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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 ...
Langres is on some official list of the 50 most beautiful cities in France. It is certainly rather spectacular.
It sits atop a tall and quite steep hill above the canal and the surrounding countryside. Happily, there is a bus that runs from the train station down at canal level up to the city on top because I would not much like to walk it!
It is a continuously walled city, that began in Gallo-Roman times - forts have always been built atop ...
... of a problem since it is hard to keep up with banking and emails and work things, plus it is such a great source of info for questions like “why is my diesel engine smoking too much?”
Even the smallest little French village generally has a church, and they still use the church bells to send the time messages out into the surroundings. Different churches/villages seem to have different plans but most all of them at least sound 7 ...
... finally came along. Thankfully, it was soft rain, Irish-style, that gets you wet but doesn't leave you feeling like you need to rush for cover. It looks like it will rain again today.
I saw a new crop in the fields near Champlitte yesterday evening that makes a very pleasant change from the barley and an oil producing plant, whose name escapes me right now. The crop? It's... Sunflowers, yeahh. I hope ...