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After having to delay our departure by two days following the sad loss of the wing mirror and its housing, we headed off to Dover on the first leg of our Italian adventure on Thursday 16th April. The mirror of the newly replaced wing mirror housing took flight somewhere on the M40 so we have improvised with my make-up mirror and ...
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 ...
... in one of the town squares and the house he lived in is still here.
It was really really hot the day we visited - the temperature hovered in the high 80’s. It was also the last full day of sunshine we have had since then! I lose track of time but I think that was about 8-9 days ago. We were coming off a period of having had almost no wifi coverage for several days on end and I had things I really needed to do with wifi, so we split our time in ...
... 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.