Le Grand Tour de la France - le Quatorzième Jour - le Jour Final!

Sheila NewtonStarred Page By Sheila Newton, 1st Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/c1bdp34h/
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Sens à Calais via Pont sur Yonne
On the final day of our road trip to France, we continue north to Calais, travelling via the beautiful city of Sens in Burgandy and the fairy-tale Pont sur Yonne.

The Burgandy City of Sens: Palais and Cathédrale

Sens is situated in the Bourgogne (Burgandy) region of France and our Formule 1 hotel was just a stone's throw from Sens' magnificent palace and cathedral - and its bustling market place.

We strolled from the hotel, past the bridge over which the Yonne river flows, along a tree-filled avenue toward the Palais Secondal. Set just alongside the cathedral, the Palais has been turned into a museum complex housing Le Trésor: tapestries, chalices and robes, including that of Thomas à Becket are on display.

The cathedral overlooks the outdoor market and it was a shame, in a way, that we caught Sens on market day, because it was almost impossible to get a full, uninterrupted view of its facades. (still, I managed - just!)

So typically French, Sens cathédrale is a cathedral designed in the Gothic style.

Famed for being the first of the great Gothic cathedrals in France, it has been inspiration in layout and design for many others, including England's very own Canterbury Cathedral. It's well-worth a visit, even if just to view the mosaic-tiled colourful roof. And, of course, the Orangerie gardens on the south side of the cathedral are a must see.

The Burgandy City of Sens: Buildings, Walkways and Market Place

Around the cathedral, I was entranced with the half-timbered houses and classy shops along the pedestrian walkway, Grande Rue.

Off in search of a bite to eat, we came across a T-junction of streets dedicated to the cafe, bistro and restaurant, called the Place de la République. We sat back to enjoy the sound of an accordion being played down the way. So very French, the guy even played badly!

The market place was awash with shoppers. It's absolutely huge, with both indoor and outdoor stalls selling just about eveything you could ever wish for: clothes, shoes, fruit & veg, fish, meat, trinkets, postcards, bedding and cushions - you name it, Sens market had it!

Pont sur Yonne: the Bridge and the Riverside

So, after a morning spent in the sensational city of Sens, we motored north to take in the Pont sur Yonne (meaning 'bridge over the river Yonne') on our way back to Calais.

Pont-sur-Yonne is a French commune, located in the department of Yonne and the Burgundy region. This small town is situated a hundred kilometers south of Paris, on National Route 6 between the towns of Montereau and Sens. The locality is named after the bridge that connects the left and right banks of the Yonne. The old bridge still exists in part as an historic monument and tourist attraction.

Missing the famous Pont sur Yonne Sunday market by one day, we could take in the Georgian buildings in the square and walk along the riverside to where the original medieval bridge juts out into the beautiful Yonne river.

Pont sur Yonne: a Cavalcade of Geese, Swans and Ducks

I had heard mixed reactions to Pont sur Yonne's medieval bridge. Some said it was 'neither nothin' nor somethin', others said it was 'very nice' - but we thought it was simply stunning! We got there at about midday on a hot, bright, blue-skied day and sat at the viewpoint to eat baguette sandwiches.

"No ducks on the water - how strange: a French river without ducks," I said.

An suddenly there was a honking sound as two handsome geese led a procession of swans through the arch of the bridge, followed by at least a dozen pretty ducks. As they reached the end of the archway, the geese did a u-turn past the jutting bridge, the swans and ducks continuing on in a retinue down the river, stopping by for a bite of our sandwiches on their way.

It was such a shame that we didn't have time to explore the rest of the town, needing to push on north, around the east side of the Paris circular and onto the A1 to Calais. There'll always be a next time!

Reaching Calais that evening, we treated ourselves to a meal in one of the local restaurants. Tucking in to moules marinières and drinking local red wine, we raised our glasses and said, "Merci beaucoup, la belle France, pour un voyage magnifique."

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Bourgogne, Burgandy, France, Pont Sur Yonne, Road Trip, Sens

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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 Retired
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Sheila breathtaking pictures and your descriptions make me wish I was right there with your group...yeah

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author avatar Sheila Newton
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you, my friend. I've just started followed your Funny Bone series. Love the concept.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
1st Feb 2012 (#)

I could feel the sun in your pictures and words...wonderful sheila we wish we all could have come with you on this dream of a road trip,and we feel as did...what a lovely article-what a lovely page!!!...many thanks:0)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks Delicia. you always say something so NICE to me.

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author avatar Buzz
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Beautiful installment of your trip to France. Spectacular pics and a well-written STAR page, Sheila! Yesss!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Aw, thanks Buzz. That's the last one in the series. Next travel stuff will be whem I return from Gambia in March. Woo-hoo!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Congratulations on a well deserved star. Truly beautiful pictures that draws the reader into the article, giving the a true sense of the feeling of being there.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you so much, Jerry. I'm catching up - 3 stars in a row!!! What a big ol' show off I am!!!!

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author avatar Denise O
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Now, this is what I call a road trip. Love the photos and well written. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks Denise - luv ya, girl for saying such lovely things.

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author avatar Songbird B
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Beautiful and breathlessly captivating, Sheila..Your images are wonderful and a real joy to share..Great Star page..

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author avatar Sheila Newton
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks my lovely songbird. I LOVED your last uploaded page about Valentine's day.

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author avatar Retired
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Dito exactly what jerry said...the pictures combined with the prose, take us with you on your journey. Thanks! :-))

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author avatar Sheila Newton
1st Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you so much, Rama. Lovely of you to call in and take a peek!

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author avatar Jules Castillo
2nd Feb 2012 (#)

beautiful as always

....as the author

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author avatar Sheila Newton
2nd Feb 2012 (#)

After that comment I'm going to be goingaround telling everyone I'm beautiful today!!!! Thank you, kind sir.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Feb 2012 (#)

Looks a heavenly place indeed. What stirling pictures; time has stood still without the invasion of modernity. Thanks Sheila for sharing your trip with us; the only way I can visualise these exist to make our lives worth the while, away from the rat race around me, swim or sink mode! - siva

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author avatar Sheila Newton
2nd Feb 2012 (#)

That's what I love about rural France. Time HAS stood still. Namaste Siva.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
4th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello, Sheila: Your commentaries are written so well and the pictures are exceptional. Surely, you are turning your commentaries and pictures into a book, and I can think of a number of outlets for it. Congratulations, you truly are an amazing lady.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
4th Feb 2012 (#)

Mmm...tell me what the outlets are and i'll consider it! Seriously! Thanks for the gorgeous comments Ivy. Love ya, girl.

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author avatar johnnydod
4th Feb 2012 (#)

Next time you go on one of your trips give me a call Sheila, I want to come as well.
Great article, I am sure we all felt we were with you.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
4th Feb 2012 (#)

Hhhooooo! ho! I might just do that johnny dod! Thanks for the lovely comments too.

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author avatar ppruel
4th Feb 2012 (#)

I felt I was there too Ms. Sheila. Congrats! Fantastic article...

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author avatar Sheila Newton
4th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you, my great friend.

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author avatar Funom Makama
10th Feb 2012 (#)

I will definitely be here in my next Euro-Trip! Wonderful article with fascinating pictures..

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author avatar Sheila Newton
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks so much Funom. hope you enjoy your trip as much as I enjoyed mine!

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author avatar Funom Makama
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Yes, Euro-Trips are always exciting. And I am planning on another this summer.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Brilliant - hope you have a wonderful time, Funom.
Hugs - Sheila XX

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