Travel Blogs from Avallon
... brightly blooming plants adorn balconies, shop window displays are artistic and buildings are not just utilitarian but objects of art with decorative bits and those wrought iron balcony grilles, and imposing doors big enough to allow giants to enter!
We did the touristy things: like a walking tour around Montmatre - the hill in the north of the city on top of which stands the Basilica of Sacre Coeur and where the artists traditionally ...
... after trip from the hotel across the little road to the plane treed area with meals and drinks. After our warm trip we were happy to join the weekend revellers while we waited for the lunch trade to subside to check in.
I then enjoyed a lazy afternoon under the plane trees catching up on my blog and watching the boats passing through the ecluse while Keith rode a few kilometers up the canal to tour the castle at Ancy-le-Franc. He was very impressed with ...
... the village. It is the home of Les Anis de Flavigny, the aniseed candy balls that have been made to the same recipe since 1591.
It all started with the Roman adventurer Flavinius who gave Flavigny its name and its first anise seeds and it is thought to have been the monks in the abbey founded in 718 that first developed the recipe. Today 250 tons of the 'bien bon bonbon' is produced every year in the town by the ...
... writing in the very English garden looking out over the hills. Later on Willow had fun chatting with our neighbours on our balcony, three lovely Canadians who were cycling. In the end they had to go and find supper. They liked the look of the hotel next door and were rewarded with the best meal they had had all trip. It was delicious and beautifully ...
... was all about the ocean.
Joelle and Willie, Joelle’s twin Martine, her parents
Christiana and Robert, along with neighbours and old friends from The Vendee, Nice,
Corsica and Paris welcomed the non-French speakers warmly. Friends performed folk songs from the past.
The Australian contingent sang (badly!) Walzing Matilda!
A splendid weekend …. I had almost forgotten about Le