Holidays in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain

For our summer holidays, we chose this little mountain village (population of 303) in Burgundy for its solitude, and that is exactly what we got.

Flavigny-sur-Ozerain is a quiet village with few tourists, and it is also listed as Plus beaux villages de France. This was the view from one of the upstairs windows of our self-catering vacation rental. *

Room with a view in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain

The village seen from the valley.

On Main Street, soon after entering through the Port Val, you might want to look up to one of the windows of the houses on the left. She is definitely a piece of art.

This shop was the setting for the movie Chocolat (with Johnny Depp).

This is what we did most days – relaxing, reading, drinking wine, shopping for good things to eat, and mostly lying in the garden, shaded by trees.

* In case you’re interested what vacation rental we had booked, here it is: https://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/flavigny-sur-ozerain/6122857

I can highly recommend it, if you want quiet days and need time to visit yourself.

Review on Les Remparts de Riquewihr Apartment, France

We had booked this self-catering studio apartment for three days in Riquewihr. With 35 qm and two adults, this was a perfect choice. Although it is located in the middle of the town, on main street, Rue du Général de Gaulle, the apartment is beautifully insulated against any noise from the street.

I’m a kitchen person, so this is usually the first place of interest to me. It had all the amenities we needed – toaster, coffeemaker, and more.

We actually had brought some wine from Germany, because we arrived on late Sunday afternoon and we were not sure about any shops being opened nearby. We learned most shops are open seven days a week and we had our grocer right across the street. This apartment is in a very convenient location.

kitchen

The sleeping area is very comfortable and leaves enough room on either side. The window also offers an interesting view onto a backyard (see below).

bed corner

sitting corner

The bathroom had one feature I disliked. More than half of the tub’s length is lined with a shower-glass protection (see the end where the towel is placed). Unfortunately, the room to climb in is quite narrow and could make for easy slips. I had to be extra careful when stepping in (I’m in my mid-fifties), but I would not advise this for much older folks, with unsteady feet.

bathroom

This apartment is on the second floor and if you don’t mind climbing two flights of creaking stairs, then this is good. Most times I tried to tiptoe up and down the stairs, to no avail. We hardly heard anyone going up and down from within the apartment, so again, it is adequately equipped even against noisy old stairs.

Room with a backyard view

Hinterhof

I can definitely recommend this apartment for a short stay in Riquewihr. There is a lot to see and do, but three days there were just right for us. Eating out is still fairly reasonably priced and if you like wine and picnics, I’m sure you will find some quiet spots in walking distance.

Links of interest:

Riquewihr Alsace Vacation Rentals: http://i-love-riquewihr.com/ (ours was the Sylvaner-Studio)

Jean-Paul Krebs (landlord and general manager) has this blog: http://best-of-upper-rhine.com/new-luxury-holiday-apartments-in-riquewihr/

I do not obtain any free services or products in exchange for promoting anything here. This is just to let you know about things I’ve learned that has made travel better, more comfortable, and more fun.

Two Weeks at the Baltic Sea

For this summer’s holiday, we had rented a vacation apartment in the fishing village of Maasholm (population: 700) which is located on the peninsula separating the Schlei Bay from the Baltic Sea.

Maasholm is such a quaint little village, but it has all the amenities residents and tourists need. Even the little grocery shop is open on Sundays. There are about five restaurants, two coffee shops, one grocery store, one bakery, a popular Imbiss Stand (German style: street vendor), which sells all kinds of fish, on any kind of sandwich.

This is what we saw on our first evening right after we arrived.

Schlei Bay

Schlei Bay

We got our keys to the apartment (which overlooked the Schlei Bay) and found ourselves across from a church. I took this photo from our living room, where we enjoyed splendid sunsets every evening.

Church in Maasholm

Church in Maasholm

As we are not confined to the German school summer break schedule, we were able to leave before high season. There were hardly any tourists. The beaches were empty and so it was just us, and the ocean breeze.

Baltic Sea

Baltic Sea

I’m an early riser, so I spent most mornings down at the port where I could sit on a bench and listen to the seagulls, watch some boats come in, and greet passersby with a “Moin”. This was also the best place to get wi-fi, and in our case, it was the only hot-spot we found.

Yachthafen Maasholm

Yachthafen Maasholm

I loved these mornings sitting there by the sea. By around 7am, I would head up the street to the bakery and get something for breakfast. And then I usually would return to the port.

Maasholm Port

Maasholm Port

I have been to many places throughout my life. I love to go places, but when the holidays come to a close, I usually look forward to coming home. In this case, it was different.

This might have been the first time I thought, I would like to stay longer.