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Month: October 2023

Paris: House-Swap

We had a lovely house swap just outside of Paris but with easy train rides into the city. It also allowed us to do lots of day trips around too.

The picture above looks so lovely with our favorite crepes but then we fell into laughing as Mark snaffled the top of Charlotte’s crepe — kids!

One of the day trips was somewhere I had wanted to go for years and that was Giverny – Claude Monet’s garden. It was really lovely and so worth the drive out there to visit. I think we all enjoyed it even though it was quite full that day.

We celebrated Halloween there and went to a farm to pick out our pumpkins. A very rainy and cold day!

And on another rainy and cold day we headed up north to the coast and went to Honfleur. It’s a lovely town and probably better enjoyed when a tad dryer and warmer but it was nice to visit.

A fun house swap in a great location although slightly “dangerous” as it was a five minute walk to a wonderful boulangerie with incredible tarts and bread. We indulged a tad often!

Loire Valley

We spent a few days in the Loire Valley and visited multiple Chateaus that were just gorgeous. There were a few wet days in October but often we had lovely sunny skies and quite warm weather thankfully.

It’s fun to watch an 11-year-old’s face when you pull into another chateau or cathedral!

But it was lots of fun with much laughter and oohing and aahing.


We needed to make our way from Provence up to Paris for our next house-swap and Erika suggested stopping for a few days in a town I hadn’t heard of before. There apparently is a neat volcanic park area complete with a train to take you up to one. So we did and the city was really neat. The cathedral was black as made from the volcanic rocks and so quite imposing but really lovely inside.

We all enjoyed the trip up the mountain and lunches outside in the square. I think that is one of my favorite things to do is sit and enjoy a meal with family while looking around a new place like this.

Near the square there was also a lovely bookstore with both English and French books. We are always drawn into bookstores!

In the evening we had plans to go to the symphony but sadly when we got there they had a mix up and there weren’t enough tickets. Still we enjoyed an evening in the main square.

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