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french tour

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Clifford Hopkins

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Bourgogne
vast - voluptuous - varied
unsullied, unheralded
home to one of the best kept secrets in France
palpable history, roman vestiges
Perigord - Quercy
cradle of western civilization
prehistorique grottes
brimming with ambiance and beauty
picturesque, pristine valleys and villages
Languedoc - Roussilon
southern skies
a painter's mecca
vineyards, chateaux, roman ruins
an entire town carved out of stone
captivating canal du Midi
roman beltway
broad beaches, bustling ports
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A Cornucopia of delightful vistas and villages


Collognes-la-rouge
Cahors
Carcassone
Carmagues
France leaves everything to your imagination
Dijon
Dole
Doubs (departement)
Ornans
Arbois
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Avignon
Arles
Aix en Provence
Alpes de Haute
Provence
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of captivating choices
Celebrate your good fortune!
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Avallon (Vezelay, Sermur en Auxois)
St. Agnan -Anost - Autun


Avallon (Vezelay, Sermur en Auxois)
St. Agnan -Anost - Autun


Bordeaux-Brantome-Beynac-Bergerac (Les Eyzies, Sarlat)

Bordeaux-Brantome-Beynac-Bergerac (Les Eyzies, Sarlat)

BA French
Visiting France for 50 years
I am quite familiar with great
swatches of France and to a
large degree virtually all of it.
An embarrassment of riches--not whether to live in France, but where!
Settled in Bourgogne
My terms:

You make all your flight and hotel arrangements for Paris
I will tell you which train tickets to buy and where to board the train (six stations in Paris!)
You proceed to the rendezvous point and I meet you there
I will make all further travel and hotel reservations, car rental, bicycle, bus, boat
I will be your personal guide for five days (you may stay in France for as long as you wish!)
I charge $1,000 plus meals, hotel and travel expenses (in France.)
The tour dates are between mid-August to mid-October.

Email only: Chop_87440@Yahoo.com
Budget tours--
Budget tours--
Run the Roman roads in Bourgogne
Follow the canals by bicycle
Study the stars in remote region of national park

These will all entail a degree of fitness--camping, hiking or bicycling. While canals are flat, getting there may be involve some hills and climbing.

You will want to invest in the best equipment for sleeping, cooking and other comforts in the out-of-doors to either bring with you or buy in France. They have wonderful stores and far better products than U.S.

Run the Roman roads in Bourgogne
Follow the canals by bicycle
Study the stars in remote region of national park

These will all entail a degree of fitness--camping, hiking or bicycling. While canals are flat, getting there may be involve some hills and climbing.

You will want to invest in the best equipment for sleeping, cooking and other comforts in the out-of-doors to either bring with you or buy in France. They have wonderful stores and far better products than U.S.

Dordogne and Domme River valley
Domme
Dordogne and Domme River valley
Domme
Claremont-Ferrand-Cevennes
Claremont-Ferrand-Cevennes
Bayeux (tapestry)
Basse Normand
Omaha Beach
St. Lo
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Experience
Merci!
Provence
Bretagne
Where voices of silence prevail
Where voices of silence prevail
unspoiled, pristine National Park
unspoiled, pristine National Park
Little changed in a hundred years
Little changed in a hundred years
Beauty is truth, truth beauty--that is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know.
-Keats
Moulins-Engilbert (Middle Age vestiges galore) --1,691

St. Honoré les Bains (ancient roman and belle epoch vestiges)--844

Glux en Glen (César's camp nearby)--105

Onlay (great local restaurant and medieval church)--182

St Agnan (a consummate palette of nature--lake, woods, medieval church,
small brooks, ponds)--163

Semelay (little hameau with restaurant, old church and on old roman road)--279

Préproche (former roman settlement) --229

Montaron (the best little restaurant in all of France)--167

Villapourçon (the quintessential French hameau--in short, paradise)--449


Population
Village/Hameau--features of endearment--
Follow in the footsteps
of César
Step back in time...
Step back in time...
Prominence is site of Roman oppidum from 2nd century BC. It had a reasonably long shelf-life: 1400 years. Then in the Middle Ages a chateau was built on the ruins and subsequently it was dismantled by peasants in the religious wars in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Romans had a way
of communicating via relay from these posts covering 150 miles a day.
Shhhh...
Sublime scenery in every direction
A sketch at every degree of the compass.
Consumerism--practically nil
Tourism--low and subtle profile
Supermarkets--rare as Unicorns
Epiceries--ample; oozing with ambiance

Gallo-Roman thermal baths
Temple--Amphitheatre
As the Yonne is less than a two-hour drive from Paris, it is a mystery how the region has remained largely undiscovered by the hordes of tourists who descend on France every summer.
A noted travel magazine has suggested, as have I, that this region may well be the best kept secret in France. And, yes, some seven million tourists arrive
each and every month--b
ut not here.

The Yonne region of northern Burgundy is home to some of France's finest vineyards and restaurants,
spectacular scenery and delightful, unspoiled villages.
A microcosm of the best nature has to offer.
The very essence of France resides here.
All this distilled into an area of 300,000 hectares!
French is TOTALLY indispensable in navigating this region; there are few hotels and restaurants--albeit good ones!--and directions--you will be faced with a congress of tiny roads going back to Roman times--and a myriad of sign posts.The best alternative hands down is to stay in Gîtes--some negotiate, some don't. Hence my services.
This is a nature preserve--no building, no tennis courts, no golf courses, no shopping centers, no malls, no noise--even cars are rare; in a word--well two--rural, friendly: I hitchhike and I always get a ride. Most of those who stop are women, or couples--often with children. A novelty? I can well imagine.
...and there

In Roman times some 10-15,000 people lived in my village in the Morvan--today 845.

In 1800 in the Morvan there were 70 persons per sq.km.

Now--only 14 persons per sq.km.
The author..
here
Petite jolie maison
Morvandelle
This is a gîte--you have the run of it--for $600 a week--multi, multi bedrooms, and furnished to a T!
Not so opulent but certainly
pleasant enough.
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