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Tuesday, 7 October 2014
We flew into Singapore and 33 degrees. Phone says 'feels like 39' sure does. After a debacle with our hotel booking, we have ended up better off at Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway, awesome location right in the middle of shopping! The hotel has only been open two weeks and is fantastic, the staff are very attentive and helpful, the pool area is awesome.
We went to Sentosa Island but was so hot we headed off to do a river cruise.
There was a pool up there but was for hotel guests only, Trev took out a small mortgage for a round of drinks lol
Home now and getting used to cool weather. This is what my lounge looks like, bummer was meant to be done by the time we got back. Will hopefully be finished by thurs
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
90% of people smoke! this shocked us, seriously, everywhere you went people were smoking.
All cafés have seats outside, so lovely to watch the day go by. The cafe culture is part of their everyday lifestyle.
90% of vehicles are diesel, even small cars.
They don't have an obesity problem here. You hardly ever see sugary drinks, rtds or energy drinks and not much junk food. Only people over 60 are a bit rounder but the majority of people are very slim
The countryside (and even the cities) are very green, there are trees everywhere, so lovely to see so many trees, most paddocks are surrounded by trees and little forests everywhere, no decimation of trees or centre pivots here, yet they have a massive dairy industry.
Houses, on the whole, are immaculate, especially in the country villages, and all have manicured gardens, with lots of pots of colour, beautiful gardens, so neat and tidy, also lots of vege gardens.
The majority of people we came across were very helpful, and friendly, there were a couple of exceptions but generally great.
We loved France.
Today we woke to rain, it didn't worry me as I was off to Bayeux, I headed down to reception to get a taxi to the appropriate train station, only to be told that because it was raining, there would be a half hour wait, sigh, the nice man on reception said I should take the metro, I explained to him that we had difficulty understanding it, he explained exactly what I should do, and off I went, got the ticket, first triumph, got the right train, thank goodness I didn't need to change trains until I got to the tgv station. Got to the Bayeux train with minutes to spare, yippee, I've mastered the metro in Paris.
A lovely train ride to Bayeux where it wasn't raining. I was so excited to see the Bayeux Tapestry, it's amazing, thought of you Toni when I was there. Spent a few hours in Bayeux and got the train back to Paris.
Managed to get the right metro train back to our hotel, yeusss! Made both the metro trips for €3.40 saving quite a few euro.
Trev spent the day wandering around in Paris, tried to go to the Harley shop for the second time, ht it was closed, their website is wrong!
Went out for dinner then started packing, fun times.
Monday, 29 September 2014
Today we spent in the beautiful Loire Valley, around 300 chateaus/castles there.
No matter how many times you see the tower it is still wow
All of the shops except touristy ones are closed on Sunday. Here is a display in a handbag shop
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Back to Paris, and this morning up at sparrows to go on a two day tour, today was driving through the Normandy region to Mont St Michel, wow awesome
Thursday, 25 September 2014
Yesterday we left Villefranche and headed on the train to Avignon. We are staying in the old walled city, it was a lot cooler and dryer climate here.
Today we woke to rain, but as we only had one day had to box on and have a look around, we went to the Pope's Palace, the famous bridge and around the gardens, in the rain, like true tourists.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Our last day dawned hot and sunny. Trev took me for a walk to the next bay for brekky of espresso and crossaint, yum.
It was my choice for dinner and we went to a restaurant called 'G' so delicious, Trev had recommended octopus for entree, and the other three of us had scallops, the octopus was Devine. Trev then had recommended risotto, with scallops, Jenny had duck, kelv had lamb shank and I had beef, all so yummy and one of the best meals so far, we finished off with crime brûlée (can't come to France without having that) and a marshmallow dessert.
Tomorrow Trev and I off to Avignon and Jenny and kelvin away with friends, from switzerland, through Italy, we will miss them, but will meet up again on way home in Singapore.