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February 5, 2019

France: Caramet-sur-Mer


A line of decaying fishing boats in Caramet-sur-Mer

Between overnight stops in the Brittany communes of Quimper and Roscoff we paused for a couple of hours in Caramet-sur-Mer. Camaret is a fishing port in the Finistère department of Brittany in western France. (more…)

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January 19, 2019

France: Abbaye de Fontevraud


Abbaye de Fontevraud

The Royal Abbey of Our Lady of Fontevraud (in French: abbaye de Fontevraud) was a monastery in the village of Fontevraud-l’Abbaye, near the commune of Chinon in France’s Loire Valley. It was founded in 1101 by the itinerant preacher Robert of Arbrissel. Robert’s abbey flourished and became the center of a new monastic Order, the Order of Fontevrault. (more…)

January 18, 2019

France: Saumur and the Château de Saumur


Château de Saumur sits in the Loire Valley vineyards.

The Loire Valley is studded with famous châteaux. Indeed, UNESCO has inscribed “The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes” on its Heritage list, lauding the valley’s historic towns and numerous grand châteaux. Though the towns are interesting, it is the châteaux that motivate most visits. They are truly over the top. (more…)

January 16, 2019

France: Château de Chenonceau


Visitors enter Château de Chenonceau

“We’ve been here before.” (more…)

January 10, 2019

Switzerland: Stein am Rhein and the Swiss-German Border


Stein am Rhein

The Rhine River and its connected large lakes loosely define the border between Switzerland and Germany. The border here matters for trade. Unlike much of Europe, the countries of Switzerland and Liechtenstein are not part of the Eurozone. Though Switzerland is a signatory to the Schengen Agreement meaning travelers can pass freely across the border without immigration checks, goods don’t pass without import/export restrictions and tariffs. (more…)

January 9, 2019

Switzerland: Abbey of Saint Gall


Abbey of St. Gall

Returning from Vaduz Liechtenstein to Saint Jean de Losne France we made a minor detour to visit the city of St. Gallen Switzerland. The purpose of the visit was to see the Abbey of Saint Gall, a historically important religious complex that is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. (more…)

January 7, 2019

Liechtenstein: Vaduz


The Vaduz Castle, the Prince of Liechtenstein’s principal residence

It’s good to be the Prince of Liechtenstein. Or at least that is what I imagine.

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January 5, 2019

France: Saint-Émilion


The roads leaving Saint-Émilion head through the vineyards.

Saint-Émilion is one of our favorite wine towns. Recently we visited the commune again for our third time. We did not visit alone. Saint-Émilion is a very popular stop for oenophiles from around the world. Usually the crowds put us off but for some reason the throngs of red wine addled tourists are more tolerable in Saint-Émilion. (more…)

December 26, 2018

France: Pont d’Arc and the Caverne de Chauvet


Pont d’Arc

In November of 2017, on the way back from Spain to our base in Burgundy, we stopped to see the Caverne du Pont d’Arc in Ardèche department of France. Opened in April of 2015 the concept behind the creation of the Caverne du Pont d’Arc is very similar to Lascaux IV, which we saw on the way to Spain. (more…)

December 25, 2018

Spain: San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries


The San Millán de Yuso monastery

Leaving San Lorenzo de El Escorial we headed to San Millán de la Cogolla. It was a journey from monastery to monasteries, from the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial to the Yuso and Suso Monasteries in San Millán. Though both destinations are know for their monasteries and are UNESCO World Heritage sites, they are very different. (more…)

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