Archive for November, 2014

The Black Water Catastrophe & Guedelon

After an incredible tour of Provence it was time to show Louise and Neil what barging was like. Julian met us at the Dijon train station, and with some effort we jammed five people and all of our luggage into our little car for the forty-five minute drive to Vandenesse.

The first thing we did was take Neil and Louise for a little hike up to Chateau Neuf for some crepes.  After our yummy lunch we walked around the little village ...

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The Whirlwind Tour Continues

Our tour of Provence continued with a visit to the hill top village of Grasse.  The Cathedrale Notre-Dane-du-Puy has a number of paintings by Rubens and some impressive pieces of silver.  It is one of the most ornate Cathedrals we have ever visited.

From Grasse Neil and Louise took us to the island of Porquerolles just a fifteen-minute boat ride from the mainland.  We went for a short hike and found a fort and old windmill or ...

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Aix-en-Provence, La Verne, and Cannes

Our dear friends Neil and Louise arranged for a home exchange in Provence, and invited us to join them.  For only 12 Euros each we boarded the TGV in Dijon, and in two hours we were in Aix-en-Provence.  Neil and Louise met us at the train station and we were off on a whirlwind tour.  We started with a quick walk around Aix-en-Provence where we discovered an antique car show in the middle of the square.  Then we ...

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Experiencing France in the Fall

While in Vandenesse, we found plenty of things to do.  The hike to the village of Chateauneuf took us just thirty minutes, and yet the uphill portion provided some aerobic exercise.  Of course, we found a great crepe restaurant at the top of the hill to reward ourselves for the short hike to the castle.  So it goes for every calorie out, there are always two more that go back in. For dessert we picked wild blackberries along ...

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