Rouen Cathedral of Notre Dame

If you have yet to visit  Rouen in Normandy France perhaps this might entice you to put Rouen on your list.   I still say "pinch me" that we happened to be in Rouen to see it. Every summer between June and September a free Cathedral Light Show takes place in Rouen with dazzling illuminations …

Rouen – A step back in time.

Rouen is the capital of Normandy.  So many famous people had also been to Rouen, Joan of Arc, Gustave Flaubert, Pierre Corneille, William the Conqueror, Claude Monet…of course  those most famous - Muriel and Bree from 3 sistersabroad. (tongue in cheek) We had the whole afternoon and evening to explore Rouen after our trip to …

Anzacs in the Somme Battlefields

On Sunday 11th of November 2018 marked the Anniversary of the 100th year since Germany signed the Armistice to end the Great War. It would be a few days before the guns would fall silent. It wasn't like it is today with a text or a tweet saying "the war is now over" It took …

Missing in Action but Im back Now!

Our wonderful internet here in Australia under the name of NBN or National Broadband Network isn't really wonderful!  Its using the old phone line coming into the house and the wire (not cable) is strung across the street. So when a big truck comes roaring down our street bam!! The line is pulled down.  Last …

Honfleur Normandy

I was so excited to be visiting the seaside port of Honfleur. Was it like the images that are on the internet, would it live up to my expectations? Honfleur such a beautiful place.  “Honfleur is a commune in the Calvados department in northwestern France. It is located on the southern bank of the estuary …

Caudebec-en-Caux

Our cruise ship had docked early in the morning at Caudebec-en-Caux.  Once we had lunch on board after our visit to the Pays d'aude Region we had a free afternoon to explore Caudebec-en-Caux.  It was a Saturday afternoon and most things were closed.  However, we managed to find some very interesting things.   Caudebec-en-Caux during …

Beuvron-en-Auge, Normandy

After our visit to Chateau Le Breuil-en-Auge, our coach stopped for quick visit to Beuvron-en-Auge.  Situated to the west of Lisieux and 25 kilometres east of Caen in the Calvados department of Normandy, Beuvron-en-Auge is one of the most beautiful villages of France. The house's are half-timbered of which Normandy is famous for. The village is small and …

Chateau du Breuil en Auge – A Taste of Normandy

  We visited Chateau Le Breuil en Auge and its famous distillery for tasting of their cider.  Of course we also were able to sample the cheese that is produced  in the area.  Can I just say "thank you to all of those at my table who decided to not try the cheese.  Some were …

Invisible in Melbourne. WHAT’S IT LIKE TO LIVE HERE WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS?

Sheryl from https://www.achronicvoice.com is hosting an Invisible Link Up.  When Sheryl tagged me in this I was like yes please I will do that.  A great way to learn what it is like for others living around the world with a chronic illness.  I have several chronic illness along with a couple of rare diseases.  I have learnt …

A stroll through Giverny France

Giverny is roughly 3 kms from Vernon and only 75 kms from Paris.  So an easy day trip by car or one of the many day tours that go there.  You can also stay in one of the many little "Gites" or B&B's that are in Giverny or Vernon. Giverny is pronounced - Jee-va-nyee.  It is …

The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries

  Back in April of this year my sister Paula, our niece Penny and myself - Bree went to the exhibition of the The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries at the Art Gallery of NSW. Designed in Paris around 1500, these tapestries are considered to be some of the greatest surviving masterpieces of medieval European …

Claude Monet’s Garden

Claude Monet's garden and house is in Giverny Normandy.  We have all seen the photos of the garden on the internet, Museums. To actually be there and see all the different colors and flowers is one of the greatest things anyone can do.  At the previous post I said I wasn't into flower arranging but that …

Chateau de Bizy

It was only a very short drive in the coach to Chateau de Bizy.  Hidden behind trees in a huge estate is Bizy Castle.  The castle and the park surrounding Bizy is under monumental protection and features water gardens of the baroque splendors of the 18th century.   The famous stables still home for a …

Panoramic Sightseeing Tour of Paris & River Cruise

  I should have read the brochure properly. In 2016 when  in Paris and had a morning sightseeing tour of Paris, our coach stopped  many times for loo (Australian for toilet, bathroom )stops, coffee stops and opportunity to take photos. This time we were whizzed around the sites of Paris, look left look right, it …

The TGV is fast! Lyon to Paris in less than 2 hours!

Excitement and sadness filled the air as our cruise along the Rhone had ended. We would be heading to Paris on the TGV - which translates to very very fast. Our coaches arrived to take us to the Lyon Part-Dieu railway station. Wow such a busy train station.  We had been warned that pick pockets …

Lyon France – just a few more pics

    It was fascinating watching the young children play in the fountains.  We could have watched them for hours. The pools were crowded.  What else does one do on a hot day.  Wander around doing touristy things or going for a swim.  We did the tourist things. Im so glad we did.  You can …

Phew that was lucky!

After our tour of the Traboules and the old town of Lyon we were taken back to the ship for those who wanted lunch.  I was full from all the samples we had at the market. After cooling down we walked back into the city.  I had my cross body bag from Modipeller and Muriel …

Traboules Of Lyon

  In the 5th district or Vieux Lyon most of the streets run parallel to the river making it difficult to get from one street to the next without making huge detours.  So courtyards and passageway were designed making lots of shortcuts. This also helped the workers who would move their produce through these covered walkways. …

Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse

Our next stop would be the famous Les Halles de Lyon - the food market. In 1859 Lyon  opened its doors to its first food market in a large metallic structure located at Place Cordeliers in the centre of the city known as the “Presqu’ile”.  100 years later they built a new market to represent their …

Lam Awareness

The month of June is coming to a close.  June is Lam Awareness month.  Sarah from https://www.travelbreatherepeat.com has done an amazing awareness program each year for the month of June.  Below is my piece this year.  Do go over to her blog and check them out.   https://www.travelbreatherepeat.com/physical-therapy-with-lam/   Thank you for reading and following.     …

Fitzroy Gardens and the MCG Melbourne.

On Saturday I made my way into the city to catch up with a friend who was visiting from Perth, Western Australia. Such a bleak cold Saturday so what does one do apart from staying indoors and keeping warm. We got on a tram and made our way to the MCG - Melbourne Cricket Ground. …

The Painted Walls of Lyon – La Fresque Des Lyonnais

After breakfast we boarded our coach to be taken on a tour of Lyon.  Our first point of call was this amazing building. A mural of over 30 of Lyons famous figures past and present. The Roman emperor Claudius, who was born here when Lyon was the fortress of Roman Gaul; the pioneer filmmaking Lumière brothers; silk …

The lights of Lyon on the Saone and the Rhine

  After dinner at Abbaye of Collonges we made our way across the road to our ship to be taken into Lyon.  We were to arrive in Lyon around midnight so quite a few of us with drinks in hand stood on the front deck to watch the lights as we meandered to out stop. …

World Wide Lam Awareness Month

  Can you say Lymphangioleiomyomatosis? Let me break it down for you - Lymp -angio -leio- myo -ma - tosis.  What a mouth full.  Us Lammies and the medical profession call it Lam.  So much easier don't you think! What is Lam  or Lymphangioleomyomatosis you ask?  Here is the link to the Australian Lam organisation. …

Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne

After we had some wine and the frogs legs our guide would be taking us on a walking tour through this delightful town.  We needed to walk off all the wine that comes flowing with these tastings.  Our walk took us around an hour.  We wandered around the little cobblestone streets going through "secrect" walkways …

Frogs and Snails and puppy dog tails

Today we would be taking a tour into the Dombes region to visit the picturesque town of Chatillon sur Chalaronne where we will have the opportunity to taste the regional specialty of frog's legs and visit a snail farm. Now I have had snails on many occasions.  I love them especially done in a garlicky …

Vienne France

    We spent an afternoon sailing along the Rhone as we headed to Vienne.  We could eat as much as we liked of the "Calorie Free" Ice Cream after lunch.     Then Muriel, Tania, Peter and I did a tour of the Wheelhouse with Captain Tony and Pierre about river navigation. Captain Tony …

Things I always carry in my bag

The Wine!

The last few days I have read two wonderful posts on "Things I always carry in my bag" and I thought to myself why not do a post on this.  The Happiest Pixel and Cheila's Blog is where I first read this post. How on earth do some men get away with just carrying a wallet in a …

Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery in northern France

        On the 25th April  the Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli.  This was a bloody campaign with both sides,the Anzacs and the Ottoman Turkish Defenders with heavy casualties.On the 25 April 1915 , 16,000 Anzacs  landed on narrow beach in Turkey.  By the time the sun sets roughly  2,500 …

Ardeche Steam Train

When I knew that we would be going on a Steam train I was beyond excited.  As a child I loved catching the steam train for family picnics and school outings.  Hanging the head out as you go along the tracks. The clickety clack of the wheels and the whistle as the train headed to …

Viviers – Ardèche Region

  By the time everyone came back from the Truffle Farm and Grignon Castle I was bursting to get out and do some exploring.  Being sick is awful, double that when away on holidays.  Poor Muriel, as soon as she came back I was like "come on let's go exploring in Viviers. " A quick …

“You have a collapsed Lung”

February 28th is Rare Disease Day all around the world. Today I am sharing with you a guest post - Lauren who has Lam -Lymphangiomiomatosis.   Thank you so much Lauren for sharing.   “You have a collapsed lung”. I looked at my husband Chris, whose face went white. “What does that mean?” he asked. …

Lam Lung Disease and Tuberous Sclerosis

  Its Rare Disease Day on the 28th February so I wanted to share a bit more about the  two rare diseases that my youngest daughter and I have.   When I was young around 6 I had some suspicious lumps removed from my face.  I remember having them and then not having them.  I …

Grignan Castle – Château de Grignan

              Grignan Castle Or as it is known – The Chateau de Grignan is built on a hilltop with the small village built around it. At present the number of people living here is just over 1,500. The village dates back to the 11th century with the walls being …

Sunshine Blogger Award

I have been nominated by Esther from https://richerfortravel.wordpress.com/home/  who I have had the pleasure of meeting up through a wonderful support group on Facebook.  Esther is a fellow traveler and also chronic illness warrior. Please head over to her page and check out her travels to Italy and her latest post to Lego Land!  To be nominated by …

Ever had a Truffle – a black Truffle?

Ever had a truffle – or a black truffle. The area of France known as the Dordogne produces 80% of these truffles – called Tuber melanosporum or The Perigord Diamond. They have a subtle aroma and an earthy flavour and reminds every one of rich chocolate or so they say. Since the best times to …

Be prepared to be amazed at the Pont du Gard!

After lunch and a few cold drinks - it was very hot down in the south of France last August.  There were two afternoon excursions a trip to the Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct bridge or Chateauneuf du Pape: Town and vineyard tour with wine tasting.  MMMH choices...an old bridge or wine.   The bridge …

Palace of the Popes Avignon

Avignon, a city in southeastern France’s Provence region, is set on the Rhône River. From 1309 to 1377, it was the seat of the Catholic popes. It remained under papal rule until becoming part of France in 1791. This legacy can be seen in the massive Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace) in the city center, …

Pont Saint Benezet – The Bridge of Avignon

As we were having breakfast our ship was sailing into Avignon.  We passed by the famous  Pont Saint Benezet - The bridge of Avignon.  This bridge was built in the 12 century and is made famous by the song - Sur le Pont d'Avignon.but it is better known as the Pont d'Avignon on which one …

Les Baux de Provence

After the Olive Farm we headed to Les Baux de Provence.  Our coach slowly wound its way up to the parking area.  There was a short walk from the parking area to the Village, where many restaurants, cafe's and souvenir shops along the little cobblestone roads.   The village of the Les Baux de Provence …

The Olive Farm

After a hearty breakfast aboard the ship, those of us who were going on the morning tour to the Olive Farm and Les Baux de Provence boarded our coach. It wasn't a very long drive to the Olive Farm.  Moulin du Calanquet Saint Remy de Provence . The road leading to the Farm House was …

Arriving in Arles

The bus trip was a bit long and to top it off one poor lady coughed most of the way.  She sounded awful.  Later on the second leg of the trip up the Seine people were dropping like flies with the flu.  It turns out that's what she had.  Probably needed a mask and antibacterial …

Nice with Friends

  One thing I can say about breakfast at hotels in Europe is "lots of food".  You name it its there.  From bacon and eggs to croissants and fruit.  You can eat as little or as much as you like.  Lots of tea and coffee as well and fruit juices. We then all went back …

The Little White Train that could- Nice France

The Castle Park (Parc du Chateau),

We went down to where the Little White Train was parked.  Many people were already sitting in it so we asked the driver and he said to hop on and he will come and get the money.  It was only 10 euros each for adults and 5 euro for children 4-12. So we found a …

The start of the holiday

I was flying to Perth for a few days before heading to France with my sister Muriel.  It was so we could have a catch up with Paula who unfortunately was not going to be coming with us. I was driven to the airport bus and encountered my first little issue.  It was cold while …

15 days till France

This time last year the 3 sisters were in Europe.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have even thought that I would be going back. In 15 days Muriel and I will be boarding a flight from Perth to begin our journey. I am flying to Perth on the Saturday before to spend a …

15 Films Tag

My wonderful blogging friend  Cheila did this Tag the other day and as I read hers I was like "I must do this".  So here is my list.   Favourite Film I have too many to make one stand out.  So I will be doing the same as Cheila did. 1  Happiness Never Comes Alone - …

Versatile Blogger Award

  The wonderful Isabella from Wanderlusting Isabella has nominated our blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.  Isabella is from Brazil but is currently living in Toronto Canada.  Isabella normally writes in Portuguese but is writing this blog in English. With a blog name of Wanderlusting you would think it's about Travel? Well your right there.  I thank …

Europes Best Kept Secret – Ghent

    It was raining lightly when we arrived in Ghent where we were to have an hour boat cruise along the canals. The boat had a glass roof, and sliding glass windows, so no chance of getting wet.   Lunch would be served along with refreshments, champers, beer, soft drink or water.  The sparkling …

Sunshine Blogger Award

    Our blog has been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  We would like to thank Laura from http://lauramorningstar.com for the nomination.  I met Laura through the chronic illness bloggers page.  Her blog is fun, gets you thinking and  Laura is also a holistic wellness coach.  Not only that Laura loves unicorns, I mean who doesn't and huge …