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Eating Horses

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After Nacho’s inspirational climb of the Alpe d’Huez we descended the switchbacks and were deposited in the quaint village of Bourg d’Oisans. We would spend the next few days making our way northwest to Paris, but before doing so we…

The Alpine Reunion

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“I know it’s somewhere!” she cried out in frustration as she flipped through a stack of twenty full size trail maps, each showing a mess of trails that slipped between valleys and up endless snow-capped peaks. They were some of…

Africa Calling

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Having arrived in Europe is both a triumph and a shock to the system. For the past two years we’ve explored the Earth’s faraway wild places with wonder and amazement. Every time we moved we were moving into the unknown,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

France- Brittany & Normandy

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France Brittany & Normandy 25 June 2013 Vive la France! Hard to say why, but we love France? Even worth getting slightly “crook” on the overnight Irish Ferry from Rosslare to Roscoff in France. Marianne starting to feel a bit…

Van Veyrignac naar Lienen

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Een video van de greenlane vind je hier. Veyrignac We maken een mooie trip door afwisselend landschap. ‘s nachts heeft het geregend, maar overdag is het mooi. ‘s avonds “hog roast”: varkensvlees dat aan een spit boven een houtvuur gebraden…