Day 18: Ferjus-Saint Raphael

Campbell gave us another heart attack just after sunrise on December 15, 2014. He fell running around our campsite and got a “splinter” in his hand. When Marc went to remove it, he found it was actually a dried palm spine that had gone straight through his hand. We quickly loaded up the van and used the TomTom to find… Read more →

Day 17: Saint Tropez

We should have never left the mountains of Catalonia and beautiful Romanya de la Selva. That’s not entirely true. I think we’d done all we could really do there and much awaited us in the south of France and Italy. Unfortunately, Day 17 was another painful travel day. Saint Tropez is a bustling and posh, but not for us. Not… Read more →

Day 13: The Ile d’ Don’t Go There

Of course it’d happen on Day #13 and after such a good start to our trip. We were excited to see another area of France – this time near Bordeaux – famed for its oysters. Of the many islands along the southern Atlantic coast to fit this bill, we chose Ile d’Olderon because it was the biggest and mostly likely… Read more →

Day 12: Mont Saint-Michel

  A huge debt of gratitude goes out to our friend Jamie Puryear who told us about Mont Saint-Michel just a couple nights before we took off for Europe. This is a magical place that Campbell took to immediately. I think he might have been a street waif in a medieval city in a past life, given the ease with… Read more →

Day 12: Pont de Normandie

Today I crossed into France for the first time in my life. Today I visited my namesake – the city of Calais. Neither of these things occurred with my fanfare. With the establishment of the EU, crossing from one country into another happens with little ado. And the city of Calais is a port city, a transportation hub, and really… Read more →