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... ever since. The crossing to Calais was uneventful and we stayed the night at our usual campsite at Guines - all very quiet to say it is still the Easter holidays.
We stocked up with food and petrol before heading south to stay at Langres about 40 km's north of Dijon. The campsite was deserted on the Friday evening but come ...
We were on the road before 08:30 again this morning - it was a little chilly but it wasn't long before we were climbing out of the Loue valley so that warmed us up. The ride towards Besancon was along a fairly ordinary French 'D' road with moderate levels of traffic until we were a few miles away when we left the beaten track for my devious quiet approach to the busy town. This route worked pretty well bringing us in alongside the river Doubs but there ...
Woken up by loud hooting, turned out to be the travelling bread van on a Sunday morning!
Not a lot in Vouecourt, a fountain house and a very old church.
Our Next stop was Langres, it is a fortified hill town. Walk part of the walls.
We went through the longest tunnel on our journey, 4.8km through the canal summit between the Marne and the Saone rivers.
Very rural journey for three days ...
... walls that surround the city proper. It is considered to be the largest continuously fortified town in Europe. In the 1800’s a citadel of military buildings was added contingent to the original wall, but a bit down hill. Those buildings are still there also but we didn’t get to them.
Diderot, the Frenchman who had the most to do with starting the Encylopedia in the Enlightenment spirit of the 1700’s was born in Langres. There is a statue ...
... this canal, we will have advance warning!
It was so rural that we had no real wifi coverage for almost the whole trip, which is one of many reasons why this blog is very behind times. We did manage to find satellite TV most of the time for the World Cup games, though one night we have watched it on the TV through the computer and one night the best we could do was the Guardian’s minute-by-minute on Stan’s phone. The lack of wifi is ...