Saturday 21st October 2017
|An Outdoor Gym|
I suggested to John we should stop and play here for a while but he wasn't interested!
First we visited the ruins of a Roman Amphitheatre which in it's time held 20,000 spectators, and even today it is still often put to good use when summer spectaculars are performed there.
After that we trekked a short distance to The Temple of Janus, which at nearly 80 feet high and with crumbling facades looked as if it could be toppled by a strong wind - so we didn't stand to close! But having said that, it looks as if it was built to last, and as it provides a home for a great number of birds it's to be hoped it doesn't! I also found the building very atmospheric and if a ancient Roman had popped his head over the upper constellations I wouldn't have been surprised!
And by the time all that exploring had been done the rain was starting to pitter patter - so we turned tail and nipped into McDonald's to practice our French - and of course, while we were there it would have been rude not to indulge in a little late lunch!
Sunday 22nd October 2017
Another day with not much to say! However, we did start it in a healthy way by taking a quick mile and a half march around Plan d'Eau du Vallon in watery sunshine - we knew that rain was probably going to stop play later in the day! Then after that we moved a bit further north and revisited an Aire in the town of Mirebeau-sur-Beze where we'd stayed on our journey South way back in August.
And as predicted the rains came, but only intermittently, so in the afternoon, and after taking some advise from an engineer in England, John did a bit more investigating into why our boiler and heating have gone on strike when we attempt to use diesel to fuel them.
|He did reappear in time for his dinner!|
Oh, and seeing as I haven't waffled on today I might tell you about the one thing I HATE about France - and it's all John's fault - and I've even tried to solve the problem by tying a big knot in it! He loves soft smelly cheese so when we're in France a big chunk of it is usually residing in our fridge - and even though I double bag it - every time we open the fridge door the pong invades the whole atmosphere of T4rdis2! I can't wait to get back to England so that all we have to endure is the much more wholesome whiff of Cheddar and Stilton!
Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th September 2017
On Monday the day dawned a bit dank and dreary so we didn't waste much time before we were on the road with the sat nav set for the town of Langres were we planned to do a bit of restocking of both our food cupboards and wine cellar at their Lidl - and smelly cheese was definitely NOT on my list!
Wrong pic 😂
We didn't arrive at the Lake until about 4.30 but we knew the cranes spend the day in the nearby lagoons feeding, and then fly back over Lac de Der around dusk to rest in their night time roost which is an area by the lake that is off limits to humans. So we timed our evening walk to coincide with their return, and although I only managed to catch a few in the pic there were many hundreds in flight in both small and large groups.
Later I read about them on the RSPB website and they describe them as huge graceful mainly grey birds with long legs, a long neck, drooping curved tail feathers and with a wing span of about 2 metres. As well as the ones in the sky we did manage to spot some on the lake edge, but at quite some distance away so it was quite difficult to see them in any great detail, and impossible to get a clear image - so once again I had to cheat a bit and borrow a pic!
Apparently, the Crane is is the largest wild bird in France and also the emblem of Lac de Der - and we later learnt that that between 60,000 and 140,000 of these birds stop here between mid October and mid March so our choice of a place to come and see them had obviously been a good one.
|Great White Egrets|
|A pic of one of the Artist's impressions of Lac de Der|
So once more, that's the end of this episode, so till next time - take care 😗
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