Laura Craig


Laura Craig

Europe » France » Burgundy » Beaune July 23rd 2017

The morning started with a quick trip to Carrefour to pick up some cheese, meat, chips and Orangina. It i always interesting to see what the cost of items are at the local grocery store. I was surprised to find housewares and a few other things. The wine and alocohol selecToon may have exceeded our LCBO. Shopping was followed by breakfast in the hotel. It was included with our room to brunch. It was impressive. You could make your own egg, several types of breads (including pain au chocolat and brioche toast), meats, mmmmm...... Then it was off to Bouchard Aine et Fils. Waiting for us was a wonderful woman who gave us a personally guided tour (just us!). They have a "five senses" tour. We heard wine making (piped in sound), looked at the ... read more
Basilique de Notre Dame
Basilique de Notre Dame

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon July 21st 2017

July 21 We almost missed today. Sinclaire, fortunately, was up and ready to go. At 10 am she woke us up. We took a walk to Les Halles de Paul Beaucuse – the most amazing market with fish vendors, meat vendors, cheese…and the most amazing pastries. We stopped for lunch at a fish restaurant. Sinclaire had escargot, I had salmon tartar, Glenn had oysters. Mmmmm… check out the food photos! A short walk to Old Lyon brought us to the funiculaire. The short ride up the hill was worth the three Euros. At the top is the Basilique – super old church…but not as old as the roman theatre, made around 200 A.D. Dinner was a La Maison Marie. She's the owner - her husband is a tennis expert.... read more
Salmon Tartar

North America » Canada » Ontario » Thunder Bay July 19th 2017

Today is the day! Rick dropped us off at the airport and our journey begins! First flight is on time – yeah! We had time in Pearson for cider and something to eat. Next plane. Off to Montreal – where there was rainstorm that delayed our arrival. Thankfully, it was only 15 minutes which left us just enough time to get to our gate. Third plane. I love Air Canada (not). Our seats were not all together (as we so carefully chose seats that were supposed to be). With some open seats were able to move, but everyone seemed to need to shift. By 9:00 pm we were in the air. By 9:30 pm we were served drinks. Then there was movie time and dinner. I was ready to be in France. I checked my watch. ... read more
The Little Prince

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Saint-Emilion July 31st 2012

Our last full day in France we headed east from Bordeaux to the Saint Emillion area. We visited Chateau Canon in the morning, before heading into the town for lunch. Walked around this very old and beautiful town. Authentic, but with a touch of a touristy feel. Another excellent lunch at L'Enver du Decor outside in back courtyard. After lunch visited the local church before heading over to Chateau Figeac and then finally to Chateau Petit Village (a next door neigbour to Chateau Le Pin). Back to Bordeaux. Walked to the local shopping mall near the hotel. Shopping in the grocery store was a very different experience to what we have in North America for sure. Aisles and aisles of wine... a 10 euro meal that night. The most expensive item was 4 euro for the ... read more
Ancient ruins at the church in Saint-Emillion
Chateau Figeac
Chateau Figeac

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Pauillac July 30th 2012

We started with a quick run through a breakfast buffet and took a taxi to the train station, Gare Saint-Jean. Once we got the keys to the car we were directed to walk down the street until we found the Hertz sign. Well, that walk was a little further than I expected and the automatic "Ford Focus" was a standard transmission Opel (something or other...). Good thing I know how to change gears. Glenn navigated using a GPS and an iPad and both were useful at some point. City driving was OK, but some of the country roads are just wide enough for two lanes and not worthy of a line down the centre. I held on tight and got honked at once for hogging the road. The guide books mention that it is 50 km/h ... read more
Chateau Gruaud Larose
These ones are wooden.
While others are concrete.

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux July 29th 2012

We took a taxi to the Gare Montparnasse and got on the super fast TGV train to Bordeaux. Amazingly, the train, which holds 457 people was loaded in about 20 minutes and we zoomed 600 kilometres in just over three hours. We were going up to 300 km/h. After checking in at The Hotel Burdigal, we took a walk down to the waterfront. Dozens of people were playing in the water mirror (splash pad), there was a cruise ship in port and there looked to be a circus in the park. Back at the hotel we picnicked on Viennese baguette from Bordeaux and Stilton cheese and a terrine that we brought from Paris. Not much else happened, it was Sunday - definitely a day of rest.... read more
Water Feature

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 28th 2012

Again, it's December and I see that I missed this day. Glenn registered for a class at Le Cordon Bleu. I didn't mind as it meant that I could go exploring for the day. I knew that whatever he learned today, I would benefit from later. It was a win-win day - have a look at the photos.... read more
Rental Cart
Yes, yes it is...
Read the sign

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Reims July 27th 2012

With tickets for the Regional Train in hand we found the East Station easily and found our seats easily (after finding a chocolate croissant). A 45 minute ride brought us to Reims, where Champagne come from. We stopped the Notre Dame Cathedral where 25 kings of France were crowned - quite a dinstiction! A hike to the other end of town in one hundred percent humidity and thirty degree heat brought us to Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin. The tasting tour we booked was limited to eight people and was excellent. Our guide, a young lady from Russia, gave a clear explanation of how the wines become classified based on where the grapes are grown. An aroma garden of plantings from around the world allowed us to touch, taste and smell plants and get a feeling for what ... read more
Roman Gate
It ended right here.

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris July 26th 2012

It's my birthday. Actually, it is December right now and I remember some, but not all of this day. So much happened. We started at Notre Dame Cathedral with the hoards of people waiting to get in. Then we waited in line somewhere was hot. That, I remember. We wanted to go to the Arc de Triomphe, but rather than take the metro, we walked the Champs Elysse. It was certainly the place to be and they were still clearing some of the seating from the Tour de France. Dinner was inside, yes inside the Eiffel Tower and it was spectacular. I did not blog that night because I had too much to ...ummm... eat. The walk home through the park was interested - people everywhere. Stretched out on the grass were hundreds of people ... read more
The Rose Window
Arc de Triomphe

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Versailles July 24th 2012

Up at 6:30 am. Ugh. We were up late last night - internal clocks are re-setting. The plan for today was to take the RER train to the the Palace of Versailles. With our bellies still full from dinner last night, we skipped breakfast. I stopped to pick up a Starbuck (yes, even here) for a mocha (tastes just the same). The train was easy to find and a half hour ride brought us to the end of the line. The museum hadn't even opened and the line was already snaking around the courtyard and grew while we stood there. Inside, there was room after room of gold, paintings and opulence beyond reasonable. We headed out in the noonday sun toward the garden. 250 acres of garden. It went on, and on, and on... We stopped ... read more
Pots and Pans
So pretty

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