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Walking Lots Day 34


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Once again for some unknown reason I decided that sleep was not on my agenda ...finally must have dozed off at 2pm till 5 but did manage another couple of hours from about 6.
Regardless our day started slowly & we didn't leave the hotel until after ten . The plan today was to head to the Pont Valentre & go to the lookout. Well, we found the path up the mountain to the lookout & I took one short look & decided " not this black duck" crumbling old ,old steps straight up no rails & sheer drops. Consequently I stayed at the bottom & my hero strove the the peak. From the photos it did look pretty damn good but he said I would have "freaked" so better I stayed below "unfreaked"
When "hero" returned we strolled along what they call the meander. The weather was fantastic & we really enjoyed a half an hour stroll till we came across a winery....selling lots of local wines rose & rouge & a little white. Oh boy ! Temptation in our faces.
Finally made it back to the old town & lunch in a charming outdoor cafe. Lunch was simple just a hamburger (French Style) but with chips .Chips are currently a novelty to us. Fraid we are creatures of habit .Oh forgot the of course a bottle of rosé to wash it all down.
Back to the hotel for a rest & went to sleep for nearly two hours. Planning quiet night perhaps a little BBC well that's the only choice & then to sleep. Tomorrow we catch yet another train to Bretenoux Biars where Robert & Jarmilla are picking us up. We are spending a week together in a cottage in a tiny village. The area we are staying has some of the most picturesque villages in the whole of France. We shall reserve judgement & wait to see for ourselves .
Just a warning not sure whether I can keep the blog going everyday because I have a feeling we may not have wifi in the cottage. Will do my best though .

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Walking Lots Day 33


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Day started off cool but promise of a lovely day . Predicted 19 & I think they were pretty right . We walked along the beautiful Le Lot Rivière to the very famous Bridge Velentre ( look at photos ) three bridge spans one dating back to 12 c others 14th c ...simply stunning.
Walked along the river heading to the market situated in the square in front of cathedral . A real French produce market . I was so excited Bill less impressed because there were so ,so many people . It was worth it I had a crepe cooked right in front of me with sucre & citron ( lemon) Bill had nothing because he doesn't believe in eating on the street .Think that's a left over from his conservative St Peters College education. Oops that got a Jesus Christ from him) Right, I also think it was a memory of last year & the churros I made him eat on a street in Granada . Chocolate everywhere he was horrified . Oh I love it when he gets into a mess .
We bought goodies for another "bed picnic" yummy sausage , rolls with Gorgonzola ,blue cheese, oranges , citron tarts for dessert & the obligatory bottle of Malbec vin .
Went back to the hotel for a little rest then headed back out to visit The Resistance , Deportation & Liberation Museum in place de Gaulle . Confronting would be my comment & this is one of the reasons I will not visit the concentration camps in Germany . I do hope to go to the Jewish Museum in Berlin for family reasons .
The day ended well with coffee in a cafe then back to our hotel for a very quiet night . Did find BBC news but it's a kinda of repetitive cycle . I guess if anything really serious happens someone will SMS anyway .

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Walking Lots Day 33


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Big adventure day ...we had to get from Annecy to Cahors this meant 8 hours & 3 different trains . The first train was leaving at 6 am seeing I was awake from 2 am ( worrying about bloody catching trains) that was fine but when we were finally ready to leave it was pouring & we were never going to be able to order a taxi to anywhere. The walk we knew was 15 mins BUT when it's pitch black & raining even Mr SAS can get lost . ( he he ) we got well & truly lost Bill had it right but didn't follow his own instinct . We were getting really worried by 5.45 .
I am always good at asking for help ( Bill believes in sorting it out himself) Fortunately a guy came along didn't speak a word of English but we have enough French to ask for Le Gare. He drew us a map & we scurried to the train.
I had an umbrella but Bill only had a waterproof this meant he was dry on top but soaked jeans. We sat on the train for awhile & finally he decided he would have to get jeans out of bag & change . This he managed & shoes & socks . Two hours soaking wet would have been no fun.
Next section from Lyon to Toulouse was uneventful & we did have an hour between the two trains . The third leg was tighter only 15 mins & of course my panic was developing . (" Gotta get off one train with bags & find the next platform ) well nothing said Cahors . Total panic from me ( Bill is so calm believe it or not ) then I suddenly realise the train was actually going to Brive (which I remembered from my lot of study ) that was the train . Huge relief from me .
We got into the carriage & ended up talking with a delightful woman who spoke enough English to ask us heaps of questions about Australia . She got out a station before us & you would not believe it the train conductor actually came specially to tell us that our stop was the next one. I do have to admit that I made Bill stand at the door about 5 mins before the arrival. He's so tolerant of some of my hangups .
We arrived 8 hours after our traumatic start to the day at a lovely old hotel . We have a room right on the top floor ( loft) charming old worldy hotel .
We did take a reasonable look around the town & managed to hunt & gather for a " bed picnic" . The picnic lasted all of about 20 mins & by 7pm or close to we were sound asleep . Wait for it I slept 9 hours . Me sleeping is always heaven for poor Bill . I reckon I was very tired .

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Just a finish off the night we went back into the old city of Annecy .Doesn't really get dark here at the moment until after 9pm so this meant we had to wait till then at least to see the lights on the canal .Oh boy staying up later when you are as tired as we are is no easy task.
We left the apartment around 7.30 walked the nearly 15 mins to the lake stunning & great photo opportunities of course . Half an hour later we found the Resturant we wanted to have dinner in ....quaint right on the canal next to the old prison that is right in the centre of the canal. I choose local sausage speciality interesting taste great sauce if a little salty perhaps . Bill needed a steak fix rib steak they called it ???? It came to the table in strips slightly seared .It was placed in a fondue with much butter & herbs & continued cooking . Novel idea however for Bill who really likes steak rare it meant he needed to eat very fast .Expensive , but the ambiance was all there. Sighs from Mr Money bags !!
We walked around the canal & old city till sometime round ten then started the walk back to apartment mmmmm took a wrong turn got lost in dark ...not many people around took us awhile to get our bearings. Didn't feel particularly unsafe thank goodness. We finally staggered to our abode an hour later. Oh my poor feet.
Today we decided to go to Switzerland for the day as you do . We found the necessary information at tourist bureau & a bus was leaving at 10 am ...too easy...bus was local so it actually took 2 hrs to go 35 k's ....but the scenery was worth it. The French country side is quite gorgeous.
Oh there was a slight oops we forgot that the Swiss work in Swiss Franc not Euro ( thanks Pete Beck you should have SMS that detail. ) oh well off to a bank to get a few Swiss Franc.... Enough for lunch perhaps ??? We did lots of our usual walking ,walking went to the oldest original house in the city walked along the beautiful Lac Geneva saw lots of very expensive shops.
Finally decided that we needed lunch ...found a delightful Resturant right on a part of the lake . Lunch was great we both ordered roast beef with vegetables . We didn't order salad but that arrived first & we figured if we didn't eat that first we were never going to get our damned roast . Ok so we finished the salad ( was probably good for us ) the meal arrived very yum but too much salt again for our taste. We sat down saying only water no wine but ended up ordering a 50cl bottle of rosé.
The bill duly arrived & our 50 Swiss Franc was not enough....oh well Amex it . Simple meal but always knew Switzerland was expensive.
At around 4.30 we were starting to get tired & weary feet again so headed off to bus station for ride back to France. Too easy again & lots of fun.
My conclusion of our sojourn into Switzerland...very organised very clean ( although on bus ride into the city I did see a rat running along the gutter well well !!
And quite conservative . Yes right or wrong friends ???

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Walking Lots Day 31


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Had a fantastic sleep woke up a couple of times but we were both fairly tired . Couldn't wait to get going this morning & although apparently it had been raining a lot before we arrived today was stunning for a good few hours. Annecy is pronounced en sie. . Easy when you know.
We are only about ten minutes from the centre of the medieval town known as " Alpine Venetia " & the area of the romantic Lac Annecy .
Easy walk after making our own breakfast of bacon ,eggs , muffins & coffee. We did buy a few supplies last night . Frankly hate to admit we actually got a little excited going into a supermarket . Now that's not something I would generally confess to anyone !
We walked around some of the lake (it's quite large) then crossed the Pont des Amours ( Lovers Bridge) everyone go awwwwww now please.
The medieval town is quite captivating & similar with canals to Petit France we visited last year . Though of course not the German influenced buildings of The Alace Region . This is The Rhone Alps Region .
Walking around we commented on how there were so many children & also lots of mainly young people on the street corners selling Lilly of the Valley ...we also saw a rally ..lots of red flags & stirring French speeches going on. Still didn't click ....got back after few hours into the modern part of the town wanting to go to tourist bureau to make enquiries re either going to Geneva tomorrow ( 35 k's ) or Chamonix Mont Blanc 80ks ) Strange all shut up & every other shop in large complex shut. It clicked May Day .apparently big holiday in France. The Lilly is a symbol of hope & love. Quite charming though of course May Day goes against my liberal blood.
We have come back to our apartment for a rest & going to go back into the old town when it's dark . Should look pretty fantastic . Just gotta give the feet a little break .
Oh anyone coming to France should put this on their bucket list . Ann Beck especially you would love it I'm quite sure.
Au revoir mon Amis .... Long time since I did French need the grandchildren here. Indy & Siena go to French Kindy every Saturday . They would be useful . Xxx

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