Guest Blog 3: The rest of the story…. Giverny, Bayeux, Honfleur and Paris, oh my!

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Thank you Bev and Gord Simpson, you did a great job with this travelogue, Gord taking pictures and Bev putting her thoughts, and their adventures on paper. It makes me want to return to France again. The picturesque port of …

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Guest Blog 2: Bev and Gord Simpson North West France by car

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Sunday Sept 27. Today’s visit to Juno Beach in Courselles sur Mer and the Canadian cemetery in Bény sur Mer were very moving. There is not much to see on the beachfront at Juno and in fact we found it …

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Guest Blog: Paris and Normandy September 2015

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My sister and brother-in-law, Bev and Gord Simpson, are in France for 2 weeks, I’m living vicariously through them. I think it must be time for another trip to France! Bev and Gord live in Toronto and are avid travelers, …

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France – that’s a wrap.

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To wrap up the France trip I’ve compiled some of the notes and tips I scattered through my France blog. I hope they’re useful. It’s mostly things I learned along the way – sometimes the hard way or just things …

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Planes, trains, and automobiles

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September 13 – 5AM yawn! I rarely sleep well the night before a travel day and last night was no exception.   The taxi is meeting me in the square at 6am and I want to shower and make sure …

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Mysterious Mistral

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My last day, September 12, 2014. When I woke up it seems like every other day. Beautiful blue sky, sun shining, the weather has been glorious everyday. However as I found out when I went outside the mysterious mistral has …

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A day in Aix

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Thursday, September 11 Driving to the TGV station through rush hour traffic to return the car I thought it would be ironic if I had a fender bender now. I made it through the gates of the station then drove …

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45 years later…..

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Everyday should start with champagne. My new motto, at least when on vacation. I took a river boat trip from Avignon to Arles today leaving at 11:30 with lunch as we cruised drown the Rhone River. The scenery was actually …

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“Ohoh, beautiful, gorgeous, wish you were here”

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That’s a line from the movie French Kiss. Meg Ryan’s reaction to walking into a small Provençal square with Kevin Kline. I had that feeling today. I headed north today to Chateauneuf du Pape country. Miles and miles of vineyards, …

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Tortured artists and Medieval Castles

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Provence is Van Gogh country. Today I’m headed South of Avignon to St Remy de Provence where Van Gogh lived and painted for awhile before he died in 1890. Brian and I saw several of his paintings at Muse d’Orsay. …

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