Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Le Foret de Troncais et Les Chamignoux

 So here's another chapter in the unplanned trip to France in 2002. We were cycling (cheapest way to live when unexpectedly on holidays) according to the TV news weather map - avoiding mountains!!  We ended up here - somewhere in Allier, near Montlucon. It was beautiful country, very french.
 Cycling through villages with amazing views in ancient streets.. we just couldn't believe how lucky we were.

 Constantly taking in the new and different... my partner was intrigued by the ancient architecture.

 Cycling meant having all our travel gear on the bikes... as this was an unplanned trip we had to do some sorting, rearranging and ended up with our little 'Bob' trailer. It worked a treat (as long as I wasn't towing it).
 When we decided to come to this part of the world, we booked a gite (local farm house for rent) and then started riding towards it. The gite was located in the village of Les Chamignoux near le Foret du Trancais. It was such a highlight of our trip.. we loved it!
 This was our Gite... white stone collage with red wines.

Time to play with fires in cozy corners... 
 And like any good French village - they had hunts!

Located near the Forest of Tronçais (Forêt de Tronçais) we enjoyed walks, rides & picnics. This is a French national forest, a forêt domaniale, comprising 10,600 hectares in the Allier, managed by the Office national des forêts. Its oaks, planted by order of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, minister of Louis XIV to supply the French navy, constitute one of the principal stands of oaks in Europe. The oaks of Tronçais, representing some 80% of production, are prized for the barrels coopered for cognac and the great wines of Bordeaux.

I will share another special story from this part of the world in next weeks edition. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Paris in July 2017 - Week 3

Here comes Week 3 of Paris in July 2017. I've been having a great time visiting all the posts, and there have been lots! Just like the button I've selected for this week, there have been many different varieties of contributions. From reviews of great classic books & authors (thanks Mel U), to books & documentaries on Van Gogh & his brother Theo.. music & video clips, like the one I'm going to show again here cos I loved it..(thanks Mae)... to visits to french gardens (Jeanie) & museums, & crazy french fashion(thanks Esme).... our love of things Paris & french is broad & deep. Its so special to find a community to share it with.

Mae shared this link last week and I thought I'd post it here in celebration of Paris and le Quatorze Juillet .
24 words for Paris 2024 from Cokau Lab on Vimeo.

 Now here's this weeks Mr Linky... its helpful to put the name of your post in the NAME box with your name in brackets, and then the link to your current post in the link box.. There have been some issues with Mr Linky, and if you would prefer not to use it, use my comments section instead.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Musee du velo

Back in 2002, my partner and I packed up, left home on a journey, and ended up in France on bikes! We fell in love with France on that trip (although my Dad reminds me I fell in love with France with I was 3 too). Landing in France was unexpected and unplanned, so we had no expectations. Each day turned out to be a new adventure.

On this particular day, my partner was in 7th heaven.... a collection of all things Bikes! This museum was in the country, somewhere around Cluny, a town we ended up staying in for over a week just because there was so much to do there.

My regular followers will know, we are Tour de France fans (and Tour Down Under). So it was especially gorgeous to find this corner of the Musee devoted to some of the Tour's history..

Check out the collection of Biddons (drinking bottles) along the top of this wall! (what scares me, is that we have a growing collection just like this - we get then from the side of the race each year!)

For those that enjoy watching things evolve - here's some different bikes that were clearly in a state of trial. We don't see many of these around today.

I'm not sure I could master the Penny Farthing, and I admire those that did (and still do). When we see a Penny Farthing these days, it's out of place and appears uncomfortable - but I'm told, back in their time, they were a machine to reckon with!
I quite like this poster... off she goes with him chasing her. What fun! Cycling has certainly brought some fun times into our household. I recall this accidental trip to France with some fondness, as cycling was the cheapest way we could do it. I wasn't particularly bike fit or savvy then - and we certainly didn't know much french then either. But we made our way around some lovely areas of France and got fit at the same time!
I believe this musee was a private collection open to the public. We were very lucky to find it, and to have the time to enjoy all there was collected here. I've just found more information here about the Musee du Velo... If you're ever in the area, I'd recommend a visit.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Paris in July 2017 - here comes week 2

Bonjour Paris! Hasn't that first week been amazing? Thank you all - we've had some really interesting posts about authors, books to be read, famous children's characters, places we've visited in France, french music, french chocolate.... and so much more. I particular enjoyed Deb from ReaderBuzz' post on her favourite posts from previous Paris in July events... Its always nice to revisit things we thought were special in the past....

I'm sorry I didn't actually get a post up in past week, but uni assignments come first. Now that's handed in, I can engage a little more here.

Don't forget, this week the French celebrate Quatorze Julliet - what will you be doing? I think our local Alliance Francais is having a moving night and drinks, and then I will celebrate with my french class mates  over a dinner next weekend. Love to hear all about it..

Here's this weeks Mr Linky!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Paris in July - Officially starts!


Thank you to MarmeladeGypsy for these amazing buttons for participants in Paris in July 2017. You may use these buttons anyway you want... choose one for all your Paris in July posts or use a different one for different types of posts... or create your own. It's just a fun way to mark your posts.. 

I'm attaching a mr Linky button below for you to link in your posts. I'll put up a new a mr Linky each week (probably on my sundays). 

For new comers to  this event you'll find some links to past events in my Challenges page above. Welcome.. feel free to contribute as much or as little as you like, on whatever your dream of Paris jn July would be... all topics are welcomed. 

I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by the level of genuine interest and committment you have shown to this event, and I'm really pleased many of you are addicted too.. 

Lets raise our glasses .....
"Here's to Paris in July" 

Link your posts in here this week...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Paris in July..... some goals

This is a happy french memory for me...
I might post something on my stay here in 2002

Thank you for joining us in this years Paris in July blogging event. Karen reminded me that this is our 10th anniversary... so Happy Birthday Paris in July!!  Having recieved so much encouragement, I've been compiling my list of things I hope to do for my virtual journey to Paris, France this year.
  1. Learn something new about life in France.... 
  2. Visit some of the museums of France virtually... so much easier to do these days
  3. Maybe blog in french a little.... 
  4. I have a reading list, and some new French authors to learn about
  5. Id like to listen to some current french music too
  6. I will also do something for le quatorze juillet.. this looks achievable
 So here's a glimpse of my reading choices...

Special Request.... if anyone is passionate & interested in developing a Paris in July button, it was be most welcomed.

Mr Linky should be up by the 1st July.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Paris in July ... an addiction

Here's the thing... recently I haven't been very engaged in the blogging space, and I feel that blogging connections are harder and harder to maintain and develop in the days of rapidly changing social media behaviours.... however, I know I have a small collection of lovely and loyal blogging friends, and I value those connections.

For the past 10 years, I have been hosting or co hosting the annual blogging event known as "Paris in July "... its something that I secretly love and cherish in my blogging life.. but motivation to promise to lead it again is challenged by the other priorities in my life, my realisation that I don't have many active followers anymore, and my partners of the past are not in this space anymore... so I have been actively trying not to do this post.... trying not to put this out there... trying not to say it.... but I cant hold back.... I am an addict.

I truly am.....

I am going to do my own version of Paris in July this year.. you may join me, or just follow... I am going to commit to posting during July on my French connections... books I read, movies I watch, movies I love, Food I adore, and what ever else I can find that brings Paris into my wintery Aussie life. I would love your company, but its not expected... so I will try & get the mr linky thing back working, or we will just use comments to link to each others posts.

So here's to Paris in July....