Les Cabanes De Marie-Swiss Treehouse B&B

Our Workaway hosts, Marie and Renaud, built these incredible tree houses in their backyard. There are 3 treehouses and a set of Gypsy wagons named after their kids- Mathis, Mila, Alanis, and Cami. Les Cabanes de Marie has a beautiful philosophy and goal to be a well-priced retreat for families and friends to experience their childhood…

Early Morning Hike Above the Clouds: Dent de Jaman

This particular morning was probably in the top 10 moments of my year. Waking up wayyy before the sun rises, driving to the pre-alps, running up Dent de Jaman in the dark and making it to the top above the clouds to see the sky turn cotton candy pink. The inversion of clouds covered Lac…

5 Tips for Packing a Three Month Trip into a Carry-On Backpack

Those bags we’re wearing and that red bag Luke is holding is all we brought for our entire three month trip to Europe. It was actually the perfect amount of things and we didn’t have to spend an extra $80 per bag to check them in! Only packing exactly what you need and condensing it down…

My 10 Favorite Things About My Favorite City: Bern, Switzerland

Walking around in Bern feels like walking around in a Virtual Reality game. Everything is clean, adorable, and organized. There are so many things I love about Bern, but here are my top 10: 1- Bern’s Festive Christmas Decor We were there in December, so we got to see the Berner Christmas Markt and all the…

Sweet Tooth Heaven: Cailler Swiss Chocolate-Tasting Tour

Not only do you get a creative presentation of the history of chocolate from the cocoa beans of the amazon to modern production, but at Cailler you get a TASTING. There are over 8 different types of quality chocolate to sample for free at the end of the tour! We filled up on the cheap packaged chocolates…

5 Things to do in Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne is one of my new favorite cities! It has a small population but a lot of cultural heritage and things to see because it’s a very liberal city. It’s also very hilly-so it was interesting/terrifying to drive manual around the city haha. We went there several times during our Workaway because it is only about…

Going Back in Time to the Gruyere Village

A tiny little village on a tiny hill with views of the alps. Beautiful cobblestone streets with beautiful old houses built with traditional architecture. Gruyere village is absolutely magical. I’d been there 10 years before for only about an hour, but still recognized it because it is just THAT unique. Here are some to-do suggestions…

Day trip to Magical Annecy (France)

After picking up our friend Cassidy from the Geneva airport, we drove a little further to Annecy, France. Our workaway hosts suggested it and we’re SO glad we went, it was gorgeous! We ate risotto at 20 Sur Vins. There you can taste up to 20 different wines with a cool mechanical pouring system where…

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…

5 Ways to Save on Transport in Europe

There’s lots of tricks to saving lots on transportation while you’re in Europe. Our last trip should have cost us around 150 euros (at the least), but we mixed and matched some transport and got from Toulouse to Uzes for 65 euros total! Here’s the 5 best tricks we’ve found: 1. Search on Rome2Rio I…

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…