Life in a nutshell, 'cos it's better if you're nuts!

A collection of random thoughts, adventures, happenings and general goings on in the Gardner Family.
Vizille

Vizille

A grand aristocratic country house which has been converted into a museum celebrating the Revolution.

Bastille

Bastille

You can’t beat a fortress on top of a mountain. That’s why they built them there. Grenoble’s one is great.

Grenoble

Grenoble

A relatively short day of driving from the Ardeche up to Grenoble, a city I grew fond of when I was younger.

Avignon

Avignon

Sur le Pont d’Avignon, l’on y danse, l’on y danse. Sur le Pont d’Avignon, l’on y danse tous en rond.

Chillin

Chillin

Whatta lotta notta lot. Every holiday has a day like this. This holiday had more than one.

Canoeing

Canoeing

Paddling down the Ardeche river on a beautiful sunny day, accompanied by lots of French people.

Salavas

Salavas

A small town in the Ardeche across from Vallon Pont d’Arc, where we stayed for most of a week.

Painful

Painful

French motorways on a Saturday in August. Why, oh why did we plan to change locations on a Saturday?

Cirque

Cirque

School geography had a lot of stuff about glaciation. The Pyrenees are ideal for a refresher field trip.

Vertical

Vertical

Glaciated valleys tend to be steep at the bottom and flatten out as you get higher. We didn’t get that high.

Panollama

Panollama

The Col du Tourmalet and the Pic do Midi de Bigorre. The Col is a long way up, but the Pic is further.

Grottoes

Grottoes

We decided to get out of the rain by visiting a cave where water was literally pouring out of the ceiling.