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GENERAL DISCUSSIONS! => My Holiday Trip => Topic started by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on August 18, 2008, 02:46:43 PM

Title: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on August 18, 2008, 02:46:43 PM
Just to let you know, i will be gone for 10 days

First destination the loire castles, we have nothing prearranged, just go and travel and see where we land

Chambord, one of the nicest castles on the Loire, imagine, that was just built for pleasure and hunting parties

Hope to bring some pictures and videos

  (http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z249/georgswa/chambord.jpg)
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Bertie Horak on August 18, 2008, 04:53:51 PM
Enjoy the trip!  Sure it's going to be great!
Looking forward to the pics!
 msn emoticon (8)
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on August 18, 2008, 06:01:08 PM
Thanks Bertie

Just the weather is an unknown factor right now, autumn is in the air, can be cooler, as long as we have no rain..

Regards Georg
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: DUNJA WRBKA on August 18, 2008, 06:04:02 PM
 msn emoticon (8)  Sounds like its going to be a great holiday..  The best ones are usually the ones that aren't really planned.

Well have a safe trip and cannot wait to hear about it when you get back!  3d smiles(281) 
"Bon Voyage" "Gute Reise"
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on August 18, 2008, 06:08:35 PM
Thanks Dunja

You can not go wrong in France  23_11_61

Thanks Georg
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on August 29, 2008, 01:00:07 PM
Just letting you know, we are back from France....

Will go through all my pictures and videos and make a blog

At the near end of the trip we visited the Verdun Region, Battle fileds of  WW I and part of the Oranjemund Players " Oh what a lovely war "

We now found and visited may Grandftathers grave. Way back in the mountains and woods, well preserved and looked after. So many years have passed since 1916 and i am the first of the family visiting there, thanks to the internet i was able to find the location near a place Apremont, about 40 km NW of Verdun.

http://www.xs4all.nl/~aur/layout/frames.htm?Cemeteries/GER_APREMONT.htm

The cemetry was established by the german army during WW 2, the crosses carry the names of the fallen with the dates. A visitors book is laid out with the names and the locations. A relative small site with about 1.000 graves.

The larger sites are near Verdun, graves and bones stored in cathacombes of hundred thausends of fallen.
A very emotional visit looking at all those young fallen soldiers from different countries.

The area is full of army cemetries, French, German and American.

From here we drove home and arrived at night after a safe journey of about 2500 kms

Again the chateaux de la Loire with lots of history, gothic cathedrals going back to anno 400

Clery St Andree with kings resting Place
Tours, Grave of 2 children of the french queen Anne the Bretagne
Reims where the first French King was babtised about anno 400

Chateaux: Chambord, Fougere, Blois, Villandry, Chenonceau, Langeais, Amboise, Chinon, Loches, Talcy, Usse, Azay le rideau, Chaumont, Fontainebleau and many others

Bold Names are Kings residences

That was in brief the stations

Blog will follow soon
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Michele Alexander (Voden) on August 29, 2008, 01:13:46 PM
 abouttime - glad you are back Daddy Georg - we missed you!

 3d smiles(281)

Look forward to seeing all of the photo's - sounds like you had an interesting trip!

Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Paula Gottsch (Willson) on August 29, 2008, 05:11:59 PM
 woo_hoo Dadswa is back, welcome home!

 image21

 image04
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on August 29, 2008, 05:22:09 PM
Thanks Girls for the welcome

If only i could get through my backlog......
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georg ruf jr. on August 29, 2008, 05:35:09 PM
Hi oldman.
Nice you're back. I'll check your holiday post soon. Have to go now.
By the way, it's been safe around here lately... hihihi
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Bertie Horak on August 29, 2008, 07:08:42 PM
Glad You're Back, Dad Georg!
We didn't break it completely while you were gone! 3_8_14
 sorriso2
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Diana Rudd (Boehme) on August 29, 2008, 08:49:15 PM
 our hunks back.   
 woo_hoo
 Boobs  women(1)  Vamp  boob1  cowgirl  image 11
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Michael Alexander on August 29, 2008, 09:54:31 PM
Oi! i thought i was your hunk........   23_146_26
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on August 29, 2008, 09:58:39 PM
Oi! i thought i was your hunk........   23_146_26
Hey Mike, give me a chance too  hammer
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Michael Alexander on August 29, 2008, 10:06:10 PM
Well.... I guess she is a BIG girl     Boobs   and there is enough of her to go around.....so we can share ....!

 :emot112_2:
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on August 29, 2008, 10:13:00 PM
I am sure she will not mind LOL
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 01, 2008, 10:25:04 PM
I am sorting pictures from France

Here my favorite castle and the best photo from the trip

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z249/georgswa/Chambord-3517.jpg)
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Paula Gottsch (Willson) on September 01, 2008, 11:40:44 PM
People, this is my hangout that Dadswa has here!

  8_1_220(55)

 image04

Imagine staying in there all on your own over night, think it could be a wee bit spooky.
  Vamp
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georg ruf jr. on September 02, 2008, 05:45:18 AM
Just letting you know, we are back from France....

Will go through all my pictures and videos and make a blog

At the near end of the trip we visited the Verdun Region, Battle fileds of  WW I and part of the Oranjemund Players " Oh what a lovely war "

We now found and visited may Grandftathers grave. Way back in the mountains and woods, well preserved and looked after. So many years have passed since 1916 and i am the first of the family visiting there, thanks to the internet i was able to find the location near a place Apremont, about 40 km NW of Verdun.

[url]http://www.xs4all.nl/~aur/layout/frames.htm?Cemeteries/GER_APREMONT.htm[/url]

The cemetry was established by the german army during WW 2, the crosses carry the names of the fallen with the dates. A visitors book is laid out with the names and the locations. A relative small site with about 1.000 graves.

The larger sites are near Verdun, graves and bones stored in cathacombes of hundred thausends of fallen.
A very emotional visit looking at all those young fallen soldiers from different countries.

The area is full of army cemetries, French, German and American.

From here we drove home and arrived at night after a safe journey of about 2500 kms

Again the chateaux de la Loire with lots of history, gothic cathedrals going back to anno 400

Clery St Andree with kings resting Place
Tours, Grave of 2 children of the french queen Anne the Bretagne
Reims where the first French King was babtised about anno 400

Chateaux: Chambord, Fougere, Blois, Villandry, Chenonceau, Langeais, Amboise, Chinon, Loches, Talcy, Usse, Azay le rideau, Chaumont, Fontainebleau and many others

Bold Names are Kings residences

That was in brief the stations

Blog will follow soon


I've been to Verdun myself as a teenager. Very depressing seeing all these human bones piled up....
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Gordon Brown on September 02, 2008, 05:11:04 PM
A magnificent photograph George. What a beautiful castle. You truely are a gifted photographer. Keep them coming. Kind regards
Gordon
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 02, 2008, 05:35:16 PM
@ Gordon

Thanks for the compliment

That was truely a lucky shot, light was perfect, what you dont see is the people standin in the picture, removed them with editing leaving the castle as the attraction

Of all castles on the Loire, that is my favorite. Saw it first time in 1952/53 as a child.

In the eavening was a sound and light show about the history. Very fond memories of that. Since then i visited 3 times.

This year the show was complete different, not so much what i expected, mor like a stage show but done well with Laser, the castle beeing the the show screen.

I am working on the pictures and videos, once uploded i will post the links but also some direct in the board via photobucket.

The next picture will come now from Azay le Rideau, a small castle in the Touraine....Wait and see. 
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 02, 2008, 05:42:33 PM
Azay le Rideau, a small castle in the Touraine

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z249/georgswa/Azaycombi.jpg)
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Bertie Horak on September 02, 2008, 06:20:17 PM
Wow, also beautiful!  How old are these castles?  Must be an amazing experience if you know a bit of the history of the people who lived there.
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Michael Alexander on September 02, 2008, 06:28:38 PM
WHo owns the castles? Are you allowed to wander around them inside? How much must you pay?

Nice photo's also....
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 02, 2008, 07:13:38 PM
The Chambord Castle was started in 1519

Azay le Rideau was a fortress 1189, 1528 rebuilt as a renaissance Chateaux by a financier of the king

Some of the castles are State owned others are private

We visited also the insides of many, entrance fees about 10-15 € / P

On one of our visits there i counted 43 castles on the videos, dit not go in all of them LOL

Some have no acces at all, others dit not allow me in with the camera, so why should i pay ???

The interiors are mainly, some furniture, Goblins on the walls, lots of paintings ( reproductions) Beds, chimneys
Some also have beautiful gardens

Versailles is not far away, never been there.....I prefer the Loire


There is guided Tours and free walks which i prefer.

On some castles people queu up for 1/2 hr waiting to get a ticket

I saw tourist from all over the world, much more then in the previous years

France is an ideal travel country well prepared to lodge all the visitors.

The daily highlight is the dinner in the evening, its not cheap but affordable and was all worth the money.

It will take some time to finish my first blog and videos. The first 3 videos ( Clips sorted) are ready for private use, once they are complete i will shorten them for public view and upload, hopefuly some of you can watch them
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Michael Alexander on September 02, 2008, 08:16:22 PM
Hey Georg, Michele just remembered we had this, she thought your castle looked familiar...so we took a pic of Cameron holding up her Jigsaw.....

Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georg ruf jr. on September 02, 2008, 09:03:06 PM
Hey wow. That's it Mike. A reason you Alexanders should make your way to Europe.
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: SandyB on September 02, 2008, 09:08:37 PM
Truly beautiful pics Georg ...
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 02, 2008, 09:29:12 PM
Hey Georg, Michele just remembered we had this, she thought your castle looked familiar...so we took a pic of Cameron holding up her Jigsaw.....

Great Mike, i made a video clip with one of those boats in 1992. They also used them in evening sound and light shows.



Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Bertie Horak on September 03, 2008, 05:41:16 AM
@ Georg Snr - Thanx for the info - I find castles very intriguing!

@ Mike - When I saw the first photo, I thought - What a beautiful jigsaw picture!  And there you are, you have one already!   I loved puzzles when I was Shannon's age, staying in Oranjemund.  I collected a few through the years, will build them when I'm old and have nothing else to do.
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Michael Alexander on September 03, 2008, 08:23:33 AM
Our youngest, Cameron is a whizzkid at it...she has a knack for them, I even out a jigsaw puzzle on her pc for her....
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 05, 2008, 01:09:18 PM
Sunflower field in France

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z249/georgswa/Sonnenblumen3810.jpg)
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Michele Alexander (Voden) on September 05, 2008, 03:02:16 PM
 :wow1: that is the most stunning thing ever! Cameron's show and tell for next week is about plants and I was going to suggest talking about sunflowers - I reckon she'll fall over backwards if I show her this photo!

 bravo
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Bertie Horak on September 05, 2008, 04:06:48 PM
@ Georg Snr - Really beautiful!  Wow!

@ Cameron - Remember I have lots of plant books - feel free to ask for info, I can scan and e-mail stuff!
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Michael Alexander on September 05, 2008, 04:46:08 PM
Mind blowing stuff uncle Georg..... really awesome....., almost as awesome as the madonna with the falling boobies.....  Boobs
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 05, 2008, 05:05:14 PM
Chateau Chenonceau where the Medici stayed for many years murning about the death of her husband

The Chateau is built across the river Cher. The bridge part was used in WW I too care about wounded soldiers

One of the highlights on our trip and perfect light

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z249/georgswa/chnenonceau.jpg)
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Michele Alexander (Voden) on September 05, 2008, 07:27:52 PM
Bertie - you're the greatest - always ready with help and advice! Thank-you, we will definately give you a shout if we need anything!

 3d smiles(281)
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Bertie Horak on September 06, 2008, 06:27:45 AM
Wow, another stunning photograph.  Like they say in Afrikaans - it is "prentjie-mooi".  So beautiful, it can only be in a picture.  Great photography, you really captured it perfectly!
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Michael Alexander on September 06, 2008, 06:47:54 AM
We must buy the jigsaw....   image201
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 06, 2008, 09:34:31 AM
We must buy the jigsaw....   image201
Make your bids  laughpoint
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georg ruf jr. on September 06, 2008, 05:45:30 PM
lol
I've seen many fantastic sunflower fields, but this one tops all.
Very nice pic.
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Michele Alexander (Voden) on September 08, 2008, 07:25:24 PM
Both girls were speechless when they saw your sunflower field Daddy Georg! I showed it to them after Cameron and I had made a start on her show and tell and they were totally amazed! Would you mind if we printed out the picture for Cameron to stick in her show and tell book? She'll be able to tell her class that her Uncle Georg took the photo when he was on holiday in France!

 pls
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 08, 2008, 10:01:39 PM
@ Michele

Your´e welcome to print that

I thought it was a nice field

There will be more pictures from France once i made a blog wit albums, not ready yet
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 12, 2008, 06:30:40 PM
My brief blog is so far finished, later i will add links to videos when they are uploaded

Hope some are interested in that

http://journals.aol.com/ageorgruf/france-2008/
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georg ruf jr. on September 12, 2008, 07:09:16 PM
Well done oldman. Now I know what took you so long. This'll ake a while till I've seen all.
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 15, 2008, 08:55:49 AM
The first teaser video

http://www.livevideo.com/video/Georgswa/0219838DFE604658A620CFD5504B55E5/france-2008.aspx
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: SandyB on September 15, 2008, 09:08:44 AM
Lovely pics ..  Mom  always loved  sunflowers ...    cat3
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 18, 2008, 01:08:32 PM
The first chateau film, my favorite .......Chambord

http://www.livevideo.com/video/Georgswa/EC7ECA474987429D944EBB644D580F8F/france-2008-chambord.aspx
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Julie Vice (Willson) on September 18, 2008, 02:29:58 PM
Enjoyed your video George, great buildings
 thnx
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 18, 2008, 02:56:48 PM
@ Julie

Glad you could watch, thanks
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Bertie Horak on September 18, 2008, 03:57:37 PM
@ Daddy G - I'm saving my airtime bundle, so at the end of the month I'll have enough left for one night of your videos for entertainment!  Can't wait! msn emoticon (8)
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 21, 2008, 11:04:29 PM
Part 2 Chambord at night with sound and light show

The original video is 45 minutes, i shortened to 5 minutes

Here in Live Video >>>> http://www.livevideo.com/video/Georgswa/96A953807D6F403097F3BB24A5D5A4CE/france-2008-chambord-ii.aspx

Or youtube >>>>> http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=w6vXcPK-vEQ

For those with a fast connection, select high quality in youtube and switch to full screen
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Patricia Lotte on September 22, 2008, 05:36:57 AM
Wow Georg, you almost make me want to go back to France for good. What a beautiful country ... great food ... wine ... but then there are the French ... which is the reason why I haven't moved back till now. I'll be going home for Xmas though and am looking forward to it. In the meantime I'm off to Mauritius next week for a long weekend. Can't wait.
Keep the films and photos coming.
 3d smiles(281)
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 22, 2008, 09:24:16 AM
@ Patricia

He he

France is always good for a visit, we enjoyed it.

About food, yes we had a good time with menues....

I keep on posting, watch this topic for mor links

Right now i am uploading..... interested to hear what you think of the next film, a proove of how we liked all the chateaux
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 22, 2008, 02:17:07 PM
France one more video

Now a bit history, castles kings and queens of France

Should be a good lesson for Patricia LOL

http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=SlLpOQzg_Qs
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 23, 2008, 07:21:03 PM
Castles where Kings resided

Summary only, individual films will follow also of normal castles

http://www.livevideo.com/video/Georgswa/F94C226DBCD54A0EAC36DD5AE76FA7E9/kings-residences.aspx
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 25, 2008, 12:10:44 PM
Kings Chateaux´s Summary
http://www.livevideo.com/video/Georgswa/F94C226DBCD54A0EAC36DD5AE76FA7E9/kings-residences.aspx

Chateau Chinon where Charles VII was visited by Jeanne d´arc
http://www.livevideo.com/video/Georgswa/847ACDB1892F410FBDD526A0C6E2B91B/chinon-residence-charles-vii.aspx


Anne de Bretagne, the child queen that was queen of France twice
And the next Kings that follow till Napoleon. A summary of that time

Part 1
http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=SlLpOQzg_Qs

Part 2
http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=I5tnkkpa5Yg
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Paula Gottsch (Willson) on September 25, 2008, 08:37:06 PM
Great Video's Dadswa!


 bravo thnx
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 25, 2008, 09:23:42 PM
Thanks for watchin and your comment

Which one do you like most ??? Would be interesting to know.
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: SandyB on September 25, 2008, 10:19:45 PM
Great stuff Georg .. not watched all completely .. system slow again  ... but yes will catch up ..
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 25, 2008, 10:25:35 PM
Thanks Sandy, you must lubricate your system

I had a bottle of shiraz today, Bellingham 1979 the year of my departure from Oranjemund, could have kept it still longer, excellent wine Cheers  martini
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: SandyB on September 25, 2008, 10:45:47 PM
Maybe just pour it over the laptop keyboard and hope for the best  ha ha    me  not  that blonde ...  Georg it just happens at times ...   fast then slow .. suppose its all got to do with how much bandwidth is being used ....
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 25, 2008, 10:49:01 PM
 :buffo9:
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: SandyB on September 25, 2008, 10:52:34 PM
Tonights fast again .. but then me  used up all my MB so now paying premium .. got to  migrate to  larger package .. but only after i get back from Thailand holiday .. cant believe   8 Oct I'm  off  for 2 and bit weeks ...
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Paula Gottsch (Willson) on September 25, 2008, 10:53:31 PM
I thought it was all great, the music and info from yourself as it went along, with the music one can just picture the kings army riding out of the castle going to battle.  You also have a very steady hand Dadswa or did you use a tripod??

 :emot112_2:
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 25, 2008, 11:02:33 PM
I use tripod when possible specially with powerfull Zoom
But most of it here is by hand

One trick also, i add animated Photos, one does not notice the difference it fits in like video

I can move up and down left right zoom in and out that makes the films mor steady. In top of it the camera has a built in anti shake and the editing can remove shake too

All in all its a combination of a steady hand too

Hope you will see the next films with very nice chateaux´s, i promise that

Inside views and all.....Of course you have very nice castles in Britain, but the Loire is special, high concentration of many castles fortresses and chateaux´s

To me the history is alo important, gets me closer to understand Europe

France has agreat history and continuation of Dynasties thats what makes it interesting
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Paula Gottsch (Willson) on September 25, 2008, 11:09:49 PM
I'm looking forward to the next one already, it's amazing what one can do these days with the right equipment and know how.

 image203
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georg ruf jr. on September 26, 2008, 10:56:34 AM
Carefull oldman!!!!
Traveling to France means you're getting closer to Paula....
 laughpoint arse laughpoint
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 26, 2008, 11:09:09 AM
Paula can be nice, and she would be nice in France
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georg ruf jr. on September 26, 2008, 11:14:32 AM
So you think France would work soothing on Paula? Na, never!!!  :nono1:
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 26, 2008, 11:16:28 AM
There is always hope for her
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georg ruf jr. on September 26, 2008, 11:19:13 AM
 8_1_220(55) witch-43 trex-073   ape


            :nono1:
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Paula Gottsch (Willson) on September 27, 2008, 12:06:36 AM
You tell him Dadswa I'm really a good little  fantasy-18!


  :ciupa1:
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 27, 2008, 06:46:36 PM
Chateau Loches on the river Indre

Logis Royal of Charles VII and his Mistress Agnès Sorel

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z249/georgswa/Loches_red_3799.jpg)

VIDEO >>> http://www.livevideo.com/video/Georgswa/32BE862DBB014AA2B6DE6E2A2D752ED3/loches-logis-du-roi.aspx
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 29, 2008, 06:19:11 PM
Chateau Fontaineblau

http://www.livevideo.com/video/Georgswa/BDA026760E92431297DA34FD3CE20D1A/fontainebleau-castle.aspx

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z249/georgswa/Fontainebleau-1.jpg)
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Patricia Lotte on September 30, 2008, 06:22:23 AM
I love that chateau. It's just 8km from where my parents live so I go there everytime I'm home. It's stunning.
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on September 30, 2008, 08:37:41 AM
@ Patricia

I enjoyed it too. Its much larger then the other Kings Chateaux´s that we have visited, but you would know best

Thought i have never been to Versaille
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on October 05, 2008, 12:09:10 PM
Chateau Langeais with english narration by Georg

Part 1
http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=NwBG9LRZbxM


Part 2
http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=5sOqoiM7iEg
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Cherry (Alcock) on October 05, 2008, 03:05:51 PM
Lucky me; just heard this week that I'm going to a conference in Paris early November - have 4 days before I have to be in the UK so hopefully I'll get out of Paris a wee bit and see some Chateaux!  Never been to France so looking forward to it.
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on October 05, 2008, 03:18:18 PM
Hi Cherry

If you have enough time apart from Paris you can visit

1) Fontainbleau ( see video) about 80 km south of Paris

2) Veaux le Vicompte near Melun about 70 km

3) Versaille even closer dont know the distance could be about 40 km

1) and 2) is one days trip

There is Bus Tours also to the main chateaux on the Loire between 2 and 4 days but that is fairly stressy

Whatever,tell us when you come back, i am most interested of your impressions

Regards Georg
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Cherry (Alcock) on October 05, 2008, 05:32:03 PM
Thank you so much for the advice Georj; I will certainly try to get to some of them; certainly Versailles & Fontainebleu.  Will post pics!
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on October 05, 2008, 06:23:13 PM
Hi Cherry

If possible, Fontainbleau first, after that Versaille since that is a fantastic place, you would be disappointed of Fontainebleau the other way round

Why i suggested Vaux le vicompte is as follows.

The finance Minister of Louis XIV (Fouqet ?) had built that. He invited the King, when he had seen that it is nicer then any other chateau ( after that he built Versaille) he imprisoned the minister for the rest of his life supecting that was all stolen money from the state. The wife of the minister however was allowed to return after 10 years.

Lets see what Patricia has to suggest, its where she comes from
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georg ruf jr. on October 05, 2008, 06:31:30 PM
Patricia comes from prison??
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on October 05, 2008, 06:47:53 PM
Patricia comes from prison??
If she is that old and the wife of that minister ..... Baby Jail >>>>>  baby2

Ask her !!!!! laughpoint
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Patricia Lotte on October 06, 2008, 06:50:09 AM
Hey the 2 Georg’s, don’t let everyone know that I did some time behind bars … I have a reputation to maintain …

Cherry, I would definitely advice you to do Fontainbleau and Vaux le Vicomte as Georg suggested. They’re both stunning and can be done on the same day. They’re both on the same train line, so you just jump on the train at Gare de Lyon and get off at Melun (the direct train takes 25 minutes from Paris to Melun) where you can go to Vaux le Vicomte and then get back on the train and continue to Fontainbleau (about 15 minutes). Once done, you can take the train straight back from Fontainbleau to Paris. Definitely worth the trip. Obviously you can do Fontainbleau first and then Vaux le Vicomte. I’d suggest you check the train timings to decide. Might actually be better to do Fontainbleau first as there are more trains from Melun back to Paris.

And what Georg didn’t say about Vaux le Vicomte is that Eva Longoria and Tony Parker got married there last year … now that makes it worth the detour, doesn’t it.

Check out the website to get more info especially on how to get from the train station in Melun to the chateau http://www.vaux-le-vicomte.com/en/accueil.php
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on October 07, 2008, 09:38:03 PM
Ah Patricia, so that is the story......LOL

Now lets see another chateau, was Patricia already there ???? or do you leave that all the visits to me ??

CHATEAU VILLANDRY AND ITS FAMOUS GARDENS A MUST SEE FOR GARDEN LOVERS

http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=txJeT8Gdq00
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georg ruf jr. on October 08, 2008, 05:34:22 AM
Neat little maze there...

The other version you sen via PM is even better. More details...
Great.
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: Cherry (Alcock) on October 08, 2008, 04:46:16 PM
Thank you Georg, Patricia et al.  I will defintely be printing out your advice as I've now got three days in Paris at leisure before I have to be in London - yippee!  Can't wait!
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on October 09, 2008, 05:30:00 PM
Villandry Part 2

Inside views

http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=nH9xK2nmt7Q
Title: Re: France 2008
Post by: georgswa (Georg Ruf) on October 16, 2008, 05:04:34 PM
Azay le Rideau Video
http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=Va_tvozoL6s


(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z249/georgswa/Azaycombi.jpg)