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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • First full dayWell, I was right. I woke up at 12:45, 3:15 and 5:00. I managed to get back to sleep each time, except at 5:00. I stayed in bed till about 5:30, but there's a bit too much traffic noise to Posted by londonpenguin in Paris and the Heart of France | Oct 5, 2009
  • I need new feetI don't believe I've mentioned the weather yet. Well, maybe I did, but it bears repeating. It's warm. It's really warm. All I packed were long-sleeved shirts and a pullover. I'm dying! And it's not just that it's warm (close Posted by londonpenguin in Paris and the Heart of France | Oct 6, 2009
  • On the roadWe were all out the door with our luggage by 8:15 this morning to meet our Flemish driver, Jean (who somewhere along the route got a call from his daughter telling him he's going to be an Opa next year), Posted by londonpenguin in Paris and the Heart of France | Oct 7, 2009
  • Francois I was a show-offWe checked out of the Best Western at 8:15 and met our new driver, René, who despite the name is Dutch. He was wearing a watch with the biggest face I've ever seen and when someone mentioned that they were Posted by londonpenguin in Paris and the Heart of France | Oct 8, 2009
  • I am an art forgerOn the bus this morning, Rolinka had us all do buddy introductions. My tour buddy is Larry from Thousand Oaks; we interviewed each other at dinner last night. He began and said a few things about me, including that I'm Posted by londonpenguin in Paris and the Heart of France | Oct 9, 2009
  • Another invasionGot to sleep in a bit this morning as we weren't leaving the hotel till 9:00. The doors on the shower stall worked, but the stall itself is one of those where if you turn around, you knock against the Posted by londonpenguin in Paris and the Heart of France | Oct 12, 2009
  • Le voyage commenceMy flight from SeaTac left 25 minutes late, but we got in to Heathrow just five minutes late. It took a little while to get through Security (but at least I didn't have to take off my shoes again!), and Posted by londonpenguin in Paris and the Heart of France | Oct 4, 2009
  • Les Baux and GlanumToday was our last day in the Provence area before heading to the Riviera. After missing Les Baux the evening before, we decided to go back here this morning. We ended up spending 3 hours at Les Baux. Posted by u2traveller in Return to France 2015 | Jun 7, 2017
  • L'Occitane factory tour and RousillonToday was pretty much the only day where we 'had' to do something. A few months before our trip, I scheduled a tour at the L'Occitane factory. I actually first discovered their products on our first trip to Posted by u2traveller in Return to France 2015 | Jun 7, 2017
  • Arles and NimesSo today dawned a little nicer. We had some shock as we were watching the news at Carman's and seeing the flooding and destruction that had happened in the Cannes area. It was sad...I live in a town Posted by u2traveller in Return to France 2015 | Jun 7, 2017
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