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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Avignon July 18th 2019

We were a few more days in Tarragona,there is lots to see in this lovely place. The Romans in there days spent a lot of time making this a strong basis for their troops to come from or going to Rome. It was a save place for them. You can see this by the many Roman historical sides. We visited a few of them but in the end they all look the same. We found lot of explanations were in French and difficult to figure out what it all meant. It is amazing what those people in their days established. Whole underground tunnels from one side to the other. Some of the places we visited were close by so not that much walking but we had days that 10 kilometers was a small walk. We will ... read more

Europe » France » Lower Normandy July 13th 2019

We began our day at 5:00 a.m. in order to get a taxi that would take us to a meeting point near the Arc de Triomphe for our Normandy Excursion. What we thought would thought would be a small group of eight soon looked like 20 or more, but we soon found out there were only 8 people on each individual tour. Luckily, we were among the first there, so were assigned to the first tour out. Our guide, Tej, was knowledgeable and friendly, and provided excellent narrative as we left the bustling Paris for more rural Normandy. He has lived in Thailand and Colombia, in addition to being a hang-glider and father of twins. He once biked a continuious journey across continents that took 5-1/2 years to complete and is fluent in at least four ... read more
German bunker
American Cemetery - Normandy
American Cemetery - Normandy

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris July 12th 2019

The adventure began this year with a departure from Lansing at 4:00 headed for the Air France counter at O'Hare Terminal Five. We arrived on time and got through security quickly and with enough time for a snack of egg rolls. The plane was fairly comfortable though nobody slept much on the overnight flight. After picking up our bags and heading to the arrivals hall where a driver was supposed to be waiting for us with a placard, no one was to be found. Two phone calls to the company went straight to voicemail and went unreturned. This was a little frustrating because the shuttle was booked directly through Air France/KLM and paid ahead of time. We eventually found alternative transportation but were very frustrated after arriving at our Paris hotel to receive an email receipt ... read more

Europe » France » Limousin » Limoges July 3rd 2019

We knew it would be hot but not that hot and very humid when we arrived in Angers. The first night we walked to town and found a small place to eat. We had a meal there and the people told us that tomorrow it would be 44 degrees. When we woke up the next day we saw the people were right. We talked it over having breakfast and decided to watch the ladies soccer and stay indoors. Looking out the window there was nobody walking around. The houses have no air-condition, we had a small fan that gave some coolness. To eat we had to go into the heat again and landed at the same place where we had tea last night. Was good there nice people and a few fans were blowing air. That ... read more

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne July 2nd 2019

Our next leg of the journey went without any real hitches. The roads from Troyes to Dijon were a dream, quiet and smooth ,passing through sleepy villages. After a few stops for picnics and fuel we arrived at Bourg en Bresse by mid afternoon. Not a lot going on this town so we took life easy in a local bar then and early night. Next day we were on the road by 9am. It turned out to be a spectacular journey. Every twist and turn of the road brought a new scene, each one more amazing than the last. Finally we arrived at our next stop high up in the French Alps. We had booked a wooden hut overlooking mountain views. A few minutes drive away was the town of LA Rossiere. A typical ski resort ... read more
What more could you ask for?
Sometimes the most simple things in life are the best.
Spectacular scenery

Europe » France » Upper Normandy » Rouen June 29th 2019

On the way to Rouen we discussed what year we were there before. Had to be a few years back. A good run again with a few coffee stops for nature calls. We arrived late afternoon in Rouen and of course at the wrong place. We finished up in the middle of town at a bus station blocking traffic. LIz went to ask and found straight away a person that spoke English. When Liz was back she could explain where I had to go next. We5 had to turn than follow the Seine and we would find it. He said look for a big building. We found it and could park the car underneath. Quickly installed there was time to go out and see what there was to eat. The receptionist told us about some restaurants ... read more

Europe » France June 27th 2019

For years we have been promising ourselves that we would explore Europe, After all it is on our doorstep --practically. Well that time has arrived! We set sail for Zebrugge, Belgium, on Sunday to begin a road trip through Belgium, France to Italy, then through Austria, Germany and back through France to Calais. On the journey we will be making many overnight stops to break up the journey and explore the area. Two of the stops I am most looking forward to will be in the Alps and later the Dolomites. This all came about as Stan wanted to visit Breganze in Italy for the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Laverda motorcycle. Some of you will know of his passion for classic bikes, Laverda being one of his favourites. A few people have asked "are we ... read more
Lively street bars
Enjoying a walk around town before stopping for a much needed drink.
We really needed this after 9 hours on the road!

Europe » France » Île-de-France June 26th 2019

As this was a travel day for us, and we were only operating on 4 hours of sleep, not much sightseeing to report on this time. But, we did accumulate some random thoughts about Paris that we wanted to record and share: This is one of the cleanest cities we've ever seen. Rarely, if ever, did we see trash lying about, despite the millions of tourists passing through. It was very impressive. We could not believe how many people smoked. Everywhere we went, people smoked. The foyer to our apartment building reeked of it. It's sad to see such a sophisticated culture and people in so many ways still addicted to such a horrible habit. Most of the French people we encountered were quite nice, not condescending at all, and happy to help us in English ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 26th 2019

Tips for traveling in Paris: 1. Download the Paris Metro app - so helpful 2. Do not do Paris when the temperature is in the 90s. Our first "real" Grand Tour stop was Paris. I had been to Paris twice before but never during high tourist season or when the weather was predicted to climb into the 90s and 100s. This is true of all major tourist cities, but if you can plan your visit not during the summer months, do it. Not only is it tourist season, but France is also hosting the FIFA Women's Wold Cup and starting to prepare for the 2024 Olympics. If Paris is in your travel plans soon, definitely use the Paris Metro app and plan for construction and crowds. Our first day and a half were was spent with ... read more
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