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Europe 2017

How Old Did You Say Your Family Tree Was? Well, I Know One Older!

FRANCE | Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 | Views [471]

We went off to the town of Josselin today to visit their acclaimed Chateau. It is in the town with the same name. Can you imagine that?  Actually, the Chateau is quite lovely. It doesn't compare in size to the really famous ones in the Loire valley, ... Read more >


So, What Do Think You'll Look Like When You Are 100?

FRANCE | Monday, 24 Jul 2017 | Views [385]

We found these photos very interesting. They were taken in Josselin and show several of their main streets as they looked 100 years ago and then after they were renovated. Didn't they do a great job! It's interesting that they really do resemble the ... Read more >


Better not Sleep Walk

FRANCE | Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 | Views [528]

There is a little town not too far from here that we visited yesterday. It's called St. Cado and its claim to fame is the quaint petite house that sits calmly on a tiny little island in the water with its welcoming blue shutters. Everyone who paints ... Read more >


Yikes, Is This The New Normal?"

FRANCE | Saturday, 22 Jul 2017 | Views [490]

Today, because of the really hot weather we have been experiencing we decided to start out early and hike by the Atlantic along the "Cote Sauvage". So much for the weather report that said the showers would be inland. Within 3 minutes of leaving the ... Read more >


Wow, Talk About Talent!

FRANCE | Friday, 21 Jul 2017 | Views [493] | Comments [1]

When we decided to enjoy breakfast by the water, we had no idea that we were also in for a special treat. The quai had been set up with tents, about twenty of them, for artisans to display their works of art. Turns out that this was a "By Invitation ... Read more >


If It Was Good Enough For Ben Franklin, It's Good Enough For Me!

FRANCE | Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 | Views [571] | Comments [1]

We visited St. Goustan today. One of its claims to fame is that Ben Franklin landed there during a bad storm. He was on his way to Nantes but the weather was so awful, the ship had to put in at St. Goustan instead. He landed in December of 1776 ... Read more >


The Chateau That WAS!

FRANCE | Wednesday, 19 Jul 2017 | Views [459]

Once upon a time there was a beautiful and grand chateau built on a huge rock outcrop and it was called Rochefort-en-Terre. Construction was actually begun in the 12th century, but history was unkind to the Chateau and it fell into disrepair as a ... Read more >


Facts are Facts, So, Let's Get This Straight!

FRANCE | Tuesday, 18 Jul 2017 | Views [557]

So, I learned something really important today! Well, maybe not that important if you consider certain things... Anyway, I was thrilled that we were going to visit another "Plus Beau Village" today. Although, I've never sat down and actually counted ... Read more >


Vannes: The Beautifully Timbered Old City and Roman Ruins

FRANCE | Monday, 17 Jul 2017 | Views [640] | Comments [2]

Entering the old town of Vannes through the Roman built gate into the city, is like stepping in to a time warp. The walls built by the Romans and the ramparts give testament to their phenomenal building skills so many hundreds and hundreds of years ago.... Read more >


American Tourist Takes Part in Annual French Festival in Vannes

FRANCE | Sunday, 16 Jul 2017 | Views [526] | Comments [1]

Vannes in Fete - 2017. Ed decided to rest for a few minutes before we moved on to the next event in our busy day. Unbeknownst to him, a group of actors were setting up for one of the Street Theater shows. I had taken the camera to shoot something that ... Read more >


Vannes en Fete

FRANCE | Saturday, 15 Jul 2017 | Views [583] | Comments [1]

Vannes has a long and rich history dating back to Roman conquest and in the oldest part of town, part of the wall that the Romans constructed is in remarkably good condition.  After Rome fell, Vannes changed hands many times. Even being controlled ... Read more >


Arrival in Locoal-Mendon

FRANCE | Friday, 14 Jul 2017 | Views [643]

After an over night in Clermont-Ferrand, home of Michelin Tires, we arrived in Bretagne - in a tiny little town called Locoal-Mendon (if you blink, you'll miss it.) But, it is very close to several more well known places like Carnac, Vannes, and Auray.... Read more >


La Grave Plus Beau Village in Alps

FRANCE | Friday, 14 Jul 2017 | Views [514] | Comments [1]

But, every cloud has a silver lining. As many of you know, a French Cultural Committee has selected 100 cities or villages as the most beautiful in France. Over the years we have visited many of them and every summer we try to visit at least one. Some ... Read more >


Snow in the Alps/ 98 on the road

FRANCE | Thursday, 13 Jul 2017 | Views [733] | Comments [1]

Unfortunately, our stay in Italy didn't work out quite the way we thought it would! We had planned a romantic weekend in Florence at a charming little resort to celebrate our anniversary (We found it when when we visited Florence for the first time .... Read more >


Car Repair ITALIAN STYLE

ITALY | Wednesday, 12 Jul 2017 | Views [429]

Since I've knocked the medicine here, in fairness, I'd like to tell you about having our brand new (well all most) car repaired. After the accident, aside from body work and other problems, the air-conditioner was giving off heat. After contacting Peugeot ... Read more >


Monterosso, Last Stop

ITALY | Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017 | Views [389] | Comments [1]

Monterosso's claim to fame among the Cinque Terre villages is its "sandy" (looks more like light dirt) beaches. Like the French Riviera, beach chairs, mats and umbrellas are crammed together and offered for rent at exorbitant rates. It also has a ... Read more >


Vernazza

FRANCE | Sunday, 9 Jul 2017 | Views [550] | Comments [1]

Vernazza is considered by many to be the most picturesque of  the Cinque Terrs villages. For this reason, we decided to have lunch here. No surprise that hundreds and hundreds of other people had decided to do the same!  ... Read more >


Cinque Terre-Here WE COME,First Stop, Manarola

ITALY | Friday, 7 Jul 2017 | Views [590]

  We decide to take the boat to visit the quaint little towns which make up Cinque Terre. These are the five villages along the "Italian Riviera" that have gained fame as a result of their charm and beauty as well as for the rugged paths that ... Read more >


Around Town La Spezia Italy

ITALY | Thursday, 6 Jul 2017 | Views [611]

La Spezia is a nice little town for recuperating from a car accident. It has lots of old buildings which are decorated with colonnades and this makes it possible to walk a fair distance in the shade. There are also lots of benches for a quick rest.... Read more >


Porte Venere/ Colorful Italy

ITALY | Wednesday, 5 Jul 2017 | Views [791] | Comments [2]

Porto Venere is a lovely little town very close by so we decided to try taking the 30 minute bus ride over the hills. (I wouldn't have to wear a seat-belt and we wouldn't have to worry about parking.) Good choices. The ride was pleasant and there was ... Read more >


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