I am back in Asheville after my travels in France (though Josh decided to stay and changed his flight). The trip was a wonderful experience, and by working for hosts on their projects, we were able to connect to the country and culture in a way that most tourists do not. The most exciting thing for us was seeing the sheer amount of stone and stone construction, including vast areas with drystone walls and terracing for agricultural purposes, not to mention medieval villages, castles, and Roman ruins. Because these walls and buildings are hundreds or even thousands of years old, many have fallen into disrepair, and there are not enough workers or resources to do the restoration. That is where we come in! By using a combination of Facebook groups and a website called workaway.info we were able to find people to host us, providing room and board in exchange for 25 hrs/week of skilled labor. The area of France we worked was Provence including the Var region and the Verdon Gorge. This group of photos is mainly from the first project and area we visited.
Franklin Smith, owner Living Stone Masonry and general stone enthusiast