Canal Holidaying in France. Nerac to Agen

We leave Nerac the following morning and head for Vianne. Here we plan to spend a few days as we realise if we carry on at the rate we’re going we’ll be back to Agen in no time! We arrive in Vianne, a very small walled village, perfect for cycling round, doing face masks  And…

Canal Holidaying in France. Valence-sur-baise to Nerac

We train from Paris to Agen in a bullet train-  Watching rural France flash before our eyes as we head into green fields and vineyards for as far as the eye can see. Arriving in Agen we have one night in the Ibis Hotel, then head to Valence-Sur-Baise to begin a seven day canal cruise…

Oui Oui Paris

As our travels wind down, our last venture is one of the most exciting. My Mum and Nan fly into Paris to meet Dan and a full itinerary of tourist holidaying commences. My first impression of Paris is that it’s grand…and clean. Previously, on arriving in big cities such as Istanbul, Marseille, London and Berlin, Dan…

The realities of doing a ski season

Thinking of doing a ski season? I’ve had a few months off to reflect, and let hindsight work its magic. All that follows is from the perspective of doing a season as a chalet host, as part of a chalet couple. The things I found good: Making friends. If your running a chalet, you have…

Theres snow business like snow business

Iv’e attempted to write a new blog post numerous times, only to feel my eyes fluttering with sleep deprival. Finally, after a very hectic change over day, welcoming 14 new excited guests, I have found a chance to sit down with some energy still intact. SO… Since my last post Dan and I have thrown…

Chalet Life

As one chapter ends, another begins. And this is one we have been looking forwards to for a very long time. Working a ski season!! We managed to score a job with Alpine Action, a leading quality ski chalet company based in Meribel and La Tania, in France, with offices in the UK. Heading into…

Le Sappey

When Dan and I choose where we would like to volunteer, we look for culture- Are they French? (Or wherever we are) Because, for us, part of the experience of volunteering on a farm is the cultural exchange. Can we relate to them? Are these people we could spend time with and have fun. Are…

Cochonaille (The day of the pig!)

Lucky for us, Dan and I were in the right place, at the right time and got to participate in a french family tradition called Cochonaille, the day of the pig. The role of the pig in the goat farm, is to drink the left over whey from the production of the cheeses. Then, once…

Chevre… The Goats behind the Fromage

On our second Workaway experience we are volunteering at a Fromage Chevre farm in the Rhone Alps region of France. Thus far its been an awesome experience! Dan has fallen right into his natural role as ultimate farm boy,      And I have been happily making cheese, cleaning, cooking, with a side of hard work…

Fromage Chevre

Our second Workaway experience is getting off to a brilliant start! Cheese, cheese and more cheese. Sorry, I mean fromage, fromage, fromage! We are living in a small village in the Rhone Alps region of France. Volunteering for a young couple who have recently taken over the families goat farm. But more about Le Sappey,…