Other Travels

Famous Mont Saint-Michel & Chartres Cathedral–Distant Yet Similar to Each Other

France

Taking the advice of a friend and Rick Steves’ guidebook, we overnighted on Mont Saint-Michel.  Please read OUR BLOG about the semi-unpleasant experience with parking far away, our hotel, and dinner. But we enjoyed our visit to the actual Abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel—both night and day. This famous land is a peninsula except during very […]

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Normandy Coast: Honfleur, Bayeaux, & D-Day Beaches

France

For us, the Normandy Coast’s World War II D-Day Beaches and Museums was the highlight of our France trip. Our 1st D-Day stop was at the excellent Au Memorial de Caen with amazing films and exhibits which detail global events leading to WWII through the war then giving insights into the Cold War to its […]

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Reims in the Champagne Region then Briefly Rouen

France

On Sunday, October 9, we picked up our rental car to drive northeast for a couple of hours to Reims (mysteriously pronounced “rance”) in the Champagne region, where we visited 3 main sights. First was the Reims Cathedral–with lovely stained glass windows—which is where virtually all the French kings were coronated so there is lots […]

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Nenuphar Barge on Canal de Bourgogne in Burgundy Region

France

Our whole trip to France was built around a barge cruise on the Canal de Bourgogne in Burgundy with Rick’s business school friends. On Sunday, Oct. 2nd, all six couples boarded a bus to reach Venarey-Les-Laumes, our starting point, from where we’d travel north to Tanlay along Le Canal de Bourgogne for 36.5 miles over […]

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Paris–Still the City of Lights

France

Despite the recent troubles in this city, Paris is still magical, still the “City of Lights.” Rick and I mostly walked across, up and down, Left to Right Bank and back again, with a few rides on the Metro and in taxis thrown in. We ate wonderful food every night including a food and wine […]

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France Travelogue from September 25 to October 20 2016

France

PARIS from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2 and Oct. 8 to 9, 2016 Friends who frequently stay in Paris recommended Duc de Saint Simon Hotel. It’s on a quiet street with lots of good restaurants nearby (in Saint Germain district) and close to Metro stops as well as a 20-minute walk to the Louvre, Tuileries, […]

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Oxford & London Bookend Our U.K. Visit

United Kingdom

From mid-July through early August, we spent time in the U.K., where we hadn’t really spent time in many years. The first stop was Oxford and 2 nearby villages. Our young friend’s wedding was in Stanton St. John and other long-time friends live in Chedworth. Thus we experienced both the lively ambiance of a University town […]

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Edinburgh–Crazy in Summer–to Loch Lomond via Stirling

United Kingdom

After a 5.5-hour train from Oxford to Edinburgh (pronounced edin-burrah), we arrived in this ancient “college town” with not only lots of historic sites but new traditions like the Fringe Festival. The main tourist road is the Royal Mile with the Edinburgh Castle at one end and Holyrood Palace at the other and many stops […]

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Oban to Isle of Skye in Scotland

United Kingdom

After leaving Stirling, we took Rick Steves’ advice to visit Inverary Castle, where the Downton Abbey folks visited “Duneagle”  which is quite lovely, built by an early Duke of Argyll.  Next, the self-guided tour of the Inverary Jail–old built in the 1600s & new in the 1700s–displayed well-researched history and  insights into its conditions, the Warden […]

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Loch Ness & Inverness to St. Andrews

United Kingdom

Leaving the Isle of Skye via the Skye Bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh, we had spectacular views of the Sound of Sleat – the sea passage between the Isle of Skye and mainland Scotland. On the road to Dornie along the banks of Loch Dutch we stopped at Eilean Donan Castle–very picturesque and famous for the film “Highlander” which […]

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