Where we are staying

Hotel de Arts

The hotel is positioned well in the old historic section of the city right outside are all the restaurants.

The room is pokey small especially after Sablet, the view from the room is nice and has a partial view of the river.

The view from the room

Arriving in Strasbourg

We waited 3 hours for our next flight and then it was time to board. We had row 26 which ended up being the last row in the aircraft. It was quite small with only 2 x 2 seat configuration and 26 rows.

Just before the plane was to leave they called my name our and I went up and they had changed our seats to row 3.

As I was walking up we could see that almost all of the passengers were from about row 12 to row 26. And only a few up the front so we moved and that was good. No bigger but it felt better sitting there.

We arrived about 9:30pm and collected our bags, it appeared somewhere from Marseille they had cut our locks off the bags – but there was no note/reason and nothing looked stolen.

We were quite tired by this point and caught a cab to the hotel – 47 Euro – quite steep, more than the 35 euro we were told by the person at the information desk at the airport.

It was still lively outside the hotel when we arrived, and because it was almost 10pm when we got to the hotel door and pressed the buzzer we were told the reception had closed and we had to go down to another hotel to pickup our key. It was only about 80 meters away, but it was odd dragging our bags around on the cobbles while people were eating at the café’s.

We got the key and trundled back to our little hotel door and up to our room. It is definitely very small, about the size of a small bedroom but not too bad with a partial view over the river only 30 meters away.

Since it was so late and we had not eaten much except for some bread in the morning we were keen to get some before everything closed. Well we looked around at a couple of places and then checked if they were still serving food. 3 restaurant's said they were no longer serving dinner and we thought we were out of luck but we found a little place that was still serving dinner.

I ordered a Salmon & green lentil dish, and pam ordered Pig Checks cooked in Pinot with Potatoes.

We ordered a couple of beers and could start to relax again. The dishes came quite quickly and they were very full so the kitchen was working overtime.

The food was good, and the beers were slightly sweet but enjoyable, more so for me than Pam who was looking for lighter beer.

Honfleur–the view from our room


We arrived in Honfleur about 1:30pm and it looked really busy with people everywhere. We searched for a car park and ended up finding one about 1KM from the place we were staying and locked up and walked to find the lady who was waiting for us.

Honfleur is a very pretty little town with cobbled streets and lovely old buildings and of course the Vieux Bassin.

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Our hotel room (little apartment) on the first floor has wonderful views over the Bassin and also the old wooden church (180 degrees behind)

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Where we are staying – Sablet


View towards the town of Sablet



The view from Les Quatre Terrasses


Les Quatre Terrasses is a beautifully renovated 14th century Provencal village house

Situated west of Mont Ventoux and at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail, this authentic, medieval, village house provides modern facilities for those seeking for a luxurious holiday in the Cote du Rhone wine region. This unique property offers spacious living and sleeping accommodation incorporating on the ground floor, a living room with wood burning stove, and grand terrace for dining and relaxing, professional kitchen with small breakfast terrace along with a smaller prep kitchen and cloakroom. Enjoy the romantic sunsets on the terrace just off the reading room on the first floor where there is also a master bedroom with en suite bathroom & shower. A private terrace for sunbathing can be accessed from the top floor. Separate living and sleeping area on the lower ground floor provides, two bedrooms, one shower room with toilet, a laundry area with sauna. Shade from the sun is provided by the vine in the small secure garden overlooking the Place des Barry with its popular viewing point.


Where we are staying – Champagne

La Ravenne
51210 Le Breuil


La Ravenne is a 19th century stone farmhouse set among the great vineyards of the Champagne region, fully renovated for comfortable modern living, while maintaining the character and ambiance of a French country residence.

The three storey house has five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms with beds for eleven guests

We are staying for 5 nights here

Where we are staying – Strasbourg

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10, place Marché Cochons de Lait
67000 Strasbourg

Situated in the heart of Strasbourg, the administrative centre of the Alsace region and the Bas-Rhin department, the Hotel des Arts** enjoys a privileged location at the foot of the Cathedral.

The hotel has 24 rooms, each one fully equipped and decorated in a clean and modern style. Its location near the shops and restaurants of Strasbourg’s historic pedestrian city centre, and near the Notre Dame Cathedral, gives the hotel a unique atmosphere.

Where we are staying – Dinan


La Vieille Auberge

La Vieille Auberge is believed to have been built in 1386, and is reputedly one of the oldest houses in Dinan.

The Master bedroom door has “1792” burnt into the top third. Although we cannot be sure of the significance, this was the year the Bretons joined forces with the Marsaillaise on their march to Paris. On the stone window sill in the upstairs sitting room, the name “Louis” is carved in what looks like 17th century script.

During the 1800’s to early 1900’s, the house functioned as a Cider House, and iron rings on the side wall of the Rue du Coignet were used by patrons to tie-up their horses.

La Vieille Auberge is listed as an Historic Building of the 14th Century, and escaped not only a major fire which swept through the city in the 1600’s (and explains why this house looks so much older than the other houses on the street), but also the events of WW II. Happily for Dinan, the US Army felt that the town was of enough historical importance to negotiate for its protection with the occupying German forces, thus preventing what would have been significant destruction of the town.

Dinan itself has a long and fascinating history.  First settled by monks in the 9th century, it had by the 12th century become an important centre for trade.  The river Rance was key to trading, and its elevated position, accessible only via the steep and well protected Rue du Petit Port made the town difficult to attack.

However, attacks were inevitable in the Middle Ages and Dinan was no exception.  During the siege of 1357 the brother of an important knight, Bertrand Du Guesclin, was captured by the Englishman Thomas Canterbury.  Negotiations to release his brother resulted in a man-to-man fight between Thomas and Bertrand.  Bertrand came out on top, and was thereafter fêted as the hero of the town.  His statue still stands in the town’s main square, and his heart is entombed in the church of St Sauveur.

Where we are staying–Honfleur

Honfleur is a commune in the Calvados department in north-western France. It is located on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine across from le Havre and very close to the exit of the Pont de Normandie. Its inhabitants are called Honfleurais.

We are going to drive From Paris to Honfleur – about 3 hours or a bit longer if we decide not to take the motorways all the way.


Chambre Houdaille
27 rue des Logettes
14600 Honfleur


This “may” be the view from out hotel/apartment room? Here's hoping.

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