So i am a little late updating my travels over the summer period. I didn't go as far as initially planned but had a lovely trip that started of with a weekend in London followed by 10 days taking in Amsterdam and the French countryside drinking very nice champagne and wine.
Take that in Amsterdam were amazing and defo worth a watch if you ever get the chance. Ellie Goulding at Somerset House on the Thames was sublime as the small venue suited her voice beautifully.
Next stop Champagne and well that was just lovely too sampling all those fine bubbles in those fine champagne houses. On to Epernay which is the capital of the Champagne region and where most of the houses are situated on the Avenue De Champagne. I had a very nice saunter up here on my bike that I also had an altercation with as the back break appeared to be when you pedalled backwards thus meaning everytime I did this I ended hurt in some manner, it was all fine though as the champagne numbed any pain that I felt.
Down to the Loire Valley to sample some of the finest white wines. Lots of small caves on the side of the road to stop at and have a wee sniff. Obviously I didn't sample that much as I was driving but I did manage to purchase a few bottles to take home for the wine rack for the rents.
Cognac awaits to see the other half of the family and also have a personla guided tour of Hennessy as myself and Joy appeared to be the only 2 wishing to take part at 10am in the morning. I must admit slightly too early for the sampling of Cognac, not one of my favs at all.
Paris beckoned and although I didn't get to witness the Tour De France, I did ride the Champs Elyssee on a very touristy bike which was a great giggle. I also managed to remain unscaved on this little number as both brakes were on the handle bars where they are meant to be.
I can honestly say there is no better way to see Paris and all the beautiful sights thatn by bike. The lanes are fab and the traffic isn't that horrendous either. Well worth a visit for sure.
I also couldn't leave Paris without going to the Orangerie to see Monets amazing Water Lillies that virtually hang from ceiling to floor. I am lucky enough to have been twice and well the second time had the same affect as the first.
Giverny and Monets House. There aren't really alot of words to describe this place other than I would recommend anyone to go and visit this village, his house and of course his famous water lillies, breath-taking. Next to Monets house was a small cafe where you could have a lovely coffee and watch the world go by.
Dieppe - last stop on this journey and what a hub of activity it was here around the quay side, lots of bars and eateries as well as young people. The camp site we stayed on was slightly random as we were the only brits. The pub was very funny playing bingo with the locals who eneded up helping us and I never won the sun lounger that I wanted.