Monthly Archives: June 2017

The Barcelonettes

Jausiers, French Alps, Friday June 30 , 2017 French people do not have a reputation for emigrating abroad. Apart from  the Bretons who massively settled in the US, very few French made the big leap across the Atlantic. Therefore the … Continue reading

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The Eagle’s flight

Gap, Isère, Thursday June 29, 2017 The road that goes from Grenoble to Nice ( see chart below) is called the route Napoleon. Why? In 1814 Napoleon , having been flat beaten by the coalition led by the Brits, was … Continue reading

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When it all started…

St Quentin sur Isere, Wednesday june 27 2017 Grenoble is the big city opening to the French Alps and mostly associated with winter sports. But it is also the capital of the province where it all started in 1788, less … Continue reading

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Burgundy 

Tournus, tuesday june 25, 2017 There are two things in Burgundy: wine and churches. Both were established 2000 years ago and have been thriving since then. Both attract today tourists from all other the world and play a significant role … Continue reading

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Historical treasures 

Vezelay, Burgundy, sunday June 25, 2017 On the curvy little backroads of France, treasures are everywhere. Human activities  have left traces in villages, in fields, in barns, to be seen by those who know how to admire them. Look at … Continue reading

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Paris-Nice 

Sens, Yonne, sat June 23rd 2017 In 1903 , the first Tour de France started from  a  café called ” Le réveil matin” In Montgeron , 25 Kms south of Paris.  These tough guys on their heavy bikes headed to … Continue reading

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D Day in Chausey

Sat May 3 ,2017 A tiny island in the middle of the sea is probably a good place to escape the fury of the world. In occupied France 1940-44, Chausey remained unstained by German boots. On the contrary, nearby Jersey, … Continue reading

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