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Sep 27, 2016 - Verdun: le jour de la voiture

We made it to Verdun, but not exactly on schedule. We were ready to hit the road around 9:30, but we had barely gotten out of town when our van stopped. Luckily it stopped before we entered the "peage" road that had a tunnel. (Peage means get the coin purse ready, toll coming up). I learned some new vocabulary; where we stopped there were two options, par le tunnel or par le col. The section option is through a pass. Anyway, after quite some time figuring out how to get in touch with the rental car folks, we were rescued by a tow truck...

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Jun 15, 2016 - Day 12 Cycle tour. Nancy to Thionville via Metz

Overview After visiting tourist office and then a bike shop no maps could be obtained showing a bike route from Nancy to Metz, despite us being let to believe previously, that this was possible. The bike shop convinced us it was basically a mountain bike trail and we would spend a lot of time pushing our heavy bikes through mud, or we would have to take a very busy main road there. As it was raining a lot we decided neither option was ok and so we jumped on a train to Metz and rode from there, rather than staying in Metz as planned. Seemed...

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Jun 14, 2016 - Day 11 cycle tour. Strasbourg to Nancy

Overview A day of rain. All day. Mostly light but occasionally heavy. At those times we managed to shelter under bridges and various other objects. We didn't get soaked but the temperature dropped so necessary to put another layer on. Finished cycling at Saverne and enjoyed a break at a patisserie/coffee shop whilst waiting for a train to Nancy . The weather was terrible and there were no cycle routes to Nancy. Lovely women in the tourist office booked Nancy accommodation for us when we had given up because everything seemed booked out....

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Jun 10, 2016 - Petite Ballon and Le Hohneck

Another good day. We headed back up to the Route des Cretes to explore further this amazing road. Our first stop which was a little off the beaten track was Le Petit Ballon at 1267m. Walking to the summit gave great panoramic views of the Vosges mountains. Returning to the Routes des Cretes we continued along the road which gave magnificent open vistas. We stopped many times to admire the views. As we neared the end of the road we realised there was a road leading up to the Hohnrck viewpoint. It was not very well sign posted. At the top...

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Jun 1, 2016 - The spa towns of Contrexeville and Vittel

On our rest day before moving on to the Vosges mountains we decided to explore the two local spa towns of Contrexeville and Vittel. In Contrexeville you could see the former splendour but it felt a bit run down. Vittel was a much nicer town with the original Victorian spa buildings, gardens and present day race course. However, there was very few people around and Baden-Baden in Germany and Harrogate and Buxton in the UK have nothing to worry about in terms of competition. Vittel was pleasant to wander around but lacked the ambiance of...

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May 31, 2016 - Moving east towards the mountains

We had two days of solid rain. Is this summer? At the campground we saw a small caravan and then a car get stuck as they took a short cut over the grass to the pitches they had been allocated. Our extra car mats we carry came in useful on both occasions and a lot of help by all the other campers around. We had hoped to go to Nancy as a short stepping stone to visiting the Vosges mountains but despite various attempts to contact the campground near Nancy (e-mail, phone etc.) we had not got any response. So instead we found a small campground...

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Jun 30, 2015 - Fishing

Hi Everyone After leaving Central Europe we took a very quick trip through Southern Germany stopping in the beautiful town of Rothenberg with its festive Christmas shops. It was a Sunday afternoon and the town was heaving with tourists. We have never seen it so busy so we took ourselves off the beaten track and walked around the base of the town’s walls, in and out through its gates, poking our noses into narrow passageways and alleys. We love Germany’s medieval walled towns with their cobbled lanes, painted houses and picture book...

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Aug 2, 2012 - Nancy ... Cité aux Portes d'Or

Lundi le 30 juillet jour 35 Départ de Strasbourg vers Nancy dans la Champagne-Lorraine. La durée du voyage est de 90 minutes en train régional. L'hôtel est situé près de la gare. Aussitôt les bagages déposés, nous nous dirigeons vers la ville vielle comme disent les Nancéiens. Nous avons modifié notre itinéraire. Nous devions aller vers l’Autriche mais nous avons bifurqué vers la Champagne à la découverte de la ville de Nancy. Alors que nous étions à Colmar, nous avons regardé un reportage à TV 5 sur cette ville, il n’en fallait pas plus...

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Jul 26, 2012 - Tournon, Tain l'Hermitage, Viviers

Another hot day! Once again Ivan preferred to explore on his own while I took the boat's guided tour. He explored the little town of Tournon where we were docked. I rode a bus to 3 sights in or near Tain l'Hermitage: 1) a chocolate factory shop that was very generous with its dark chocolate samples. I had a sugar high by 10:00 A.M. 2) a French art gallery Paintings from 1945-1965) in a lovingly restored old 16th century stone home with a tiny courtyard. 3) A winery tour and tasting. None of the 3 dry wines were to my liking but I enjoyed...

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Oct 14, 2011 - Not lost in France

11th October One of the major reasons that we decided on the number 5 Euro velo route (although we think the bloke from Reading made it up as we have yet to see a sign) was because it went through Colmar. We last came on an overnight stop to skiing as it was a convenient place just off the motorway. It was just after Christmas and we thought we had arrived at the home town of Hansel and Gretal it was so pretty and we said that we must return, so we have and it is just as quaint as we remembered. Summer is back, at least in the short term so...

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Jun 22, 2011 - We made it to Paris!

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, Well, we made it to Paris! Evryone is currently safe in their Hotel Campanile rooms. Many are even headed off to sweet dreamland. :-) Today was a very interesting day. Chris stated that he learned more today than he did all year in history. It is amazing how being able to see it brings it all home. We began by saying goodbye to the host families. They were great! Jessica and Alex cried. Then we headed off to Verdun. Verdun is the sight of the Battle of Verdun from WW1. It lasted over 300 days and cost almost...

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Jun 20, 2011 - Hello Part 2 - Nancy

Hello, Part 2 has arrived. Yesterday, visited Nancy. We are currently based in Nancy. After breakfast, we met the rest of the group about 100 yards from the hotel. The first ones we came across were Adam and Joshua. They had rabbit the night before - Joshua liked it, Adam did not. They loved the light show that they saw and enjoyed their host family. Alex and Jessica have decided they will cry when they leave their host in France. Joshua and Christopher are living on top of a school and think that is cool. Chauncey and Dr. Bruce are with a...

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