Narbonne and Carcassonne

On our weekend off at Chateau Ventenac, we spent one day in the nearest town – Narbonne, on the other we visited medieval town/castle Carcassonne. Narbonne is a busy little town with a beautiful town square containing an ancient Hotel de-ville (town-hall) and  large cathedral.            After buying treats at the marcheContinue reading ”  Narbonne and Carcassonne”

Château Ventenac

After our Italian holiday we got back to work in France. We had an overnight 12 hour bus ride out of Milan. It was pouring rain the entire time and the bus was full of characters but we managed to get some shut eye and arrived in Narbonne the following afternoon. We were picked upContinue reading “Château Ventenac”

The islands of Lago Maggiore

After enjoying the gardens and home at Isola Madre we hop back on the ferry, and over to the cute and colorful Isola Pescatori (Fisherman’s Island) for lunch Quick jaunt over to Isola Bella… Where we toured the home and gardens of the Borromeo family… The amazing grotto… A gorgeous attention seeking white peacock wasContinue reading “The islands of Lago Maggiore”

Lago Maggiore, Botanical Gardens and Villa Taranto

Next stop Lago Maggiore. After leaving Scaparone and Alba we drive to Verbania, Michael has an apartment there so we will stay there for the next few days. We arrive in the town late in the day, the lake is covered in mist and fog, stunning mountains with snow soar above the lake and it’sContinue reading “Lago Maggiore, Botanical Gardens and Villa Taranto”

St. Gengoux le National, our day off.

This is the mid-evil town of St. Genoux. A 30 minute walk from our temporary home in Burnand. A small but beautiful town with a natural spring that an old French King considered the fountain of youth, so naturally built a castle there. All that is left of that castle is the dungeon tower andContinue reading “St. Gengoux le National, our day off.”