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   While living in Europe, we were able to take several trips to France; three trips to Paris, three trips to Strasbourg, one trip to the Champagne region, and one trip along the Northern coast. Paris was by far the easiest location to reach from Düsseldorf. All we had to do was take the Thalys train directly to Paris, a 5-hour trip. Eddie's only regret about France was that after taking French lessons for six years, he couldn’t speak it good enough.

   Additionally, Sheena finished working in Paris in 2004. She traveled back and forth to Paris for six months, working and living there for approximately fours months while contracting to Exxon Mobil. She really enjoyed Paris and was able to see sights and places we didn't have the time to visit while living in Germany. Eddie was able to visit her two times while she was there, using up almost all of her frequent flier miles doing so. His French was a little better than when we lived in Germany, having taken French lessons at our local Alliance Francaise branch. For more on Paris, check out the link to the left.

Eddie and Sheena

Background image - Just above the town of Vouvrey in the Loire valley, we found this sole poppy in front of thr old chenin blanc vines.

 Burgundy - Can you say Pinot Noir and Chardonay!!!

Date September 12th - 19th, 2003

   Holy crap batman! I haven't scanned any of our photos from Burgundy yet.


 Champagne - Lots and Lots of Bubbles!!!

Date May 22nd - 24th, 1999

   This holiday weekend caught us off gaurd so we made a quick trip to the Champagne region.


The Loire Valley - Les Chateaux et le Vin!!!

Date May 29th - June 4th, 2008


 Eddie taking a look out the window of the hotel, Le Manoir du Parc. It was an absolutely beautiful manor with extensive gardens and a wonderful family   The bedroom with a view over the Chateaux Ambois and city.   The center plaza of Ambois   The Loire river and bridge leading to the city of Ambois.   The Chateaus Ambois grounds.
  Need any chicken? An extensive market in the town of Montlouis-sur-Loire.   A troglodyte home built into the cliffs of the Loire valley. The caves used to be the homes of the poor, but have now been renovated into fancy, highly sought after, homes   Eddie on the wine route through the Touraine vally of the Loire.   Our 1st stop of the wine tour, the community wines caves of Montlouis.   Eddie at the Wine Spectator highly recommended wine negotiant, Le Cave Insolite.
  The most well known name in the Loire valley, Domaine Huet.   Eddie getting an unplanned private tour of Domaine Huet. The tour guide was wonderful and didn't mind my horrible French. Definitely a must visit in the Loire Valley.   Chateaux Blois   One of the most famous chateax of the region is the Chateaux de Chambord.   The Château de Chenonceau is a French château spanning the River Cher, near the small village of Chenonceaux
  The current château was built in 1514–1522 on the foundations of an old mill and was later extended to span the river.   The pagoda of Chanteloup was beautiful with extensive grounds all around.   Sheena coming up the stairs to the upper level of the pagoda.   Eddie at the base of the pagoda showing how steep and tight the stairs were.   On the way back to the hotel after wonderful day of wine tasting, a major rain storm hit the region. This is a view after the worst part of the storm.
  Driving through Vouvrey and the after effects of the storm. During the storm, Sheena was driving and Eddie was too scared to take photos thinking the car was about to be washed off the road.   La Cave des Roches – also known as les caves champignonnières, or the mushroom caves – are part of a vast network of tunnels and caves in France’s Loire Valley.   The caves were once used as homes, storefronts, restaurants, and wine cellars. Today they are still used for traditional mushroom growing for the top restaurants in the world.   In addition to growing mushrooms, a local artist is carving an extensive city out of the limestone..   No detail is too small.

The French Riviera

Date March 11th - 14th, 2000

   Before heading off on our Mediterranean cruise, we were able to take a quick tour of the French Mediterranean coast around Nice. We actually stayed in Monoco, but had time to tour the cliff side medieval city of Eze and a whirlwind tour of Nice.


The North Coast

Date September 4th - 9th, 1999



Misc. France