January 04, 2004 GMT
Good bye to France

Okay, i have a few update to share. Sorry about the delay.

So, I think Patrick left off while we were in a Gites de France in Villeneuve Loubet on the Riviera. Well, i,m not thrilled with the Gite, it is a basement suite and the shower curtain and I have had many a fight as it likes to cling to you. Also for some reason the shower nozzle is hand held (please picture how you fight off the shower curtain wrapping around you and washing your hair at the same time with only one hand). So needless to say it was an interesting spot.

The biggest problem though was that we were way out of the way of the town. This meant having to take the motorcycle everywhere or walking 2.5 km,s through a forest as the streets have no sidewalks....odd. We have found that the drivers here are very very agressive and basically are trying to either kill us or just run us of the road for fun. We miss what we had experienced in the other parts of France.

So, there we were, a little bored and a little frustrated when I had the best idea. I booked us a four day trip to LONDON. Now at first Patrick was a little concerned as we didn't really have the budget for it and of course we would still be paying for the Gite while we were gone. However, apparently I had a rather crazed look about me and was ready to snap so Patrick came around.

Here in Europe you really can get cheap flights all the time. We flew with Easyjet and also booked a hotel in London through them as well, all on the internet. The hotel worked out well as it was easy to get to (just off a tube stop) and was in a nice area of town by Kensington Palace.

To sum up our London trip we:
1) spoke to everyone who would talk to us as it was all in English
2) saw the new Lord of the Rings TWICE
3) went on a bus tour of all the major sights
4) hit as many pubs as we could manage in four days, you can never go to enough warm friendly pubs.....
5) had japanese food
6) walked about 100 miles
7) had sun every day we were there except the day we left on Dec 20th

So London, good place, great vibe and we'll go back.

So back to France we spent a quiet and weird Christmas day. Patrick took me to Monacco so I could see the casinos and the royals. It is a very small place and you can tell everyone has money to burn.

On the 27th of December we head to Nice for the next 5 days to make it over the last of the holiday season. It was a good choice as we were back in a bigger city that had everything we needed Plus a great walkway around the beach of the Mediteranian. It was warm there most days getting to about 15 degrees. We spent most of our time window shopping and sightseeing.

So where are we now you ask????

We have spent the last few days on the road and back tracked to Narbonne France. The temperature is about 3 degrees and that is cold cold cold for poor me. I look like a stuffed bag on the bike as now I just where all the clothes I took with me.

Side note to my friends- i hate all my clothes and want to burn them.....

Today is Sunday January 4th and on Wednesday we (including the bike) are jumping on this great train that will take us to Frankfurt Germany.

So get out your ledderhosen and some cold beer, we hit country number NINE.

p.s. we just want to thank all of you who sent us an email or a comment through this site over the last month, it made the holiday season a little closer for us..

Posted by Danette Harkness at January 04, 2004 06:16 PM GMT
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Hi - Happy New Year. I wanted to let you know what I enjoyed when we were in Germany 3yrs ago. Heidelberg was a great place. University type town and they have a pretty good castle tour. Another place we liked was Koblenz - it is a town where the Mosel & Rhein rivers meet. More castles, vineyards and a nice road along the river for a tour on the bike. We found the prices quite good for pension type places that included breakfast. Beer is also well priced, of course ! The secondary highways are much nicer than the autobahn in terms of scenery. Have a great time !

Posted by: Colleen von Dehn on January 12, 2004 05:07 PM GMT
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