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Scottish Fling 2023 part 1 First day in Edinburgh

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Our normal air travel routine was to drive to Boston, park at Pre-Flight Parking and hop on one of their numerous shuttles into Logan. But now that Aer Lingus is flying out of Bradley, we have a new gig! We hired a driver that neighbors told us about, and Dave drove us to the airport and picked us up in… Read more »

Under the Umbrian sun

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Adding 3 days in Umbria as a prequel to our plans to spend over a week in Lucca was not exactly a last minute inspiration, but it did take a while to solidify itself. We both had some fleeting memories of passing through the region in 1991 and both had regrets about never having spent  more time here. Especially concerning… Read more »

Lemons or lemonade? Misadventure and jubilation in Arles

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The first few times we were in the Luberon it was in July, since that was the only vacation time available to us. Hot afternoons and cool nights were the norm, but when we retired in 2017 and our schedule became more flexible, we were hoping for slightly cooler weather and fewer tourists. We carefully planned our four month sojourn… Read more »

Leaving our beloved Luberon–heading north part 1

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Sometimes when the end of a trip is in sight, no matter how much you have enjoyed it, you are ready to go home. And so it was for us. We still had three days of travel ahead as our last day in Saint Saturnin lès Apt drew near. I had carefully planned those days for not too many hours… Read more »

Meandering north from Provence–the last day

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It turns out that we did not really love Beaune. I was eager to make a stop there because our last visit was immediately following my bike accident in the summer of 2017. I had been in quite a bit of pain and was unable to do much but mope. I really thought I deserved a do-over! Well-situated in the… Read more »

Cahors: Medieval City on the Lot

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It was a spur of the moment kind of decision. Should we drive to Cahors today? A sleepy town on the Lot River about an hour south of our Airbnb in Beynac, Cahors is another place deeply embedded in our mutual memories of the summer of 1979. We remembered a long, hot, arduous bike ride of fifty hilly miles or… Read more »

Loving Lorraine

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Having traveled the length and breadth of France for over fifty years, there are few spots we don’t know and love. There was a gap, however. In 1972 we did drive through Lorraine in our blundering, naive, twenty-two year old fashion, but we had not returned. When a friend told us about a trip to Verdun and along the Moselle… Read more »

Au revoir Paris! A la prochaine

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What do we like to do in Paris? Eat, drink and walk. And walk. And walk, We arrived in Paris on Friday evening and by Tuesday evening we had walked 40.4 miles and climbed over 100 flights of stairs! That is what comes of staying near enough to Montmartre to making walking up feasible, and also from having friends who… Read more »

Sous le ciel de Paris

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Hearts full of memories and longing, we headed to St Pancras Station in London to climb aboard the Eurostar to the Gare du Nord, Paris. Customs was efficient , vaccination cards required, and one Guiness and one glass of white wine in hand, we boarded our train. Despite a delay once we re-emerged from under the English Channel (une fatalité… Read more »