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  • Getting to ParisWe had our last breakfast in the hotel, packed up and left for our walk to the station. The distance was not huge - about 10 minutes normally but the cobblestones make it harder to pull the suitcases and Posted by davidandmarion in Glasgow, London and a bit of France | Jun 8, 2017
  • Airport stress and on to the UKToday was another mostly travel day. Flying from Nice to Gatwick. We got up on time and walked over to the Nice airport from our room. It wasn't as easy as crossing the road of course. Because it Posted by u2traveller in Return to France 2015 | Jun 7, 2017
  • Whew, it's hot!We got off to a bit of a slow start today. Too much chatting with our airbnb hosts, I guess. It was off to Nice and Monaco for our last day before heading to the UK. I think it Posted by u2traveller in Return to France 2015 | Jun 7, 2017
  • Lovely little towns in South of FranceToday we decided to visit some of the little hilltowns. We were lucky in that where we were staying in Villeneuve was only about a 10 min drive to my fav little spot - St-Paul de Vence - by Posted by u2traveller in Return to France 2015 | Jun 7, 2017
  • Terribly politeI slept on the other side of the bed last night, so I could just barely hear the tick-tick-tick from the lamp. At 4:30 a.m., though, it sounded as if someone was putting up scaffolding outside. Never did figure out Posted by londonpenguin in Loire to the South of France | Oct 2, 2014
  • MayonnaiseI didn't sleep all that well last night because (a) it was still noisy outside, and (b) even though I turned off the bedside lamp, it still flickered all night long. I couldn't get it to truly turn off; I Posted by londonpenguin in Loire to the South of France | Oct 1, 2014
  • Remembrance of the week pastToday was our last day on the bus. That's always sad because the driver is usually a big part of the group. We'll all be sorry to see Gilles go; he played a French version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" Posted by londonpenguin in Loire to the South of France | Sep 30, 2014
  • The jambon's connected to the cornichonBest hairdryer yet! We started out this morning with a walk around Arles with a local guide. Very grey skies, but not raining. Our hotel is between the Classical Theater and the Roman Arena, so we started outside Posted by londonpenguin in Loire to the South of France | Sep 29, 2014
  • Wine and RomansThere was a lovely breakfast, with a basket of bread and a basket of fruit for each table. Plus plain yogurt, jams, and hot chocolate (or coffee or tea). One of the items in the bread basket was something like Posted by londonpenguin in Loire to the South of France | Sep 28, 2014
  • The Green FairyI fell asleep last night to the sounds of cheering and music in the square. We were out of the hotel by 8:15 and on our way. Virginie gave a talk about the French education system using Anne-Sophie Posted by londonpenguin in Loire to the South of France | Sep 27, 2014
  • To market, to marketA vacation from our vacation! I woke up at 7:30 and wasn't as sore as I thought I would be, which probably means I'll be really sore tomorrow. I took my time getting ready and made it down to breakfast Posted by londonpenguin in Loire to the South of France | Sep 26, 2014
  • AncientHard-boiled eggs at breakfast this morning! Our first stop this morning was at the Grotte de Rouffignac (grotte is French for cave). Around 14,000 years ago, the cave was inhabited successively by cave bears and then Cro-Magnon man. Around 13,000 years Posted by londonpenguin in Loire to the South of France | Sep 25, 2014
  • Souviens-toiIt's a pity that we had to leave Hotel Diderot this morning: I had finally figured out how to work my door! Breakfast was the same as yesterday. I tried strawberry jam with cocoa beans in it, Posted by londonpenguin in Loire to the South of France | Sep 24, 2014
  • Fromage et vinBreakfast this morning was several different kinds of bread, including brioche and croissants, fruit salad, and goat cheese. Laurent, one of the hotel's owners, recommended that we pour honey on the goat cheese, top it with walnuts that we cracked Posted by londonpenguin in Loire to the South of France | Sep 23, 2014
  • The Average JeanWe were out of the hotel at 8:30 this morning, and Virginie started things off by giving us Mentchikoffs. Chartres is famous for two treats: macarons and Mentchikoffs. We had macarons yesterday (and they were gooood!). Mentchikoffs were created Posted by londonpenguin in Loire to the South of France | Sep 22, 2014
  • The Old Man and the GlassI didn't sleep too badly last night. I woke up quite a lot but was able to get back to sleep. I did have some odd dreams though. In one, I was some sort of vengeance demon, and I sneaked Posted by londonpenguin in Loire to the South of France | Sep 21, 2014
  • WetWoke up a few times during the night ("Gosh, it must be nearly morning!" Look at clock. "Oh. It's only quarter past two."), but I managed to get back to sleep pretty quickly each time. I had set my alarm Posted by londonpenguin in Loire to the South of France | Sep 20, 2014
  • LoungingTraffic was pretty awful getting to SeaTac this afternoon. There was construction around Montlake, and the freeway was just backed up like usual. I was getting a little worried, but we made it to the airport in plenty of time. Posted by londonpenguin in Loire to the South of France | Sep 19, 2014
  • Don't hate me because I love the 'BuxWell, they say rehab takes 28 days. I didn't even make it quite 21 days. When the rest of the group left for the Louvre this morning, I went up to the rue St-Dominique to the Starbucks that supposedly closes Posted by londonpenguin in Best of Europe | May 20, 2010
  • La Belle Paris(Did I already use that title last year?) We left Beaune at 8:15, and I got to sit in the front of the bus. It's kind of fun to do because you can see the road and what's coming up. The Posted by londonpenguin in Best of Europe | May 19, 2010
  • No miracles today We had hoped for a miracle this morning so that we might take the gondola up to the Schilthorn before leaving Stechelberg, but the clouds were swirling through the valley. We stopped on the way out of town so Posted by londonpenguin in Best of Europe | May 18, 2010
  • Au revoirA mocha Frappuccino. Such bliss! Said goodbye to Rolinka and Yvonne this morning. Big hugs all around, and I very nearly cried. I managed to keep it together, though, and then went out to wait for my Parishuttle. It was five Posted by londonpenguin in Paris and the Heart of France | Oct 14, 2009
  • SouvenirThe hotel we've been in the last two nights does not have top sheets on the beds. There's a bedspread and then a fluffy duvet. The duvet is nice and cozy, but I wonder if that's what has given me Posted by londonpenguin in Paris and the Heart of France | Oct 13, 2009
  • I might electrocute myselfWell, my little prefab shower room didn't work so well. The room must have been tilted just enough because the water from the showerhead would land on the rim of the tub and then cascade over the side, even though Posted by londonpenguin in Paris and the Heart of France | Oct 11, 2009
  • The marvelOut of the hotel at 8:30 this morning (said goodbye to Boobie; he was indifferent) for the drive to Brittany. We all knew that today would be a long bus day (5 hours), but it was really difficult to stay Posted by londonpenguin in Paris and the Heart of France | Oct 10, 2009
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