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…

Hike: Cabaliros

From the top of Cabaliros, you can see sooo many mountain peaks in the Pyrenees-including Vignemale (my favorite, and the biggest mountain in the French side of the Pyrenees). We started out from Ferme Basque and it took us about 5 hours total, but we were trying to get back before 2pm so usually it…

Hike: Lac De Gaube

There isn’t much information online about how to get to Lac De Gaube from Cauterets…and if there is, it’s in French. So, here’s what you need to know. Duration from Cauterets-  Cauterets to Raillère: 30 mins. Raillère to Pont D’Espagne: 1.5 hours Pont D’Espagne to Lac De Gaube: 1 hour (or you can take a…

HOW do we travel?

I get a lot of messages asking how we afford to travel so much, so I thought I’d write a post for anyone who is wondering the same thing! We don’t travel to have a relaxing vacation with lots of naps-not that it’s bad, we just prefer to save that for when we’re retired ;). Especially…

Cultural Food: Berlingots

In Cauterets, they have many shops that sell Berlingots – a specialty of this region. If you don’t want French people to look at you weird then pronounce it like this. They’re hard candies made of sugar, hot water and pretty interesting flavors like rose, poppy, and lychee. (They have normal flavors too in case you’re…

Gems in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah

I grew up in one of the most beautiful places: Heber, Utah. 🙂 Here are a few places I would highly recommend going for visitors and locals! –Deer Creek Trail: A wide rolling trail above the Deer Creek reservoir that’s perfect for mountain biking or running (you can even ride horses on it). It is…

The Best Travel Planning Websites!

Here are few websites I fully depend on when planning our trips. Most avid travelers know these, but maybe there’s a new one you don’t know about yet. Rome2Rio -amazing resource to figure out the best way to get from point A to point B, no matter how small the destinations are. I use this to…

Kauai Christmas

Despain Family Christmas in Kauai was a blast 🙂 Here are some highlights: -Na Pali Coast: Amaaazing hiking and beautiful coastline. Next time we go I’d for sure want to canoe or kayak next to the Na Pali coast, but the water was too high during the winter season. -Waimea Canyon: they say it’s the…