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    • Day 2

      Es geht los …

      August 5, 2023 in France ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Die letzten Tage hatten wir noch viel um die Ohren. Umso größer war die Freude als wir gestern Nachmittag los gefahren sind. Lange haben wir überlegt wo es dieses mal hingehen soll. Im Familienrat haben wir beschlossen es soll unbedingt schön warm sein und wir haben Sehnsucht nach dem Meer.

      Wir fahren Richtung Frankreich und schauen wo unsere Reise Endet. Wir sind ja flexibel. Unterwegs gab es einige Regenschauer. Wir konnten einen wunderschönen großen leuchtenden Regenbogen sehen. Abends haben wir auf einem Parkplatz Pause gemacht, Nudeln gekocht und einen Salat aus eigener Ernte gezaubert.
      Eine Stunde später sind wir nochmal weiter gefahren bis spät abends. An einem kleinen See haben wir dann übernachtet.
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    • Day 9

      New Zealand 96 - 17 Italy

      September 29, 2023 in France ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Fabulous seats, fantastic assistance, a warm late summer night.
      Friendly fans, pizza hats, more expensive beer, Englishmen wearing onions and carrying baguettes. And all in wonderful spirit.
      #rwc2023 Our 2nd of 3 live games.
      Incredible stadium!
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    • Day 12

      Match Day

      July 2, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Hot and humid in Lyon at 86 degrees and real feel closer to 90. Took a bit to figure out logistics for public transit - Google Maps was of zero help. Bought a 24-hour pass so as not to deal with tickets while bleary-eyed tomorrow AM. Eventually figured it out and found it easiest to follow the masses wearing red, white & blue. Gloriously, the SNCF was running special air conditioned buses non-stop to the stadium. Took that, then grabbed an Uber to the Airbnb.

      Easy enough to get settled. Very nice family. The dad, Jakob, speaks quite good English and showed me around. The mom, Nicole, spoke little
      They have two teen sons. Clean and tidy and will suit just fine. About 10 minutes later, I'm off to the stadium! Metro is right around the corner, so I don't need Google, which is good since it insists there's no way to use public transit to the match.

      I arrive at the correct station and follow along the crowd. Notice a place advertising hotdogs and beer with other American fans. Figure it will be cheaper and likely better food than inside the stadium, so I decide to stop. Good thing because no beer is sold inside! Apparently, FIFA failed to secure an alcohol sponsor. SMH. Funny looking dog in a baguette, with frites and a large beer. I eat and drink as I continue toward the stadium. Looking everywhere for gear, but I'm not seeing any. Figure there will be some inside and head on in, along with 53,512 of my closest friends. No gear, only generic FIFA stuff that's pretty boring, and I'm dressed head-to-toe in black (those who know me well realize I have a gear problem and tend to go overboard with 'flair')...oh, well! The fans are all fantastic and I have lovely conversations with several of them.

      Find my seat and it is fantastic! Right in front of the FIFA/VIP seats, where the lady in front of me recognizes Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy, and several more ladies from the 1999 winning USWNT! French folks to be left who kept to themselves. A nice father/daughter who drove in from Geneva, who promised they were neutral. I quipped "Switzerland is always neutral" and they laughed (yet then cheered on England!) In front of me were a group of 30-something Americans from the Bay Area, one of whom is wearing a bald eagle costume and had to be roasting!

      The ladies come onto the field to AC/DCs Thunderstruck and I estimate the fan base is 2/3 US (or else 50% louder, which is entirely possible!) Match begins and USA goes up 1-0 five minutes in. UK events it up pretty quickly. Finally, the US get a goal at the 32' mark and despite a nail biter of a game, with a PK and a UK goal nullified for offsides on review, 2-1 remained the final score. They women looked good and I look forward to watching the final when we return home!

      After the match, a (mostly) ebullient crowd and I mosey out toward the tram station. Temp is still 81! Realize that my Airbnb farther out of the city is a good thing because everyone is heading into town and fewer are going my direction. I feel fine on my own, although the block and a half walk to my place was slightly nerve-wracking as I believe I was being followed down a dark, empty pathway by some teens who were part of a raucous group. Fortunately, I'm only three houses up, so I douse my light and quietly slip inside before they see where I went.

      Back at my flat right at midnight, a nice cool shower was refreshing. It's finally starting to cool off a little and there's thunder and lighting in the distance, so here's hoping for a nice cooling rain!
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    • Day 46

      Lyon - Plage du Morlet/Aquaparc BeFUN

      March 29, 2022 in France ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Nach 2 kurzen Nächten wollte ich mir und den Zwergen etwas Ruhe und Natur gönnen.
      Auf der Navikarte sah ich bei Lyon einen großen See und entdeckte den Aquaparc, welcher vorübergehend geschlossen ist.
      Mein Gedanke: dort muss es ja einen großen Parkplatz geben und geschlossen ist super für mich🤗. Wasser, viel Grün und Natur... das brauchten alle 3 nach den letzten Tagen.

      Und ja, ich fand einen großen Parkplatz, direkt am See mit kleinem Strand und schönen Wegen zum Laufen.

      Hier bleib ich erstmal❤️👏😏

      Von hier aus könnte man gut mit dem 🚲🛵 nach Lyon (11 km) zur Kathedrale fahren oder an der Rhone entlang.

      Es gibt ein schönes Restaurant, welches auch geschlossen hat. Öffentliche WCs und einen Wasseranschluss findet man ein Stück weiter der Straße entlang. Kein Wasser offen zur Zeit.
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