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May 2, 2017 - Châteaux in the Loire Valley

We spent the day chateaux-ing. This region of France was the political hotbed back in the XV to the XVIIth centuries. Therefore the in-crowd built these lovely castles and their beautiful grounds. Much more open and less fortified than the earlier castles, when one was under constant threat of being overrun by Vikings or perhaps just unfriendly neighbors. Nowadays, they are overrun with tourists instead. The chateau nearest to our hotel was sadly undergoing extensive refurbishment, which made it difficult to see the actual chateau. Then we...

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May 1, 2017 - Traveling to the Loire Valley

Most of today was spent traveling from Normandy down to the Loire Valley. Which in a way was fortunate as this is a national Holiday; either to celebrate May; finding lilies of the valley everywhere for sale as it is considered very good luck to find them on May first. Or it is for International Workers Day. We celebrated by not working (yay!) and our sweet farm hostess presented Whitney and I with little bouquets of lily of the valley, or muguet, in French. Apparently she did not think Thomas was in need of any luck... In any case, there...

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Sep 10, 2016 - Dordogne and north

September 9-10 Dordogne and travel to Loire valley Friday morning I started out to see more local sights after my lazy day yesterday. The sky was clearing promising another beautiful day. My first stop was the Chateau des Milandes. This lovely house was built in 1489, and modified and added to over the centuries. It is best known as the country home of Josephine Baker, a famous music hall star. She was born in St Louis, became a dancer at 14, went to New York, and was recruited by a producer to join a revue in Paris of all Black performers....

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Sep 11, 2013 - Azay Le Rideau

Hi Had a good 6km walk around Tours CBD last night, they have a new city tramway system, the Rue Nationale (main street plaza) has been completely redone up, new white paving for as far as you can see, with the tram tracks integrated within, no overhead wiring? Would be great if Sydney CBD did a similar thing down say George Street, the trams looked very modern, & so quiet. They just tooted a soft horn if anyone was on the tracks when approaching - worked so well, even cars could cross at various intersections without any drama. No barriers...

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But's Euro Trip 2013

Sep 12, 2012 - Chateau Azay-Le-Rideau

It was only a 25 min. ride to the town of Azay-Le-Rideau [Aahzay ler ree dough] to see its chateau by that name. We toured the 19th century Renaissance structure, starting with an audio guide we soon stopped using and just walked through. (The numbering in the chateau was confusing and listening to it slowed down the traffic flow so a lot of us gave up.) This chateau was a bit of a let down after having seen Villandry earlier. We had time in Azay Le Rideau to walk the tiny village to find a tiny boulangerie [boo launger aay] (bakery) for a...

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Jul 6, 2012 - Chateau Triple Play

We had mountain weather today – it changed every 10 minutes. From pouring rain to hot sun. And back again. Which of course, resulted in several costume changes during the 58 km ride. We also managed to miss a turn and go several kms off course, But at the end of the day we achieved the Loire Triple Play – three chateaus in a single day. Chateau Villandry was the first chateau we have seen with a nice garden.Well, a lot better than nice – some of us thought it rivaled Versailles – not in expanse, but certainly in detail. The chateau was...

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