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FRANCE: RIDING THE ALPINE LINE

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We’re taking a short break from our trans-America trip (aah…what a lovely mountain of post!), so I’ve grabbed the opportunity to jump on the bike and head for the hills. The Alpine Line was the section of the Maginot Line intended to defend France’s south-eastern border with Italy. The line traverses the mountainous region of the Alpes Maritime and, apart…

Nice Caravanes, France 12/13

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It had been an interesting morning. We had spent several hours wandering through the Pont de Gau Bird Park near the town of Stes Maries-de-la-Mer, photographing thousands of pink flamingos who flock there every day to gobble up the rice that the Park provides for them. Returning to the truck, we decided to have a bowl of hot soup for…

The Camargue #2, Rhône Delta, France 12/13

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A must-stop on the way to Arles is the Pont de Grau Bird Park founded in 1949 by the passionate Camarguais ornithologist André Lamoroux. In 1974, his son, René Lamoroux, took charge. He envisioned a large sanctuary for local and migrating birds. Today, the park has grown to 60 hectares where thousands of birds can feel safe and their migratory stop-over, feeding…

The Camargue #1, Rhône Delta, France 12/13

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The Camargue – It has a mystical ring for any European. Beautiful wild white horses and Gypsies gathering in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer once a year. The Camargue, the Rhône River Delta, is the largest delta in Western Europe, but it is much more than that: Fighting Camargue bulls, straw thatched white farm houses, dykes, brine lagoons, lakes and reed covered mashes, rice…

Carcassonne, Languedoc Roussillon Region, France, 12/13

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Driving through the Southwestern part of France, many people had insisted we visit Carcassonne, the largest fortified city in Europe. What struck us first were the impenetrable walls high up on the hill, yet people were driving their cars into the fully walled cité where they clattered by us over the cobblestones. Cars in a fortress? It felt strange.…

Vinça, Languedoc Roussillon Region, France, 12/13

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Being members of the Silk Road Motor Caravan Club, fellow travelers British/Scottish Chris and Jack Kane, invited us to stop by at their home in Vinça, France. Having just returned from a six-year journey through Central and North America, they were keenly aware of our needs to get off the road for a few days. It seems that things like emails,…

Pre-Christmas in the South of France 2013

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Note: We are in the South of France near the Italian border. We’ll bring you up to speed with a new segment of blogs soon -  after Christmas.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Today, when Swiss light the fourth candle on their Advent wreaths and Nevada City has the last of its famous Victorian Christmas markets, we too brought a little…

D – Alltag im Black Forest

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unterwegs im schönen Schwarzwald

Kati: Zugegeben, der letzte Blog scheint schon eine kleine Ewigkeit her zu sein. Mit unserem guten Vorsatz den Blog am Laufen zu halten sind wir in den letzten Monaten etwas nachlässig
umgegangen. Aber Dank dem freundlich bestimmten Hinweis meiner Sandkastenfreundin Christiane muss sich mal wieder etwas tun hier. Also berichten wir mal wieder, wie es…

09/14/2013 – 72 days/9339 miles

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Unfortunately my plans to spend the day riding through the Alps didn’t quite work out…Light rain in the morning got heavier as the day went on. Between this, ~45degF temps, and not-so-magnificent views of fog, I cut the loop short and headed to Munich.
Munich is another place I’m seeing for the second time, and I enjoyed it as much…

09/11/2013 – 69 days/9188 miles

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Although three nights in Berlin allowed me to see a lot of new things, I could’ve easily stayed a lot longer. I don’t get as excited about seeing new cities as most people do, but there’s something different about Berlin…I’m sure I’ll be back again (maybe multiple times) one day.

 
My next destination was Altendorf, near Bamberg, which wouldn’t…

First Impressions: Touratech Suspension

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In late July, our friends and sponsors at Touratech USA set up an opportunity for us to meet the crew at Touratech HQ in Niedereschach, Germany while getting a huge upgrade to our stock suspension on both our bikes. My bike, a BMW R1200GS was set for an Explore Front and an Expedition Rear while Nita’s F650GS Twin with it’s lowered…

Obensdorf snow caves

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We spent a few days here at Obensdorf in Germany around the snow caves. classic place, stunningly beautiful. Really under estimates!
Lovely village feels, lots to do, and retail wine for Euro 1.34 / bottle. what a christmas we had!…

09/08/2013 – 66 days/8606 miles

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Berlin has been a great destination. Since getting to Europe, this has been the first city that I’m revisiting. I notice a slight feeling of nostalgia and comfort coming to a place that is a little bit recognizable. And seeing some places that I had seen on my prior trip here was nice, whether it was the Tiergarten, which should…

09/04/2013 – 62 days/8070 miles

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The last few days have been great, but I’ve slowed down a little bit. Staying up late, drinking beer with new friends, then getting up early to see new places has started to catch up with me.
On my way out of Brugge, I stopped in Antwerp to have lunch with a friend I met last winter in Thailand. The…

St. Vincent de Paul, Gascogne, France 8/13

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Gascony in southwestern France no longer offers any tourist facilities like we had experienced all the way from Switzerland. This is farm country where they grow mostly sunflowers, wheat and corn. Signs advertised Foie de Gras (goose liver pâté) and Armagnac, a type of brandy distilled from wine made from a blend of grapes.
Stopping for the night in a…

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Le Lot, France 8/13

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Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is a commune in the Lot department, (state), in southwestern France. It is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (“The most beautiful villages of France”) association. Its position, originally selected for defense, perched on a steep cliff 100 meters above the river, has helped make the town one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area.…

09/01/2013 – 59 days/7738 miles

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I had another great experience with a previously unknown person hosting me at their house.
Pascal contacted me through this site and said that if I was passing through Nancy, France, I’d be welcome to stay at his house. I was originally planning to pass through Verdun, and Nancy isn’t far south of there, so that seemed like a perfect…

Espédaillac, Le Lot, France #2 8/13

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The area around Espédaillac is known to have several Dolmen and Cazelles.
The Dolmen, also known as portal tomb or portal grave, is a type of single-chamber megalithic tomb or burial chamber, usually consisting of three or more upright stones supporting a large flat horizontal capstone (table). The oldest known Dolmen are in Western Europe and date to around 7000 years…

08/28/2013 – 55 days/6866 miles

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On the morning of the 26th, I took the Chunnel from England to France. For those wondering, you don’t drive through it. This may sound silly to those who know, but honestly, I didn’t know how the thing worked until fairly recently. Its a bit like a ferry…you drive your vehicle onto a train, and the train hauls you and…

Espédaillac, Le Lot, France #1 8/13

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Looking at the Michelin map, Espédaillac is not even a dust spec. Our Garmin GPS knew where it was but the first road sign we spotted indicated: Espédaillac, 6km.
At one point in history, the village must have been a central stopping place for military and other travelers. One of the main buildings, situated next to the church, is La…

Figeac, Le Lot, France #2 8/13

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Vivienne insisted we check out the monument to the Rosetta Stone, a tribute to Figeac’s most famous citizen, Jean-Francois Champollion, born in December 1790. If you didn’t know before, he was an outstanding Orientalist whose brilliance enabled Egyptology to make great strides. By the time he was 14 he spoke Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Chaldean and Syrian. After his studies…

Figeac, Le Lot, France #1 8/13

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The medieval town of Figeac is located on the Célé in the Lot District of France. Its prestigious past as a commercial center is evidenced by its tall sandstone town houses. It is now famous for its Saturday markets. We were excited when our friend Vivienne invited us to tag along. The market sprawls over a couple of squares and…

Pech Merle Prehistoric Cave Paintings, France 8/13

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Monika had always wanted to visit the famous prehistoric Lascaux caves but they have been closed to visitors for years and during the Summer holidays, the reconstructed caves are very popular so she jumped on the idea to visit the actual prehistoric caves of Pech Merle near Cabrerets in the Lot Department of the Midi-Pyrénée.
In 1922, the prehistoric galleries…

Château Jumilhac-Le-Grand, France 8/13

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On our way to Sorges the day before, we had passed a very majestic castle called Château Jumilhac-le-Grand above the Isle river gorge. Gary wanted to return to visit what he thought was the most impressive Medieval castle he had ever seen. It was worth our trip.
The castle was first a 12th century feudal fortress that has been rebuilt…

Sorges en Périgord, France 8/13

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The Temple of the Black Truffle
Our Garmin GPS sent us in a southwesterly direction on beautiful, sometimes narrow secondary roads towards our next destination we had spotted in the Lonely Planet Guide: Sorges en Périgord, the Capital of the Black Truffles.
The Truffle, a subterranean fungi, thrives on the roots of oak trees. This little mushroom is notoriously capricious…

Shipping Montevideo to Antwerp: Part 1 – Montevideo

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A few weeks before we wanted to head home we had contacted a shipping agent in Montevideo. We knew that we wanted to send the Beast back to Europe via Grimaldi Shipping Lines and their agent in Montevideo is MHSA Ltda. We tried to contact Grimaldi directly but didn’t have any luck with this. It took a little while to…

Aubusson, France 8/13

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Getting a late start from St. Pardoux & Souvigny, we had intended on driving until evening. About 4PM, we came upon the town of Aubusson on the confluence of the rivers Creuse and Beauze. The town is apparently world famous for its tapestry and carpets since the 14th century, the kind one might see in a castle or “Château” as…

St. Pardoux & Souvigny, France 8/13

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Bart Schiks had been following our adventures for years and had been inviting us for over a year  to stop at his home in St. Pardoux on our way through France in route to Spain and Portugal. He and his partner, Nathalie, were delightful people. An Overland traveler and an avid four-wheel drive enthusiast, he had moved to the little…

Seitz Factory, Krautheim, Germany 6-13

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On the road and looking for a good place for the night, the modern gas stations and truck stops in Germany are often ideal. They have clean restrooms but it will cost you a Euro to use them. If it’s a big truck stop, parking areas are large and easily accommodate small motorhomes like ours. We found a comfortable…

Seiffen, Germany 6-13

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As we headed southwest, we saw a slight detour that would bring us to the town of Seiffen. The earliest record of the town is from 1324. It sits in the heart of the Erzgebirge, or the Ore Mountains, once rich with silver and tin deposits. Miners opened up the district 700 years ago, but as the silver and…