This page outlines short trips taken to other destinations in France and Belgium during 2012 and 2013.
Bayonne, Ham Festival in the Basque Region – April 2012
Ham Festival – Bayonne
It’s all about the ham in Bayonne.
More Pics from Bayonne
Photo journal of this picturesque Basque town.
Spanish Cider Side Trip – Lunch at a Sidreria
A fun lunch including all the cider you can drink just a short hop over the border.
A Table – Bayonne
Restaurant review of this cozy little restaurant.
A Stroll through Pau
A photo journal of this small city about an hour inland from Bayonne with great views of the Pyrenees.
A Pau restaurant that makes pizza with a buttery pastry crust.
Gavarnie – Hiking the High Pyrenees – June 2012
Hiking the Cirque de Gavarnie
A stunning 15 mile loop hike up over the Cirque de Gavarnie, past the Breche de Roland and back to Gavarnie through the Bellevue Plateau.
Hiking the Cirque de Troumouse
Another stunner, this 8 kilometer loop hike has fabulous views of the cirque.
Home Base Gavarnie
Hotel and dining options in Gavarnie.
Short Day Hike out of Gavarnie
A pretty 3-mile hike in the hills above Gavarnie.
Belgium – December 2012
Christmas Visit to Belgium – Brussels
Post includes Christmas lights and market as well as visits to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts and the popular Magritte Museum.
Christmas Visit to Belgium – Bruges
Great mussels, chocolate and beer in addition to more Christmas lights and markets.
Sarlat, Dordoge – February 2013
Cave Art in the Off Season
Visits to the area’s famous prehistoric caves known for their amazing cave paintings including – Lascaux II, Font de Gaume and the National Museum of Prehistory in Les Eyzies de Tayac.
Winter Pics from Beynac
Photo journal of this charming medieval village, officially one of the most beautiful in France.
Goose Festival – Sarlat
This festival covers the full spectrum of the goose industry, from the cute goslings to the fattened livers.
Sleeping and Dining in Sarlat
Hotel and restaurant reviews.
Chinon, Loire Valley – February 2013
Le Grand Pressigny
A photo journal of this pretty Loire Valley town known for its flint and impressive prehistory museum.
Arguably the best chateau in the Loire Valley. Well, at least my favorite.
Villandry In Winter
On a sparkling winter day is when the bones of this stunning garden truly shine.
New Restaurant in Chinon
This tiny new restaurant really knows how to pack in the flavor.
Luberon, Provence – May 2013
Sleeping and Dining in the Luberon
Reviews of a hotel and restaurants near Gordes.
The Ochre Cliffs of Roussillon
Photos from one of the official most beautiful villages in France including its famed ochre cliffs.
Photos from another classic Provencal hilltop village.
Hiking in the Grand Luberon
13 k ridge trail with valley views of Provence.
And to Finish…
Photos of the glorious red poppies.
Tarn Gorge – June 2013
Dining and Sleeping in La Malène
Hotel and restaurant review.
Hike to le Rocher de Cinglegros
This 15 K hike with fabulous views of the Tarn Gorge is one of my favorites in France.
Aven Armand Cave
A stunning cave worthy of a visit.
A day hike through this area’s interesting dolomite rock formations.
Tarn Gorge to Roquefort via Millau
Scenic drive with views over Millau.
Tour of the Société Caves, Roquefort
A tour of the caves where the famed blue cheese is produced.
St Tropez – June 2013
Golf Barbaroux, Provence
Photos from St Tropez
Impressions of this fishing village turned playground for the yachting set.
Sleeping and Dining in St Tropez
Hotel and restaurant reviews.
St Tropez, Walking the Littoral
A costal walk outside of St Tropez. Post includes pics of blue jellyfish.
French Alps – June 2013
Sleeping and Dining in Barcelonnette
Hotel and restaurant reviews of this hiking and skiing center.
Hiking to the Col de Mary
Awesome 15 K hike to this Haute Provence Pass.
Hiking Les Eaux Tortes and le Laverq
Another great 15 K alpine hike with fabulous views crossing snowing patches and fording streams.
Jules Verne, Lunch at the Eiffel Tower
Full description of a fabulous lunch over looking Paris.
Holiday Lights of Paris
Photo journal of the Christmas light displays in Paris.
Le Souk St Germain – Superb Moroccan in Paris
Who knew that after two weeks in Morocco the best Moroccan food I’ve ever eaten was actually in Paris.
Paris in Winter – Is it Worth It?
Can you really beat the crowds in the off season?