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Europe » France » Burgundy July 8th 2017

After yesterday’s excitement of the canals and the Tour de France we were ready for new experiences. But we were exhausted from the canal walk and the 200 kilometre race from Troyes to Nuit St Georges so we decided on a slow start today. The sky has clouded over but still very hot. Thunderstorms are forecast for later in the day. The farmers are very busy in the district getting their wheat harvested. We decide to go exploring, this time to Nuit St Georges. The Tour de France leaves from a different location so the town will be empty when we arrive. We decide not to mention the third test between the All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions. There are two reasons for this. First the TV channel decided to scramble its signal just ... read more
Nuit St Georges
Nuit St Georges
Tour de France

Europe » France » Burgundy July 7th 2017

Before leaving home we had this wonderful thought of how we would spend our time in Burgundy. Canals and cycles was somewhere near the top of our wish list. So today, being gloriously fine, we head off in search of “the canal”. We had thought we could just go to the end of the road, get on a bike, and gently ride alongside the canal with our bread stick, cheese and wine. Wouldn’t life be grand if that could really happen. Instead we need to drive about forty kilometres to the town of Pouilly-en-Auxois where we can access the Canal de Bourgogne. This canal connects the Burgundy region with Paris and is the shortest way of traveling the distance. With all the locks it probably isn’t the quickest way. Once we reach Pouilly-en-Auxois it proves a ... read more
Canal de Bourgogne
Canal de Bourgogne
Chateauneuf-en-Auxois

Europe » France » Burgundy July 6th 2017

Another stunning day. The trouble is with every stunning day there are stunning temperatures. Looks like mid 30s again. Today’s drive will take us north through rolling countryside to the historic Abbaye Fontenay. This excursion is two years late but all good things happen to those who wait. Our route takes us onto a plateau overlooking the flat land around Beaune. The vineyards have disappeared and in their place there is wheat for as far as you can see. Harvesting is in full swing. Tractors pulling one or two large trailers full of wheat slow the touring public. At one point Farmer Henri joins the convoy with a load of large rocks. Why would he want to harvest large rocks? We indicate to turn off hoping he’ll go straight ahead. No! He wants to turn off ... read more
Abbaye Fontenay
Abbaye Fontenay
Abbaye Fontenay

Europe » France » Burgundy » Beaune July 5th 2017

We take our time waking up this morning. We are allowed to. It is Burgundy, we’re on holiday, we’re here to relax. After we leave this apartment we haven’t got anywhere to stay so we better start planning ahead. Finally we find suitable accommodation in Nancy, about four hours drive north of Beaune. It is another apartment, much younger than our present location. During our previous trip we fell in love with Leclerc shopping centres. They are fresh, modern, and full of wonderful surprises. Late this morning we pay Mr Leclerc a visit. We enjoy the trundle around his shop with our special wheeled shopping basket that bumps over every join in the endless number of flooring tiles. It must be annoying to the other shoppers who push their overflowing silent shopping trolleys along aisle after ... read more
Saint-Romain
Saint-Romain
La Rochepot

Europe » France » Burgundy » Beaune July 4th 2017

The day dawns with a wonderful blue sky. Today is a day of celebration. We’re not sure what to expect from our American neighbours but we expect to hear the Star Spangled Banner boom out at any time. Perhaps the Stars and Stripes will be unfurled from the balcony above our apartment. Who knows what to expect. In our apartment the celebration is of a different kind. First up a delightful, but simple, breakfast. Then the card and present opening. The day is starting slowly but we have to pace ourselves. It could be long day. Washing clothes while traveling can be an irksome chore but we have to be presentable while spending time in a fashionable area such as Burgundy. We are fortunate to once again have a washing machine. This time the online manual ... read more

Europe » France » Burgundy » Cluny July 3rd 2017

The day looks much better this morning as we wake to the sounds of the rural countryside. Birds and tractors but no animals. The fields all around are full of maize and wheat. The pool looks inviting but the temperature hasn’t quite got there yet, maybe later in the week. Unfortunately we won’t be here. Our accommodation has only coffee making facilities so a fresh fruit breakfast is all we need after last night’s fantastic meal. Our hosts go off to work leaving us to lock up. Trusting. Our first stop today is the historic town of Cluny. Yesterday our brief visit confirmed it was a “must see” town. We didn’t realize its importance in history until now. The abbey that once filled much of the town in the 11th century was the largest in Europe ... read more
Cluny
Cluny
Cluny

Europe » France » Auvergne July 2nd 2017

We guess you’ll all be wondering where our destination for tonight might be located. Read on and we might be able to help. The day starts with a hotel breakfast. There is a wonderful selection of the usual cereals and wicked delights so common in European breakfast rooms. We are entertained by the incredible orange juice machine. The oranges go in at the top, move through the halving device, get fitted to a squeezing attachment, juice goes into a reservoir and the spent halves go in the bin. The taste of freshly squeezed orange juice is divine. No additives here. Our demonstrator explains that cleaning is the hardest part. As we leave our room we discover a fridge tucked away in a cupboard we thought we did not need to open. Paying the bill is the ... read more
Wide open spaces
Cluny
Cluny

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Grenoble July 1st 2017

We wake to an overcast day, better than the predicted rain, but going by the low cloud covering the mountains we’re not hopeful of staying dry. We have the makings of an in-room breakfast but we need some milk. We can’t really go to reception for some so one adventurer heads off for some supplies. Hopefully it will only take a few minutes to find the nearest supermarket. We have a special appointment at 9:30 am. In the car park the thirty-something Porsche sports cars are heading off on their tour. It’ll be peaceful tonight. The supermarket was down the road, around the corner, down another road, and after fifteen minutes destination was reached. Pastries! What a treat. She who needs to be fed will be thrilled. A short cut is found to get back to ... read more
Grenoble
Grenoble
Grenoble

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Grenoble June 30th 2017

We have had our final sleep in Italy. It has been a wonderful seven weeks visiting interesting places and meeting many friendly people. Our decision to use apartments rather than cheap hotels has so far been one of our best. Today we load the car for our trip across the border into France. We are really looking forward to our week in Burgundy near the town of Beaune. On the last trip we promised we would return. This week we will. But first we have a journey to make. The tricky part to leaving our apartment is to make sure all the doors stay open behind us as we get the car onto the street. We need to return the keys to the apartment and shut the doors and gate behind us. If one of these ... read more
Climbing another mountain pass.
That's where we have to go, up there.
Crossing the border.

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Turin June 29th 2017

Turin, the home of Fiat. Why did we want to stay here? Originally we had planned for a three night stay but as it got closer to book our accommodation we decided two nights would be enough. After yesterday’s awful drive we are pleased we decided on two nights. Our apartment is comfortable and we don’t mind the slow start today. Once we get ourselves organized we’ll visit a tabacchi and buy two 24 hour bus tickets. It is only a short distance into the centre of Turin but the bus is best. Last night’s washing is dry, a breakfast of cereals, yoghurt and some brioche filled with apricot jam purchased that morning (we think baked the day before), the day planned, and we’re off. We walk to the nearest tabacchi, not that close, and get ... read more
Turin
Turin




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