"OOH LAH LAH!!!!!!" France by balhannah
France Travel Guide: 59,161 reviews and 161,379 photos
2013 ANOTHER TOUR OF EUROPE
Once again, you can travel with me through many countries, starting with
Senlis in France. From there, just click onto the links at the bottom of each page to take you to the new towns and cities we visited.
New towns added in 2013 Senlis, Pierrefonds, Vitry-Le-Francois, Champagne-Ardenne, Ribeauville and Strasbourg
2011 ...WE SPENT 11 DAYS DRIVING AROUND FRANCE
A French man asks my husband...." What are Australian's doing in France, so far away from home?"
The reply was....."Driving around the country, enjoying the sights."
What did the French man say when he heard this?
OOH LAH LAH!!!!!!
Now, that brought a smile to our faces!!!
Our first few days was spent in the capital Paris.
We couldn’t come to France and not see Paris.
Now, we didn’t probably do what the majority of tourist’s do,
that is, follow the main tourist trail, but we did have a wonderful two weeks in France exploring the backroads and the beautiful, small uncrowded villages.
Ooh, lah, lah, it was SO PRETTY!!!!!
I do hope you will join me as my virtual touring companion around scenic Mountain roads, less visited villages and more.
It may give you the incentive to venture off the well known tracks.
Please click on the BLUE NAMES to follow our route through France.
So let us begin. .........
And our journey begins after checking out of our Paris Hotel.
In our brand new Renault Dacia car, we join the horrendous peak hour morning traffic in Paris. I am the navigator and “your the back seat driver!!!”
We make our first stop St. Germain En Laye and visit the beautiful Chateau. Other towns stopped at were La Roche Guyon,
and Les Andelys, where we spent our 1st night.
We depart Les Andelys and head to Louviers before driving past some pretty scenery to [mbv] village and Abbey of Le Bec Hellouin,what a lovely area!
Next stop Lisieux to visit the famous Basilica, and nearby,the pretty Chateau St Germain De Livet. We are now in Apple Cider country visiting Crevecoeur-En-Auge and then to Cambremer before staying at a nearby B&B.
A great start to a new day with a visit to MBV, Beuvron-En-Auge.
We travel backroads until we hit the beach at Blonville-sur-Mer and onto Honfleur. Leaving the coast, we head inland to William the Conqueror's town, Falaise.
Here, we went into the Castle and I wandered the old town. Another stop was made at the pretty Pont d' Ouilly, where I couldn't find the chapel I wanted to see!
Night 3 was spent at Flers.
On the road early as we wanted to reach Fougeres for our next night and see Mont St. Michel as well.
Already we are stopping, as Bagnoles-de-l-Orne looks wonderful, and I just have to have a look around! More stops today were at Domfront, the pretty St. Malo & Dinard area which is by the Beach, Combourg and the lovely old medieval town of Dinan.
1st stop today was the medieval town of Vitre,a lovely town, then it was onto Craon for morning tea, before stopping at Segre and moving into the Loire Valley and having a look at Saumur.
After a good night at Doue-La-Fontaine, we moved onto Montreuil-Bellay and the Royal Fontevraud Abbey. This area is very pretty!
Villandry, a wonderful Castle and garden, spent some time here before heading to Saint Maure de Touraine for the night.
And our 1st stop is at Le Blanc, a lovely town with a huge Viaduct. Oradur-Sur-Glane is an interesting Martyr village left how it was after being bombed in the War. Our last stop of the day, and for the evening, was at the medeival town of Saint Yrieix la Perche
Another day in the beautiful countryside of France. Today, we're stopping at MBV of Montignac and then going to the famous Lascaux Caves which were excellent. Near the town of Thonac are two excellent locations that we went to....La Roque Saint- Christophe & Maison Forte De Reignac, you can read about these on my Thonac page. Continuing on, we stopped at two of Frances "Most Beautiful Villages."
These were Beynac et Cazenac and La Roque Gageac, both lived up to their tital!
Tonight, we are staying at Sarlat-La-Caneda.
This was a beautiful town to walk around, it is so old and has so much to see.
We had to move on, and our next stop was Salignac, before following a very scenic road, with many Castle's and great scenery to the amazing Village of Rocamadour This Village was built in an incredible postion!
Now we are continuing on, past more wonderful scenery to the town of St. Flour where we spend our next night.
After a good night's sleep, we depart St. Flour in thick fog, along a marked scenic road. Pity, but it did eventually clear and we saw some wonderful views, I love this area of France. We stop at the medieval town of Langeac for a yummy morning tea by the River Allier before heading onto the incredible town of Le Puy-En-Velay.
This town had a lot of "wow!" moment's, and I did have a good look around, but was rather tired with all the hill climbing.
From Le Puy En Velay, we move on through beautiful scenery where there are Vineyard's and Cherry Tree's laden with fruit, field's of Vegetable's and crop's growing. We stopped at Andancette which is by a River for our afternoon tea.
On the road again, and now the scenery is Mountainous, and there are many cliff's. We see waterfall's, we passed through small village's and then through a Mountain tunnel and onto Chambery where we are staying the night.
Chambery is in a pretty situation, surrounded by snow capped Mountain's.
We have a great start to the day as we went to see the Gorges du Fier. These were fabulous! After the walk, it was time to find somewhere to enjoy our morning tea, and this was beside Castle Monstrottier. Scrumptious morning tea bought from the Patisserie on the way to the Gorge's. Annecy, and no wonder people like this Old town. It was fun to walk around and see the sight's alongside the pretty blue turquoise water in the Town's canal's. After spending some time here, we headed along a very scenic route to Evian-Les-Bains.
We stayed at Thonon-Les-Bain's, which is about 10kms away.
This was our LAST STOP IN FRANCE, from here we followed the edge of the Lake until we crossed the border into Switzerland, where we stayed at Montreux for a few nights.
I hope you have enjoyed your journey with me, and will continue the tour through Switzerland.
- Pros:Excellent weather in May
- Cons:Language barrier
- In a nutshell:Beautiful! I want to go back and see much more!
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Written Dec 26, 2011
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