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Bits and pieces from my short break to France

 
 
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 7 Sep, 2005 11:40 pm
You can change that still at the offices of the various National Banks, hamburger!
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McTag
 
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Reply Wed 7 Sep, 2005 11:42 pm
Seems fairy cheap, Walter. Very economical- especially in old francs.

Lovely pictures, thanks. And an interesting travelogue.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2005 12:59 am
Horses in the early morning's misty sun opposite the entrance

http://img388.imageshack.us/img388/64/abbayedevalloires04tp.th.jpg

lead our steps to the Abbey Church of Valloires and especially to the gardens there:

http://img388.imageshack.us/img388/2013/abbayedevalloires14jv.th.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2005 01:00 am
http://img395.imageshack.us/img395/452/abbayedevalloires54yb.th.jpg

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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2005 01:19 am
http://img395.imageshack.us/img395/8205/abbayedevalloires38fg.th.jpg

http://img388.imageshack.us/img388/4483/abbayedevalloires20ze.th.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2005 01:29 am
A trip with the steam railway around the Somme bay gives us some rest


http://img395.imageshack.us/img395/6981/valeryrailway7az.th.jpg

We walk through the flower roads of St. Valery afterwards ...


http://img395.imageshack.us/img395/3741/valeryflowerstreet4xy.th.jpg
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the prince
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2005 01:30 am
How come yr pictures dont have any gorgeous french men ?
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2005 01:30 am
.... up to the medieval part of this lovely town

http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/570/valerymedieval6is.th.jpg

http://img395.imageshack.us/img395/3494/valerymedieval19bm.th.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2005 01:33 am
the prince wrote:
How come yr pictures dont have any gorgeous french men ?


a) ts, ts!

b) since Mrs. Walter is lurking as well: ts, ts to the 'other possibilty' as well.

[c) there was a nearly naked one on the beach some pages ago!]
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2005 01:35 am
Which brings us to the end:

dinner in a stylish restaurant

http://img395.imageshack.us/img395/7186/valerynightdinner5eh.th.jpg


and a nice view over the bay in the evening sun

http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/5333/valerynightbay2pr.th.jpg



À la revoyure! Au revoir!
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Francis
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2005 03:01 am
Merci pour ce brillant exposé, Walter, et à bientôt!
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2005 03:06 am
Hey Francis, hon. Englishman mon ami, le cricket is about to start

England won toss

and bat first.

this means we dont face Shane Warne bowling in the final innings
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Francis
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2005 05:48 am
Hello, Steve, my friend! I'll watch it with interest (I mean, trying to understand)...
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McTag
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2005 06:06 am
Did somebody mention Shane Warne?
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Francis
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2005 06:07 am
Maybe in some other thread, McT?
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goodfielder
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2005 06:14 am
Yep we're giving him a belting in the Oz Election thread Laughing
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 11 Sep, 2005 01:01 am
Thanks to all for your kind responses!
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margo
 
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Reply Wed 21 Sep, 2005 09:29 pm
good pix, Walter (I'm late, as usual!)
This is a nice part of France - but we were only in the area to see the war cemetaries - a depressing part of a trip!
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 21 Sep, 2005 11:13 pm
I've been to those parts as well - before that, and when I just passed this region to go to other parts of France.


The most depression - and most remarkable - I think, however, is, when you go through some villages, read the signs and notice that it tooks weeks in WWI just to "win" or "loose" ten meters.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 29 Sep, 2005 03:02 pm
There have been still some pics in my camera, photos I made on the way back, in French Flandre.

And I got this film finally developed as well :wink:

http://www.nordmag.fr/nord_pas_de_calais/flandre/carteflandre.jpg
French Flandre

The following pics are from Bergues (origianally called "the green mountain" = "Groenberg"), which is said to be the "second Bruges".

Walking round the town walls of Bergues, you could almost be back in the Middle Ages! The walls and towers are remarkably complete. This market town has stood guard over the coastal marshes of Flanders for generations, fending off attacks from every direction. In peaceful interludes, local farmers brought produce to sell in the market by the town belfry.


Bergues was a properous port for the Flemish wool trade, with ships coming up the river from the sea. Its trade rivalled Dunkerque or Bruges.

For centuries the area was part of the domain of the Count of Flanders, which became the Spanish Netherlands in the later Middle Ages. Much of the town reflects the Flemish style of architecture. The Belfry was originally built in the 16th century as a fortified watch tower. Dynamited by the Germans in 1940, it was rebuilt after the war. [Now a UN World Heritage Monument]

The Mont-de-Piété (a pawnshop) was one of several built in Flanders in the 17th century to help the poor.


So, here's a view from a typical street towards the Belfroi



http://img359.imageshack.us/img359/4749/blickaufbelfroi4zy.th.jpg
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