The best part of traveling for me isn’t the cool historical sights or beautiful nature….it’s the people we meet along the journey. This past July, we had just finished a busy nine days of seeing many beautiful towns in Germany and Italy: Dinkelsbuhl, Fussen, Lake Garda, Vicenza, Verona, and Venice. Then we packed up, and drove four hours to stay with our friends Brigitte and Louis, who live in a lovely home at the foot of the Alps, just outside Grenoble, France. We arrived just before sunset, and were treated to delicious home cooked French food with champagne.
The next day we just wanted to chill out and hang around the beautiful garden and take in the views all around us.
Who needs to go sightseeing when this is out your front gate? Just going for a walk down the street is “sightseeing”. So that’s just what we did: Brigitte, Nate and I went for a walk.
Just a few doors down, Brigitte’s neighbor has goats, chickens, donkeys, dogs, and rabbits.
Brigitte’s neighbor wasn’t home so we continued on our walk.
What a beautiful place! Brigitte and Louis are very blessed to call this place home! We headed back to their house, and stopped by the neighbor’s house who was now home. Nate got to play on the tractor…..
and pet a donkey…which was quite exciting for a city boy!
We ran into Andy just as we arrived; he was heading out for a bike ride.
Brigitte and Louis invited us to eat lunch with them in their garden. They thought we were a little crazy because as the week went on we wanted to spend a large part of it just hanging around their lovely home and garden. Can you blame us?!!
We slept in every day, and rarely left the house before noon. We went for a picnic next to a monastery that was just a short drive away.
We also enjoyed a couple evenings together with Brigitte and Louis’ next-door neighbors, with more great French cuisine and wine. We had a great time talking, playing pool, and enjoying French beverages of all sorts, late into the night:) Andy and Louis relaxed the next day, watching the Tour de France on TV.
All meals included French wine, and were followed by French cheese. My favorite quote (from Brigitte’s father, I think) I heard was ” a meal without cheese is like a beautiful woman with one eye!”
While staying with Brigitte and Louis we also did day trips to Grenoble, Annecy and Mont Blanc. I’ll post photos in future blog posts.
If you get the chance to visit this part of France, take it! You definitely won’t regret it!! Thank you, Brigitte and Louis for such wonderful hospitality!