Geoff’s Diary: A Visit to Coombs le Ville

Day 1

I had a great trip; we set off very early at 6.30am from Oswestry. It was a long journey to the channel tunnel and even longer on the other side of the channel.

However, we eventually arrived at Combs la Ville at 7.30 pm French time, a very long trip.

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Day 2

We went to a Macaroon factory where we watched them making the macaroons; it was followed by a tasting – great stuff. I have decided that I really like Macaroons, although you can each too many sometimes.

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Day 3

Dave and I went with our host family (Alain and Sandreen) to Provins, an interesting old medieval town. Here we enjoyed a picnic and then a walk around, some fascinating old buildings.

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Day 4

Day 4 saw us visiting a chateau, Chateau de la Roch-Guyon, it is half built into the rock. Then we went off to a restaurant for a most enjoyable meal before visiting Monet’s house and garden in Giverny (that’s me beside Monet!)

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Day 5

Today is our last day before our journey home. We started off in the morning in Troyes another interesting medieval town. After a guided walking around the town we enjoyed another great lunch.

Then we went on to visit a Champaign producer and sample some of his wares

That evening we had a great social evening with all my new French friends, there was loads more good food and wine.

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I really did have a great time with my all my friends from the Oswestry Twinning Association and especially ‘tous mes nouveaux amis’ in Combs la Ville.

It’s a busy life; I am no sooner home than I am off to Guide Camp.

Best wishes to all

Geoff