Blogs from France, Europe


Europe » France April 24th 2015

Aan alle volgers, test. Vertrek naar de boot op 17 mei. Van dan af elke dag een berichtje als er wat nieuws te rapen valt. Tot dan Charly... read more

Europe » France April 22nd 2015

Europe » France » Burgundy » Auxerre April 22nd 2015

We slept well waking early, breakfasting on our first day on French soil. And how good did it feel? We left the campsite early and hit the main road through towns and small villages which were just coming to life. School children were waiting for the school buses, shops were just opening and along the road we saw numerous signs to War Cemeteries from the First World War. The War that would be over by Christmas and 100 years ago to now 2015 it was still going on well after Christmas had been put to bed for another year. The cemeteries were large with ornate memorials , others small in the middle of empty fields. All very poignant and sad and which made us realise the futility of war. The motorway arrived and the monotony began. ... read more
Auxonne church and square
Pretty courtyard in Auxonne

Europe » France » Limousin April 22nd 2015

Arrived at Cognac la Foret in Limousin. Weather superb, we have stayed here before, a very rural site. Tuesday saw us visiting Neil Dempsey and his partner Nicki at there rural campsite Chez Rambaud. Kind regards are sent to Jason and Beccy, we will stop over next time at this spot. Spent a lazy afternoon reading and sunbathing, only 29C! We headed off on the King Richard Coure de Lion trail to visit Chalus where his entrails were buried!!!! - Closed! So lunched at Segur le Chateau, a medieval village, Barney enjoyed the cooling river. Wonderful countryside and handsome Limousin cattle.... read more
Easter Egg Well Dressing
Segur le Chateau
River Barney

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chambéry April 22nd 2015

We spoke to our neighbours last night. Only a quick conversation as the rain was falling in bucket loads. They were Scottish, had bought a motorhome the same time as us and were just returning from a holiday in Italy. I had little chance to ask about the weather or where they had been to before we had to rush off out of the downpour. They did venture out later in the direction of the hostelry on the campsite . We just sat in, hunkered down listening to the rain drumming on Suzy’s roof, reading and writing up blogs which will not get posted for a few days are we internet free. I could have paid 2 euros for the campsite WiFi but as our signal would have been poor and there was nowhere to sit ... read more
Yet another mile swallowed up
The journey so far
Suzy all on her own

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Montpellier April 21st 2015

Hier, j’ai été « inspectée ». C'est-à-dire que la directrice pédagogique est venue dans ma classe pour donner son avis. Tout c’est très bien passé et, grosse blague, j’ai eu un « point fort » pour…roulement de tambours…ma gestion du temps !!! Je suis une fumiste. Je ne sais pas si je vous ai raconté que la 1èresemaine, je me suis plantée de jour et je suis arrivée 30 min en retard. Je me sentais trop mal, mais c’est bon de savoir qu’on ne commencera pas sans toi (ahahaha !!). Je commence à être pas mal dans le genre « je ne sais pas ce que je faire dans 20 min, mais je vais gagner du temps en brassant de l’air (genre tu fais des moulinets avec un stylo dans la main) et pendant ce temps ... read more

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Honfleur April 19th 2015

The last couple of days staying on our site at Bec - Hellouine were spent in sunny but breezy weather. We fitted in visits to Trouville and Honfleur. Barney had a good paddle on the beach at Trouville where we had Moules and Frites for lunch and bought some large prawns and fresh crab at the fish market for dinner! The next day at Honfleur we met some Americans over lunch - they all seemed to have dogs named Barney! The market at Honfleur was busy but resisted any purchases. We left our rural campsite on Sunday and travelled down towards Tours for an overnight stop.... read more
Barney again!

Europe » France April 18th 2015

All good ish in the morning, stopping at a Super U for supplies near Grenoble. Earlier we'd followed the signs to a local supermarket in a nearby town..we ended up in the market place, all roads were one way & 4 inches wider than Billy the Bus..we made it out having had to fold in one of the wing mirrors & Cathy hanging out of the window to check the clearance on her side...sweaty palms. We took the peage again to clear the Grenoble & then off into the Alps proper. A beautiful road up the pass with just stunning views both up & down the mountains. Stopped for lunch at Rochetaillee which had a very futuristic automated toilet in the rest area. Just saying.. Then off again...only to find out 15 miles further on that ... read more

Europe » France April 17th 2015

We have spent a little under 2 weeks in France, seeing where Murray spends some time at head office. Murrays office is in Geneva, but we stayed on the otherside of the border in France. We managed a morning in the snow, went to the lake and explored many playgrounds and supermarkets. We've enjoyed the freedom to walk around, spring flowers, and buying things we can't easily get in Kenya, including yummy swiss chocolate. While we were here Hayley turned 6 years old. The kids have enjoyed their first taste of Europe, but are very confused about which country we are in, as we seem to cross the French-Swiss border multiple times a day. We head back to Kenya tomorrow to start the third term. Miriam... read more
At the border crossing
Daisy picking
View from our apartment

Europe » France April 17th 2015

Cool start but warm enough for an al fresco breakfast. Decided to stay a day here as it was so nice. Bikes out & off to a lake outside Saulieu then on to a village with an old chateau (a cross between a chateau & a mill/brewery) & menhir. A long drag back so stopped for a cheese & fig baguette (Cathy) & a jambon presille for me. Ordered lunch in my brilliant school boy French only then to discover the Maitre D was from Beverley, N. Yorkshire, not far from where we lived in Wilberfoss! She made me suffer....small world eh? Decided to change plan for tomorrow as it was a bit too far to Briancon in one go – going to St Alban de Vareze instead. Thursday without Arthur...... read more

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