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Firenze/Florence 17-22 Oct

ITALY | Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | Views [262]

From Venice, we headed southeast to the Tuscan city of Florence (2 hrs by train and our base for the next 6 days). It’s a relatively small but fascinating, historical and rich city. Previously ruled by the powerful Medici family (from 14 th –18 th ... Read more >


Photos: Venice

ITALY | Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | Photo Gallery

Venice
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Venizia/Venice 14-16 Oct

ITALY | Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | Views [254]

Despite the 7hr train ride from Dijon France to Venice Italy, I couldn’t contain my excitement about Venice.  We stayed in Venice Mestre (located in the mainland) and just took the local train to the ‘island’ (Venice Santa Maria)…only took us 10 minutes.... Read more >


Photos: Dijon

FRANCE | Sunday, 7 Nov 2010 | Photo Gallery

Dijon
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Dijon 11-13 Oct

FRANCE | Sunday, 7 Nov 2010 | Views [287]

It took us 6.5 hrs (by train) to head back north to Dijon (Burgundy region). My first impression of Dijon wasn’t good as I exited the train station. Construction left, right and centre. However as I got to the city centre (10 minutes walking distance ... Read more >


Photos: Nice

FRANCE | Sunday, 7 Nov 2010 | Photo Gallery

Nice
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Nice 9-10 Oct

FRANCE | Sunday, 7 Nov 2010 | Views [187]

About 2.5 hrs (by train) east of Aix is the coastal city of Nice. It’s a tacky city with its heavily made-up ‘historical’ buildings. Their ‘old’ city cannot compare to the towns of Sarlat nor Carcassonne. Its hub seems to be the many clusters of restaurants ... Read more >


Photos: Aix-en-Provence

FRANCE | Sunday, 7 Nov 2010 | Photo Gallery

Aix-en-Provence
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Aix-en-Provence 8 Oct

FRANCE | Sunday, 7 Nov 2010 | Views [201]

Just 1-hr by train southeast of Avignon is the town of Aix (pronounced ‘X’). It is another beautiful town with a maze of cobblestone alleyways lined with expensive stores and restaurants. Certain bars/restaurants justify the sky-high prices just because ... Read more >


Photos: Arles

FRANCE | Sunday, 17 Oct 2010 | Photo Gallery

Arles
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Photos: Avignon

FRANCE | Sunday, 17 Oct 2010 | Photo Gallery

Avignon
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Avignon, Arles 6-7 Oct

FRANCE | Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 | Views [264]

From Carcassone, we headed east to Avignon (in Provence). It is a town but with the elegance of Paris. Tree lined streets compliment the many elegantly maintained architectures and upmarket stores. The main attractions are the Papal Palace and Pont ... Read more >


Photos: Carcasonne

FRANCE | Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 | Photo Gallery

Carcasonne
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Carcassone (Old City) 4-5 Oct

FRANCE | Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 | Views [243]

From Bordeaux, we headed south east to the town of Carcassone. A fortified medieval town dating back to 5 th century BC. The city is surrounded by walls, which once protected a castle, church and its many inhabitants. (There are approx 115 people still ... Read more >


Photos: Bordeaux, Sarlat-La-Caneda

FRANCE | Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | Photo Gallery

Bordeaux and Sarlat-La-Caneda
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Bordeaux, Sarlat-La-Caneda 2-3 Oct

FRANCE | Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | Views [1099]

We again headed southwest and took the train to Bordeaux (one of the world’s best wine regions). The city itself was unimpressive, a Paris wannabe but lacking the maintenance and care. It was a pity, the architecture of the buildings were actually lovely ... Read more >


Photos: Chateaux (Loire Region)

FRANCE | Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | Photo Gallery

Chambord and Chenonceau Chateaux
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Photos: Amboise (Loire Region)

FRANCE | Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | Photo Gallery

Amboise
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Photos: Tours (Loire Region)

FRANCE | Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | Photo Gallery

Tours - Old City
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Tours, Amboise, Blois, Chateaux/Castles 30-Sep to 1-Oct

FRANCE | Friday, 8 Oct 2010 | Views [885]

After Paris we headed southwest towards the region of the Loire Valley, about 1.5hrs by TGV (fast) train (…this is the 1 st of many train trips using my 2-month Eurail pass) and based ourselves in the city of Tours. The city was the launching pad for ... Read more >


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