Posts Tagged 'The Wave'

The Amphitheater For No One

After a second visit to Guedelon it was time to head back to Montargis.  On our way we stopped in Montbouy.  The village wasn’t much to look at, but we noticed a sign pointing to a Roman amphitheater.  How exciting! We did a little checking and found out it was just down the road, so we set off along a busy highway without sidewalks or a traffic median.  We walked at least a couple of miles and still ...

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Return to Guedelon – The Newly Constructed Ancient Castle

After a wonderful week we said goodbye to Marty and Sara.  In just a few days our friends Scott and Lovita would be joining us.  We managed to coordinate their trip from Paris to Briar with Wilco so they would be on the same train. After flying six thousand miles our guests are always a little nervous when they get on the train.  After all, they are going to a small town that they have never heard of ...

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No More Paintings! Napoleon’s Tomb & Musee des Arts Decoratifs

We always enjoy Paris, but our last little two-day excursion was unusually special. Lately I’ve been pretty burned out on art museums especially if they have a large collection of religious paintings, and they all do. After all, how many pictures of Baby Jesus and the Virgin do you really need?

Our friends Marty and Sara recommended that we go to the Musee des Arts Decoratifs.  The first exhibit was in a darkened room filled with display ...

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Sainte-Chapelle – A “Must Visit” For Everyone

If you ever have the chance to visit Paris, and you enjoy classical music here is a great tip.  Go see a concert at the church of Sainte-Chapelle. It is located on the Ile de la Cite close to the Notre Dame Cathedral. Depending on the time of year you may want to buy your tickets a few days in advance. They most likely sell out during the height of the tourist season.  We bought our tickets across ...

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The Perfect Day In Paris

We’ve had a wonderful week with Sara and Marty, though mostly Sara.  Marty talks too much.  Our friends were headed to Paris, and suggested we join them.  Lisa said we really should go.  Moreover, she was in need of some retail therapy.  What about the secretary we just bought??

She reminded me,“That was two weeks ago, and besides it didn’t count.”

“Why didn’t it count?”

“Because retail therapy only works for stuff you don’t need.” ...

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Chateau Saint-Fargeau: A 30-Year Restoration Project

After Guedelon we had to visit Mr. Guyot’s other castle, Saint-Fargeau.  Saint-Fargeau has a long and storied history starting around the year 980 when Heribert, Bishop of Auxerre built a fortified hunting lodge.  Over the next ten centuries the hunting lodge was turned into a castle and probably changed hands a dozen times along with suffering sever damage by two fires.  In 1979 Michel Guyot purchased Saint-Fargeau, and has spent the last 30 years refurbishing it.

Unfortunately ...

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Building A Modern Castle With Medieval Techniques – Chateau de Guedelon

Fontainebleau was incredible. We were on a roll with our friends Marty and Sara, but it was time to dial up the fun factor a notch.  We decided to visit Chateau de Guedelon.

Guedelon is what happens when perfectly sane people do absolutely crazy things.  In 1997 Michel Guyot with the help of Maryline Martin decided to build a medieval castle. After all, Mr. Guyot already owned Chateau de Fargeau.  What fun would it be to just ...

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I Shall Be KING! Touring Fontainebleau

That does it.  There’s no more discussion.  Hey big guy.  That’s right, you up there.When you send me back next time, I’m gonna be the king. You got that?  I don’t want to hear about starving kids in Bangladesh or anything else.  I’m coming back as the king. That’s all there is to it.

Our friends Sara and Marty joined us.  For their first full day on Rabelo we decided to give them a treat and drive ...

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To Market! To Market! Again… and Again…

Life is good on Rabelo.  As the old cliché goes, “Happy wife, happy life.”  Lisa finally has her desk, and I no longer have to listen to her complain about not having a space to work.  Little did I know that her insatiable need to shop was alive and well.

We had gone to the market, and were driving back to Rabelo when she spotted a hand printed sign on the side of the road.  The writing ...

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French Charades and Escapades

Wow! My French must be improving or I’ve become a veritable whiz at charades. Ah, but I digress.  First I must tell you about our latest excursion.

We decided to visit Orleans the city that Joan of Arc saved from the British. Can you imagine bad food and warm beer in the middle of France?  She was another one that had visions and heard voices.  Orleans overlooks the Loire River, and has a spectacular cathedral.  The streets ...

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