Gripped by Le Cafard

My husband, Joe, and I were off the grid, deep in the countryside of southwestern France. The autumn weather had turned decidedly cold under steely gray skies and thick cloud cover–certainly not conducive to lifting one’s spirits. And everything we visited was deserted. It was off-season, of course, and fellow travelers were scarse. Though we…

Wiped out on France’s Canal du Midi

A self-drive cruise along France’s Canal du Midi is one of the most relaxing holidays possible. The scenery eases seamlessly from green vineyards to sleepy villages, from friendly moorings to solitary sunsets on the water. Other boaties are friendly, waving and bonjouring welcomingly. With no deadlines and the freedom to dock whenever and wherever you want, the…

Carcassonne and the Aude Cathar region

There are so many good options – both north and south – that get the seasoned traveller’s mind racing. One of my favourite Gallic sojourns – which can be done over the course of a weekend – is Carcassonne and the Cathar region. Located deep down in the south of the France in the Languedoc-Roussillon…