughing, and eating wonderful food made by Marthe.  There is something a bit magical that happens when you connect with extended family.  Our family … Continue reading

Tourrettes-sur-Loup France

Tourrettes-sur-Loup France A medieval village which has preserved much of its original architecture.  Tourretes-sur-Loup is called the “City of violets,” because the surrounding area is covered in a terraced landscape of violets.   The special violets have grown here for over 150 years.  Every March they have a Violet Festival which marks the end of violet season and the beginning … Continue reading

Villeneuve-Loubet France, beach day

Villeneuve-Loubet Plage (beach) The whole family loves traveling and exploring new villages.  But we all need a break after several days of busy exploration.  The beach is the perfect place for our family to unwind.   A paddle ball tournament! Making cairns:  stacking rocks The sun and the sea is just what we need to feel rejuvenated. Now we are … Continue reading

5 tips for traveling by train on the Cote D’Azur

The Cote D’Azur by train Traveling along the many beautiful cities of the Cote D’Azur can be difficult due to the traffic and parking, especially in a camper.  We prefer to park the camper and use the bus or the train. 1.  Buy your ticket and validate it in the yellow automatic machines at the place where you get on … Continue reading

Antibes France

Antibes France Written by Dave:  We have been mostly lucky with the weather during our travels.  It had been raining heavy the day before, but the day that we went to Antibes turned out to be a stunning day. Antibes has long been an important town and trading port.  It was founded in the 5th century BC by Phocaeans, and … Continue reading

Villefranche France

Villefranche France Written by Dave: On our way to Monaco, we saw a beautiful small town situated by a bay full of sailboats. The announcement on the train said it was Villefranche, and we decided that we needed to visit. On our return from Monaco, we hopped off at the Villefranche stop. It was just a short walk into town … Continue reading