I see London I see France I see Tina's underpants!

Trip Start Sep 03, 2011
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Presbytery at Pont Saint Esprit

Flag of France  , Languedoc-Roussillon,
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thanks for the title, Andrew.

I can't believe we're in France.

As soon as we crossed the border it was another unbelievable moment. On the train we were passing homes, hills, rubbish bins that were "FRENCH". We were in France and no matter how ordinary, everyday and normal the things I am looking at are,  it doesn't matter because we are in France. I  know it sounds ridiculous but for me this is a fairy-tale place that I never really thought I would see or get to stay in a small provincial town in a presbytery that has its own ancient bridge and history let alone to be here and see the old castles, Abbies, bridges, Roman ruins, chateaux and cathedrals. 

Approaching the border though I realised that we been attempting to speak Espaņol for four months and I have only just got 'Hola' as my first response to greet and now I have to remember "Bon jour" and "merci" and "au revoir". So I spent a little bit of time writing out some basic French in my little notebook for me to try and get down. I'm trying and have decided to just be assertive and say it as best I can though the last few days I have had a lot of practice using "parlez vous Anglais" (parlay voo ong-glay according to Hannah's basic French book). I'm feeling confident (fingers crossed).

We are staying in a small town in the South of France 60 kms, an hour or so by bus, from Avignon. Our home is part of an old Presbytery which used to house the priests of the area. The cathedral is old (13th century) and has an old monastery both from about 11th century attached to it. The town's bridge also dates from about the same time and there is a knight house from the 11th century. According to Wikipedia the town was also the place from where Jaqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onasis' ancestors are from and in 1951 there was a poison outbreak from suspect grains in the bread.

Since our arrival here with the use of our Eurail passes we have been to Valence, Marseille and Lyon. We are off to Paris on Wednesday.

Viva la France!

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Maria Shadwick on

Hi Tina. You mentioned the Eurail pass. worth spending money on? Are the trains easy in Spain and France to navigate around?

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