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Black Forest

Drizzle

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A lazy start in drizzly weather, but we drove to the Black Forest to the highest waterfall in Germany.

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For dinner, sausages, sauerkraut followed by black forest cake!

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Frieburg


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Last night (after yesterday's post), we went to the only gay bar in town.

Unlike Spain, it wasn't a late night and was pleasant.

Justin and I headed off for a skate this morning.

There are some excellent paths and we went around 17k along a creek and through some villages.

Good fun.

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Sebastian then drove us to the Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg, in Alsace (back in France).

First built in the 12th century, it was looted by the Swedes in the late 1400s. Alsace became German in 1871 and Wilhelm II commissioned the Chateau's restoration.

They did a great job, but Alsace returned to France after WW1, so the Germans paid for the restoration of a French castle.

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The last photo is the well.

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It was grape picking time in Alsace. We stopped in a village for something called coffee...it did't taste of it.

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Germany

Another change of language

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We headed to Gare du Lyon for our TGV train to Mulhouse.

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Sebastian met us at the station and drove us to Freiburg where he lives.

He took us around the town which is pretty and green.

The munster (cathedral funded by the people rather than the church) was great to visit - we climbed the tower and were by the bells when they struck 4.

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The streets have a neat open drain with running water, originally put in for fire fighting.

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Last day in Paris

Vigo leaves

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A lazy day today.

Vignesh left at 11 to fly to Aberdeen to start his uni for the year.

Justin and I went for a walk along a canal.

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After lunch, we walked to the Place de la Concorde, along the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe and then home, a round trip of around 13k. There were a squillion tourists along the Champs-Élysées.

Early in the walk, we passed the Sunday skate we had decided not to do because it would be too slow. It wasn't slow at all!

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Paris

Visiting the dead.

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After a late breakfast at a great pâtisserie, we walked to the Père Lachaise Cemetery, which was a lovely walk.

A number of famous people are buried there, including Ocsar Wilde, whose monument is surrounded by glass, because of the practice of people to kiss it leaving a lipstick imprint.

The glass has lip prints, and you can see the neighbouring monument has been used to stand on to get above the glass.

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There were some sombre commerations there too.

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Justin & I then skated to the Eiffel Tower and back.

There was a parade near the apartment, with thousands of mainly young people attending...and heaps of police.

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Out route took us on footpaths, roads, bus lanes and cobble stones. We made it without incident.

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Out to Trochadero at 9 to look at the Eiffel Tower light show, then to some clubs for Vignesh's last night.

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