About a month ago I decided that Jim and I needed to get away and scope out what Vermont has to offer. I went through Vermont as a teenager on the way from Boston to Montreal, and have fond memories of the drive. Plus, my friend Gary Dulabaum hails from Vermont, and he's pretty cool,… Continue reading Vermont or Bust!
An early morning trip on the metro led us to the Paris Nord train station to board the Eurostar to London. We arrived with plenty of time, but the workers, while not on strike, weren't there to open up. The lines and anxiety grew, and they finally arrived about 50 minutes before train departure. We… Continue reading Days 8 & 9: London
We left Normandy and headed back toward Paris. A couple of hours on the road and we arrived in Versailles. First we broke for lunch and then met back up at the Palace. The gate around the Palace was recently restored and glistened, even against the sun-less sky. The Palace was full of people from… Continue reading Day 7: Versailles
Day 6 was full of history and much more somber. It's really amazing how much the French respect the allies and Americans for all our vets did during WWII. The museum is quite amazing. I didn't read all that was displayed, but they do a very nice job of telling the stories of all people… Continue reading Day 6: Normandy, Omaha Beach and WWII Museum
We drove through several small villages in the Northern part of France. It's amazing how little space there is between the very narrow roads and the buildings - often too close to take photos of the architecture. Our bus driver was quite adept at navigating those narrow roads and cornering, although sometimes requiring some tricky… Continue reading Day 5: Mont Saint-Michel & St Malo
We started the day off at 8 am and hit the road for Cathedral de Chartre. The drive was wonderful. Passing through many villages almost too old and small for a tour bus to navigate, we arrived at Chartre and walked to the Castle and touristy downtown. Found a yummy shop with chocolates and baguette… Continue reading Day Three – Surrounded by Water
After Chambord we went to Amboise, had lunch and then went on a guided tour of Chateau Chenonceaux which is over the Loire River. The tour was fantastic and there was more to see than we had time for. We jumped back on the bus and road back to Amboise to see Château Royal d'Amboise,… Continue reading The Castles cont.
First, let me tell you how big of a deal the rains and flooding were. They reported 50 year flooding on the Loire River, evacuated over 1,000 residents and put 600 motorists in shelters last night! The rain stopped overnight and the river dropped 12" by morning. Ok, now onto the rest of our story...… Continue reading Day Four – The Castles
I started a post for today on the bus while we were stuck due to flooded roads. But the hotel were staying at has lousy wifi and petiter that petite rooms, see for yourself - Two twin beds pushed together with a bathroom the size of a closet, a very small walk in closet! Anyway,… Continue reading Oh Day Three – Loire Valley
Rain rain go away! Today we started with a bus tour, after barely escaping the parking lot. We had a couple of photo spots, - l'Arc de Triumph and la Tour Eiffel. We did a lot of walking and went to Notre Dame. And had "lunch" at the Fete du Pain. In the afternoon… Continue reading Day Two