Simply too many local trips to get all in one post, so I will continue with a few visits to cousins, Paris with friends, Rouen where Joan d’Arc was burned,Giverney and more. One of the nice thing about living in France is that it is the most visited country in Europe. Which means that many of our friends and family have visited. Bottom line seems we always have something going. For instance, this month alone we will see three different sets of friends from the states.
I have 5 cousins living in France. It is completely my mistake, but we have not seen them for decades of travel to France until we moved here. So now to rediscover family is one of the rewards of moving here.
Our trips took us on day ventures, and overnight trips, all depending on where we wanted to go. One spot that is only an hour out of Bordeaux is the Ade La Sauvre-Majenure. This is a UNESCO Heritage site. At one time the most powerful abbey in France controlling over 70 different regions from England to Spain.
Next trip was to Paris to visit with friends Dave and Dee. Jan and Dee taught school together in Carmel. Dave is one of the best golfers I know a true 1 handicap.
From here we took the TGV to Normandy, and stayed in Rouen. This is the town where the English burned Joan d’Arc. So we have visited both towns were she was made famous. Poiters and Rouen. Perfer Rouen.
Rouen is a fairly large city in Normandy. Several very large churches plus the cathedral. Our hotel room overlooked it and the grounds, It is so large it was impossible to photograph all from the two windows.
Our stop on the way back to Paris and Dijon was Giverny. We stayed at a nice B&B in town, and this turned out to be a bit of luck. With the evening prior to our scheduled visit, ( Yes Scheduled, you have to have tickets in advance if you do not want to wait in line for hours) we explored this village. I saw a small road bordering the property belonging to Monet. So in the morning tickets in hand, we went down the road, found a side entrance and presented our tickets. WE were early but they allowed us to enter. We were blessed to wander around the Japanese water gardens for nearly 45 minutes prior to the official opening. So glad we did. Once it opened the tour boats, buses etc. all emptied our and it was impossible to walk let alone take a good photo. After that we went up to the main house and upper gardens, still crowded but not as bad. Really a wonderful experience.
That night we stayed in the Hotel St. Cler, yes on the famous street. Nice views.
One night in Paris and we were on our way to Dijon. My Cousin Jean Francois and his wife Nicole live there. Really some of the nicest people one could know. Always takes us on short trips around Bourgogne (Burgundy). They have a wonderful home just outside of the city. We really enjoy visiting them.