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Oct 12, 2018 - Charting a Course to Chartres

We found our way to Gare Montparnasse this morning on the #4 Metro from a new stop nearby, Chateau Rouge. Once we arrived at our final metro stop it felt liked we walked at least a mlle to the train station itself. We located our platform and boarded the 11:06am train for Chartres. Once in Chartres we headed to the Cathedral to check out our options for the day. On Fridays they remove the chairs from the labyrinth so people can walk on it. I took the opportunity to do my contemplative walk before we went to lunch; it has been awhile since...

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Sep 19, 2018 - Tours - gone cycling

Tours is a delightful city and situated in the middle of the Loire valley provides so many opportunities to get out into the French countryside, drink good wine, eat gourmet French food and meet real French people who are slightly more friendly and a whole lot less abrasive than their Parisian neighbours. Yesterday was a ‘best’ day. I got up early and wondered down to the local market, which is so pretty, on an island between to roads and bordered by massive trees, to pick up some fresh fruit. I love seeing a city in the early morning...

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Sep 19, 2018 - Tours - authentically French

Ahhhh Tours, what a delightful French City, now it really feels like I am in France amongst French people and living the lifestyle of a French Madam. Paris was great, Paris was fun, I would love to pop into Paris again next time I am in Europe, but really Paris is ‘Paris’ , busy lots of tourists, lots to see and do. Tours is totally different, however let me record my last night in Paris to ensure that I will remember to savour a great memory. A few of the Intrepid group I am travelling with went out together at about 6.30 pm for a wander...

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Jun 28, 2018 - Bonjour, and prepping for a new trip!!

Bonjour a tous!! It is a little over a year since I spent two weeks in Sancerre, spending 20+ hours per week studying French, which was an absolutely amazing experience! And I was so happy that so many of you enjoyed following my experience! But I am now on another journey, which I never in my life would have predicted, and I think will be equally intriguing, and, for me, builds on the trip to Sancerre. It is a little ways off (late Aug/early Sept). But I enjoyed chronicaling my Sancerre trip so much that this time I decided to chronicle...

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Jun 27, 2018 - Another day in the Loire Valley

Another lovely day in France with clear blue sky and temperature in the low 30's. Today we enjoyed more chateaus. First was Chateau de Chambord, construction started in 1519, with Francois as king of France. Many kings followed till the revolution, when even furniture was sold off. Finally after many owners the French State acquired the Chateau. In the afternoon we visited Chateau de Chenonceau, only Karen had the energy to view the building. It was a lovely sunset again as we walked back over the Loire River.

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Jun 26, 2018 - Amboise

Today was only a short drive, arriving in Amboise by lunch time. Amboise sits on the river Loire and the region is the centre for many castles, palaces and chateaus. It's truly a beautiful part of France. Our accommodation is close to everything, with parking for the car. We are only 15 min walk to the town centre and the Chateau Amboise but as it didn't open until after lunch at 2pm, we decided to walk up Rue Victor Hugo firstly to see the troglodyte houses (cave houses built into the cliff used for hundreds of years) and then Le Clos...

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May 20, 2018 - Cheverny, Blois, and Chenonceaux

Yesterday in Brasseaux, we walked first to see the Saturday market. We expected to find fruits and vegetables. Instead we found antiques and pseudo-antiques. We walked through, saw some interesting old furniture, asked about a carving tool and left. It was good timing. We arrived at Cheverny, the smallest of the Chateaux we saw, just as it opened. With pre-bought tickets, we were able to get our pics without people. It was neat in that it has been opened to the public since 1922...one of the first to do so. It is furnished in 17th century...

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Feb 15, 2018 - On Through France

Another good day up into France. Changed our ferry booking to 6am on Saturday morning so only a day late overall returning to the UK. Did use a couple of French toll roads to speed things up around Biarritz & Bordeaux. Mileage today - 383 Mileage to date - 5,015

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Jan 15, 2018 - Dunkirk To Chateaudun

Day 2 - Monday 15th January Up about our usual time but because French time is an hour ahead of UK time we got away about 9am. Staying off the toll roads we had a reasonable drive down to the West of Paris via Rouen & Chartres to our overnight stop in an old medieval town called Chateaudun. The weather gradually deteriorated & the rain set in all day but at least it wasn’t snow so we made good progress. We stopped the night on a car park right below the chateau which towered above us on the cliff. There were half a dozen Motorhome parking...

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Oct 28, 2017 - Chartres Cathedral

Today we departed St. Malo for Paris. Along the way we stopped at Chartres to see the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chartres Cathedral. Since the majority of its construction in the late twelfth century, the cathedral has remained largely unscathed by the ravages of time, nature, the French Revolution and World War II. We walked around its boundary; 3 sides have the flying butresses, rose windows, beautiful doors and statues. The fourth side drops off down the side of a steep hill. Inside, we saw the 150 stained glass windows. Our local...

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Oct 19, 2017 - Giverny, , France

I love Paris in the morning, I love Paris in the... Oh, well; we're in Giverny now!!! Home of Claude Monet (1840-1926) and his beautiful gardens. I'm going to show you all the pictures Doug took and let you start the slideshow and sit back and enjoy the beauty!! Claude Monet first saw the village of Giverny while looking out a train window in 1883, and the unique light of the Seine Valley kept him in residence for 43 years. He stayed here until his death in 1926. He is buried here as well. Monet was a founder of French Impressionist...

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Oct 18, 2017 - Conflans

The boat moved along the Seine River last night downstream toward the Atlantic. We stopped at Conflans at about 3 am. So we awoke in the morning to a new French town. Conflans means confluence and is the confluence of 3 rivers: the Seine, the Oise and the Epte; referred to as the Rivers of Light. It was here that the Impressionist artists flocked to paint landscapes and scenes that have become so recognizable around the world. Our bus tour this morning was to Auvers-sur-Oise (city of Auvers on the Oise River); the last residence of Vincent...

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