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Europe » France » Lorraine » Verdun December 22nd 2019

If there is ever a place you should visit if you are interested in World War I then Douaumont is that place . We planned to visit the ossuary first and then head into Verdun, find the aire , stop for the night and visit the casemates tomorrow . We had been to Verdun before but never managed to visit everything so we had a plan . The best laid plans of course go wrong. First thoughts about this holiday . It feels different . We are not racing to get from A to B. We can amble along and not use motorways . We are seeing more of rural France in a more leisurely way. The ever changing speed limits are a nightmare . One minute we are free to travel at 80km an hour ... read more
Looking down one side
the bell which is rung twice daily
Just a small proportion of the graves to be seen from the top of the tower.

Europe » France » Lorraine December 21st 2019

Where in the world is Gabby the motorhome? She is parked up on her Jack Jones on an aire in the tiny town of Rocroi. Its gone 4pm and starting to get dark and we are quite alone. It is a free aire , you pay for water and electricity if you want it. Wind back a bit to this morning if you will. We wake up to a dark morning in England on the banks of the Thames . We breakfast on English croissants and strong coffee . It is pouring down with rain and we waiting listening to the pitter patter on Gabbys roof. We have to wait for 7 before the gates open and we can be on our way. We have an hour and a half drive to the tunnel. Slightly longer ... read more
Rocroi on a grey old night
General De Gaulles personal thankyou to Rocroi
A perfect Vauban fort

Europe » France » Lorraine » Nancy October 13th 2019

Am zweiten Tag in Nancy habe ich gut und u.a. mit Croissant gefrühstückt und bin dann zu meinem zweiten Spaziergang aufgebrochen. Dabei war ich an einem weiteren Platz und im Park und in der Altstadt. Danach habe ich wieder gut zu Mittag gegessen und bin wieder nach Stuttgart aufgebrochen. Diesmal habe ich die Strecke über die A6 gewählt, wo ja nächstes Jahr drei Erweiterungsbaustellen fertig werden. Davon zwei zwischen Nürnberg und Mannheim. Als beruflicher Vielfahrer und da ich die Strecke gut kenne, finde ich das sehr positiv. Meinen Projektort habe ich problemlos erreicht und bin erholt in die folgende Arbeitswoche gestartet.... read more
Spaziergang durch Nancy.
Spaziergang durch Nancy.
Spaziergang durch Nancy.

Europe » France » Lorraine » Nancy October 12th 2019

Ich bin ja nun seit drei Wochen bei meinem neuen Projekt in Stuttgart. Am ersten Wochenende habe ich meine Mutter im Raum Nürnberg besucht. Und am zweiten bin ich zu einem Wochenendtrip nach Frankreich gefahren. Ich war ja seit 1998 mindestens jedes 2. Jahr in Frankreich. Dabei war ich 1998 von Basel kommend und 2000 von Hannover ausgehend in der schönen lothringischen Stadt. Diesmal habe ich gut am Bahnhof parken können und dort war auch mein Hotel und das Restaurant, in dem ich zwei mal reserviert hatte. Dann habe ich natürlich einen Spaziergang zum zentralen und schönen Place Stanislas gemacht. Dieser ist nach dem ehemaligen polnischen König benannt, der Herzog von Lothringen wurde. Von dort bin ich durch die Arc Here zurück. Abends habe ich im Hotel noch World of Warcraft gespielt.... read more
Spaziergang durch Nancy.
Spaziergang durch Nancy.
Spaziergang durch Nancy.

Europe » France » Lorraine » Pont-a-Mousson September 22nd 2019

Where in the world is Gabby the motorhome? She is parked up on a tiny aire in Lorraine . In a tiny village with just a few spots for motorhomes on the banks of the river Moselle. Up stream from Pont a Mousson where there is a larger aire close to the pretty town. We were planning on driving to Pont a Mousson , walking into town and eating at a local eatery however ........... ........... The aire was complet. A nasty shock at this time of year when you expect France to be closing down for the season and for less motorhomers to be on the road . We woke early and left Theobalds Park as soon as the gates opened at 7. It should not have been a long drive to the tunnel and ... read more
Town square Port a Musson
An atmospheric Millery

Europe » France » Lorraine » Metz March 24th 2018

Saturdays are a good day to go food shopping. Whether it’s at the local supermarket at home or the mobile fresh food markets in France, the mission is the same; stocking up for the week ahead. In my limited experience, Europeans, particularly those in small towns and rural areas, rely heavily on their weekly fix of market day. Today we visited the French towns of Thionville and Metz for a healthy dose of local culture. The outdoor market in Thionville sells all the ‘food groups’, and as you walk through grey, nondescript streets shaded by multi-storey appartments, you turn the corner and your senses are assaulted by an overdose of colour, noise, and the fragrant flower stall through which we entered the market. The vivid colours of the fruit and vegetable stalls compete with the pungent ... read more
Easter Products
Fruit And Veg.
Our Fried Potato Treats

Europe » France » Lorraine » Verdun October 19th 2017

After an easy day on Wednesday, Thursday proved to be the biggest day yet. Mostly because the drive to Verdun was about 3 hours. I had originally planned to stay a couple of nights in Verdun before heading to Strasbourg, but instead decided to spend the extra couple of nights in one place and just drive to Verdun for the day. That may have been a tad ambitious, but it worked out in the end. Breakfast isn’t served at the hotel until 7:30, so it wasn’t until 8:30 that I was on the road. I hit the morning peak hour heading into Strasboug, so the first part of the journey was a bit slow. After Strasbourg though, it was smooth sailing along the motorway to Verdun. Other than the relentless roadworks and substantial tolls, that is. ... read more
Ossuairre de Douaumont
The remains of a house
An artillery piece

Europe » France » Lorraine » Amneville August 13th 2017

After the windy night in Montpellier, we headed off on the longest journey of the holiday, broken up by a stop to meet a friend on her holiday. This journey went on for seven days. Or more possibly. We stopped in the Ardeche for pizza served by a decidedly miserable French woman, caught up with our friends and her little boy for an hour or so which was lovely and got back on the road. We stopped at possibly the worst French service station there is, it felt like we were in some kind of b movie about a motorway murder. The only upside was the free balloon. Then we drove. And drove. And kept driving. The weeks turned into months, months into years. The baby got restless so his parents sang. The wheels on the ... read more

Europe » France » Lorraine July 12th 2017

Today we start the introduction to a new chapter of our adventure. The introduction means two driving days across North East France to get to Calais. We have travelled some of these roads before so we will not need to spend much time sight seeing. The countryside we are crossing can be very emotional for many people for a variety of reasons. We hope to convey this in our blog. It’s raining again in Nancy. Just as well we enjoyed our day of sightseeing yesterday. It probably doesn’t matter that it rains on a driving day. The car groomer may have other thoughts on the matter. To get the car out of the apartment garage we have to manipulate the swipe card and garage door remote and key in the correct order. Once we are on ... read more
American Memorial
American Memorial
American Memorial

Europe » France » Lorraine July 12th 2017

Leaving Toul you enter a lock right away. As we were leaving the dock another boat that was docked closer to the lock dropped their lines and as a result we thought we would have to wait for them to lock through. At this lock there was a lockmaster and he signaled us to come in as well. We had never gone through a small lock before with another boat and didn’t think we would fit, but trusted that the lockmaster knew the size of his lock much better than us. It worked just fine so the next couple of small locks we did together. Our first very large commercial lock was next. When we were able to see the lock we saw that the doors were already open for us and 2 other boats that ... read more
Finally a "Big" Lock Just after Toul
Yes, In Some Sections Wind Surfing & Sailing Allowed
Fishing Along the Canal

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