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Archive for the month “December, 2017”

Au Revoir France

Well, that’s about it. Eight weeks on the road have tonight, come to its conclusion. Eight weeks of a suitcase I never want to see again. My favourite boots, I never want to see again. What once was my best socks , I have worn holes in them and have been discarded to the bin ( never to be seen again )Eight weeks of washing clothes in sinks and bath tubs, I don’t need to do again. Home now to many people we miss and do want to see again. It’s been quite an adventure, we met some very interesting people, encountered and explored some incredible places.

To finish off the last few days in Paris, with its Christmas festivities on show, it’s a great way to finish our trip

Margy ann in the lane next to our hotel in St German Paris

What now has become our accepted French breakfast. Cafe creme, croissant, baguette and jam

One more selfie by the Louvre

And finally to me this is Paris. Walking home to the hotel after lunch today, to head of to CDG Airport for trip home.

I looked down this strangely almost empty street ( the buildings, the bikes, the chairs of the cafe lined up) that’s Paris!!

See you all soon

A Trip to Mont Ventoux

On previous visits to France we have always visited areas that are involved with a Tour De France , especially the mountain climbs . I think the scenery we have seen while watching the Tour back home is one of the reasons we keep coming back to France .

This trip , we wanted to climb Mont Ventoux , they say it is the holy grail for a cycle racer , but of course we do it in a car . It is still in Provence ,so we are staying in a small village nearby . Our host in our B&B told us in summer over 2,000 cyclists a day climb to the summit .

It’s a 24km climb but we had to stop 6kms from the top because the road was closed for the winter .

Maybe we will have to try another time .

Our host at the B&B is a great artist and she painted this selfie that her son took when he reached the top , apparently the sign was stolen not long after .

So down the mountain we went and we have spent the last two days enjoying the towns in this very rural part of Provence . With great tips from our hosts we have Criss crossed back and forth across the map .

Above and below is the Ochre town of Roussillon

Most of the villages around here are what they call Beaux Villages ( the most beautiful in France )

And today they became even more beautiful because we awoke to snow this morning . It was just picture perfect with a Roman bridge as well . What more could you want .

So tomorrow we leave these parts and head to Lyon and catch a train back to Paris , I must say I do love France . To finish this post I have another painting our host painted , I do know I have special friends that will enjoy this portrait .

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