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Jun 26, 2018 - Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg was our destination this morning for a 3 mile “do as the locals do” walk through the old part of the city ending up at the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral (note – almost every large town/city as a Notre Dame Cathedral – I always thought the one in Paris was the only one). The buildings in the old part were from the 13th through 15th centuries. The amount of timber on the front of the house indicated how wealthy the family was. We stopped for two “tastings” - the first was at a gingerbread shop where the lady makes 27 different...

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Jun 25, 2018 - Kayserberg & Riquewihr, France

Today we visited two small villages in the Alsace region. This region with the Rhine River running right through it has been both German and French over the past several hundreds of years. It has changed nationalities 5 times in the past one hundred years although the two countries finally agreed on a settlement about 20 years ago. The result is sometimes confusing names for the towns. For example, the two villages we went to (Kayserberg and Riquewihr sound very German but are now in France!! Both towns were established in medieval times...

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Mar 25, 2018 - Winter Break with my Parents

After my visit to Cambridge (see the previous post), I returned to France, where I was able to spend the rest of the week with my parents. (and to try to impress them with my French-speaking abilities!) Despite worries about strikes, we got through our travels just fine in the end and it was a delight to be able to see them on the other side of the Atlantic. I spent a day with each of them separately in Aix (they came and left on different days due to work schedules), and in between, while we were all together, we visited Marseille and...

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Oct 23, 2017 - Black Forest #2 & Eguisheim, France

There is nothing like having a full time, English speaking German guide! Rather than touring in our English speaking bubble, wondering about things, we had someone to fill in all the blanks! We drove back down to the Black Forest to meet Andrea, our friend from home, who was home in Voehrenbach to visit her family. Given she grew up and went to school in the area, she knows it very well: places to eat, places to hike, interesting friends, and day to day life in that area now and in the past. We had the privilege of staying in her mother’s...

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Jul 17, 2017 - Farewell Main Land Europe

Hi Everyone The beauty of the Swiss Alps beckoned so we spent a few days just driving around Switzerland, enjoying the breath taking scenery. Into the mountains we ventured, up the Grimselpass we drove, along a narrow road that snaked its way up the mountainside, twisting and turning, with over 12 hairpin bends. Paul kept his nerve as he steered our van around these tight bends with not a barrier in sight and a sheer drop to valley floor far below. We passed cyclists on the way up the mountainside. These mad people were peddling for all...

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Dec 12, 2016 - Strasbourg

Arrived early in Kehl. After breakfast off to Strasbourg. Wonderful walk through the Old Town - entire central island is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. La Petite France is beautiful. Large Xmas markets. Lunch tried the Flambe Tart - I can feel a French lunch outdoors at my place when I get home. Beautiful place. Security very high - bag checkpoints and lots of police on all streets. Felt a bit uneasy. But lovely day - beautiful place.

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Sep 28, 2016 - Sept 23 - Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg France Early departure for a city tour of Strasbourg, France. We had a lovely tour on a "small" boat around the canals of Strasbourg - it was a great way to get a sense of the city. It really is a lovely city. Then some free time in the old city centre in the area of the Cathedral. Strasbourg is home of the EU's Parliament so has many new buildings - some rather interesting architecture to contrast the Gothic architecture of the old town. We had lunch at a restaurant on the river in town - not the greatest idea Avalon ever had -...

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Sep 27, 2016 - Colmar

Following a great couple of days in Chamonix, we made our way over winding mountain roads through Italy and a bit of Switzerland to Colmar. Alsace Lorraine went back and forth between Germany and France, and we saw influences of both cultures. I tried a dish called roesti a la fermiere, which the menu translated as the roasted farmer in the stove. It was very tasty: potatoes, chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes, cheese and cream. Lots of sauerkraut and pork dishes showed up on the menu. Colmar was at its zenith during the 1500s as a part of a...

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Jun 13, 2016 - Day 10 Cycle Tour Dambach-la-Ville to Strasbourg

Overview Nice Belgian cyclist and his wife fixed my broken pannier he had a little bolt which is too long but works. Easy cycling thru vineyards and very old villages Train into Strasbourg for last bit of ride and get to bike shop for various things including trying to get my pannier fixed with proper replacement bolt. Had no luck. Bike shop busy and guy too stressed even to find right bolt for my pannier. Leanne gave up on her problem and so did I. Route Dambach-la-ville, Andlau, Barr, Gertwiller, Obernai, Bischoffsheim, Rosheim,...

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Jun 12, 2016 - Day 9 Cycle tour. Colmar to Dambach-la-Ville

Overview Leanne and Dawn did a short exploration of Colmar whilst I tried unsuccessfully to book accommodation for tonight at the tourist office. So a much later start than usual. Loaded our panniers on the bike and I discovered I'd lost a screw holding the pannier attachments to the bag. Pretty serious! Leanne had a spare ockie strap so I strapped pannier onto the rack. A good temp measure until we find a bike shop (it's Sunday here!) Pleasant cycling through vineyards for most of the day with occasional detours into beautiful little...

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Jun 12, 2016 - Sunday-off to pique-nique in Chateaeu du Haut-Koenlgsboourg

More rain predicted but the sun came out so why not a picnic? Up a steep winding road on top of a hill of course we found a well restored castle. We saw what it looked like and what has been done over 100 years ago to get it to its current state. Yes it is not 'original' but remember it is impressive anything is still here after all the pillaging and looting by both locals and invaders. Our guide book gave it one star and one hour. We at least doubled if not tripled that. It had a great feel about it. We saw lots of furniture in the rooms...

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Jun 11, 2016 - Day 8 Cycle Tour Mulhouse to Colmar

Overview A long day of riding. Stopped for morning tea at a bar in Ensisheim which is a cute town and famous for a meteorite that fell there in the 1400s. The bar was like an Australian TAB with plenty of people there early on a Sat morning. As the weather was stormy all around we raced along the little farm roads when the wind was behind. And pushed into it when it was in front. Did a circuit through vineyards with short steep climbs in the terraces vineyards. As the rain finally caught us we headed for a train station. Just missed the...

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