Le Thillay

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    • Day 11

      Still in Paris lockdown

      May 23, 2022 in France ⋅ 🌧 63 °F

      Got a call this morning saying they will be here tomorrow morning between 8:00am and 9:00am to do a throat swab. Supposedly within an hour or so we should have the verdict. Dum de de dum…Our immediate future hangs on the tip of a Q-tip. I am still battling my sinus infection but pressure and pain has lessened but still going through a box of tissues and taking some interesting cough syrup they bought for me. We should have been visiting Versailles today. Boo hoo. But as it turns out being sick has changed my perspective on my trip. Except for 2007 when I had a collapsed vertebra, I have always been very healthy during all my travels. So I shan’t weep and realize how blessed I’ve been and continue to be and look forward to going home and getting well.
      I decided to explore my view and discovered a nice little shrub rose bush outside my window. I’ve been watching the BBC’s coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show so even though this little bush wouldn’t make it into that august event, it is appreciated by me. So until tomorrow, prisoner 174 (room number) signing off.
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      Gargle gargle gargle then rise your nose with warm water every so often. Cute flower. Probably has never been so appreciated ❤️


      Jeannette, I just found out you have covid. So very sorry to hear this. Praying you and Joseph both test negative today and can go home. There's no place like home!


      Both now negative. Coming home tomorrow evening.


      so happy to hear!

    • Day 10

      Boring room

      May 22, 2022 in France ⋅ ☁️ 70 °F

      So here we are in our second day of isolation in the most boring room in Paris. There is literally a village of modern hotels built near the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Two things make it bearable, the BBC which is the only English language game in town and the fact that I’m so miserable with this sinus infection that rest is all I want to do. I spoke with a Viking representative this afternoon and to boil down all that she said is that we are in the Bastille until they say otherwise. So we wait until Tuesday to be tested again to learn our fate. Joseph is hanging in there reading mostly and trying not to say that his wife is an idiot for getting Covid. If he tests negative on Tuesday and I don’t he will head home. I truly hope he doesn’t get this worthless omicron. I received many concerning messages and thank you all. Please keep us in your prayers and I’ll keep you posted.Read more


      Oh I am so sorry!! I feel so awful for you. I am sending my love and prayers.


      Of the 2 sets of neighbors that did not complete their trip, the unaffected one went home right away. based on these sad experiences, that is what we plan to do if we get bit by the bug..


      Nancy and I have been walking back and forth between the door and the window. Not at the same time. Yesterday I had 5,500 steps and Nancy exceeded 8,000 (according to Fitbit).

    • Day 9

      The hard luck little town of Viviers

      May 21, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

      The little ancient town of Viviers is known in France as the town most flooded. It is also, as it turns out, the last place Joseph and I will visit on our trip. But more about that later. Viviers has the bad luck to be on a low point of the river Rhône. This wild river that is now partially tamed by a series of dams and locks, occasionally is the victim of “controlled” water release. In order to save other communities up and below stream, water is released during wet years sometimes twice a year. The town is given about a two hour warning so that people can run and move their cars up hill. The water can come shoulder high and little boats come out for the people to be able to get around. Each time this happens it takes a couple of months to clean up. So come this winter if you hear about severe flooding in parts of France, chances are Viviers is mentioned. Also, for whatever reason, the Nazis took a particular delight in causing atrocities here during the war, especially to those who hid Jews from being rounded up. You will see some little arches between buildings. That is not for decoration but to keep the building from collapsing in on one another especially when foundations are compromised by flooding. Each year the townspeople are assessed a tax and every few years that money is used to restore one of the buildings. Many people wonder why the townspeople just don’t abandon this place of hardships but if you visit there you will meet a stubborn people who are very attached to their family history and are willing to fight for the place they live in and love. They are attached to their castle cathedral and all who live there.
      After visiting Viviers we came back to the boat and got a call to our stateroom that Jeannette had tested positive for Covid. So as of that moment we were considered “unclean” as people were called in ancient times. We were not the only ones in this most unhappy of predicaments. Come the following morning after everyone else had left the boat for excursions in Toulon, the unlucky 14 walked the plank for the last time to a group of private taxis and were whisked away on a six hour journey to the Charles de Gaulle airport to be sequestered in the Marriott hotel. We will remain there until we test negative and then unceremoniously and gently we will be kicked out of France. No ands, ifs or buts. So our trip ends with a whimper instead of a victorious drum beat. Stay tuned, I plan to report some on our lament. And thanks for following along with our first and only leg of our adventure.
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      The photos are spectacular and actually my favorite ones of your trip. Really neat town and structures. you are taking this unwelcomed ending of a long anticipated journey gallantly.

    • Day 35

      Heading to Australia

      October 30, 2022 in France ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Finally on the plane. What a complex airport

      Now in Saigon and have messed up a bit of plans of an overnight stay. So the airport lounge it is for 12 hours. Good news nearly half way in. There is one massage chair and I'm waiting to pounce on it so Ollie can sleep.

      A big airport but very tired and many shops closed since last time we were here.
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    • Day 2

      To Paris

      May 19, 2022 in France ⋅ ☁️ 72 °F

      Landed about 11am local time and simply breezed through Passport Control and no Customs at all.
      At no point was French QR code mentioned or asked for.
      I did stop at T2 Pharmacy and got me the much-talked-about EU digital (although the ladies behind the counter assured me that there is no need in France)
      I figured better play it safe and at least for now I am good though all EU
      So all that done, On RER B going to City 😁
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    • Day 17

      Lasting Impressions

      November 5, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      We are on our way home...first leg to Paris is completed and tomorrow we fly back to Canada. I have been thinking about what the lasting impressions will be from this trip. What sights, sounds, tastes will be reminders of France and Greece?
      The Dordogne area of France will always be about Medieval castles on rock outcroppings, surrounded by the houses and shops of a Medieval village. Secondary roads so narrow that sometimes the buildings almost touched the road. Prehistoric drawings in caves. The Malbec wine of the Cahors region. Duck confit and Foie gras and the wonderful pork terrine on a baguette. Kind people who struggled with English because our French was so bad.
      Paros will remain in our memories for its sparkling white buildings and narrow alleys covered in paving stones, with bright pink bougainvillea bushes. The barren landscape seems less so when you remember the olive groves and fruit trees. Ancient history is everywhere in the castle ruins, the ports, and the archeological digs. Moussaka, Greek salad with a slab of feta on top, black olives, cheap wine, baclava, are the tastes and smells that will stay. The gorgeous turquoise blue of the water against the volcanic rock or the golden beach is a picture in our minds.
      Athens, a city of rich history, from the time of the Greek gods, provides photo opportunities at every turn. The city is dominated by the Acropolis, viewed as you come around corners, all over the old city. The immense size of the buildings built so long ago, has to be seen to realize what an achievement each one was for that ancient civilization. The graffiti of today also leaves a lasting impression.
      These are some of the snapshots preserved by our brains as well as our cameras as we head home.
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      Your trip sounded wonderful. Welcome home.

    • Day 2

      Premiere Classe Roissy

      April 27, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Now that I'm learning to speak Spanish, when I speak French I realize that I actually have a fairly good grasp of French. Tom and I spent some time speaking mostly just French to each other as I splinted my feet in the hotel. Later, while I read, he ubered 5 minutes to the little town of Roissy to pick up groceries for dinner and to see the cathedral there.Read more

    • Day 2

      The Church of Saint-Germain-en-Laye

      October 3, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

      The present parish church of Saint-Germain-en-Laye was built in 1827. It is the fourth sanctuary to have been built on the site since 1028. In the beginning of the 18th century it was known as ‘Saint-Germain-de-Paris’. The church is now dedicated to St. Germain and St. Vincent who founded the town at the beginning of the 11th century.…
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    • Day 1

      Depart France

      September 22, 2022 in France ⋅ 🌬 20 °C

      Traditionnel passage chez Alain et Jeannine avec la sœurette avant le grand départ pour le Mexique.
      Les derniers échanges sont sympas et m'ont mis de bonne humeur pour attaquer les 3h d'attentes à l'aéroport.

      Direction CDG puis l'envol pour mexico city.

      Tachao tachao
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