Thursday, August 01, 2013

On Vacation for August, Holiday in France

We will be traveling around France for the next four weeks.  We were last in France four years ago. At that time we did a two-week hike in the French Alps from Megève to Nice.

This year we fly to London, spend the night and see a play in the in the West End. Then we catch the Chunnal Train to Paris where we meet up with our first tour.

Burgundy and Provence Riverboat Gay Cruise organized by Brand g Vacations.  This tour is described as: “Your all gay adventure begins with two nights and guided sightseeing in Paris, the "City of Light." Travel south to fascinating Beaune for a Burgundy wine tasting; then board your ship in quaint Chalon-sur-Saône and set sail for lovely Tournus, Mâcon, France's gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, the UNESCO World Herit-age Site of Avignon, before disembarking in Arles, once home to Vincent Van Gogh. This cruise vacation has it all—historic sites, charming towns, world-class wine and cuisine and more!”

At the end of this tour, we spend four days at a gay owned Bed and Breakfast in Montpellier.  We then take a train to Aigues Mortes for the next tour.

Provence Bike and Boat Tour organized by Nichols Expeditions. It begins in Aigues Mortes and continues to Avignone.  The tour is described as: “A wonderful tour through the wild Camargue nature with its bulls and horses: from the medieval fortress of Aigues Mortes to Saintes Maries de la Mer and then gradually by boat towards Arles. After that you visit the most typical Provence landscape, including the Rhone Valley, Van Gogh’s Provence, the Roman France of Pont du Gard and finally toast with the precious wines of Chateauneuf du Pape.”

When this tour is finished in Avignone, we take a train back to Paris. We have rented an apartment in Le Marais district for eleven days. A family member recommended using ParisMarais.Com, a travel guide dedicated to the "Art of Living" in the Marais, Paris’ historical center. ParisMarais.Com site provides information and reservation services to selected luxury boutique hotels, guesthouses and guest rooms. We will be back at the beginning of September. See you then…
See You In September - THE HAPPENINGS

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