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Month: September 2023

Provence House-Swap

We were lucky to have a month-long house swap in Provence, just outside of Aix. The picture above is sunrise from our patio!

The house was gorgeous and in the pine forests there. Too far to walk into the small town but we had our little blue car lease and so just enjoyed the peace and quiet of being in the country.

Over the time there we found our favorite markets and produce stores and of course boulangeries for the “best” bread.


We did quite a lot of day trips with the favorites being Cassis, Sannary-Sur-Mer, Cannes, and Aix. A lot of our time though we just simply enjoyed the house and lovely gardens. For most of the time, Christian was with us, and then the last week, Erika and grandson Mark arrived. So we were happy with family time.

I celebrated my 60th birthday there and we went to a lovely Michelin starred restaurant where some of us ate too much and indulged in very expensive champagne.

We even visited the village that one of my favorite authors wrote about: Peter Mayle. All in all a lovely month.

Switzerland Day Trip: Yvoire, France

Another day trip we took was by boat across the lake to Yvoire. We really just wanted to experience a boat ride and there were some dinner cruises or ones that went down the coast but we had already driven and visited the towns there so we thought a short trip across to the medieval, 14th Century town of Yvoire would be just about right.

And a day was just right with time to wander the small streets and view the “ye’olde” shops plus have a lovely lunch. I’m not sure there was much else to do beyond a day there but it was just right for a day trip.

And again Darwin was accepted on the boat and so enjoyed his outing.

Switzerland Day Trip to Chamonix, France

One day while in Switzerland, we took a day trip to Chamonix.

It was an easy and beautiful drive around the lake and up into the mountains. We were basically directly across from our house in Perroy and we were excited to take one of the multiple cable cars up the mountain facing Mont Blanc.

The cable cars in this area are not cheap but gosh the views are incredible. Even Darwin enjoyed his trip up and it’s so nice to be able to take dogs with us. We saw lots of people going up with their backpack/hang gliders and then leaping off the side of the mountain and floating around. It was quite full of them in places.

The flowers in Chamonix were just lovely and it is very fairy-tale castle-like again. A lovely spot to be in.

Switzerland House-Swap

We were thrilled to have a two-week house swap in a lovely home in Perroy which is on the banks of the lake between Geneve and Lausanne. The area is filled with vineyards and little villages overlooking this glorious lake with the far side France and the alps. We could see Mont Blanc from the house!

Driving was easy and we made lots of day trips around the area but also enjoyed picnics at the Perroy beach and park area. Charlotte also went riding a few times at a nearby stable. It is quite expensive in Switzerland so we loaded up at Aldi/Lidl and made good use of the lovely kitchen and house we were in and packed picnics when we could.

Of course we did have to sample fondue in Gruyere after taking a cable car up the mountain and having coffee on the summit.

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