Category Archives: France

Indian summer in Saarbrücken 

We really felt on holiday the past couple of days at the wonderful natural pool at Kirkel – as you can see from the pics :-). And the salmon trout fished by Klaus’s neighbour Aloyse was just yummy!

Also posted in Alsace, Germany, Kirkel, Stiring-Wendel

Pumpkin time

It was lovely to visit Reiner’s brother Klaus near Saarbrücken. After visiting the cemetery where their Dad is buried, we were beautifully warmed by Reiner’s delicious pumpkin soup made in Klaus’s new kitchen. Then it was onto Wellness at Niederbronn-les-Bains and more pumpkins 😀 


Also posted in Alsace

Au revoir Villefranche

After a last swim in the constantly inviting clear blue sea, we celebrated the last evening of a perfect holiday at our favourite waterside restaurant, le Trastevere in the company of two Dutch couples and a Frenchman – what a wonderful conversation in French, English and German which showed us again, it is good communication that matters – not how perfect your language is … Villefranche – à bientôt!

Villefranche et Liz se couchent

ça c’est Villefrache


et ça c’est Liz


All this sightseeing is sooooo tiring :-). But we had a lovely day in Èze-Village with a breathtaking view over the Med wandering around the quaint art galleries and wondering if we could afford one of the enticing colourful paintings …but we decided to be sensible and instead cooked a delicious dinner of French lamb chops and runner beans and enjoyed watching the sun go down over the bay – Villefranche is said to boast one of the five most beautiful bays in the world and I fully agree!

… gave Joséphine a miss

Monte Carlo

for Monaco!

The tour de Nice

Promenade des Anglais

Ok, it was one of the fastest tours we have ever done, but it was in a way important to see the Promenade des Anglais and probably have a nice dinner in the old town area. But two hours later we were back again in beautiful Villefranche in a seaside restaurant enjoying a candlelit dinner.

Villefranche se reveille

La vue et le ciel sont fantastiques! And swimming in the beautifully clean and clear blue sea too. Not to mention the yummy fish and mussels in the waterside restaurants and wandering through the unspoilt alleyways.

IMG_2730.JPG(c) Reiner

Back in Villefranche


It’s lovely to be back in Villefranche and show Reiner the picturesque little town between Nice and Monaco which has not lost its quaint and traditional French atmosphere to tourism. Although quite a climb to get to, our appartment enjoys a breathtaking view over the bay – which we discovered when drinking our early morning cup of tea in the garden :-).