Calais à Provence – en La Belle France

Sheila Newton By Sheila Newton, 11th Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1k79e_2k/
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Since I'm off to tour La Belle France for a spell of sightseeing, I thought it a grand idea to let you know (in rhyme, of course) what I'll be doing - and, indeed, where I'll be doing it! See you Wikinutters in a couple of weeks. AU REVOIR, MES AMIES...enjoy my little ditty!

Dover to Aix en Provence

We’ll be so bowled over
When we reach Dover
With seagulls flying
Screeching and crying
As we take the ferry
To the port of Calais

Then off to Besançon
Where we can just dream on
At caves and mountains
Waterfalls and fountains
Now drive to the shore
Of Annemasse – and more!

Lake Geneva on a boat
And Evian from afloat
Take the road to Provence
Stay in Aix just this once
Trawl the markets for cheese
Camembert and soft Bries

St Tropez Bay to Calais

Then we’ll make our way
To the St Tropez bay
See the Gorges du Loup
Take some time to recoup
I’ll swim in the sea
Just the fishes and me!

Go to St Etiènne
And walk down the glen
To the village of Chambles
And further we’ll ramble
To the beautiful Lac-
de-Grangent and back

Drive to Sens - and then on
To Calais via Yonne
Kick back on the ferry
Where we can make merry
Then home, feed the cats
“What a trip” – and that’s that...

Farewell, Au Revoir!

I'm leaving the cats behind: I’m leaving you behind too, Wikinutter friends and readers of Wikinut, for a couple of weeks or so, while I go off on my next adventure to France with my family for a well-earned break.
Rest assured, my two gorgeous cats will be well looked after by the in-laws. I hope there's somebody to look out for you Wikinutters while I'm away!
So, it’s BON VOYAGE to me – and I’m sure to be telling all you guys and gals a tale or two about my travels when I return to Bonny England.

Vive Le Beau Wikinut!

We’ve been touring France on and off for years now, taking in almost every nook and cranny there is to discover in this beautiful country. Every province, every commune is different from the last – and I’m sure it won’t be our last trip to France. Oh, there’s still so much more to explore.

Vive La Belle France!

If you'd like to visit my commissioned article about a trip we made to the Midi Pyrenees in Southern France in 2009, here's the link:

Gorgeous La Greze of the Tarn

http://trifter.com/practical-travel/gorgeous-la-greze-of-the-tarn/

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Calais, Dover, England, France

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author avatar Sheila Newton
A retired nurse and teacher, with two cats, a husband and a grown up son, I write short stories, articles - and I'm an ardent blogger. Catch up with me on my blog at: http://sheilanewton.blogspot.com

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
12th Sep 2011 (#)

If you have the opportunity, check out St. Remy... c'est manifique et
Glanum ("les Antiques")... amazing places in a wonderland of beauty and history.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
12th Sep 2011 (#)

Been to St Remy on a previous trip - brilliant place. And the wine...mmmmm...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Sep 2011 (#)

Fantastique. Au revoir.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
12th Sep 2011 (#)

Merci Beaucoup!

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author avatar Erwin K Thomas
22nd May 2012 (#)

Mesmerizing, captures the imagination

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author avatar Retired
12th Sep 2011 (#)

merci beaucoup..c'est tres fantastique..au revoir mon cher!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
12th Sep 2011 (#)

Merci, ma cherie, Shishir.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
12th Sep 2011 (#)

Wonderful Sheila...can not wait to read your post when you return, have fun!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
12th Sep 2011 (#)

A bien tot, Delicia (by the way I just LOVE your name - is it real or just a pen name?) And if anyone else comments and I don't reply, it's because I go away in a few more hours. Talk to you all when I return. Bon vacance a moi!

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author avatar Songbird B
13th Sep 2011 (#)

Have a great holiday, Sheila. You'll be brimming with inspiration when you get back! Wonderful poem!

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author avatar Retired
13th Sep 2011 (#)

I love the Ferry ride to Calais. I used to love boarding the ferry at the White Cliffs of Dover and go to Calais and shop at the Carrefour which is at the harbour area, Food is always cheaper in France so bring home the bacon from there to the Englishman from the Mad Dog Land.

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author avatar Retired
13th Sep 2011 (#)

Ca va, quelques choses speciales vous decouvrir voila.....madamoiselle.....ecrivez bientot..lol.......ma Francais n'est bon......it has been years deuxieme ans

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author avatar Buzz
13th Sep 2011 (#)

Since you seem to be gone, I welcome you back when you see this post on your return. :)

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author avatar jayababy
13th Sep 2011 (#)

Ditto with Buzz.

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
13th Sep 2011 (#)

have fun Sheila....

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author avatar Sheila Newton
3rd Oct 2011 (#)

Thanks everyone, for your comments while I've been away. It'll take me a while to get some pieces together on our brilliant trip the length and breadth of France - in the meantime, I'll put some pages together that you might like. Also, I'll reconnect to my friends' pages and write you some comments. Nice to be back among you.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
3rd Oct 2011 (#)

Thanks everyone, for your comments while I've been away. It'll take me a while to get some pieces together on our brilliant trip the length and breadth of France - in the meantime, I'll put some pages together that you might like. Also, I'll reconnect to my friends' pages and write you some comments. Nice to be back among you.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
14th Oct 2011 (#)

Sheila. You must be home by now. I loved your page. Have you been on the hover craft across the channel? Try it with a hangover - it's a\ nightmare!
Ivyevelyn.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
14th Oct 2011 (#)

Ivyevelyn - I've hovercrafted drunk AND sober. It's a nightmare either way!!!

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
15th Oct 2011 (#)

Good for you!
Great page, thanks.

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author avatar M G Singh
4th Nov 2011 (#)

Been to France 4 times. Excellent post. Love it

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author avatar Sheila Newton
4th Nov 2011 (#)

Thanks Madan - I see we're both Francophiles !!!!

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
14th Jan 2012 (#)

Lake Geneva on a boat
And Evian from afloat
Take the road to Provence
Stay in Aix just this once
Trawl the markets for cheese
Camembert and soft Bries
Well,
Ce'st bon!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
14th Jan 2012 (#)

Glad you like my little rhyme, Md. Thanks for calling in.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
14th Jan 2012 (#)

That is a little gem of a poem Rezaul. Write some more, please.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
14th Jan 2012 (#)

It was my poem, if you look above, Ivy. But I'm glad you liked it anyway!

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
15th Jan 2012 (#)

Sheila: It's a great little poem, Sheila. I lose track sometimes.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
15th Jan 2012 (#)

No problem, Ivy. Losing track's what I do too!!!

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author avatar Audrey Howitt
11th Mar 2012 (#)

Makes me want to go Sheila!

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