Summer in France

We had the most amazing vacation in France.  Luc joined us and we travelled through Paris, Lausanne (Switzerland), Lyon, Rayol (Mediterranean coast), Guillestre (Alps), and Serre Barbin (Alps).


Maureen, Luc and the kids spent a week in Paris while Cobus was still working. We stayed with Marie Odile and Etienne in Garches. The kids were excited to see the Eiffel tower, so that was the first stop. We also visited the gardens of Versaille. We had a great dinner with my cousin Anne-Laure and family in Meudon and another night a beautiful dinner with Jean-Luc and Emilie in Meudon. The weather was cold and rainy most of the time so we were glad we were going to be coming back later in the trip so we could see Paris in the sunshine.


We visited with Vivian and Didier in a small town called Grancy and also visited with Nicolas and Helene. We visited a medieval castle called Chateau Chillon which sits right on Lake Geneva. It was full of cool places to explore including a spooky dungeon and fantastic displays of ancient weaponry. We checked out these beautiful vineyards that are terraced above the lake.


Stayed with Mark and Marie in a suburb of Lyon called Anse. The next day we drove down to Valence to visit with my cousin Seb and his family for a beautiful Sunday lunch. Kids enjoyed a dip in the pool.

Le Rayol

Stayed with Michel and Francoise in their beach house.  Jean-Luc and his family were also there so we had lots of family time. We arrived just in time for Bastille Day and great fireworks. Everyday, Cobus and Jean-Luc biked to the next town over to get the boat and picked us up at the beach nearby the house. We boated to different islands, beaches and coves. Also spent some quality time at the beach club where we had cocktails before heading back to the house for showers and dinner. Cobus picked up croissants every morning and we bbq’d every night. On our last night all together we went to a fun restaurant at the top of the mountain for beautiful fish and pizzas for the kids.

Here are some nice portraits of the family


Stayed with Nel and Catherine.  Etienne and Marie-Odille were also visiting. Every Monday there is a fantastic farmers market. Not only was there amazing food, but great shopping too.

Chalet at Serre Barbin

Stayed with Dominique and Marie-Jean.  Fun to see Juliette and Victor again for a few days (both stayed with us in Napa in previous summers). Good to meet cousins Martin and his family as well as Florence and her family. The house was full of kids and every night the kids played out in the little village just like I did when I was a kid. They loved it! We celebrated Dominique’s 77th birthday and the kids enjoyed a camp out on the porch.

Rope Course

There was this cool rope course among the trees very close to the chalet.
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Hike – Col de Granon

Hiked down 3,000ft from the Col de Granon back to the chalet. The kids did great, and we picknicked along hte way.