Touching Sixty and Opening the Throttle travel blog

With Hester and Frodo in Toulouse, France

Hester, our Dutch exchange student in high school years

Carcassonne, 12th century walled city




Roussillon, France


TR4 on road rally in France

Jack's favorite view of Provence

Towns were built on hills to keep out barbarians


1.4 L Peugeot deisel with caravan doors

Lacoste, France

Gordes, France

Annecy, France

Chamonix, France

Parasailing around Mount Blanc, France


Taking advantage of beautiful, sunny weather we set out September 12th for exploration of southern France. We flew into Toulouse, France where our Dutch daughter, Hester and husband Frodo had just relocated from Holland. Frodo is a patent lawyer and found a new position with a firm in Tolouse. We had such a nice visit with them and enjoyed sharing in their joy of purchasing a lovely new home.

After spending two days exploring Toulouse with Hester, we headed out to gorgeous Provence, France. Such simple beauty. The hill towns once ignored and shabby are slowly being restored by wealthy Parisians yearning for the simple, country life. The towns of Rousillon, Gorde, and Lacoste truly captivated us. Tearing ourselves away from their magnificence, we continued on to the French Alps. Again the warm weather continued and as we enjoyed carefree days paddling boats and bicycling around Lake Geneva. Of course we made time for the ride up to the highest mountain, Mont Blanc. We left much to discover, but there is always next time.

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