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Our Holiday 2014

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I feel as though we’ve been away for months instead of one my garden certainly thinks so , its looking very neglected .

We’ve had a wonderful time we didn’t want to come home the weather was perfect the food delicious ,we’ve seen and done so many things I can’t begin to take you through it all I can only give you an idea of the places we visited on our travels going through France up to the borders of Switzerland ..


Eiffel Tower


Medieval town of Provins near Paris


Oradour-sur-Glane a very emotional experience ,a village left untouched as a memorial since June 10th 1944 after the population of 642 men,woman and children were murdered by a German unit …you must Google it to read the dreadful story of that day .


Pay-du-Dome we went up byway of a little train to the top of this extinct volcano .


Annecy ,a beautiful place ,I loved the street market with its colorful tasty foods ..


Les Gorges du Fier , very scary I couldn’t let go of that hand rail .. we watched a video of the water high above this board walk at certain times after torrential rains , the men apparently were hung down in barrels to put the screws in place to hold walkway in the first instance …


Saint Quentin , beautiful old buildings ,I loved spending time here ..


Pretty !


Chateau de Leychoiser …


Mont Blanc


The sun setting over Lac D’orient , our last day before starting our journey home .

I hope you enjoyed a little taster of our fabulous holiday , I hope to catch up with you all soon ….

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Wonderful Amy. Welcome back.

2 Oct, 2014

bjs
Bjs
 

Mouth watering ,pleased you had such a lovely time and good weather.

2 Oct, 2014

 

I've been away from the site it seems for ever . Hopefully a change in the weather will bring us all "home".
Looks like you had a wonderful time Amy , lots of lovely memories . great pics .

2 Oct, 2014

 

Delightful blog Amy, and glad you had such a lovely time. So great to see Annecy which I used to love visiting when I lived in Geneva, so "thanks for the memory" :))

2 Oct, 2014

 

Welcome back Amy. So pleased you've had a brilliant time. Good luck with tidying the garden, at least the weeds are slowing down ;-)

2 Oct, 2014

 

A little neglect in the garden Amy but from the look of those wonderful photos well worth it.

2 Oct, 2014

 

How beautiful! My kind of holiday Amy! Lucky you! :))

2 Oct, 2014

 

Thank you for the excellent photography Amy.

3 Oct, 2014

 

I'm pleased you had such a lovely time. My cousin lives in France on the outskirts of Paris and we love visiting him . I don't think I would have been as brave as you walking across that high bridge !
Loved all the pictures .

3 Oct, 2014

 

The French and Dutch never let the Germans forget what
they did. The children are brought up to never speak to
Germans. We are too soft with them. We never suffered their invasions.

3 Oct, 2014

amy
Amy
 

Thank you everyone I'm pleased you enjoyed looking at the photos I'm glad it brought back memories for you Sheila I loved Annecy we could have stayed their forever , I'll be in touch soon Dawn :o) Rose you are lucky having a cousin near Paris what a brilliant excuse to visit France , it was rather nerve wracking walking round the gorge on that boardwalk I felt myself shaking a few times but the scenery was spectacular , Diane I shall never forget that village it was so sad I couldn't believe the Germans could pretend all day that nothing was going to happen they were lulled into a false sense of security right up to the last minute and then shot in the legs to stop them running away ,a whole village men a woman separated , the woman in the church the men in a barn .

3 Oct, 2014

 

Lovely photo's Amy, it must have been wonderful exploring all those places, that boardwalk looks a bit daunting so well done you, lol..The village photo and its story is so sad...

3 Oct, 2014

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Lincs ,that village actually gave us nightmares we couldn't sleep for thinking about it .... you could see the remains of the shops /cafes /garages etc. what hit home with me more than anything was in almost every home there was a burnt out sewing machine in the ruins !

3 Oct, 2014

 

Good to see you back safely Amy, and by the looks of your photos you had a wonderful time, thought about you......another set of memories to keep and remember, some good and some not so good!!

3 Oct, 2014

 

Very nice photos, Amy, I believe you had a very good time over there. Have you been in the south of France? I liked Avignon and Provence region, so impressive huge castles and nice countryside.

3 Oct, 2014

 

Welcome home Amy. You seem to have had both a wonderful and moving experience from your holiday. The weather looks to have been perfect. I'm not sure I would have been brave enough to walk on the footbridge! As for the village...so sad, but we mustn't blame the present generation for past faults...but neither should we forget...

4 Oct, 2014

 

Dianebulley@I am not sure if your declaration on Dutch is 100 % valid. I have worked for Greenpeace during eighties, quite dangerous times at that time, had Dutch friends and stayed over there three weeks and I had impression, that Dutch are one of the most tolerant nations in Europe. Moreover, they DO speak German very fluently, they have very active connections with Germany and are absolutely fine with Germans. France is a specific topic. Some people turn you back in shop if you ask them for something in English. However, it all always depends on individualities.

4 Oct, 2014

 

Welcome home too,Amy..What a wonderful holiday you both had,and I loved seeing that part of France..I've only looked in awe at Mont Blanc from the entrance of the tunnel,when we went through it to Italy once..love the character of all the villages and buildings..but so sad about the village massacre..I think I would have had nightmares too,but as Waddy says,we can't carry on the blame to the generation of today....Hope you are getting the garden back to it's former glory..a small price to pay for a wonderful experience ..:o)x

4 Oct, 2014

 

oh, wow - and that blue-hill vista .. oh wowwwwwwwwwwwwww

4 Oct, 2014

 

Lovely photos Amy. I'm pleased you had a nice holiday.
Great photo of you both at the top :) xxx

4 Oct, 2014

 

My comment has disappeared ... lol I don't know why ???

I said I was glad you had a lovely holiday, and you took some nice photos.
And a great pic of you both by the Eifel Tower :o)) xxx

4 Oct, 2014

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Dd its your turn next year :o) No Kat we haven't been to Avignon or the Provence region we've been to most other areas but not that far south , That village will always stay in our memories Waddy ,I picked some Hazel Nuts up from the ground under a tree I will see if I can get one growing proving life goes on ! that was only a tiny part of the board walk it went on forever I was terrified I might drop my camera whilst holding the rail so tightly . Sandra thanks I must catch up on your adventures soon xx glad you like it Fran, Thanks for your kind comments Hywel You didn't disappear you have two comments here xx
Katerina you are right about the individuals attitudes we would have been completely lost without the kindness of people who didn't know us and didn't have to help, this happened at least 3 times . The first time We wanted to catch a train to Paris from a town a few miles away ,we reached the town with no knowledge of where the station was we stopped to ask a gentleman outside his house he gave us instructions obviously in French ,we set off in the direction we thought he meant until we could see we were heading for the motor way ,we stopped thinking this cant be right when the same gentleman drew up beside us in his car beckoning us to follow him ,he must have known we would go wrong ,he led us up the motor way to the other side of the town straight to the station pointed at it and then waved goodbye to us , we were amazed and so grateful to him . 3 times this kind of thing happened to us ..

4 Oct, 2014

 

Amy this has happened many times to us in France......strangers going out of their way to take us to places, on foot right across town to a restaurant on a Sunday, when all the other places were shut, a lady getting in her car and taking us to our destination, and a young girl on her bicycle who we followed for about a mile, nothing but kindness, this is why we return to France.

4 Oct, 2014

amy
Amy
 

It always amazes me Angela the lengths they go to help quite contradictory to what we are told I'm glad you found that as well , do you know when we got off this train in Paris we then had to catch the metro to the Eiffel tower we turned to ask a man which platform we needed he looked at as and indicated for us to follow him he immediately turned and led us out of the station again we wondered where this man was leading us ,he led us through and across many streets a good distance away we would never have found it without difficulty he was taking us to a completely different station ,we stopped him and said are we stopping you from getting your own train back there ,he said " I have one hour " he led us there left us at the platform then turned and left us , wonderful people !

5 Oct, 2014

 

However did you dare to cross that bridge? What a wonderful holiday and lovely photos. The picture of the memorial village was very moving. We were so fortunate that the invasion of Britain never came. We found that the people in Normandy are still grateful to the British for their contribution in those times. We met some people who still remembered it personally (this was over 20 years ago) and could remember the tanks going through the village. We stayed with a lady whose husband had helped to rebuild the local church. It does make you count your blessings doesn't it?

5 Oct, 2014

 

Kat I was cycle camping in Austria. A young couple nearby.
The man spoke to me in French. I laughed and said " I
am English." he said " We are Dutch. I spoke to you in
French because if you are German we not have spoken to
you."

6 Oct, 2014

amy
Amy
 

I had to force myself Sg we had traveled a fair distance to visit the caves I though we would be walking through them at ground level, Big mistake :o( many years ago when we were young with our children in France St Lo I think it was ! a blind man came up to us he insisted on thanking us for our help in the war he was with his family they said please excuse our father he can't see you but he can hear you are speaking English ,we were young and didn't realise how important it was to him ,he was happy to go on his way afterwards , its true we are very lucky ... it does happen Db people have long memories we can only hope lessons have been learnt !

6 Oct, 2014

 

one hears so much "negative propaganda" abput French people not respecting anyone who doesn't speak French, especially in Paris, that it's heartwarming to hear that that is not the case. People are people, and there are lovely people everywhere.

6 Oct, 2014

amy
Amy
 

You are so right Fran, I always think if you are kind to people they are more likely to be kind to you !

6 Oct, 2014

 

indeed! when these people come back and complain about how rude the French were, I wonder what their own attitudes to the French were at the time!

Though I did have one negative experience yeras ago;' we had a day trip to France, and were in a cafe, and a local deliberately barged into the back of me and made me spill me drink - when i turned roun to say "oi!" all the other locals were splitting their sides laughing. may have been a form of local entertainment, though.

6 Oct, 2014

 

Hi Amy,

Just found this blog about your French holiday. We visited also several things you both have seen, I think every part/corner of France is different and has its own charm. One favorite journey were at our bikes discovering the gardens and Chateaus at the Loire region. Than off course the markets, special at harvesttime, the fields full of Sunflowers, Lavender and sometimes tobacco.
The wines, the foods and the historic, mideaval cities. In short, a complete country.
@Katarina....glad you put something right, we will never forget, we keep the memories fresh by musea like the Anne Frankhouse and Camp Westerbork but as a small nation we knew early we cannot without a strong neighbour. We always had to learn German at school even in the 50 and sixties, may not be the most favorite foreign language at that time but we learned it. Our (grand)parents suffered the most but Germany were the most populair country in the 50/60 so indeed we were and are a tolerant nation, our past is also not blemish free.

Ina

11 Oct, 2014

amy
Amy
 

Fran you always get the odd ones who are out to make trouble where ever you are , idiots ...
Ina i'm glad it brought back some memories from your trips ,we have other years been to the Loire regions and the Dordogne which we loved by the river and have seen the tobacco leaves hanging to dry in open sheds, mushrooms growing in caves, walnut groves etc.
Bikes are hugely popular in France they have such a marvelous cycle track system you don't need to go on the roads at all especially in the area around Anneccy where we stayed for a few days our friend took his bike on holiday with him and spent hours each day cycling round the Lac ..

11 Oct, 2014

 

I know that nerds get everywhere, and don'tl judge all French people by this one! but sadly some people do jusge all "X" by the first "x" they encounter - "this x was z, therefore all X are Z" and thair attitude towards further "x" makes it a self-fulfilling prophecy.

12 Oct, 2014

 

brilliant amy it looks pucker . your braver than me going over that walk way but you sore some lovley things and got some great memories . I do hope however to give you another memory of making soup lol . take care see you soon . it does seam like ages since you went .

12 Oct, 2014

amy
Amy
 

Good grief Fran that sounds like some mathematical problem I haven't yet worked out LOL ...

Thanks leigh , I've forgotten everything I ever knew since coming home I'm sure I'll get back to normal soon and soup will be on the agenda again xx

13 Oct, 2014

 

sounds like a cunning plan xx

13 Oct, 2014

 

Just caught up with your holiday blog Amy, what fantastic pictures and I can just imagine how emotional it must have been, especially the village, how very very sad. The bridge looks very scary I would have been shaking walking across it, we went to the Loire valley a few years ago and loved, the history and buildings,we also visited the battlefields which was a very emotional experience it left a very lasting impression and so much saddness for the loss of so many lifes.

21 Nov, 2014

amy
Amy
 

It was one of the best holidays ever Carole ,it was one long adventure from start to finish and so sad in parts ,one we will never forget .. ...

21 Nov, 2014

 

i really enjoy seeing those wonderful places with great view , thanks for sharing with us Amy, it seems that you really so happy of your tour :-)))

20 Jan, 2015

amy
Amy
 

It was amazing Junna I'm glad you enjoyed looking at it :o))

20 Jan, 2015

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