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Sep 28, 2013 - Amboise home of Leo da Vinci

We had a great day today as we travelled to a smaller town only an hour further down in the Loire Valley. Lisle & Marg had ridden there, to Amboise, on their bike ride before we met up with them & wanted to go back to see some of the sights they missed. They also wanted us to experience the fantastic museum to Leonardo da Vinci that is situated there. We were not disappointed - the town is beautiful, situated on the River Loire with old buildings, cobbled streets & a great Chateau (heard that before??). The Chateau is the supposed burial...

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Sep 28, 2013 - Orleans, day 2

Hi, Woke to thunder & some heavy rain early in the morning, we had decided late last night to catch the train & head to Blois or Amboise, or try & do both towns, in lieu of attempting any bike riding, around Orleans. Shovelled down breakfast fast, taxi to Gare de Orleans, made the early train, on route decided on Amboise, as best pick as Marg & I, reckoned it was a beautiful town so characteristic of the Loire Valley, plus on our early stay over we had no time to check out Amboise Chateu Royal. Arriving Amboise the sky was dark &...

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But's Euro Trip 2013

Sep 27, 2013 - Off to Orleans in the Loire Valley

Another very early morning saw us walking to the station in the dawn on another fine but hazy day in Annecy. Our train to Paris was a TGV (translation - very fast train). We clocked it on an app on Ed's phone doing 306km/hr! It was smooth as a plane the only jolt being the whoosh of air as another train passed us also doing 300km/hr! The green countryside we have been used to gave way to acres of crops & miles of flat farmland. I held the camera against the window to get a shot of a train coming past - a couple of times I was not quick...

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Sep 27, 2013 - Orleans, France

Hi Another early start, the train trip to Paris on the TGV was as expected, very pleasant, 306 kmh on some sections, smooth & comfortable 1st class that is! A quick walk to Gare d'Austerlitz got us there in time to catch our connecting train Orleans, arrived around 2pm, very warm in the afternoon checking out the old city & Cathedral Sainte-Croix Hard to describe how big it is - on the other side of the plaza, on max wide angle of the camera, could just get it into frame. Inside just as impressive, with the extra bonus of a full brass...

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But's Euro Trip 2013

Jul 1, 2012 - Happy Canada Day From Orleans France

Arrived in Orleans (population 113,000) about 1:30 on Sunday. The “City of Roses” was the capital of medieval France until the mid 18th century. Did a fair bit of walking – saw a gorgeous cathedral and several monuments to Joan of Arc. Spent the early evening sipping refreshments in the town square. Ended up drinking something we thought was “red beer” but which turned out to be a sweet fruity concoction. Guess our French needs a little work . . . There is,an astonishing range of ethnic restaurants – we ended up at an Italian one, sharing...

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Tour de France

May 23, 2012 - Orleans

Putting this in to keep the trail on the map! Stayed at a Comfort Inn in south of Orleans. Left next morning to drive through Loire Valley. DIDN'T stop at any chateaus. Saw some pretty villages. For me the most lasting impression was when we began going across the valley rather than down. I didn't expect miles of flat land. Not an animal in sight, not a fence in sight. Lots of green crops broken occasionally by stands of trees. Except for types of crops changing, there was no way to say where one field/paddock ended and another started or...

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Europe 2012

Mar 1, 2012 - Aujourd'hui a été tellement stressant

Eh bien, aujourd'hui n'a pas été le meilleur. Ce matin je suis allé à la cathédrale d'Orléans et je me suis perdu. Je suis descendu dans la rue tort et je ne me souviens pas comment j'y suis arrivé en premier lieu. Après 2 heures, j'ai finalement trouvé la cathédrale, et il faisait tellement chaud à l'extérieur. Je vais écrire une lettre à mon copain maintenant .. Ici, il est! Cher Léon, tu me manques tellement et je voudrais que vous fussiez ici avec moi, à Orléans. Je m'amuse à ce jour, mais Paris était mieux. La nourriture ici est très...

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Feb 28, 2012 - Mon premier jour à Orléans!

Quand je suis descendue du train, j'étais si mal. Les sièges ne sont pas à l'aise. Je suis arrivé à ma chambre d'hôtel d'abord, puis commencé ma journée. J'ai d'abord rencontré Ghislaine, la dame je suis resté avec il ya quelques années lorsque j'ai visité la France. Elle est la plus douce femme. Il ya une photo d'elle! Nous avons déjeuné à La Petite Marmite. C'était un joli petit café, la nourriture très bonne. Après je l'ai quittée, je me suis rendu Place Jean d'Arc et de la bibliothèque à proximité. J'aime la petite communauté d'Orléans....

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May 11, 2011 - Good Cycling to Orleans

Day 11-14 May 8 – 11th Just missed Johan D'Arc but every thing else has worked out well these last few days. Two lovely days of cycling, good weather -rather too hot on one day at 26C - and great cycle routes. Vinyards, orchards, rivers, beautiful meadows in full flower, and some lovely towns and villages. Amboise stood out with its medieval church and towering castle and quaint streets. The trees and their blossom are worth mentioning at this moment. Camped at Montlouis-sur-Loire for 1st night (74k). Met a couple of nice English ladies...

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Dec 12, 2010 - Orleans

Today we leave Burgundy and head for the Loire Valley and Orleans (http://www.tourisme-orleans.com/en/orleans-jeanne-d-arc/12-orleans-jeanne-d-arc.html). A definite change in scenery becomes apparent as we head across the Loire Valley - (http://www.westernfrancetouristboard.com/loire.html) a broad flat landscape, with the main use being livestock instead of grapes. A couple of coffee stops are needed to break the journey and keep from falling asleep. speaking of coffee - how come the French can't seem to make a decent cup of coffee? Ever...

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Dec 12, 2010 - Orleans

Today we leave Burgundy and head for the Loire Valley and Orleans (http://www.tourisme-orleans.com/en/orleans-jeanne-d-arc/12-orleans-jeanne-d-arc.html). A definite change in scenery becomes apparent as we head across the Loire Valley - (http://www.westernfrancetouristboard.com/loire.html) a broad flat landscape, with the main use being livestock instead of grapes. A couple of coffee stops are needed to break the journey and keep from falling asleep. speaking of coffee - how come the French can't seem to make a decent cup of coffee? Ever...

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European adventure

Oct 21, 2010 - Loire Valley - Orleans

Loire Valley Orléans – Turns out the Loire is not navigable; so much for my idea of travelling by boat. The closest we managed was to treat ourselves to an afternoon coffee and crêpe break on board a boat-restaurant on the bank of the river in Orléans. We seem to be travelling in the path of Joan of Arc… First encounter in Eu, then of course in Rouen where she was put to death, and now in Orleans, the city she saved. We visited the cathedral dedicated to her, and a cute little museum (where we were given free admission, since there was...

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