One of the coolest parts of our European vacation was sleeping at different locations. Matt chose some places that are off the beaten path…like Grignan, France. He found this AWESOME Bed & Breakfast at the base of a castle. We stayed at “La Demeure du Chateau.” It felt a bit like a castle itself and had some incredible views.
View from our bedroom
glass bridge in our family suite
Walking up to the Grignan castle...short distance from our B&B
Rebel on top of someone's roof...they shouldn't have their roof the same height at the street!
Ninja on the roof...glad he didn't fall through
Farley family in Grignan, France
After walking around and maneuvering through the narrow streets of Grignan we loaded back up in the car and headed to Grenoble…2 hours away. I must say that everyone did very well in the car, and we spent a lot of time driving to different cities. With an iPad, Android tablet, laptop, cell phone games, music and beautiful scenery we were all entertained in some form. Matt had the brilliant idea to bring our car charger that has an American outlet and a power strip. We were able to charge many devises all at the same time and keep everyone happy.
We didn't have to worry about a converter with this set-up
We had beautiful weather in Grenoble. The city is surrounded by mountains and is known in France as the “Capital of the Alps.” We parked at the plaza and got some lunch and ate on the grass near a fountain with mountains all around us.
The kids liked playing in the water after they ate
We walked to a great tourist spot called the Bastille. But in order to get there, you need to ride in the “Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car”. At the top you can look out over the city and stand in awe of the mountains that are all around you. From the top we could see the arena that was built for the Olympic Games in 1968. This was the city where Peggy Fleming won gold in figure skating!
Europeans lay around when the sun comes out
Egg-shaped cable cars known to locals as "Les Bulles"
View of Grenoble and the Isère River from the Bastille
On our walk back to the car we stopped at a park so the kids could play before we stuck them back in the car for another 90 minutes before we reached our next destination…Geneva, Switzerland!
More photos of Grignan and Grenoble