Archive | June 2015

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THE MONEY MARKET (Tour de France 8)

Today is ‘Market Day’ in Lourmarin! Virtually the whole town will be taken over by market stalls. You name it, and they will be selling it … everything from fruit and veg, through clothes galore, and weird and wonderful implements (that only the French know how to use) to new fangled ‘selfie sticks’! We know […]

THE MAYLE ON SUNDAY (Tour de France 7)

‘It was the sight of a man power-washing his underpants’ that really brought home to Peter Mayle that he was back in the Luberon after four years away living in America! And this observation of the eccentricity of living in this part of France we can well understand. Here we are in Lourmarin in the […]

THE QUEST FOR THE HYSTERICAL ALBERT (Tour de France 6)

On of the joys of travel – particularly staying in one particular area for any length of time – is that of coming across the unexpected. A couple of years ago we camped in Saint Remy in Provence, France, and were able to visit many of the places where Vincent van Gough lived and worked, […]

PAINS, TRAINS AND ALTARPIECES (Tour de France 5)

  One of the main reasons for spending the first couple of weeks of an extended camping holiday in France this year is so that we can visit Colmar and especially the Musée d’Unterlinden in order to see the famous Issenheim Altarpiece. Painted by Matthias Grünewald at the beginning of the 16th century for the […]

THE ONLY TENT IN THE VILLAGE (Tour de France 4)

  We are approaching the end of our first week here at the Municipal Campsite in Kaysersberg, France, and most of our new friends have already moved on either to new campsites in other parts of France or Germany, or returning home at the end of their holiday. Hansel and Gretel (our German neighbours in […]

JUST ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD (Tour de France 3)

There is a wine tasting event at our campsite here in Kaysersberg. It is being organised by our local Vineyard … obviously an opportunity to sell some of their wine to our motley collection of happy campers. Our immediate neighbours, Hansel and Gretel (the German couple in the antique ‘jerry-built’ camper van that is possibly […]

MOBILE HOMES UNDER THE HAMMER (Tour de France 2)

  I am sitting on our pitch in our campsite here at the Municipal Campsite Kaysersberg having my breakfast. An inveterate ‘people watcher’ I am thinking about all the other ‘happy campers’ around us. As per usual they are made up of various European nationalities, a fascinating combination of the wonderful and the eccentric, the […]