Champagne region & Paris, France 2014

It was time to visit Paris. To visit Paris but do not stay in Paris overnight.
We found a nice camping located in Champagne region where we booked 3 night in a bungalow.
Camping La Noue des Rois is located in Saint Hilaire sous Romilly, about 44 km from Troyes.
From here it is only 120km to Paris which makes a day trip o Paris short and pleasant. There are direct trains from Saint Hilaire sous Romilly to Paris.


Camping La Noue des Rois


Church in Saint Hilaire sous Romilly


Lake area at the campsite


Bungalowas along the lakeshore


Our sons with their new friends in Paris


Eiffel Tower


Eiffel Tower


Time for something sweet ! A these are really, really sweet ….


The Champ de Mars (Field of Mars). Parc between the Eiffel Tower and the École Militaire


Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris


The entrance to Cathédrale Notre Dame


Inside the cathedral


Me and my boys 🙂


Monument in Saint Hilaire sous Romilly

Franche-Comté, France 2013

We rarely visit the same place for the second time but this year we decided to spend first week of July at Camping Val de Bonnal where we stayed in a tent last year.

The Val de Bonnal is an immense aquatic and nautical area on 4 lakes near the river Ognon, offering all the pleasures of the sea in the countryside. It is an ideal place to explore the south of the Vosges, Alsace and the Jura area.

val-de-bonnalAerial view of Val de Bonnal lake area

Val de Bonnal is a 5-star family campsite, and is a member of the ‘Les Castels’ chain. The campsite is an exceptionally beautiful estate of 150ha of green and peaceful nature. This year we stayed in a Ecolodge on stilts which is a mix between a bungalow and a tent. This house was just perfect for us !

Info about the house copied from the website:
A canvas-covered lodge with a washroom and toilet, halfway between camping and rental.
– A surface area of 19m², 2 bedrooms + covered terrace measuring 10.50m² with patio furniture, 2 deckchairs, 1 bbq (wood fuel).
– Kitchenette with an electric (or gaz) hob, 2 burners, sink with hot and cold water, 1 tub, top fridge, microwave, 1 electric coffee-maker, 1 kettle, 1 toaster.
– 1 parents’ bedroom with bed, 140×190
– 1 children’s bedroom with 2 beds, 80×190
– 1 wash room with shower, sink, heating
– toilet not separate
– Sheets and household linen not provided, linen kits can be hired but please let us know at the time of booking.
– continental quilts and pillows provided
– crockery for 4 people

More information about the campsite and Franche-Comte province here:
Tourist information about Franche-Comte province:
Camping Val de Bonnal:
Les Casteles official website:

Ecolodge3D view of the Ecolodge house

IMG_0086Ecolodge occupied by our Familienbande

DSCF3680Cycling trip to Rougemont. There is a nice cycling route from Camping Val de Bonnal to the nearest village Rougemont. The route is 90% off-road and goes through the beautiful wood surrounding the campsite.

DSCF3615Funny lantern at the Église Saint-Georges (Church of St. George) in Vesoul

The Franche-Comté region offers major, must-see UNESCO World Heritage sites which you can discover by visiting the cities of Belfort, Gray, Dole and Besançon:
– The Royal Saltpan of Arc-et-Senans
– The citadel of Besançon
– Notre-Dame-du-Haut at Unesco
– The Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains

We visited only one of them: Citadelle de Besancon. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vauban’s 17th century masterpiece, the Besançon Citadel, is considered to be one of the finest in France. The fortifications cover 11 hectares and lie more than 100 metres above the old town sitting in a loop of the River Doubs.

It is also a very special place where the history is mixed up with nature – the Natural History Museum so well built into the Citadelle that you might think that it has always been there.There is also a very interesting Museum of the Resistance and Deportation.


Citadelle de Besançon:

Colmar & Ecomusée d’Alsace, France 2012









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