Category Archive: France

Jul 19 2012

Ah, Le Tour!

What an amazing event the Tour de France is… always filled with drama and excitement and surprises. Of course I’d love to be there again to cover it, perhaps next year. I am very fortunate that I have lots of flexibility during the week so I’ve been able to watch some of the key stages …

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Dec 07 2011

Oddly Enough

This just in: Paris cleans lipstick off Oscar Wilde grave Andrea came across this piece and it reminded me of the time we rode there on Velibs (the Paris city bikes) in 2010. Another great excuse to highlight a few photos I took there including the lipstick-covered Wilde monument. That was our “volcano” trip and …

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Aug 22 2011

The Big Tour, continued (and concluded)

[Warning: long entry!] Here’s the final trip report from France and le Tour… not sure why it’s taken me so long to wrap it up, blame it on “retirement”. I left off in the Pyrenees, with the Belgians heading north while Andrea and I stayed put; trip 3 was really nice with no places we …

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Jul 30 2011

Paris wrap-up and back in T.O.

It feels good to be back, home. My bird (Punch) was happy to see us back, the gardens are doing well (thanks Joan!) and the flight was uneventful. I’m under the weather, having picked up some bug in our last days in Paris. Fortunately my sinuses didn’t close up until after the flight, otherwise it …

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Jul 27 2011

Paris… trip 5 of 5

I’ll follow up my teaser of bus photos with a short report from Paris… this is the last night here, we’ll be on a flight back to Toronto in the morning. I’ll circle back to fill in the 3 trips between (Pyrenees, Provence and the Alpes) once I’m back home. Riding in Paris Paris; I …

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Jul 26 2011

Buses of le Tour

One of the many stories of this trip is based on the many campers and buses that form a part of the experience. I’ve gone through my photos and picked out a small gallery of bus photos… most are VWs, the ones that aren’t are still part of the story and experience. Here are a …

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Jul 25 2011

Three Trips later…

How time flies… I had meant to write and post here the way I’ve always written in journals when I travel (daily) and find myself at this end of le Tour with lots of untold stories and only a few more days left in Paris. I’m sitting, listening to the traffic on Rue St. Michel …

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Jul 09 2011

Almost time to fly…

I’m really glad this trip came together, it was a let-down when the April trip to Belgium fell through. Things seem to happen for reasons though, and this is certainly a great trip to offset that disappointment. Wim and I have been talking through the nitty-gritty over the past few days and I like how …

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