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Aug 17, 2015 - Heading toward Bordeaux

Monday, August 17th. France It was a rainy, drizzly day when we left Geneva. We had to make a tough decision if we were going to be able to spend some descent time touring Spain. So we cut the whole Chamonix F. to Courmayeur I. area from our, to visit list and headed across country toward Bordeaux. The weather forecast was going to make viewing mountains impossible anyway so the decision wasn’t that hard to make. Although it was only a 7 hour drive to the coast we decided to drive it in two days, spending one night on the road. After all...

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Jun 24, 2015 - Mountain hiking, a totally French town and eating a pound of dirt

Since our wonderful few days in Sweden, we have moved north to the Auvergne area just south of the large city of Clermont Ferrand. This area has been a revelation for us and is very reminiscent of Snowdonia in Wales and the Lake District in England, only about 3,000 ft higher. The hiking has been spectacular and Ian has managed 5 major treks, even with the bad foot - “Wouldn’t miss these for anything”. We have been based in the villages of St-Nectaire (famous for its cheese production) and Le Mont Dore (famous for skiing, hiking and the...

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Jun 12, 2015 - The land of ABBA, accidents and the mountains of central France

Our 4 days in Sweden were splendid, especially spending it with Ian’s good friend from the UK, Tony and his wife Karina. We had a fantastic few days with lots of laughs, accidents (see below) and socializing. It would be an easy place to transition to from Canada with its waterways, trees and rocks, and the fact that English is spoken everywhere. We visited a world-class photographic museum and the 17th century ship Vasa that sank on its maiden voyage in Stockholm harbour, was recovered intact in 1961 and has been perfectly preserved. We...

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Jun 18, 2013 - Puy de Dôme (and Tours)

There isn't really a whole lot to say about today, actually. We got on the bus bright and early and had a few hours driving to Puy de Dôme, and extinct volcano outside Clermont-Ferrand. I wish we had been able to visit the city because I have always wanted to, but we didn't. The volcano was awesome, though! We took a bus to the top, and up there we walked around looking at the magnificient view of the city and the scenery. Some kids were more freaked out about the height than others, but everyone made it. The way down was a little tougher....

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