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Europe » France » Franche-Comté » Dole September 4th 2016

Kisbee the scooter was very excited to be taken out of the garage this morning with the promise of a ride into Dole. We could have walked, only 20 minutes or so, but Kisbee was raring to go. Kisbee had to make 2 trips into Dole today. First trip was very wobbly as we discovered that the back tyre was flat. Bob abandoned me in the middle of the town and returned to the campsite where he inflated the tyre. I had a wander round for a while and he was back within 15 minutes. Unfortunately my wander was 25 minutes leaving Bob wondering where I was for a little while ! A really lovely town and visually extremely pleasing. Happy camera day and that shutter button went click click click. The medieval part of the ... read more
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Europe » France » Franche-Comté » Dole September 3rd 2016

A more leisurely start today as nothing like as far to go and Bob had chosen a scenic route starting south east then pretty well due south. An absolute pleasure of a drive and a good thing we only had 220km to drive as we had to keep stopping to admire the sights. Sights which we would never see if we took the motorway. The back roads of France are the way to go and the reason we enjoy driving round this so varied countryside. At one point Bob commented we hadn’t passed another car for 15 minutes so quiet were most of the roads. Apart from the endless but colourful fields, some very pretty stretches of forest, all with verges neatly trimmed, and some lovely villages along the way (which I always approach with window ... read more
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Europe » France » Franche-Comté September 3rd 2015

Jura – Franche Comte . Its that time of the year again . With vacations starting in a couple of months . families have started searching for hot ( or cold ) spots to unwind and relax . Inland or abroad there is no dearth of destinations and each one can be just as ‘hot’ as the next . I say why not give Franche Comte a try ? Its as common as that place and as unique as this place . Franche-Comte is a department ( district ) in the east of France bordering with its friendly neighbour Switzerland . It houses the region of Jura mountains which forms a major part of the Snowy Alps ranges . The Jurassic period of the geologic timescale derives its name from this Jura range . English is ... read more
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Europe » France » Franche-Comté » Besançon June 16th 2015

Tuesday 16 June 2015 Today we said our sad farewells to Annecy, a delightful part of France and worth a return visit. As we were preparing to leave we got talking to a couple from Scotland. They were with a small group of car enthusiasts driving MGs through Europe. One of their group couldn't remember her room number and was horribly lost. Such is the way when you are in a different hotel every night for a number of weeks. So far we haven't had that problem. We had a great chat and lots of laughs, wished each other well, and got on our way. With a collection of pastries, rolls and a drink each (3€21) for lunch, a full tank of diesel, GPS programmed for Besancon, we were on our way. We had no idea ... read more
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En route to Besancon
En route to Besancon

Europe » France » Franche-Comté » Besançon May 22nd 2014

We were up early today and out the door by 8:30… on the promise of a Maccas morning tea! The nearest was shut so we headed onward until we found one that was open in Besancon. The real reason was reliable WIFI as we had nowhere to sleep. That was easily solved and we also found that there is a cool old citadel in Besancon which has a zoo inside. Old buildings for the old folks and big cats for the young-uns. Off we went but trying to get there, we realised that we are back in France. Driving is more arrogant here – they simply think you should know where you are going and get it right! Annoying differences between GPS maps and the real roads made it a bit difficult but we eventually got ... read more
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Europe » France » Franche-Comté » Pontarlier May 21st 2014

Our plan for the next few days is to drive back across northern France to Calais and get a ferry over the channel to England. Today we had plans to stop off along the shores of Lake Geneva at Montreaux. The waterfront is absolutely beautiful and there are lots of playgrounds along the way. Unfortunately, Em was feeling belligerent so things did not go too happily… After a bit of a calm down, we got fish and chips and calamari for lunch and sat on the edge of the lake wall to eat. If you come to Switzerland, this is really a stunning vista across the lake to the majestic mountains and a nice little town to boot! Back in the car, we thought to stop a bit further along for the last thing on the ... read more
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Europe » France » Franche-Comté » Besançon September 4th 2012

Snooper told us this morning that we would only travel a few hundred yards from the campsite before turning left and heading out of town. However it had not factored in the deviations. Besancon was getting a tram system and most of the roads were being dug up. This meant the five minutes we expected to travel before leaving the town environs ended up nearer half an hour as we rode down one street and up another without getting anywhere. Eventually the citadel came into sight and we escaped. What a relief! I thought I had broken the back of my virus as I had stopped coughing at night but this morning- hack hack - it was back. Will I ever get rid of it? The day started grey and threatened rain but even so the ... read more
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a train near the bottom of the Simplon Pass

Europe » France » Franche-Comté August 31st 2012

What awonderfulplacer Paris is. 3 days not long enough. Man the olive is a big place. Managed to push our way to front of crowd and get pics with mona lisa. We beginning to think they didn't do anything but paint -and sculpture and then build massive buildings to put them in as there's thousands of them. What makes one more fa Omous than the other as they are all so well done. Of to. Breaky Then ontraun to London. Hope the showers better there... read more

Europe » France » Franche-Comté June 22nd 2012

You can't go far in France without reminders of wars. What struck me was how similar the memorials to both WW1 & WW2 are to the ones we are familiar with in Australia. The monuments and memorials are in prominent positions in a town square, or in a park, near the main public buildings, at a crossroad etc and may be a column or a statue of a soldier in a heroic pose, and with a list of names from WW1 and WW2. Then you look more closely and notice the dates, places and manner of death and that in many cases there is also a list of civilians. Chilling. Besançon has a comprehensive and moving museum to the Resistance movement situated in its wonderful citadel. We found the history of the Deportation and Resistance, told ... read more
Champlitte War Memorial
Champlitte War Memorial
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Europe » France » Franche-Comté » Belfort June 8th 2012

After neglecting my blogging duties for a few weeks (mostly out of lack of time and the fact that nothing particulary exciting has happened), I have finally decided to put fingers to keyboard again in order to bring you up-to-date. The Saturday before last I was feeling particulary brave and adventerous and sensing that another dull weekend at home might drive me crazy, I decided to take a trip to the distant, exotic land which is not Alsace - Belfort. Why might you ask did I choose to take the trip alone? For one thing, there was no one around to come with me and secondly, it can be quite fun sometimes and I'm not one to miss out on doing things, just because I can't find anyone to do it with me. So the adventure ... read more
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