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Dîner sur la Tour Eiffel

Our 2016 adventure has been another wonderful experience and literally ends on a high . . . . as we celebrate Bev’s birthday up on the Eiffel Tower !! To share our last few days, in Paris with Alison and Neil was also icing on the cake!!

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Our final evening in Paris, July 6th, began with dinner at 58 Tour Eiffel admiring the view on the way up. A three course dinner, nouveaux cuisine was delicious . . . . complete with birthday candle on dessert!

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Le Cateau . . . France – towards Paris!!

Driving towards Paris we once again experience amazing hospitality . . . .  this time in France!! In the historic town of Le Cateau-Cambresis, 230km NE of Paris, we overnight in a free aire. The friendly tourisme office sends us off with a list of things to do  & discover.

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Party time in Netherlands!!

Yes, it’s party time for us in Netherlands where we have a great time visiting our friends in Beuningen and then Erp! We are welcomed back at Camping Du Muk for a short stop and once again appreciate their excellent hospitality.
Jan, Nettie and Maaike pick us up and take us to a delicious smorgasbord Asian meal!

photo6Amazing array of food on offer. You collect a plate full – Bev chose fish and frogs legs and it is cooked fresh and delivered to your table!. . . Yes, frogs legs taste similar to chicken!

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We also enjoy traditional apple cake with them on our morning tour of the district – and of course laughs as well!

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Four countries in one day!

As we say goodbye to fantastic Croatia, we also say goodbye to the nice weather! Bruce is a wee bit confused today . . . . what country am I driving through now? In this corner of Europe with the borders so close by, we notch up 4 countries on one day!! Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Germany! We have to pay for the privilege too with Vignettes for Slovenia and Austria. There are many tunnels here!

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Zadar, the main city of northern Dalmatia, was damaged by bombs during 2nd World War and by Yugoslav rockets in 1991 – but it has been rebuilt and restored retaining much of its old flavour and controversially new modern buildings.

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Waterfall Wonderland!

It’s difficult to find enough superlatives for the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Our day visit was a wonderful, memorable & peaceful experience. Plitviče Lakes National Park is a 295-sq.-km forest reserve in central Croatia. It is known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by a series of breathtaking waterfalls and cascades.

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Driving the Dalmation

Driving north along the Dalmation Coast there is the attractive little village Ston, a traditional centre of oyster and shellfish cultivation. Nearby, our AutoCamp Prapratno is at the little cove, with same name, on the seashore amongst the pinewood and olive groves. The pebbly beach has crystal clear water.

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