Le Val Saint-Hilaire
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... is obviously designed to prevent the noise pollution disturbing the stock or crops - took us to the Grottes de Han near Rochefort.
To cater for the large numbers of tourists we took a train ride to the cave entrance, except the "engine" was obviously a commercial truck chassis as it changed gears, but the rolling stock did clatter along rails.
It took 75 minutes to walk through the caves which are similar to Waitomo, ...
Sophie and Arnaud came around in the morning for a farewell cup of coffee before setting off on their 900km drive to Copenhagen. In the afternoon we went to the Citadelle for a three part tour but we were not up to such a big effort on a hot day. We took some photos. Tomorrow morning we'll head back in the direction of The Netherlands with Huy as the first ...
Spent the day in Paris catching up with Baz and Rob while trying out an assortment of activities along the Seine, interspersed with a few beers by the water. I actually felt like being on holiday for a day or so.
We had all taught English together in Chile ten years before so for me this seemed like an appropriate way to start my trip, like a less sophisticated Before Sunset.
Paris is the last and only place on my trip that ...
Monday morning dawns clear and sunny, and we set off for Charlesville de Meziers.
Apart from some heavy traffic, on the outskirts of Lille, a completely uneventful drive.
The Aire at Charlesville de Meziers is full, so, we have to use the adjacent campsite (Camping Mount Olympus ).
We have time for a walk into town, and a beer, before the rain starts.
... at the border to use on the automatic locks. We got the knack of quite quickly because we were following a German boat from Berlin with a couple who could not speak English and likewise we could not speak German but we managed to communicate and did 6 locks together. They were small and difficult to get into with the river running fast causing whirlpools and eddies at the entrance to the locks themselves making it the devil of ...