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Europe » France » Franche-Comté » Besançon May 22nd 2014

We were up early today and out the door by 8:30… on the promise of a Maccas morning tea! The nearest was shut so we headed onward until we found one that was open in Besancon. The real reason was reliable WIFI as we had nowhere to sleep. That was easily solved and we also found that there is a cool old citadel in Besancon which has a zoo inside. Old buildings for the old folks and big cats for the young-uns. Off we went but trying to get there, we realised that we are back in France. Driving is more arrogant here – they simply think you should know where you are going and get it right! Annoying differences between GPS maps and the real roads made it a bit difficult but we eventually got ... read more
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Europe » France » Franche-Comté » Pontarlier May 21st 2014

Our plan for the next few days is to drive back across northern France to Calais and get a ferry over the channel to England. Today we had plans to stop off along the shores of Lake Geneva at Montreaux. The waterfront is absolutely beautiful and there are lots of playgrounds along the way. Unfortunately, Em was feeling belligerent so things did not go too happily… After a bit of a calm down, we got fish and chips and calamari for lunch and sat on the edge of the lake wall to eat. If you come to Switzerland, this is really a stunning vista across the lake to the majestic mountains and a nice little town to boot! Back in the car, we thought to stop a bit further along for the last thing on the ... read more
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Europe » France » Franche-Comté » Besançon September 4th 2012

Snooper told us this morning that we would only travel a few hundred yards from the campsite before turning left and heading out of town. However it had not factored in the deviations. Besancon was getting a tram system and most of the roads were being dug up. This meant the five minutes we expected to travel before leaving the town environs ended up nearer half an hour as we rode down one street and up another without getting anywhere. Eventually the citadel came into sight and we escaped. What a relief! I thought I had broken the back of my virus as I had stopped coughing at night but this morning- hack hack - it was back. Will I ever get rid of it? The day started grey and threatened rain but even so the ... read more
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Europe » France » Franche-Comté August 31st 2012

What awonderfulplacer Paris is. 3 days not long enough. Man the olive is a big place. Managed to push our way to front of crowd and get pics with mona lisa. We beginning to think they didn't do anything but paint -and sculpture and then build massive buildings to put them in as there's thousands of them. What makes one more fa Omous than the other as they are all so well done. Of to. Breaky Then ontraun to London. Hope the showers better there... read more

Europe » France » Franche-Comté June 22nd 2012

You can't go far in France without reminders of wars. What struck me was how similar the memorials to both WW1 & WW2 are to the ones we are familiar with in Australia. The monuments and memorials are in prominent positions in a town square, or in a park, near the main public buildings, at a crossroad etc and may be a column or a statue of a soldier in a heroic pose, and with a list of names from WW1 and WW2. Then you look more closely and notice the dates, places and manner of death and that in many cases there is also a list of civilians. Chilling. Besançon has a comprehensive and moving museum to the Resistance movement situated in its wonderful citadel. We found the history of the Deportation and Resistance, told ... read more
Champlitte War Memorial
Champlitte War Memorial
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Europe » France » Franche-Comté » Belfort June 8th 2012

After neglecting my blogging duties for a few weeks (mostly out of lack of time and the fact that nothing particulary exciting has happened), I have finally decided to put fingers to keyboard again in order to bring you up-to-date. The Saturday before last I was feeling particulary brave and adventerous and sensing that another dull weekend at home might drive me crazy, I decided to take a trip to the distant, exotic land which is not Alsace - Belfort. Why might you ask did I choose to take the trip alone? For one thing, there was no one around to come with me and secondly, it can be quite fun sometimes and I'm not one to miss out on doing things, just because I can't find anyone to do it with me. So the adventure ... read more
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Europe » France » Franche-Comté » Besançon September 26th 2011

Note: All events mentioned in this entry occurred back in October 2006. For more updated entries and trips, please refer back to this blog at a later date. Entries that take place in the present day will NOT include a note like this. Thank you and enjoy! I had already been to Besancon during my, at this point my first three of 9 months ahead of me (I first mention it in my blog entry entitled "First Trip to Paris," for more details). However, I only spent 5 hours and missed out on a lot of very important sites, so I decided to come back for a second visit. I take the train as usual to Besancon, and make my way towards the Musee des Beaux Arts (Museum of Fine Arts). However on my way I ... read more

Europe » France » Franche-Comté » Belfort May 5th 2011

Day 3 Paris to Belfort France Had a lovely drive from Paris to Belfort which is not far from the German border. Slept in bongo for first time on this trip, realise that we have too much stuff and not enough storage! ... read more

Europe » France » Franche-Comté » Besançon May 18th 2010

Saying goodbye to Besancon was not easy. After five months, this place had become my home. And it's people had become my friends. The streets are worn into my mind like a spider web. I'm going to let these pictures speak for themselves. They are of a trip to Arc-en-Senans, scenes from campus, random outtakes, and pics from my last day in Besancon when I visited my favorite spots in town one last time.... read more
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Europe » France » Franche-Comté » Besançon May 13th 2010

OK! HOLD THE PHONE! WHO AM I? AND HOW DID I ACQUIRE SUCH AMAZING FRIENDS? Soooo, last night I got ready for girls night out. Charline, Aurore, Pauline, and I had been planning on having a little soiree together before I left. They invited Rejane too, since I'd introduced them. I was excited, thinking: yeah! girls night! woo! At 9pm, Charline came and picked me up in her car and drove us to Pauline's place in town. We walk in and Pauline and I do bisous, and they say Aurore is in the living room. I thought it was a little odd that the door was closed, but then Pauline threw it open and inside.... WERE ALL OF MY FRIENDS YELLING "SURPRISE!" with balloons! AH!!! I was totally in shock, and I looked around and saw ... read more
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