Hot! The Countdown Begins!


So, last night I booked my airfare to France. I leave from DC on the afternoon of the 21st, stop over for 2 hours in Toronto, and arrive in Paris at 8:30am on the 22nd. I arrive at Charles de Gaulle, and I’ll be taking the train straight from there to wherever I end up WWOOFing.

I am still in communications with a couple different WWOOF farms, but I’m really hoping to work at a horse farm near Nevers. They raise and train Arabian horses for endurance riding, and train endurance riders as well. Given that endurance riding is one of the main components of The Mongolian Experiment, I think this would be a great opportunity for me, and potentially a really great learning experience. Even if I spend 95% of my time mucking out stalls, getting to pick the trainers’ brains is an invaluable resource. I’m also looking at a goat/sheep farm in Ardeche that offers shepherding experience, a vegetable farm in Forez, and a goat farm/cheesemaker in Aude.

My current plan is to WWOOF from the 22nd of June to the 11th of July. On the 11th, I’ll head over to Grazac and meet up with Marc’s parents, who have rented a gîte there. Marc arrives on the 12th, and the family reunion is on the 14th (yes, Bastille Day) and 15th. On the afternoon of the 16th, Marc and I will head to Lyon, and we’ll be there until the afternoon of the 19th, when Marc flies home. After seeing him off, I’ll head down to Montpellier, where I’ll take a bus to Lagamas. I’ll be in Lagamas until August 18th, when Rosemary goes back to the US and closes up the house. From the 18th to the 31st is currently unscheduled, with my flight back to DC leaving on the 31st. I’ll probably split the remainder of my time between Montpellier and Paris, staying with fellow bloggers or couchsurfing.

So, the schedule currently looks like this:

June 22-July 11: WWOOFing

July 11-15: Grazac/Family Reunion

July 16-19: Lyon w/Marc

July 19-August 18: Lagamas

August 18-21: Montpellier

August 21-31: Paris

If you live in Montpellier or Paris and have a couch or patch of floor you can spare, I’d love to hear about it. If you have recommendations of day trips that I can take (by public transport) from either Montpellier or Paris, I’d love to hear about it. If there’s anything that I absolutely must see in Paris, I’d love to hear about it. Basically, if you have any advice regarding France at all, I’d love to hear about it. I haven’t been there in years, and so anything at all is helpful.

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  1. I know you want Lyon advice, but the main tourist stuff is pretty cool:

    Place des Terreaux

    Vieux Lyon

    The free zoo in Parc de la Tete d’Or (but I like animals and zoos and such)

    And I love the city bikes. You can rent them cheap, but you probably need a chip credit card or someone with one. Make sure you return it in half an hour and you don’t need to pay extra for a new one.

    • I like zoos too. I go to the National Zoo here in DC all the time.

      Thanks for the tips!

      Any must-eat restaurants? My 3 days in Lyon are one of the few days I’ll actually be splurging, since I’ll be with Marc and will have an excuse.