Bye Nancy, Hello Auxonne

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Camping L'Arquebuse
What I did
Lots of villages along the way

Flag of France  , Burgundy,
Saturday, May 12, 2012

Slept in this morning till 8am, it has been raining just a little bit during the night but nothing to get upset about. All looked good when we stuck our heads out the door although the temperature had dropped rather a lot. After breakfast we said goodbye to our Irish neighbours and were on our way to somewhere . No plans this time, only no more cities for a while. The original plan was to stay in Lyon but after some advise decided against it. Not too much there it seemed. We decided on a town called Auxonne,why you may ask, well simply because it was there and the name looked good on the map. Also if we wanted to change our minds and look at Lyon it would not be too far away for us to go there. Once again smaller country roads only. Once we were on our way it became clear that our decision was good. We drove through some great country side and through too many villages to mention. Again a lot of neglect but interesting just the same. It seems that time has stood still in lots of villages, and that includes the people. Yes you do still see a couple of old blokes sitting in front of their houses ,talking to each other while having a cigarette. We came across one village called Ecuelle, stopped and had a little walk around because it really looked great. Old ruins of course but also old houses restored to their original status and very well done as well. Drove a little further on and had a cuppa and some lunch, self catering this time. We had no idea where we were at that stage , somewhere in Burgundy, France we think.
Found our way to the campsite, nobody here to speak of. The park has only re-opened since the 1st of May. We had the choice of where to park and yes we parked as close to the toilets as possible, not because we like to look at them, but being over 65, we have a need for them, and do not wish to walk too far. Went for a walk to the town, it is only 1.3km from here but if you climb over the locked park gate it is only 300 metres. We climbed the gate,easy from the park as you have something to step on. Not too easy on our return trip, there is a great possibility to get stuck. We however, put in a little extra effort and made it back. A fit of the giggles, because we would have looked pretty sad climbing back, but it gave us a sense of achievement just the same.
The town of Auxonne is so very old with a lot of history. Everything you look at dates back to the 15th or 16th century. We walked around the town for a couple of hours and looked around a fair bit. Glad we stopped here, it has been an interesting visit.  It is sunny here this afternoon but a bit cool in the shade. Back to jeans and jumpers. This will probably get worse tomorrow , the plan is to travel down to the Swiss border and the Alpine region but still in France. Then again that could change. No set plans until the 15th of June when we will meet Carol and Graham in Spain. Can't wait to see them again .
A great and very enjoyable day

It is my Mum's 92nd birtday on the 13th which is tomorrow for us. Happy Birthday Mum, we hope you enjoyed the flowers. Love you lots. We will try to keep the postcards coming.xxxxxxxxxx
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marianne on

hi will @ rick.mum sad to thank you for the flowers .they are very nice .she is very bright at the moment .she is sharing a big cake with the bingo people tomorrow.have a good time. john and i had coffee and cake with here this morning .it was nice will keep in touch. love from us ..

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