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Au Revoir

Saturday, 24 Oct 2015 | Views [397]

LYON MUST BE THE STAIR-MASTER OF FRANCE: everything seems to be uphill or down.  And a river runs through it — two rivers, actually, the Rhone and Saone, separated by the peninsula of Presqu’ile where we are staying.  Lyon is supposedly ... Read more >

Nice And Eze: Nice and Easy

Saturday, 17 Oct 2015 | Views [407]

ACTUALLY IT’S PRONOUNCED “NIECE” AND “EASE” but it really is nice and easy.  Nice may be the fifth largest city in France but we couldn’t find lodging there that met all or our needs; parking, it seems, costs ... Read more >

St. Tropez, Cannes and Antibes

Thursday, 15 Oct 2015 | Views [362]

ET DIEU CREA LA FEMME.  And God Created Woman .  These five words — and the sex kitten Brigette Bardot — transformed the sleepy fishing village of St. Tropez into a port-of-call for celebrities and jet-setters.  No longer ... Read more >

Arles and Avignon

Friday, 9 Oct 2015 | Views [382]

ARLES AND AVIGNON HAVE THREE THINGS in common.  It’s obvious that each begins with the letter “ A ,” and both are in Provence on the Rhone River.  Arles and Avignon also have a history with Rome.  Arles became an important ... Read more >

Orange and Pont du Gard

Wednesday, 7 Oct 2015 | Views [371]

ORANGE SOLVED TWO PROBLEMS FOR THE ROMANS.  It was a perfect place to pension off loyal Roman officers and their presence would be a deterrent to those pesky Gauls who continued to tweak the Roman nose.  The main sites are the city arch, not ... Read more >

The Grands Causses

Monday, 5 Oct 2015 | Views [275]

THE FIRST RUMBLES OF THUNDER had scarcely died when Patoo, all 50+ bouvier kilos of her, whimpered at our door.  We knew we shouldn’t let her in but she looked so wretched we could hardly resist.  Isobel soon returned from the Saturday ... Read more >

Chauvet — Caverne Pont d'Arc

Friday, 2 Oct 2015 | Views [409]

PICASSO HAD NOTHING WITTY OR  SELF-DEPRECATING to say about the prehistoric cave paintings at Caverne Pont d’Arc as he did with Lascaux and Alta Mira.  He had been dead, after all, for more than 20 years when they were re-discovered ... Read more >

The French Alps

Tuesday, 29 Sep 2015 | Views [347]

AUTUMN MAY NOT BE THE BEST TIME TO VISIT the French Alps.  Summer is over and ski season is months away.  Many of the hotels and restaurants close from mid-September until December — even hoteliers need vacations — so we are bunked ... Read more >

Cote d'Or

Sunday, 27 Sep 2015 | Views [407]

THE BEAUNE SATURDAY MARKET WAS IN FULL SWING.  Roasting meat and garlic perfumed the air.  Fruit, vegetables, cheeses and everything imaginable was for sale in the street stalls.  Except wine.  You had to go into the “caves”... Read more >


Thursday, 24 Sep 2015 | Views [372]

SUMMER’S LAST DAYS, SAVE FOR A FEW FLASHES, were dreary and wet.  But today,  the first day of autumn, dawned spectacularly.  Woodsmoke perfumed the morning chill while redstarts and tits — crested tits, long-tailed tits and ... Read more >

Lascaux II and Grotte de Rouffignac

Saturday, 19 Sep 2015 | Views [1559]

MONTIGNAC ISN’T FAR FROM ST. MARTIN-DE-VERS as the crow flies but it is 85 kilometers by winding country roads.  I suspect our GPS, Sir Clive, may have thrown in a twist and turn or two just to be cute.  We were in this area four years ... Read more >

Old and New New Friends

Friday, 18 Sep 2015 | Views [418]

THE FRENCH CALL IT “ DIVERSION .”  For us it was a minor detour from Connie's original plan, through some spectacular scenery to visit our oldest new friends.  We met Allan and Diana on the cruise to Barcelona back at the beginning ... Read more >

Bordeaux and the Loire Valley

Monday, 14 Sep 2015 | Views [393]

TOURS, THE CITY, MAKES A PERFECT BASE TO BEGIN exploring the Loire Valley, a busy college town with a pedestrian-friendly vibe.  The Loire itself, dammed and levied nearly to death, still supports verdant vineyards, villages ranging from charming ... Read more >

Brittany — On Our Own Again

Friday, 11 Sep 2015 | Views [443]

DEEP BREATH.  EXHALE SLOWLY.  A-A-A-H!  We're on our own again.  Ken and Dee left yesterday and are already home in Kalamazoo, happily back in their comfort zone.  We traded in the big tank for a smaller car and set off on the ... Read more >

Ken and Dee's Excellent Adventure: Paris

Wednesday, 9 Sep 2015 | Views [308]

OUR PLAN FOR PARIS WAS TO DRIVE to the Campanile Hotel near CDG Airport, leave the car and take the hotel shuttle to the airport station to catch the train to Notre Dame.  We didn’t count on the terrible commuter traffic, though, and it took ... Read more >

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