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It's very frosty this morning, even the puddles are frozen over.we had a walk into the centre of the village, it wasn't anything special, a small square in the centre with ordinary houses and a couple of shops. Whilst Les got ready for us to leave I took Logan for a walk, in the fields close by there was a platform for storks to nest on, the two storks that were building a nest there let me ...
... We didn't know but today the entrance is free. The chateau us built in a lovely pink sand stone, surrounded by high fortifications, each section as you walk deeper into the chateau is protected with drawbridges and port cullis, three in total. The outer buildings would have been workshops, stables and store rooms. The main building was impressive with a stone carved spiral staircase leading to the private rooms, all had carved wooden panels and ...
... right in front of the lake.
Tuesday 19 August
Still cool, but with sunny intervals. Decided to stay an
extra night here, to explore the local area.
Spent the morning housekeeping. Afternoon ride into
nearby, lakeside town of Gérardmer. Very pleasant forested, countryside around
here, with pretty chalet type houses. Lots of walks and cycle rides, with
skiing in the winter ...
... us to a trip on a ferry across the lake, which was a nice surprise! France is always good, feels close to home and we've missed their baking. We're at a small site run by 'Stan' just south of Nancy. It's all NL here (we have to call the that now as Gen only refers to people by the letters on their car) only one or two D's and no GB's (that's what Gen seeks out!) We've had the odd letter that we have to look up - there is S, DK, B, BL, ...
... there is so much more. The streets are so small and to see the buses and trucks come through, literally set up during the middle of the night before the stage, and within an hour pack it all up once the riders have left has been really interesting and intriguing to watch. We were able to get ourselves a front row fence position and watch the riders warm up before the start of stage 9. We cheered the Aussies and got a few head nods and smiles along the way, we ...