Workaway vs. WWOOF

This past year we’ve used Workaway and WWOOF. They are both amazing organizations with great concepts, but there are a few differences to consider when choosing which to use.   WWOOF: Willing Workers on Organic Farms is definitely more geared towards people who want to work with their hands and experience organic farming. While a lot of…

Workaway Host: Anne & Crosbie

  Anne and Crosbie are real characters, we loved getting to know them and all their beautiful animals. They are originally english, but live in the french countryside-in the middle of nowhere, with 3 dalmatians, 3 spotted ponies, an axolotl, and a giant white horse. Most of the work we did was gardening, painting, cutting/stacking…

Cultural Food: French Countryside Fig & Walnut Cake-Recipe

In the Fall, there are tons of things to forage for in the French countryside- figs, walnuts, chestnuts, mushrooms and more! It’s really fun to forage because it makes you more aware of your surrounds and it makes you feel like you’re more “in touch” with nature and your roots. 🙂 So we made a…

Workaway Host: Garry & Amanda

These hosts were THE most generous and lovely people. We loved our time with them and their family. The area is gorgeous and there’s a lot to see; but hands-down the best part was getting to know them. The first week we were there, we helped clear out the apartment they’re renovating in downtown Uzes,…

What to see & Where to go in Nîmes, France

Nîmes has a rich history that starts with a Gaulish tribe that helped the Roman emperors conquer territory. As a reward, they was given Nemascus (modern day Nîmes) and modeled it after the Romans. This can be seen by their imitation of the Colosseum, the Arenès de Nîmes, and the gladiator fights they held inside. You…

Guide to Uzès: Medieval Village in Southern France

  Uzès still has a Duke that lives in the “Duchy” at the center of town. It’s a quaint little town in a great location-20 mins from Nimes and Pont Du Gard; 40 mins from Avignon; 1 hour from Montpellier and the Beach. At the same time, it’s so small that you’ll feel like a…

La Ferme Basque

Beautiful restaurant and shop in French ski town Cauterets!

Hike: Pont D’Espagna to Frutiere by Vignemale

This is an AMAZING hike. If you only have time for one (long) hike, do this one. It starts at Pont D’Espangna and goes through Lac De Gaube, Refuge Des Oulettes, Lac D’Estom and ends in Frutiere! So basically, you get to see most of the big attractions in the same day. Duration: 8-10 hours…

Workaway Host: Ferme Basque

Ferme Basque is spectacular. It presents a very chic exterior/interior, delicious restaurant meals, and an unbeatable view of Cauterets. Our hosts, Chantal, Léon, and Aurelién, are the sweetest people and they have a great sense of humor. Read some more about Ferme Basque and their products here. The work we do here as Workaway-ers is mostly…

Hike: Lac D’Ilheou

Gradual uphill to a stunning lake-bonus: the refuge right next to it makes ah-mazing omelets de fromage.  Directions: 1.Go from Cauterets to Cambasque (pretty well marked) 2.Once you get to Cambasque, follow the trail left of the lift house 3.Follow that trail all the way up, it’s pretty well worn 🙂 Duration: 3.5-6 hours total…

Hike: Tour Des Lacs

Most people that go to Pont d’Espagna hike to Lac Du Gaube and miss out on an amazing hike around over 3 different stunning lakes and the 2nd biggest refuge in France! Our favorite part of this hike was Lac Du Pourtet; the water is so blue, and since it’s in a valley the water is still and…