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    Well, being a few days after 9/11 most likely had...

    Well, being a few days after 9/11 most likely had a lot to do with that. But, in Europe, people tend to queue up with no logical pattern, far in advance of a departing flight. They generally do not...
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    Why was traveling to Italy a pain? I guess, as a...

    Why was traveling to Italy a pain? I guess, as a traveler, you have to be prepared and accepting that certain stuff does happen. And, in the world of air travel, it is worth it to pay a little more...
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    ShootingStar, we *did* see awesome scenery, and...

    ShootingStar, we *did* see awesome scenery, and passed many castles, farms, chateaus, etc. I was very conscious of noticing this stuff, as I rode, because sometimes, I get too wrapped up in the...
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    We made it home, on time... so nice to feel the...

    We made it home, on time... so nice to feel the 60 degree temperature! I slept an hour on the train and several on the plane, so despite trying, I did nothing more than doze all night. Got out of bed...
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    So, our last day of riding went quite well, but I...

    So, our last day of riding went quite well, but I had to do a lot of mental self talk to get me through. My body is starting to rebel from the riding, the heat, and all of the eating and drinking. We...
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    The scenery looks like just what you see on TV,...

    The scenery looks like just what you see on TV, watching the Tour. It's hot and sort of a desert climate, but with trees. Grapevines, lavender, and lots of produce. Little farm roads, and narrow...
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    So, the 7 non-Ventoux riders headed out today, to...

    So, the 7 non-Ventoux riders headed out today, to a cafe, about 12 miles away. Other than the GPS file from Trek pointing us up a dirt/scarred pavement road with a 10% grade, it was non-eventful....
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    AZ, I generally only post a few pics on FB. This...

    AZ, I generally only post a few pics on FB. This is a little more secure, and besides, you guys appreciate it more
    Today was hard. We have only been back for about a half hour, because we got lost...
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    So, the train trip to A if on was flawless and we...

    So, the train trip to A if on was flawless and we noted several other riders on the train. After eating in the station, we spied the van and our guides. There were actually 2 trips leaving, the other...
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    Our dinner last night was really fun. I felt bad for their 10 yr. old son, who came. He speaks no English, but he was well behaved. Today we did not eat the hotel breakfast and went to a cafe...
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    So, yesterday, we walked all through the Tulieres...

    So, yesterday, we walked all through the Tulieres Gardens, saw the Arc du Triomphe, and looked in lots of shops. Went out to a great restaurant. Managed to have copious amounts of wine at both lunch...
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    We have arrived in Paris. Actually slept some on...

    We have arrived in Paris. Actually slept some on the plane.
    Good sign is the flight attendants all tried to speak to me in French, so I guess I don't look like a "dumb American."
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    Merci!

    Merci!
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    My French Adventure

    I am going to start a new thread to write about my trip to Provence. It's now about 5:40 PM, we are going out to get a quick dinner, before the limo comes at 8 PM. Our flight doesn't leave until 11,...
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