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Apr 27, 2017 - Dijon

Our time in Lyon has come to an end and today we are leaving for Dijon. After a leisurely homemade breakfast, we finished packing and took a final stroll around the neighborhood. Aude showed up just before noon to check us out and the schlepping our bags down two flights of stairs began. Judi C left for the parking garage to get the car while Kay, Cindy and I handled the luggage. Judi C wasn't seen again for over an hour. The parking garage was just a few blocks away but due to the twisting, one-way streets and the river bridges, let's just...

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Burgundy and Berlin

Jun 5, 2016 - Day 2 cycle tour. Pouilly to Dijon

Overview A really pleasant ride. Nice weather. Beautiful reflections in the canal. Many fishermen along the way including a fishing competition. Amusing jostling on water from boats, when we arrived in Dijon. Bike accommodation in hotel garage Route Pouilly en Auxois to Dijon via the canal de Bourgogne Distance 64km Weather Overcast with occasional sun peeking through Breakfast In the room. Buckwheat porridge made with hot (very hot!!) water, yoghurt and banana Morning tea Tea €3.50 ea!! in a little bar/ cafe at a very cute barge stop...

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Oct 2, 2015 - Dijon, France day 4

2 October 2015 We headed out this morning for a second go at visiting Beaume and hiring bikes, this time we made the early train, got to the bike shop just as they were opening and were on the road by 9.30. Was pretty cold this morning, but beautiful and good for riding. The cycle path weaved its way through the Bourgogne wine country, and a few cute little towns (again!). The vines are amazing, planted so straight, and kept very tidy. We saw this tractor which must be for ploughing in between the rows to pull up the weeds, it goes along...

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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

Oct 1, 2015 - Dijon, France day 3

1 October 2015 Wow, another beautiful day in paradise! Dijon has been so great, such a pretty town, and not nearly as busy as the usual touristy places, just a nice country town, quite big but not busy. And really easy to get around. We were going to visit a little town twenty minutes away by train this morning and do some bike riding, but after a little sleep in, a beautiful fresh baguette for breakfast we set out for the station, only to find when we got there that we had just missed the 8.52am train and there wasn't another one till...

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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

Sep 30, 2015 - Dijon, France days 1&2

29 September Wow! We trained it today through Austria and Switzerland to get to Dijon, France, and I have to say, the countryside through Austria and Switzerland is just amazing!! We just kept saying, wow, look at those mountains, wow, look at that beautiful lush countryside and gorgeous Swiss houses! The sides of the mountains with the sides scored by years of melting snow cascading down them, the super cute, tidy chalet-style houses, photos just can't do it justice, but we did try! So good to be back where I can understand at least some...

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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

Sep 29, 2014 - Chablis Region and Chateau Beru

I was in Chablis during the week and it was quiet but Martine had driven Donna and Jim here over the weekend to sample and buy wine and she said it was packed on the weekends. This has been the most touristy place I've been since coming to Martine's house. As we were looking for a pharmacy we saw a sign directing us to a synagogue. Since I had heard in Spain about how all the Jews there had been forced to leave and then knowing about Hitler's actions in WWII I was expecting only an ancient relic. I walked down to see it and it was...

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Sep 29, 2014 - Last Dinner Together and Tragedy Strikes

We had hoped to get to Au Petit Calin the first night we stayed at Martine's but it was a Friday night and it was booked up by the time we got to her town and checked. Au Petit Calin is a fondue restaurant and I love fondue and the interaction among dinner companions and with your dinner itself so I was really looking forward to it. This was going to be the last dinner we five would have together. Martine was going to drop Jim and Donna off early tomorrow morning in Montbard to catch a train to Paris to home. We had gone to Tanlay and...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Chateau Tanlay and Fontenay Abbey

Donna and Jim only had two weeks of vacation time so they only had one full day at Martine's house. We decided to go see the Tanlay Chateau. There has been a house on the property since the 13th century. The house as it is now was built in stages. The first from 1553 to 1568 constructed the left wing of the chateau (which we toured). The other wing was finished from 1642 to 1648. At that time the canal was constructed. In 1704 King Louis, the sun king, bestowed the title of Marquis on the owner of Tanley and a Tanley has owned the chateau...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Martine's little house in France

Martine has a wonderful little house around the Burgundy area of France. When she bought it she didn't even have indoor plumbing. She has added a bathroom and septic system, a kitchen sink (that doesn't drain into the street ditch), a washer and dryer, two beautiful stained glass windows and all necessary furniture and enough kitchen stuff to get a simple dinner served. Nothing fancy but very nice. But it is in the middle of nowhere. She has to drive about 15 minutes to get to a town big enough to have a supermarket - and a McDonald's next...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Lunch at Chez Meme's and the local area

Chez Meme's is a local restaurant that serves lunch every day but Monday and sometimes offers dinner. The chef/waiter/server prepares four three courses - you eat family style, all you can eat, whatever is served that day. The day we were there the appetizer was tomato with tuna covered with a sauce similar to Italian dressing. I avoid tuna but I must admit fresh tuna is much better than the canned stuff. The tomatoes must have just been picked from the garden - they were so good! So I picked out the tomatoes with the least amount of tuna...

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Nov 11, 2012 - Pardon me, Do you have any Gray Poupon?

Today is a long day on the bus. We must get to Lyon from Paris. There are 2 buses going as there are 66 people continuing on the next cruise. We were suppose to go to Chalon-sur-Saone, but the river Saone has risen very high after the rains of the last 2 days and the boat will not be able to pass under the bridges to the Rhone in Lyon. We traveled through the country side along the motorway. On Sundays no trucks are allowed on the motorway. At noon on Saturday they must stop wherever they are and cannot travel again until 10pm Sunday. We...

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Out in Africa

Oct 28, 2012 - Dijon and Beaune

We are now in Dijon, France it is dry here, sunshine but a cold winds from the mountains and the snow from yesterday. We head out walking to the train station and on to the town of Beaune a small town in the middle of the wine country, a walk around checking out a couple places, the historic hospital and the square, back to Dijon in the afternoon for a walk about the city, some dinner the back to hotel and calling it a night. On the 29th of Oct we are off for the Owl walk, this walk is marked by small brass owls on the sidewalk pointing the...

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