Jan Hibbert


Jan Hibbert

My grandfather landed on the shores of Gallipoli 25 April 1915. It's an honour to accompany my darling 90 year old mum (his daughter) to attend the commemoration ceremony. She's a grandmother and great-grandmother. I'm a grandmother...Grandmas in Gallipoli.... Now, 14 months after this incredible and humbling journey, we go to France with very dear friends. Friends in France...

Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon July 27th 2016

A stay in Dijon would not be complete without a visit to the Musées de la Vie Bourguignonne (Museum of Burgundian Life). This charming history of daily life in Dijon from the 18th century to the beginning of the 20thcentury, is set in the peaceful cloister of the Bernadine Monastery. The ground floor has displays of rural life which are quite life like and a wonderful representation of how life was. Difficult! On the first floor, the reconstruction of 10 businesses was fascinating. It was most exciting for us when we saw the Pernot Biscuit business … Lyn and Neville’s apartment in Villa Pernot featured. Thursday brings us to our last day in Dijon, enjoying a progressive lunch: first at La Petite Rein Bistro near the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy then on to La ... read more
The monastery that houses the museum
The cloister
Underneath the arches...

Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon July 26th 2016

The morning service on Sunday at Notre Dame was warm and welcoming. Although completely in French, some could be understood well enough. During the service, a beautiful-hearted young novice spoke eloquently and passionately, encouraging hope and faith over fear in the light of the tragedies in France and other parts of Europe. Moving. A leisurely coffee was enjoyed quietly at a nearby café while we watched families pass by. Some had attended church, others looked as though they were heading out for lunch. The market hall (Les Halles) had been transformed into a vibrant Brunch area…bookings essential! Nevertheless, Villa Pernot’s Sunday’s lunch was of a rather good standard! But then there was our long French lunch on Monday (Lundi). We hosted Robert and Jenny, who are friends of Lyn and Neville. Aperitifs, which included Sablés au ... read more
The Jacquemart atop Notre Dame
La Dolce Vita
Brunch at Les Halles

Europe » France » Alsace » Eguisheim July 24th 2016

Friday 22 July 2016 Travelling south, back towards Dijon, we stopped at Colmar for lunch. A very different entry welcomed us…the Statue of Liberty! After finding a carpark (what a marvel Neville is!) we wound our way on foot to a canal side restaurant, passing a variety of housing and shops along the way. Eight centuries of Germanic and French architecture feature in this colourfully eclectic town of the Alsace region. The flowers that line the canal were in abundance, adding charm to the shuttered housing behind. The town was founded in the 9th century and is also known as ‘Little Venice’ due to the number of canals that cross the river Lauch. We tried to find the Hansi Museum but aborted our attempts; the growing humidity was oppressive and rain was threatening. With car parks ... read more
Shops and residences
One of the many canals

Europe » France » Lorraine July 24th 2016

Thursday 21 July 2016 Our journey for an overnight stay in Strasbourg was broken with a picnic lunch and a leisurely stroll through another delightful village, St Quirin in the Lorraine region. The warm weather caused us to look for a shady spot to picnic; Neville found it. Beside the priory church of St Quirin, a beautiful shaded area with a wooden structure (like a stable) and a monument to the fallen of 1914-1918. Very peaceful. ‘According to legend, the relics of St Quirinus, tortured in 132 in Rome under the reign of Emporer Hadrian, were brought here in 1049 by Geppa, the abbess of Neuss and a sister of Pope Leo IX. The mule carrying them halted on the slope above the village, at the site of the current Chapelle Haute. The precious ... read more
The school
Lamps beside the school

Europe » France » Burgundy July 20th 2016

Tuesday 19 July 216 The warmth of the summer air and the brilliant blue sky promised another glorious day. A picnic lunch was packed and our wonderful driver worked out the travelling itinerary. A delightful sojourn through ancient villages, flowers blooming and providing splashes of colour upon entry, adorning window boxes; Charolais cattle grazing, fields of wheat, barley and sunflowers...such rich agriculture. Picture story books come to life. Our picnic destination was Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, about 60 kms from Dijon. It’s the most exquisite village that’s claim to fame is its tantalizing anise sweets (bonbons). The fragrance of anise wafts through the air. This village also provided the setting for the film ‘Chocolat’. The façade of the chocolate shop is there but the actual shop is closed. Wandering through the hilly village was like a step back in ... read more
St Benigne
St Bernard in the evening light
Clean energy!

Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon July 17th 2016

A quieter day, which will end with attending a service at the local cathedral, St-Bénigne, at 8:00pm. This cathedral was named after the first apostle of Burgundy. Its spire of 91 metres is the tallest in Dijon. It also boasts the beautiful Burgundian glass tiled roof. But, the day started with a delightful outing…closer to home on the banks of Lac Kir. Another brocante! A leisurely stroll under the trees and through the pathways between the tables provided a pleasant start to our quiet day. Yes, a couple of purchases were made: a pot for Lyn, (oh, and a key for her new collection) and a small jug for Jan. And now, the pièce-de-résistance for the day: Madame Smith created lunch for us; her very first soufflé! A brilliant effort and worth sharing! Mabel helped whisk ... read more
So...Mabel is 'on trend' and likes taking selfies...
And she takes sneaky photos!
Madame is excited!

Europe » France » Burgundy » Chalon-sur-Saone July 17th 2016

An early start Saturday morning - 7:30am. Why? We were on our way to a vide-grenier (garage sale) at Gergy before having lunch at Chalon-sur-Saône. Neville drove a scenic route, which was beautiful, sojourning through quaint villages. Look, Madame! A brocante! Where? Stop! What a treat we were in for as Neville pulled to a stop opposite a church (complete with cemetery) at the village of Corberone. A hand written sign at the gate showed us the way in…we shall let the photos tell the story! Madame Smith came away happily with a mustard pot and a bigger pot (useful for something!) Neville found some glasses, while Mabel and Jan just marveled at the collections. But Neville, we still need to go to Gergy. A further drive along narrow roads, through more quaint villages, past wheat ... read more
The Brocante!
Pretty hollyhocks!

Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon July 15th 2016

Our dear family and friends We awoke to the terrible news of the evil attack in Nice during the Bastille Day evening celebrations. We are a long way from there and quite safe. It doesn't detract from the tragedy in Nice. We will be staying in the Burgundy region until 29 July. We leave Dijon for an overnight stay in Geneva before flying home to Melbourne. Thank you for your care and wonderful comments on our blog! Jan, Mabel, Lyn and Neville... read more

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon July 14th 2016

Tuesday 12 July 2016 Rain poured for most of our northbound journey. Neville welcomed the planned stop at Lyon. This stop was extremely significant for Mabel. Her only brother, Lyon, was named after this city. Her father, Sgt Wesley Charles Rivers Taylor, had travelled by train through France from Marseilles in 1916. After his time in Gallipoli he wrote the following in his diary: Thursday 30th March 1916 Arrived Marseilles 7 oclock. I am in love with France Friday 31st March 1916 Left the Briton at 8.30 & entrained an hour later Saturday 1st April 1916 Stunned by the beauty of France Sunday 2nd April 1916 We have been travelling for 26 hours. It is glorious. Hot tea is waiting for us at every main station. I am writing this on Les Laumes. (Venarey-les-Laumes is in ... read more
Charming countryside
The train line!
Port of Lyon

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Avignon July 14th 2016

Thursday 14 July 2016 Technical issues finally overcome! The drive south to Avignon on Sunday took us through varied and beautiful countryside (along with hundreds of others possibly travelling to Marseilles for their summer holidays!) A welcome stop at Marcy-l’Etoile for our delicious picnic lunch prepared by Madame Smith was greatly appreciated. We wandered along the path and onto the soft green grass of the parkland surrounding Domaine de Lacroix-Laval. Several family groups picnicked under shady trees, bike riders made their way through the parkland paths; a restful and refreshing time. One needs to be prepared for ‘the squat’ at public oblution blocks in France! We spied some lavender fields as we got closer to Avignon, but not the expanse we had hoped. Perhaps they are all further east. Sunflowers were in abundance, their heads turned ... read more
Neville's Navigator Mabel
And here's the peage...
Beautiful countryside

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