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Jul 6, 2017 - Day 12: Travelling to Annecy

Day 12: From Beaune to Annecy. Weather: Very warm, to HOT – 33C. Blue skies and full sun all day. Yes the same as yesterday!! Steps: 11 200 (6.2km). Plus 225km of driving! I decided to breakfast at the hotel as it was going to be a BIG driving day. They had a good variety and I was well fed and watered by the time I departed from Beaune. I thought I would fill up my car, I saw a Total garage and went there but the machines at the pumps would not accept by Australian Credit Card, the only way to pay here. I went in to check and was told I...

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Jun 30, 2017 - Lavender and Music

Hi Everyone I was sitting in the dappled shade of a pine tree in Northern Spain when I heard a clicking sound. I looked up and there looking down at me from the trunk of the tree, its pointy nose and erect ears twitching, was a red squirrel. Down he came, head first with a flash of his white furry chest and his long fluffy tail following behind him. The red squirrel in Northern Spain has a darker red/brown coat than its UK cousins and is a little smaller too. In Spain the squirrel was a delicacy but they are now protected by law and the...

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Jun 9, 2017 - Villefrance. (Nice, France...Monaco & Monte Carlo)

A very full day in 3 major visits today. We first boarded our tour bus in the seaside village of Villefrance on the French Riviera where we we tendered to shore as the port is not deep enough to accommodate large cruise ships. Our first visit for a couple of hours was Nice, France about a 20 minute shoreline drive from our entry port. A very unique town on the coast rich in high end shops, homes of Hollywood elite and the like. We walked thru the market of fresh flowers, every type of food, spices and a great display of virgin olive oils...

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Jun 8, 2017 - Hello from Villefrance (Monaco/MonteCarlo)

Hello and thanks for being so patient waiting for our update. We been super crazy busy every day since leaving Southampton UK. Our first 2 days were at sea, travelling out of the English Channel heading to the Atlantic. From there we turned south down the coast of France, Spain and Portugal before turning left into the strait of Gibraltar. We docked in Gibraltar and spent the day touring this British Country on the coast of Spain. We toured Gibraltar on our own starting with walking the shopping district then proceeded to take shuttle tour...

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Apr 26, 2017 - Annecy

This is our day of countryside adventure--we are off to Annecy France in the French Alps. Due to a somewhat late start(one of us was quite a late sleeper), the tourist bureau pointed us in the right direction to access the A41. After paying the parking fee(similar to ones in San Francisco)to rescue the car, we headed out going east toward Switzerland. What a beautiful drive. The weather was very cloudy and threatening, but nonetheless the hills with their various shades of green, the totally white cows and the highway in part was way above...

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Burgundy and Berlin

Apr 25, 2017 - Rainy Day in Lyon

With a 100% prediction of rain for today we preplanned to be inside free of raindrops! Yesterday when visiting the TI (tourist information) we had inquired about a cooking class. We immediately checked one out which is close to the apartment and each paid our 70 euro for the privilege of cooking with a local chef and lunch with wine! After our leisurely late breakfast of cheese omelette, chocolate croissant, cappuccinos, and tea we headed to 'In Cuisine' for our 11 am cooking class! Our chef, Isabel, immediately introduced herself telling...

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Burgundy and Berlin

Apr 24, 2017 - Hop on-Hop off in Lyon

We began the day by searching for a nice place for petit dejeuner ( breakfast) near our apartment. We found a lovely place serving pastries, yogurt and cafe which hit the spot. With perfect weather in store, we proceeded to the tourist office to inquire about sites we were interested in and we bought the tickets for the 'hop on- hop off' bus. While we waited for the bus, we checked out one of the places recommended for taking a cooking class nearby. As we walked in, the aromas were heavenly, which furthered our desire to take a class . We...

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Burgundy and Berlin

Apr 23, 2017 - On Our Way

We started before the sun came up to LAX to catch our 8:30 flight to Philadelphia which landed at the boarding time for our next flight. Fortunately, as we were trekking to our gate, Kay flagged down one of those carts and the driver was nice enough to pick us up and get us to our gate. Which was a good thing as the gate was much farther than we expected. And, of course, they were not boarding yet. At the Paris airport we managed to find the train station and get tickets to Lyon on the TGV train--2 hours and only 2 stops. Very nice. From...

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Jul 11, 2016 - Viviers

Today everyone from the ship went on a walking tour of Viviers (old part of the town). There were 3 guides, and we were all divided up into 3 different groups. Our guide was a lady who had a British accent but who in actual fact has lived in Vivier for 26 years, and have French relatives. She was a wonderful character who brought the town to life with all her little stories of the people who lived there. Vivier is famous for its concrete and has a large quarry. The concrete was found that it set under water and was used for the Suez canal....

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Jul 10, 2016 - Tournon - Tain L'Hermitage

We actually have not moved today and are still in Tournon but visited the other side of the river which is a different town. Michael rode the bike again for 25klms and saw different parts of the town. He had a good time, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I did not ride today but swapped for a walking tour of the tow, and then a visit to the Valihona House of Chocolate. We were given a lecture on how chocolate is made, and how to savour the flavour of it. It was a bit like wine tasting on trying to work out what was actually in the chocolate we...

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Jul 9, 2016 - Tournon

Today we sailed to Tournon. It was lovely and relaxing as it gave me an opportunity to catch up on all of my postcards which will be posted on Monday. Hopefully they will arrive before we get home. In the afternoon we all went by bus to a steam train ride through the Doux Gorge. We have open air carriages which was very similar to the Puffing Billy in Melbourne. There was some beautiful scenery to be seen all along the short trip. We went about half and hour, then the train was put on circular thing like Thomas Tank Engine and it was moved...

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Jul 8, 2016 - Lyon

We are loving our tours in France just as much as we loved our time in Italy. Both countries have so much history here. Little bits of information comes back into the memory from things you reluctantly learnt in History at school. Our tour today was something a little bit different from other tours. It was to the Instutut Paul Bocuse - school of Gourmet Cuisine in Lyon. Paul Bocuse is now approx. 80-90 years old so he was not our instructor. Our head chef was a man called Jean Paul Naquin - he is 53 years old and has worked at many, many...

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