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France – 2015

 

Posts about our time in France during 2015.

  • Avignon – the Final Stop in France?

    12 September '15 - As the TGV high-speed train leaves Strasbourg behind, the realization that we are leaving France is really beginning to sink in. In total, we have been in-country more than 9 ...
  • Strasbourg – a Visual Retrospective

    09 September '15 - Strasbourg was a great location from which to explore this part of Europe. At the eastern edge of France, we were close to the Alsatian wine villages, Germany and the ...
  • Doors Close and Doors Open

    03 September '15 - Breaking news update. As before, this is a break in the Slow Nomads timeline reflecting events that we feel are interesting enough to warrant such an interruption. The normal timeline ...
  • Ribeauvillé de Nouveau

    09 August '15 - We slept soundly in this little medieval town, Riquewihr. We had no big plans for the day except to walk back to Hunawihr and then to Ribeauvillé, maybe get some ...
  • Return to Ribeauvillé and Beyond

    08 August '15 - Our return to Ribeauvillé had several goals, all of which had to do with being outside. The weather forecast was calling for clear skies and comfortable temperatures. So, we packed ...
  • Two Hikes Around Turckheim

    04 August '15 - A few days after our visit to  Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and Ribeauvillé (previous post) we took the train south and west to Turckheim, famous for its surrounding medieval wall and ...
  • A Mountain Fortress and a Preview

    03 August '15 - We have really enjoyed living in the urban apartments throughout France. Partially because it is so vastly different from our life experiences prior to this adventure; the dynamics of living ...
  • Oompah, Dance, and a Saint

    27 July '15 - Sunday morning woke to rather cool temperatures. The weather had been much milder over the past week or so, with sunny days mild to warm days and cool nights. Today ...
  • A Night Away in Alsace

    26 July '15 - Colmar, Alsace’s most beautiful city, is a town founded in the 9th century, and still retains stunning medieval architecture and even its own “Little Venice”. Though it was the last ...
  • A Tale of Two Expectations

    22 July '15 - During the summer months in ...
  • Munster

    18 July '15 - The heat wave here in Europe continues. The temperatures have soared back into the 35-38° C (upper 90s F), and we needed to get out. Where to go? We are ...
  • Voyage Temporel*

    15 July '15 - Strasbourg is vastly different from any other place we have lived, on so many levels. This city lies on the Eastern border of France, on the Ill River where it ...
  • Some Assembly Required

    03 July '15 - As we settle into our new apartment in Strasbourg we realize that it is very different from our flat in Lyon. It’s nice, but smaller, and with not as much ...
  • Nos Amis Lyonnaise – Deuxième Partie.

    29 June '15 - Our busy weekend, begun in the previous post, was not yet over, there were more friends to visit. We had been invited to spend the night at the home of ...
  • Nos Amis Lyonnaise

    28 June '15 - Leaving friends and family last year, we hoped life would not be lonely. When you don’t speak the language where you are living, how can you make friends? We have ...
  • Lavender in bloom

    23 June '15 - This an audio blog post, there are play-back controls beneath the image. Be sure to turn up the volume! Read the full post here ...
  • Wine – a Tale of Three Tours

    17 June '15 - Wine is a state of mind here in France. To not have wine with lunch or dinner is almost tantamount to not breathing. It doesn’t hurt (help?) that in Lyon, ...
  • Montchat en Fête

    14 June '15 - Although we are living in Montchat for only a short time, we have come to love notre beau village de au coeur de Lyon.  Every excursion down the shopping street ...
  • Notre Vie en Roses

    13 June '15 - Three hundred thousand visitors were expected for the 17th World Convention of Rose Societies. There was floral art, paintings, gardening workshops, a fashion show about roses, information stands of French ...
  • Medieval Festival Musings

    10 June '15 - We don’t ever have to go far to find truly medieval things. The middle ages spanned the 5th through the 15th centuries, beginning with the collapse of the Western Roman ...
  • Cascades Chambéry

    31 May '15 - At the crossroads of ancient routes through the Dauphiné, Burgundy, Switzerland, and Italy, Chambéry lies in a wide valley between the Bauges and the Chartreuse Mountains on the Leysse River. ...
  • A Ride in a Bubble – Grenoble

    23 May '15 - With the mountains all around, Grenoble is known as “Capital of the Alps”. Its history goes back 2000 years to when it was a small Gallic village. Later, in the ...
  • It’s a Big Small World?

    20 May '15 - In its 16th century, arcaded building and galleries clad in pink, the Maison des Avocats (House of lawyers) is a beautiful Renaissance building in Vieux Lyon, and home of the ...
  • Annecy – The Venice of Savoy

    17 May '15 - Day trips out to new places are always multi-faceted adventures. Not only are we going to a place we have never been before, but simply the act of getting there ...
  • Dijon

    15 May '15 - Yes, the Dijon of mustard fame. We had spent the night in Beaune, and our plan was to take the train the short distance further for a brief visit to ...
  • Yay! A Holiday

    09 May '15 - It seems there is a holiday each week during May in France. Last week, it was May Day and even public transportation was shut down. You really have to plan ...
  • Beaune, the “Capital” of Burgundy Wines

    07 May '15 - We seem to have gotten pretty good at train travel here in France. Not that we have figured it all out, but we’re working on it. For example, there are kiosks ...
  • Joan and Mel

    03 May '15 - We made some new friends, Joan and Mel. They are from the US, got rid of all their stuff, and are traveling kind of like us. We met just in ...
  • Apartment Hunting … Choose Well!

    30 April '15 - Our travels have now taken us to apartments in Rennes, Brussels, Montpellier, Lyon, Rome, and now again in Lyon. This has given us a good bit of experience picking out ...
  • “Our Homes” Updated

    27 April '15 - There have been several requests to see images of our current apartment, so the “Our Homes” section (listed under the “Our Other Links” tab) has been updated with some info ...
  • Back to Venice?

    23 April '15 - The Medieval village of Perouges had been on our list of must-see places near Lyon for a while. And as we began to do some more research, this weekend (19 ...
  • A Waltz Through Vienne

    22 April '15 - We were in need of a day-trip. So we closed our eyes and stuck a pin in the map. Well not really. Our excursions are pretty much dictated by the ...
  • A Couple of Days in Lyon … Wandering

    19 April '15 - We had a couple of beautiful days wandering about Lyon, clear skies, great temperatures, and spring flowers everywhere. It is truly a grand city. Not much text in this post, ...
  • Lyon, Déjà Vu, and a Birthday Party Too!

    16 April '15 - Back when we first began this adventure, we went to St Malo, joined by my brother Mike and his wife Kathy. While there we just happened to meet Nicolas, Lucie, ...
  • My Terrace Afternoon

    09 April '15 - Sitting outside on the terrace of our apartment, I am in awe that we are living in Lyon France. For all the traveling we have done, even the 6-8 week ...
  • Home Sweet Monchat

    08 April '15 - In the 3rd arrondisemont of Lyon is a small neighborhood known as Montchat. It is here we found an apartment where we feel at home. Primarily a residential area, our ...
  • Lyon … Serendipity Strikes Again

    01 January '15 - We were only in Lyon three weeks. Didn’t know how much we’d like the place and we hadn’t even expected the Fête des Lumières. What an incredible four day event ...