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France: The affair continues. A trip report by Cigalechanta

France: The affair continues. A trip report by Cigalechanta

Old Sep 12th, 2004, 08:07 AM
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As always, I am very much enjoying your trip report, Mimi. It's so nice to see you around again. You were missed.
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Old Sep 12th, 2004, 08:42 AM
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Welcome home, Mimi. Thanks for the great report, I am envious. And hungry.
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Old Sep 12th, 2004, 08:43 AM
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Thanks Mimi for the lovely evocative trip report. I could just taste the food and wine and feel the warm sirocco blowing through my hair.
It a shame you had car trouble but it didnt seem to spoil you holiday thank goodness. You certainly packed a lot in!
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Old Sep 12th, 2004, 02:40 PM
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Mimi, what an absolute delight to sign in and discover this trip report from you!

Sounds like y'all had a wonderful journey! But then, in your company, who wouldn't?

Welcome home, dear lady!
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Old Sep 12th, 2004, 02:58 PM
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Mimi, my darling Mimi!

I am saving this in total and hope to duplicate it!

Your love of France shines thru every word!

Welcome home...or welcoms back...I think your spiritual world IS france!
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Old Sep 12th, 2004, 03:31 PM
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Thank you for your wonderful report, excellant advice and insights, as always. I'm so glad your doggie is ok (I know how much he misses you on your trips).

We watched the delightful Monsieur Ibrahim last night, which I believe you recommended here, so thanks for that as well.
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Old Sep 12th, 2004, 05:05 PM
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Mimi, I have to sympathize with you about the car breakdown. I had one colossal one in France once at 1:00am once. It led to many telephone calls to the US because I was home exchanging and a major repair was called for--and I had to rent a car while it was done. So, I know how stressful that can be.

The deal with home exchanges is that, unless it is an accident, the owner pays for repairs. Obviously, there was a question about "shelling out" without advance discussion for something major.

The important thing is that you did not allow your car problem to spoil your trip.

Have you seen the Abbaye de Tournus? If you stop there again, you should. It is a fine example of Lombard architecture.

Welcome home!
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Old Sep 12th, 2004, 06:23 PM
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Well done, mimi
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Old Sep 12th, 2004, 07:44 PM
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Welcome back, Mimi! I'm so happy you had a good trip & I'm taking notes. Merci, merci, merci!
 
Old Sep 13th, 2004, 01:54 AM
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Thanks for the beautiful report! Since I woke up this morning I was thinking of France and small villages with cobblestone streets - of people opening the Boulangerie and serving Espresso and coffee to early customers with a cheerful "Bonjour". (I know you buy bread at a Boulangerie - but in some villages, you can have coffee as well!)

So - to sign on and found your trip report was just to brighten all the pictures in my head!! Thanks so much.

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Old Sep 13th, 2004, 02:19 AM
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Mimi,
Your trip sounds wonderful--
So many good meals, and so many good friends!
( and so many cute pups! ((&)) -- too bad you couldn't bring one home!)
It's great to have you back!
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Old Sep 13th, 2004, 04:14 AM
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Mimi,

Great report. You provide many ideas for future exploration.

I know you are very familiar with St. Remy but thought I would suggest "Sous Les Figues" a little hotel in the heart of St. Remy. It is run by a lady painter, Denise Kupper, a friend of ours. She also gives art classes.

Your essay helps answer that oft-asked question "Why do we travel?"

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Old Sep 13th, 2004, 04:18 AM
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welcome back! nice to see you again.

ah, l'Affaire Francaise... any photos?
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Old Sep 13th, 2004, 06:32 AM
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It's good to have you back again, Mimi, and thank you for the report, which gives me the sense of having been on the trip myself!
It has prompted me to start working on my kids to see if we can pull off a family thing in 2005!
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Old Sep 13th, 2004, 07:22 AM
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love all the food, drink and restuarant descriptions in your report.

Thanks for the report
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Old Sep 13th, 2004, 08:16 AM
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Having the steering go out on the car must have been quite an experience. What model of car was it? What rental company had EuropeCar booked you through? Actually I told my husband this story (with trepidation) and he still thinks driving that road might be fun. I was surprised. It would be nice to be so familiar with the area that you don't need to pre-book rooms. That sounds really carefree.
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Old Sep 13th, 2004, 08:20 AM
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Wow - what a great report. Very nice descriptions. Welcome back.
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Old Sep 13th, 2004, 09:15 AM
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Thanks for all the kind words and to those of you who always support me.
Hopingtotravel. It was a clio but this was an unusal event and only an inconvience. We rent the same car every year, and would again. That drive is lovely. Another area we travelled through that was stunning was the Coreeze, so many forests and lakes. I want to add that besides the saintly lady in the red car(we sent her flowers) a couple on a motorcycle and another man in a car, stopped to see what help they could give. The fad amoung some chefs seems to be to sprinkle the border of the white plats with paprika and the salade dressings with a creamy vinergrette dressing.
Another amusing moment is when we stopped to see these beautiful reddish-brown cows in a field. When they spotted me they all banded together including the many calfs all raced up to the fence, maybe three dozen, and all together mooed. It was a surrealistic moment. When I walked back to the car where J. was checking the map, they disbanded.
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Old Sep 13th, 2004, 10:03 AM
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Very enjoyable report. I really miss the wonderful variety of salads that are made in France.

I decided two trips ago to quit renting cars from Eurocar. I had trouble with two cars from them. And now with your incident, and some bad reports from friends, I'm glad I stopped using them.

On my last trip to France, I used National (Citer). They had newer cars with better rates.

Glad you had a great trip.
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...and this post is on Fodor's home page! Thank you for your report...
It is an affair with France, isn't it. I share this wonder.
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