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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 ...
We came back down the street and found a nice hotel restaurant for a super lunch. We had a specialty of the region - duck confit inside puff pastry, served on a bed of caramelized onions and apples, with a small salad topped with the local Langres cheese. Delicious!
Then back to the square for more wifi.
Then we walked along other side streets to the one tower that is open to visits. It is the Navarre Tower, one of ...
... and 9 AM and noon and one and two, and 5 and 6 and 7 in the evening. Depending on where you are, you can sometimes hear bells from more than one town at a time.
We visited a marvelous town called Langres and stayed 2 days there. It is the largest fully walled and fortified town remaining in Europe, they say. More about that in the next blog.
Don’t know when I will have enough wifi to post this, but I’m hoping it will be soon.
... noteworthy incident during the walking part of the day involved an encounter with an aggressive looking dog in one of the vineyards. It came from behind his master's van and started barking loudly as it ran towards me. My instinct was to stop in my tracks and half-turn away from him. This appeared to do the trick as he stopped at exactly the same time as I did. Fortunately, this occurred at precisely the point at which I was to divert to another track, which saved me ...