Heading to Lucerne

Trip Start Sep 02, 2013
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Trip End Oct 11, 2013


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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

On the road at 7.30 this morning and caught in traffic as we exited Paris. Travelling through beautiful countryside again, though for 2 hrs we could not see anything due to fog - which actually was good since it gave us both a chance to catch up on some sleep. We are currently travelling through the countryside of Burgundy on a plateau 780ft above sea level - it is just lovely - green, rolling hills, crops, farmers working their land. Burgundy is of course famous for wine, but if it's anything like last night's, nothing to write home about. Maybe it did not come from Bordeaux - the region for the best French wine. We see lots of signs for Chateau's. France is the biggest country land-wise in Europe and has 75 million visitors every year.

Always interesting to notice different things when you travel - like road signs indicating deer crossing the road for example. Today we noticed a semi trailer with the drivers lunchbox out - in Australia we run our dogs in these crates. This was an insulated, metal, airtight kitchenette with the ability to heat food and drinks. The driver regulations require stops to be timed and even though there are food servicing centres all along, some drivers obviously prefer the cheaper option of doing their own food. This driver was sitting in the truck/coach area doing his own thing. Also heaps of tunnels around Europe.

Now in Switzerland and have just come over this amazing road, built to go over the city of Basel. Mostly tunnel over the city (some of the city) and over the river, with viewing panels over the river. Don't know what the speed limit was, but we were going FAST!
Have just seen some cows with bells on! A large herd of cows is 30, but the norm is 12. Mostly they spend their time in the higher parts where the grass is richer, yielding better milk/cream for cheese. Winter, they wander through the villages and live in the barns. If a farmer has land that is skiable in winter, he leases that to the Govt, who in turn use it for ski runs for the public.

Some of you reading this have commented on the photos. All have been taken with my iPad, which I must add was dropped in Budapest on the small flagstones (just over a week into our time away), and as well as a damaged corner has a crack right through the screen - so I am grateful it has worked all this time.
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