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Jun 18, 2014 - Oradour-Sur-Glane

Oradour-Sur-Glane is the site of a very moving and powerful WWII memorial. On June 10, 1944, four days after the Allies landed on the Normandy beaches, Nazi soldiers stormed the small village of Oradour-Sur-Glane in the Dordogne region of France. The women and children were put into the church and the men were rounded up in groups. The Nazis threw hand grenades into the groups and machined gunned everyone down. A total of 642 people were killed including 200 children. They then burned down the entire village. Five townspeople managed to...

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Jun 18, 2014 - Prehistoric cave art, a walled city and the ocean

The Dordogne region is known for its many caves with prehistoric cave art. We visited three cave sites. The most famous cave is the Grotte de Font-de-Guame. It is the last cave in France still open to the public that has multicolored prehistoric paintings. The paintings were made by Cro-Magnon people about 15,000 years ago. We were able to view red and black bison painted with local minerals using the caves natural contours to give dimensions to the paintings. This cave is limited to 80 visitors a day and it is advised to arrive several...

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Jun 14, 2014 - Brittany coast and Loire Valley

We continued south through France to the Brittany coastline stopping in the town of Carnac to view the Carnac Alignments. The alignments - big rocks- were erected 6000 years ago and are much older than the famous Stonehedge in England. In an area of about 2 1/2 miles there are over 3000 standing stones. The stones mark ceremonial areas and buried grounds. Spent a day baking on the beautiful beach about 100 yards from our campsite. From the coastline we drove east to reach the Loire Valley known for chateaus and wine. We had toured many of...

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May 4, 2014 - The First Kiss

The First Kiss The next morning I walked down to Gary and Elaine’s house. It was a large barn, one end of which had been converted to a home. It sat halfway down a gentle hill with fruit trees, vegetable and flower gardens, a pond in the backyard, and the fields surrounding it filled with someone else’s grazing cows. Off the living area was Elaine’s bedroom and a bathroom. Half of the upstairs was unfinished attic, used for storage, and the other half was Gary’s bedroom, office and bathroom. It was a five minute drive to the nearest small...

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May 1, 2014 - Lost in the Woods

Lost in the Woods The start of the journey was a bit shaky. Within ten minutes of leaving Eiji and Vero, I came to a toll which didn’t take my charge card. I had no change and began to panic. I was standing between the toll booth and Blacky when I looked at the car behind me in apology. The fancy woman in the fancy car motioned me to her and handed me the exact toll. How sweet is that? I pulled off at the next town to go to a store and get change for any other tolls, just in case, which was fortunate. While in Italy, every toll booth had...

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Feb 22, 2014 - Oradour-sur-Glane

Heading North again today. Drizzly start to the day. Decided to head for Oradour-sur-Glane about 130 miles to the North East of Bordeaux. It was the scene of a massacre by Nazi soldiers in 1944, apparently a whole village was rounded up & killed. It was the 70th anniversary last year & I saw some news coverage about it on TV. We stopped for lunch at Rochechouart on the way & got a close look at a fancy chateau which unfortunately was closed so we didn't get to go inside. Also apparently millions of years ago a massive meteorite 1.5km in...

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Feb 20, 2014 - Quiet time

We had three quiet days at the Parc Verger campground at Champagnac La Riviere. This is a lovely campground set up for us "big boys" owned by Bob and Di Banks a great couple. It rained on and off most of the three days but we did manage to get one or two walks along the nearby paths which used to be an old railway line. Daisy loved these walks as she had plenty of off lead time and able to explore the woods along the line. On one of our walks she was a long time coming out of the woods, when she did come out she was without her harness! We...

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Feb 17, 2014 - Heading north through France

After a few days of rest in St Jean-de-Luz we headed north again through France to Limoges. We had a good journey and arrived safely at the campground. We intend to stay here for a few days. We have booked Tony and the ferry with the coach and Heather and Daisy on the Channel Tunnel with the car on Thursday 27 February.

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Nov 17, 2013 - It’s time to head south again!

On our final day in Champagnac La Riviere we enjoyed once again a long walk along the local Voie Verte or walking/cycling path. Daisy just thought she was in seven heaven with lots of time off lead, with great smells and side paths to explore. The weather forecast was for colder weather (possibly some snow showers!) so it was time to head south once again the next day. Our planned destination is Bordeaux.

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Nov 16, 2013 - St-Yrieix-La Perche

The sun was shining at last so we visited another of the local medieval towns in the area St-Yrieix-La Perche. Although small this town had done a good job of blending old with the new. Although Saturday morning the town was very quiet and everything closed at 12.30pm. In our stroll we found a gorgeous patisserie so we couldn’t resist the temptation! We then explored the countryside around and found Jumilhac Le Grand one of the most magnificent chateaux in the region. The chateau was built in the 13th century, altered in the 17th century...

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Nov 15, 2013 - Limoges

After a lazy get up we headed into the largest big town around Limoges. Again the weather was dull grey and cold so really not in full tourist mode. The history of Limoges is based in the middle ages on the enamel industry and from the 18th century on fine porcelain china (the French equivalent of Stoke-on-Trent). Today only a small ceramic trade exists. It was a pleasant city to walk around with some interesting odd buildings and of course plenty of nice cafes’s to get warm in and try the local patisseries. We find the French have a very...

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Nov 12, 2013 - Oradour-sur-Glane 10 June 1944

Today we visited Oradour sur Glane to visit the remains of the village where 642 men, women and children were massacred by a German Panzer division on the 10 June 1944 as a reprisal for attacks by the French maqisards(French resistance. On 10 June, Oradour-sur-Glane was sealed off and all the townspeople and people from the surrounding farms were ordered to assemble in the village square, ostensibly to have their identity papers examined. The men and women were separated with the men taken to six barns where machine guns had been set up....

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