Tag Archives: France

The Italian and French Rivieras

We were actually supposed to stop at Palamos, Spain rather than Sète, France prior to our last stop in Barcelona. But unrest and strikes due to the Catalonian Independence movement meant we diverted last minute to this sleepy little French town. Better sleepy than angry! Luckily, all was calm and gorgeous upon arrival in our last stop, Barcelona.

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Les 3 Vallées – Courchevel

We spent our first week of skiing in Europe in Courchevel 1850, the main resort town of one of the three valleys in the Les 3 Vallées ski area in the French Alps. You can find it on the left-hand side of the ski run map below. Les 3 Vallées comprise the resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires – Saint Martin, Val Thorens and Orelle, each with multiple villages. It is the world’s largest ski area linked together by ski runs and ski lifts, with 600 kms of interconnected slopes and 180 ski lifts. We skied a […]

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Final Two (Glorious) Pyrénées Hikes

We’ve somehow pleased the weather gods. We took Wednesday off, and that worked perfectly as it was foggy and misty most of the day. We took a stroll around some of Luchon’s ‘suburbs’ in the afternoon when it cleared. That left us refreshed and ready to take on two final long hikes. Both had some substantial ups (and downs) which provided for spectacular views across the valleys, mountaintops, forests and lakes. The weather was glorious for both: crisp cool mornings, highs of 70, and brilliant sunshine all day long. If we weren’t missing our family and friends so much, we […]

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One of our Favorite Hikes – Hospice de France

We’ve done some great hikes around Luchon, but our best of the trip was a loop that we completed from the Hospice de France. The Hospice de France, dating from the 14th century, was once a staging post for mule-trains trading across the border of Spain. It belonged to the Order of St. John of Jerusalem (Knights of Malta). Fees and taxes were levied on travelers crossing the border with their mules laden with goods. Today, the Hospice de France is a gite, restaurant, small museum, and the starting point for some spectacular hikes, including crossing over the Spanish border, […]

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Bagnères-de-Luchon, France

We would highly recommend Villa Portillon. It is located on a quiet street just a block off the main street. The English owners, Michael and Annette, have updated the property to appeal to English-speaking travelers (big rooms, modern bathrooms – with washcloths!, comfy beds and pillows, a mini-bar with cold drinks and wine on the honor system, fast internet). Breakfast was fresh, plentiful, and included. Michael and Annette were helpful in every way; Annette even did our laundry for us, and wouldn’t take more than her 5 Euro fee. We also recommend Castel de la Pique. It’s a little further […]

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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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