Alternative Alsace: A Walk Through History on ‘The Mountain of Death’ – Hartmannswillerkopf, Alsace, France

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  George Santayana Alsace is best known for it’s wine route, castles and fairy tale villages. However, 956.5m (3,136 ft) above the Alsace plain, at Hartsmannswillerkopf, or HWK as it is known, you will find an extraordinary relic of WWI.

Of Mice & Men – Éguisheim, Alsace, France

“For breakfast, they have a massive bowl of coffee, like a cereal bowl, and they dip in pieces of a huge, bell-shaped cake, called Kugelhopf!” These were the awed observations of cultural differences, relayed to my parents, following my first ever trip abroad. Aged 14, I had been on a school exchange to Alsace toContinue reading “Of Mice & Men – Éguisheim, Alsace, France”

A Week in Provence – The Penny Pincher’s Guide to Pont du Gard

Nous Sommes Citoyens de France – We Are Citizens of France! The Fab Four are now officially Le Quatre Fabuleux. Following our trip to the vet, they got their DHPP vaccinations, French passports and a pipette for leishmania, a mosquito-borne disease to be wary of near the Med. On American Independence Day, they gained theContinue reading “A Week in Provence – The Penny Pincher’s Guide to Pont du Gard”

A Week in Provence – Verdon to Avignon: We Plan, The Gods Laugh…

Big Blue and Caravan Kismet were all packed up and ready to go by 9am, right on schedule. We had appointments in Avignon the following day. After our hair-raising drive in, the plan was to leave early and get the precipitous hairpins of the Gorges du Verdon out of the way before it got tooContinue reading “A Week in Provence – Verdon to Avignon: We Plan, The Gods Laugh…”