Blogs from Compiegne, Picardy, France, Europe


Europe » France » Picardy » Compiegne October 4th 2017

Can this be possible??!! Yet another great day. 45km ride of pure bliss, mostly along the banks of L'Oise, mostly flat and mostly on quiet bike paths through farmland and forest. And the weather - perfect!! Life doesn't get much better than this!! Along the way we witnessed the Thalys high speed train from Brussels to Paris whizzing past on an elevated track at around 300km/h. We saw farm animals (horses, cows, chickens), plenty of swans on the river and ponds, ploughed fields and vegetable patches. We even had time for a coffee break (tea for Warwick) and we still got back to Elodie in time for a stroll through the beautiful town of Compiegne (how many times have I used the term 'beautiful' in these travelblogs? I'm sorry if my use of this superlative is ... read more
Coffee (& tea) break
A view from astern

Europe » France » Picardy » Compiegne June 13th 2011

It was raining as we ate our breakfast this morning which did not bode well for our day's riding. Fortunately, by the time we finished breakfast, cleaned out teeth and got on deck to unlock and prepare our bikes, the rain had stopped!! Our first stop this morning was at Ourscamp Abbey, a Benedictine monastery not far from Pont l'eveque. The abbey is on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrims' route and offers accommodation for pilgrims. Out the back is the most incredible ruin that attests to the fact that the site must have been spectacular in its heyday. A team of archaeologists were working in the ruins. They turned out to be American so they were able to tell us that this is their second season at the site (2009 and back again this year) and ... read more
Ourscamp Abbey
Ourscamp Abbey
Ourscamp Abbey

Europe » France » Picardy » Compiegne September 19th 2010

An diesem Tag bin ich von Amiens zum historischen Ort Compiegne und habe mir dort den Eisenbahnwaggon angesehen. Das Schloß in der Stadt habe ich mir dann aber gespart und bin zurück zu meinem Projekthotel in Heerlen.... read more

Europe » France » Picardy » Compiegne May 28th 2010

What a journey! It always feels a long way before we start to feel we are on holiday. By the time we reach the M6 we generally though feel as if we are on our way. 5 hours of driving and we arrived at the Channel Tunnel. France and Calais beckoned just the other side of the Channel. We had planned a leisurely ride down to the Dordogne with stops on the way. Our journey on the train never seems to take long and on the way we found ourselves talking to two Maltese men, a father and a son who had travelled from home in Malta to Britain to purchase their second hand cars and then drive them home across Europe. It appears that it costs less to buy a car here in Britain, drive ... read more
The Armistice clearing

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