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Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Langres September 5th 2015

Langres At the gateways of both Burgundy and Champagne regions. It seemed like a pleasant drive on a chilly autumn morning. Meandering through undulating county – some covered by dense forest and then opening out onto cleared grain farming land where the wheat has been harvested and farmers are tilling ready for later planting. Then we come to a more hilly area with smaller holdings and some very contented Limosin cattle interspersed with horse studs and chook runs ( including turkeys ducks and guinea fowl all being fattened free range). All seemed so ho-hum. Time for morning tea stop . The Town of Langres would no doubt have a boulangerie – a place to get our daily ration of baguette, gateau or croissant. So get a park and wander off. There is an Aldi nearby. But ... read more
Langres Old Town nr Chaumont - Fortified from 3rd century 031
Langres Old Town nr Chaumont - Fortified from 3rd century 025
Langres Old Town nr Chaumont -St Mammes Cathedral 12th century interior 18th century West front (14)

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Langres August 16th 2014

Our next for two nights was at Frecourt 550 kilometres away fro Avignon. We travelled on country roads for so 250 kilometres but that took to long. We had to continue on toll roads which cost us Euro 20, which is $28. More regrettable was the change of scenery. Country roads in France are picture postcards, beautiful. We were at a Bed & Breakfast that was in a village that ahs 86 inhabitants. Noot far away from a place to eat or even near a bigger ancient city called Langress. The walls of the city are completely intact that span the city fro 3.5 kilometres, with towers and belfries etc. dates from Gallo-Roman times. The rock has been fortified since the third century A.D. The last Military development was in the 19th century. The cathedral inside ... read more
street in Langress
the altar
the Baselic

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Langres September 3rd 2013

03/09/2013 Heading 300+ miles south by Toll road Up and away early as a long way to travel today. As we needed to put some miles behind us we had decided to use the motorways and on this particular route, toll roads. We generally avoid a full day of motorways but sometimes it is the only option. We crossed back into France from Belgium after 20 minutes. The early morning, slightly autumnal, mist cleared to another perfect summer’s day and we hit the motorway. Very busy at first, 3 lanes nose to tail until we were past the turn to Paris and from then it was plain sailing all the way. Only went wrong once when Tandy swung onto the wrong exit road at a junction and took the motorway north instead of south. Cost us ... read more
Wondrous pool
Le Lac de la Liez
The lake

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Langres June 12th 2012

Our holiday is nearing its end. The sun is still shining and we are still finding places to see. We travelled slowly from the Vosges scenery of Alsace leaving behind the ballons, the vineyards and the beautiful scenery. The hills petered out and were replaced with rolling fields full of charolais cattle. We saw many signs which told us that we had reached a watershed in the river systems of France. On one the name of the river and its destination to the Mediterranean and on the same board another name of a river with its destination the Atlantic. Further on we saw more signs with the rivers heading one way to the Mediterranean and the other rives heading north to the English Channel - La Manche. The area was very wooded and looked almost like ... read more

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