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May 4, 2012 - The Loire (L-oo-are)ValleyE

Hello Readers, It was a long drive from Ieper to Descartes (Day-cars).We went through a HUGE traffic jam that was about 2km.We went through lots of toll roads(sad face). We went through the out skirts of Paris. I saw two Gypsy camps. When we arrived we were astounded at the set up. The next day we went to the Descartes Markets on Sunday we bought some Paella for lunch , bread ,juice and 2 onions (I bought them) then we had the rest of the day we weren't going anywhere. The next day we visited Villandry to see a castle which Napoleon's...

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Apr 7, 2011 - Last Tour of Tours

Well and truly down to earth today. The first thing on the agenda after breakfast was the washing. Breakfast gave us the feeling of being back to just one of the crowd as the restaurant was full of Spanish people chatting loudly and the breakfast whilst adequate was nothing special. Washing was potentially another test of man against machine and we were pleased when the machines at the local Laundromat were similar to the ones in Paris with some additional information on them which confirmed the assumptions we had made about these machines...

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Apr 6, 2011 - Tour of the Chateaus in Liore Valley

After a good nights sleep we had to pack because this was our last night in the Chateau and after the tour today we were going to a motel in Tours (the town). The weather forecast for the day was going to be perfect and Bev in particular was keen to get going as today it was all about Chateaus, gardens, antiques, paintings and history. Our guide had shown over the previous two days that she had an incredible knowledge of the history and details of the sites we had visited and we expected no difference today. We did not need the audio guides...

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Apr 5, 2011 - Tour of wineries

The Dinner last night was something to write home about. The Chateau was situated on the river Loire about ten minutes from our accommodation Chateau De Pray. I had a feeling this was going to be special when arrived we were greeted by two waiters and when we entered the dinning room there were four more hanging around. This may not seem unusual till you realise we were the only customers there. When we were ushered to our table overlooking the river I noticed an array of glasses and cutlery at each place setting that would fill a...

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Apr 4, 2011 - Last Tango in Paris

Had a breakfast of all the things we wanted to get rid of and did our final pack and recognisance around the unit to make sure we had not left anything behind. We headed off to Austerlitz station and had a quick glance up and down the rue Mouffetard for the last time. We have had a very enjoyable time here for the last week. Time to move on. At Austerlitz station we had a cup of coffee and a slice of almond tart (as you do in France at 9am) and then off to the train. I noticed as Bev passed the ticket machine that had given us so much grief...

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Oct 25, 2010 - Tours and Chenonceaux

Tours We booked two nights in Tours, since it’s the jumping off city for Chenonceaux – the castle Kirianne really wanted to see – and also Villandry, which I wanted to see. One can take a train to Chenonceaux, but Villandry requires a car, bus tour, or… bicycle. The short story is that we made it to Chenonceaux :>, but not to Villandry :< And then on to Nantes, and from there to our rendezvous with our first WWOOFer hosts Chez Le Gué aux Biches

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Feb 25, 2009 - j'ai bu beaucoup du vin...

Sooo it's been a few days since I last posted any exciting facts about my oh-so-exciting life...bad news, its going to slow down for awhile, but its not all bad! Let me explain: so I had a great last week in nice. The weather was amazing (for the most part, a bit chilly in the mornings but no rain), I got to spend some time with my new found friends, and i was finally starting to feel settled in that cute little beach town when i decided it was time for a move. SOOO one night train later, I found myself in Tours, France. Let's back up a...

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Nov 12, 2007 - Weekend in the Loire Valley

The Thursday started off like any other. After getting off work, I took the RER into the city to sleep over at my friend Stacey's apartment, armed with little more than a toothbrush and some pajamas. I was also armed with a bit of good news: the family wasn't going to need me all day on Friday, so I had the day off! What better way to celebrate my last-minute three day weekend than with a last-minute weekend getaway?! Stacey was only too happy to join in as my partner in crime. After much deliberation, we decided on going to the Loire...

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An American In Paris

Nov 10, 2007 - Week 2

We're hoping the spell of bad luck with the Bus is over. This is a new Travelogue we're trying out so also hoping this works better than the original. The repaired tyre should be ready this morning and we can get on the road again. But every cloud etc - Roy has had time to find this new "blog" and do loads on the computer. I've cleaned and made soup, re shuffled cupboard contents, made a shoulder strap for my travel handbag,emailed you, mended a torn favourite dress and been food shopping. Just a shame it has rained non-stop for days, but...

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Oct 23, 2007 - Chenconceaux

Last night we stayed in a place called Tours, and then hit the road to visit a castle, called Chenconceaux. It was absolutely breath taking. The grounds were so huge, and the castle itself, which is built over the river makes you wonder how they thought of it and constructed it back in the 16 century. You walk through the castle and the stairs have hollows in the concrete from where people have walked, and the tiles that used to bear painted details have been worn away. You walk through the grounds and think of the type of people that once...

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May 29, 2007 - Tours

Saturday 25 May A short TGV ride to Tours arriving with just 15 minutes to spare before the Avis rental car office closed for the long weekend (Monday was a holiday in France). We'd decided to hire a car for Tours as it's the only easy way to get around the chateaux. Because of our lovely experience with the car in Mykonos we decided to take pictures of the car, and we also plan to do the same when we return it. Rather than wasting time to find the hotel we headed straight for Chateau Chenonceau. Most famous for being gifted to his mistress...

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Jul 29, 2006 - Prunay Casserau - Tours

In een rustig tempo fietsen wij bij 32 graden naar Chateau-Renault. Wij maken foto's van de kasteelpoort, het kasteel en de Donjon. Dan is onze memory-stick bijna vol. In een fotozaak willen wij de foto's op een CD laten branden. Een jongen en een meisje van gemiddeld 15 jaar oud staan achter de toonbank. Zij willen zelfstandig klanten te woord staan. Hun kennis van het Frans is niet toereikend om te begrijpen wat wij willen. En hun kennis van de computer dateert nog uit het pre-computertijdperk. Dan toveren zij hun moeder achter de...

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