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Tour De France 2019 Travel Along – Stage 9

Château de Bouthéon This chateau is located between the “Vallée du Rhône” and the “Massif Central”. The origins of the castle are from the 12th and 13th centuries. For hundreds of years, the successive owners: Lords, Earls, Dukes, etc modified, arranged and enlarged this house to adapt it to their needs and to reflect the […]

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Tour De France 2019 Travel Along – Stage 8

Valsonne Valsonne is a town in the Rhone department. The river Soanan crosses the town. This is actually where the name of the town is derived. The ‘valley of the Soanan’ or Val de Soanan which became Valsoanan then Valsonne. The existence of a megalithic burial chamber (Dolmen du Suchel) suggests the town has ancient […]

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Tour De France 2019 Travel Along – Stage 7

Chapelle Saint-Georges d’Ornans Chapelle Saint-Georges is originally the old chapel of the Castle Ornans which was situated on top of a rocky outcrop above the town of Ornans. As seems to be the case with many of these old buildings, this is not the original incarnation on this spot. In 1289 a chapel was built […]

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Tour de France 2019 Travel Along – Stage 6

Well, it turns out that how much travel bits I see depends on which re-broadcast I am watching. If its one of the edited ones they tend to skip a lot of what happens in the first half, so the number of things I see is limited. Though after the length of the previous post […]

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Tour de France 2019 Travel Along – Stage 5

Its Alsace time! After watching this stage I am all in for an Alsatian road trip. It’s amazing how the architecture in Alsace all of sudden became really german. I love it. Obernai Obernai is a town in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France. It lies on the eastern slopes of the Vosges mountains. The Obernai name first appears in […]

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Tour De France 2019 Travel Along – Stage 4

This stage was jam-packed with sights Notre-Dame de Reims Reims is way too big a city to cover here, but the Cathedral is probably the most prominent structure in town so this will be our taste of the city. Construction began in the 13th century and was completed in the 15th century. It was built […]

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Tour De France 2019 Travel Along – Stage 3

In this stage we finally cross over from Belgium and into France. Église de St Martin Built in the 12th century. The Tower and naves are of Romanesque origins. Wikipedia (in french) Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie Château de Chimay Chimay is known worldwide because of the beer made by the Trappist monks. The […]

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Tour De France 2019 Travel Along – Stage 2

The Atomium Built in 1958 for the World’s Fair. The shape represents an Iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. It was built to represent the faith one had in the power of science and more specifically nuclear power. Between 2004 and 2006 the entire structure was renovated as the state of the building had become […]

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Tour De France 2019 Travel Along – Stage 1

Brussels -> Brussels Stage 1 starts in Brussels, leaves town and then returns to Brussels. Belgium has long been on my list of countries to visit but somehow it has yet to happen. Brussels itself seems like a bit of a massive thing to try to cover, so as I sort out exactly what this […]

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Tour de France time! 2019

With the start of July comes the Tour de France. I have watched it every year for I have no idea how long; at least the last 15-20 years. I’m not sure how or when it started. It was probably sometime in the Lance days. I’m not an avid cyclist by any means. I do […]