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... the high, glockenspiel sounds of the clock bells are ringing the hour, here at Givet, a lovely fortified town on the edge of the Meuse, bordering France and Belgium. We are parked on the edge of the river overlooking at the attractive old town, and can see the boats chugging past.
We still marvel at the wonderful places we have seen, and the many beautiful, park-up spots we have been able to enjoy: mulit - million dollar views for free. Oh la la! ...
... still possible to do a lap of the old Formula One circuit, where Bruce McLaren won his first Grand Prix in his self designed car. But lack of time killed that plan as well as heading for Bastogne, the centre of the Battle of the Bulge where General George had a few anxious moments before over coming the German counter attack.
It's a much more peaceful and picturesque area in 2015 than it was around Christmas - New Year 1944 - ...
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 ...