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Every year in early autumn in the Alps animals that have spent the summer grazing in high pastures are brought down to the valleys for the winter.  This movement of livestock is called transhumance and in many villages it's the perfect opportunity to get together and celebrate; a great excuse for a fête.  A couple of weeks ago, with a less than inspiring weather forecast and only a few hours available, we decided on the spur of the moment to go and experience a transhumance for ourselves in a gorgeous little hill-top village.

Transhumance first sheep

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Postcards from a French Road Trip

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Anyone who’s been following this blog for a while will know that we enjoy a good old road trip in our family and go on a long one almost every summer.  A few years ago, before I started writing and documenting our travels, we took a particularly scenic trip across France driving cross-country from home in the South-East across to Brittany in the far West, passing through the pretty volcanic region of Auvergne and the famous Loire valley on the way, and the gorgeous little island of Ré and magnificent walled city of Carcassonne on the way back.  This road trip, our Tour de France, took two weeks and covered about 2800 km.

road trip France

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The Côte d’Azur is of course well-known for its beaches, the "azure coast" sounds so wonderfully inviting, but did you know there’s so much more to this area than just coast?  The arrière pays or back country is really what makes this part of the world so unique.  There’s a clue in the name of the département (county), the Alpes-Maritimes or maritime Alps.  Yes, this is where the Alps meet the coast resulting in proper big mountains right on our doorstep, with all the fun that this entails, from skiing in the winter to hiking and adventure sports in the summer.

highest peak in Alpes Maritimes

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3 meals in 3 different countries in 1 day

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Road-tripping in Europe is one of our favourite ways to take a holiday; it’s so satisfying driving through different countries in a short time, crossing international borders often several times a day. Take for example our holiday last summer where we woke up in one country, had lunch in another and spent the night in a third four separate times.  As the countries change so does the language, the food, the architecture, the street signs, the modes of transport, the shops, the customs and the currency (not as much as it used to but there are still some countries in Europe which don’t use the Euro and we visited three).  The diversity is fascinating. There really is something rather fun about having breakfast in one country, lunch in a second and dinner in a third.

beer in Krakow

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