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  • Day19

    gravy train

    September 8, 2016 in France ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    So we rode on this path that is the car testing road for GM motors... Flat asphalt... so I was enjoying actually getting to use some of my higher gears...and I turn around because I thought Sherelle was playing some music loudly on her phone...instead what was happening was the bags on the backrack of Sherils bike are rubbing on her rear tyre as she had lost both screws that hold it to the frame and it had all slipped back. Such a loud noise!
    So some bush mechanic-ing took place and we pushed on

    So we have been riding through loads of gravel (aggregrate) works... Such scenery!
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  • Day104

    Strasbourg, France

    September 18, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Bonjour mes amis, vive la France! We are now in Strasbourg, the capital city of the Grand Est region, formerly Alsace, in northeastern France. It sits near the German border, with culture and architecture blending German and French influences. We spent the day wandering through the Old Town which is surrounded by the River ILL on one side and Canal du Faux-Rempart on the other. Beautiful bridges decorated with lots of colourful plants cross back and forth around the Old Town. Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame features an astronomical clock inside and for those who wish to climb its 332 steps partway up the spire (yes we did) it offers sweeping views of Strasbourg.Read more

  • Day7

    Charleville Mezieres, Champagne Region

    July 3, 2016 in France ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    We returned to this stopover by a river marina after visiting in November 2014.

    On arrival there was a fete in the adjacent park so we spent half an hour eating ice cream and watching live bands.

    Monday saw most shops closed but we wandered round town for 3 hours, crossing over the bridge to the 'Mezieres' part which was more run down and had anti immigration and anti EU stickers on lamposts. We returned to the Charleville part and bought 'plate du jour' and a small bottle of wine at a restaurant with street tables - delicious!

    Tuesday we bought a baguette and croissants from the mobile boulangerie van that visits the stopover each morning, then headed out in the canoe to explore the river.

    Wednesday we went for a dip at the swimming baths over the road, emptied tanks, filled up with water and moved on!

    Vicky: "I haven't found the change to living and travelling in the van as overwhelming or stressful as I feared it might be. Although it is early days yet, I've been the most relaxed I've been in a long time. We spent so many years and so much time in the last year preparing and ensuring that as many things as possible were in place, that the transition so far has been exciting rather than scary".
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  • Day17


    September 6, 2016 in France ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    And we made it to Strasbourg....
    Our biggest day of cycling yet... with a neat 76kms done and dusted

    Spent the evening in beautiful Strasbourg.
    The cathedral honestly took my breathe away when I first saw it. It's huge! We saw a cool light show that was projected on the side of the building... Nice eveningRead more

  • Day15


    September 12, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    It’s probably not on your list of places to visit in Europe, or even France, but it has been an absolute pleasure. We came to visit friends Cassandra and Steve and their family, and discovered why they left their home in Ottawa several years ago and have no plans to return any time soon. I would be happy hiking a mountain or getting lost in a national park somewhere so I was caught off guard by how attractive this city is. 250k pop, sight of European Parliament, European Court of Human Rights, minutes from the German border and the Black Forest. In the Petit France section of town, I loved taking random turns down tiny alleyways and hopping across the many bridges that span the river. The jewel of the city for me is the Parc de l’Orangerie were we picnicked on our last night. We hope to see Cassandra and Steve’s family again upon our return to Europe in Late April.
    - Geoff
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  • Day93

    Bek- tick & tick!!

    September 18, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Raced back to the church for the 4.00pm chiming of the astronomical clock! Then climbed the stairs to the top of the church tower! So there are 335 steps up then you need to climb back down again! Just as I was in the bell tower ready to descend the bell chimed- nearly fell down the steps!

  • Day93


    September 18, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Strasbourg is in France although just over the German border so has a slightly mixed culture & heritage. Beautiful old building on the River & canals as well as the Cathedral with the Astronomical Clock inside. All the bridges have flower growing on the sides- beautiful.

  • Day16

    A rainy start

    September 5, 2016 in France ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    So Illy and Dave opted for public transport options today...
    For the rest of us...we spent first part of the day riding in a rainy drizzle alongside the canal (which runs parallel to the river). Lots of birdlife on the canal (and apparently some large rodents (rat/wombat)- which I didn't see)
    Not being a fan of being wet and cold I didn't find the morning section that enjoyable but others in the group quite liked it
    Easy (flat) riding today
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  • Day16

    Nuef Briasch

    September 5, 2016 in France ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    So onwards to Nuef Briasch for the night...
    We took a slight detour as we missed our turn off.
    Met Ilona and David at the accommodation.
    We did 65km today.

    Nuef Briasch is a cool town. It has a wall, and was designed as fully fortified. Went for a bit it of an explore around the wall and the town itself in the arvo/eveningRead more

  • Day509

    Charleville-Mézières, France

    November 17, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    We'd been driving close to the French border for some time and were nearing our favourite French town, Charleville-Mézières. We'd first discovered it in November 2014 when we'd taken our old motorhome to Germany, in order to choose and order the van we have now. We had also visited in the first week of our European tour so it seemed apt to return in the final week of this first chapter.

    The road dipped in and out of Belgium and France. Although we don't usually like to cross between different countries, preferring to immerse ourselves in one place, doing so between Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany over the last 6 weeks has given us a greater sense of the political and physical geography. For example, the wooded river valleys of the Ardennes region straddle Belgium and France.

    Taking the long route round, through chicaned residential streets to avoid the low bridge, we passed the swimming baths and busy petanque court, pulled in at the familiar aire and levelled the van on the chocks. It almost felt homely to be back overlooking this marina with its rowing and canoe club.

    We remembered that the main square had been beautifully lit 3 years ago, so waited until after tea , wrapped up warm and headed out into the near freezing air and over the bridge to see if it was still as beautiful as we remembered. The streets were strung with christmas decorations that had not yet been turned on. It must be magical when their warm white lights glow and rebound off the sandstone walls.

    The large main square didn't let us down; tall, stately buildings made out of the same sandstone as had lined the streets on which we had approached. A colonade ran along two sides, sheltering outdoor diners. The remaining sides were illuminated, one with coloured uplighters and the other with plain lights. The same carousel that we'd seen 3 years ago was beginning to close up, but stood out with large bulbs set in the shape of hearts around the top and strategically positioned to show the ride off at its best.

    During the night, temperatures plummeted to -3° and the ground was covered with white frost when we awoke, affording Vicky an opportunity to indulge her artistic streak with the camera. We wanted to pay Charleville-Mézières back for our overnight stay, so returned to the centre with a rucksack. There are a number of small independent shops and we were able to pick up some organic bread, fruit and veg, as well as some bubbly as a christmas present.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Grand-Est, ACAL, Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine, Alsazia-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorena

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