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Europe » France » Burgundy July 7th 2023

After being stung at the hotel for breakfast, we were at the meeting spot for our url= Palace Guided Tourat 9am. There was only four of us on the English tour, so we started off at Versaille palace to meet the guide. Our Tour started with the Kings 8 room suite, then to the hall of mirrors and then finishing with the queens 8 room suite. As with our Blog for the Vatican, every room was so lavishly decorated with paintings on the walls and frescos on the ceiling that the sensors became overloaded and numb to the beauty of the subsequent rooms. Except for the "wannabe Models" who dressed up and in the queens chambers decided they should have the whole room for their impromptu fashion shoot. Once we exited the main building and farewelled ... read more

Europe » France » Burgundy » Beaune June 13th 2023

I got up at 6am for another early start this morning, following a good nights sleep. More improvements on the health situation. I’m still coughing, but better overall! Until I hit the breakfast area; it was so hot in there, no fresh air, I came over really sickly. I couldn’t even manage my breakfast, or a coffee!!! Which is unheard of!!! I decided I couldn’t eat at that time, so made myself a sandwich, and decided on drinking water. I went outside for fresh air, and definitely felt better for it! I made the decision to go early to the coach, allowing me to stand in the fresh air, rather than struggle in the sickly heat for breakfast. Au revoir Paris! We set off at around 7:30ish… I think! We made good time to get through ... read more
Beaune town centre
Beaune town centre
Hotel Dieu 1443

Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon July 8th 2022

TOUR 3 – La France – FRI, 08 JUL 2022 – “Day 14: LYON–DIJON - LYON Private cruise on the Rhône and Sâone Rivers with a Local Guide. Free time to walk through the Old Town; DIJON Orientation walk and free time. (B); 124 mi / 200 km”... read more
Private Cruise on the Rhône and Sâone Rivers – Lyon, France
Private Cruise on the Rhône and Sâone Rivers – Lyon, France
Private Cruise on the Rhône and Sâone Rivers – Lyon, France

Europe » France » Burgundy » Cluny April 22nd 2022

Why is it that some time during a holiday you decide it is time to start heading home? You get to a point when you have done everything you want to do and you cannot think of what to do next . We had been heading north for a while and were in that position where we had five more days to fill and could not really think of anything to do . That is one of the problems of being in an area that we had investigated over many years so there was little that we had not seen. We could have filled our time with another chateau or another tiny village . Even a bigger city or backtracking on what we had missed . Instead we decided that it would be cheaper and easier ... read more
The ordinary everyday church that was full to bursting on  Easter Sunday
Another selection of what France does best

Europe » France » Burgundy » Beaune October 1st 2019

We woke to a dull, wet morning. The manager of the apartment was to meet us at 10 AM to return our 200E security deposit. As I mentioned before, it was very difficult communicating with her as she spoke next to no English and we next to no French. She did not appear by 10 and we were getting worried because we had to travel by Metro to the train station to travel to Beaune. After a bumbling phone call, which we hoped she understood that we were waiting for her,she arrived. She was all hunched over wearing a scarf around her head. She looked very different than the woman we had met on Friday. She handed us the money and we tried to find out what had happened to her. We discerned from gestures and ... read more
Burgundy Soil

Europe » France » Burgundy September 8th 2019

Nous y voici... aujourd'hui sera une promenade découverte suggérée par Régine G. Une pure merveille... Comment ne sommes-nous jamais passés par ici... Ce sera chose faite... Découvrez avec nous ces merveilleux endroits. Nous n'en ferons que 3 car ils forment tout un circuit par lequel nous ne passerons pas forcément... Une des originalités du Finistère : Les enclos paroissiaux constituent un ensemble architectural unique en France, composé d’une église, d’un mur d’enceinte (d’où son nom), d’un portail monumental ou arc de triomphe, d’un calvaire et d’un ossuaire.La majeure partie des enclos paroissiaux de Bretagne est située dans le nord et le centre-Finistère.... read more
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Saint Thégonnec

Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon August 28th 2019

Had an easy exit out of Lyon as it was Saturday morning...3hrs after stopping off in a small village for a quick bite....baguette of course...they are so yummy! That is something the French do very well...bread meaning baguettes or French sticks. Dijon very nice town and our Hotel Wilson was right on the perimeter of the old town....Hotel Wilson is a very old stone hotel...done up nicely...but no air con had to do with a has been so the 30s most of the time. Of course set off walking to see all the sites...there is a huge plaza in the middle of the old of several in Dijon....the plaza was a great spot for happy hour and people watching and watching kids play in the fountains as it was so hot! Our first ... read more

Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon August 22nd 2019

.It’s 8.57am and no one is in a hurry here. Dijon Market, circa 1873, was inspired by the Paris Market and still operates from the same shed. This will be our breakfast venue when we get going. Hopefully within the next 30 minutes; I may be too optimistic. Well, we left at 10 but were soon on the tram to the Market, where we bought some cheese and salads for dinner, and some fresh local yoghurt for breakfast. This was eaten on a bench in the walkway separating a row of shops and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. A constant procession of tourists, locals hurrying past, and a conga line of very young children in costume being led by a teacher in a fairy outfit kept my attention, and after a coffee nearby, we followed the Owl Trail ... read more
A Typical Street In Dijon
Interesting Folly Suspended In A Courtyard Archway
Dijon Market

Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon August 21st 2019

We had a genuine sleep in today. We had packed the night before, had a taxi booked for 10am, so there was time to kill. Breakfast was coffee and croissants at the Friends Cafe nearby, and we were on our way to Gare de Lyon . The trip through mid morning Parisian traffic is a nightmare and the 16€50 for the taxi was worth the cost. There are roadworks and detours everywhere and I wasn’t interested in trying to negotiate the public transport system . Gare de Lyon is a regal stone building perched above the Marais District, and one of the best restaurants in Paris is at the station. I had read about it in a Melbourne newspaper and wanted to see it when we were leaving for Dijon. It is like a trip back ... read more
Gare de Lyon Railway Station
The Station
French bees love French Pastries

Europe » France » Burgundy » Macon September 22nd 2018

We travelled to Mâcon to meet a group of friends and to pick up Penichettes at the Locaboat base in Mâcon. We were to be sailing along the Saône, Seille and the Canal du Centre to reach Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune in a week. Those joining this cruising party came here from many places and they will move on to many others after this week. Most of them have a connection with the Northern Territory in Australia and, every couple of years or so, we find a reason to gather on a body of water and float about. Some still live in the NT. Some still work for a living. We are all becoming older though and fewer are employed every year. Enough about us and on to Macon, the starting point for this journey. Mâcon is a city ... read more
Another bridge over the Saone
Slice of Macon with two towers (Cathedrale St Vincent de Macon)
Another slice of Macon with two other towers (Eglise St Pierre)

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