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    After 6 years aboard our Narrowboat Matilda Rose in the UK, we took the plunge and shipped her across to Europe. After 2 years in Europe we knew we didn't want to return to the UK so took the plunge and purchased a 1902 20 mtr Dutch Tjalk called Francoise and are now continuing our travels of the waterways of Europe in a buxom wench

  • November 2015
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The Valley of Ornans by car (Fri 6/11)

Posted by contentedsouls on 18/11/2015

The misty start to the day, again, quickly cleared into warm sunshine so, after a quick walk with the dogs, we loaded them and a picnic into the car and headed off to the Valley of Ornans and the River La Loue which weaves along the bottom. Now I, along with most of the French people, absolutely love a picnic and there is never any shortage of delicacies to buy for one or places to eat them in. A picnic here is not confined to a summer’s day outing with the kids; it can be enjoyed by fisherman and cyclists alike at all times of the year and in any weather except torrential rain – even then we’ve spotted picnics being eaten at picnic tables under large umbrellas!

We drove through Nods to join the river at Lods (well, it amuses me!).


We then turned up the valley to Mouthier-Haute-Pierre to find a nice spot for our lunch. Our first choice was already occupied by like minded French picnickers, but our second choice wasn’t too shabby. Sadly the cloud came down a bit and we had to add a layer of clothing.


Following the river down we explored Vuillafans, Clerons and Ornans itself where we stopped for coffee before heading for home. We did get to hear my cow bells tinkling across the valley but weren’t able to get close enough for photos – I guess that I’d already collected more than enough photos for one day!


A day full of beautiful villages and scenery rounded off our all too short exploration of this beautiful region of France – if you don’t know it and have a motor home or caravan, I cannot recommend strongly enough that you give it a whirl.

10 Responses to “The Valley of Ornans by car (Fri 6/11)”

  1. Caroline said

    Lovely looking picnic, but you really do need to invest in a trendy bright plastic tablecloth to complete the picture.


    • You are so right. I might find one reduced in the sale at this time of the year – I have the ubiquitous red and white check, but so last year darling (and I forgot to take it)!


  2. Kevin TOO said

    A picnic… in November?? Only in France indeed 🙂
    You’re making me very jealous of your lifestyle 😉


    • About to get our come uppance me thinks – minus temperatures forecast for the week-end. I’m glad you’re back; I thought I was boring you. I seem to have frightened Alistair and Andywindy off!


      • Kevin TOO said

        I’ve not been away… just not commenting on every single post…
        too much would make me look like a stalker and/or a sad old git LOL

        BTW you don’t frighten anyone, as you very well know 😉

        Liked by 1 person

      • The trouble is I am very ‘needy’ Kevin


      • andywindy said

        You don’t frighten me Jill, Petrify maybe but never frighten! I’ve just spenty nearly a week on The Isles of Scilly and didn’t take my laptop so am catching up now, had to come back to Mainland Cornwall a day late due to Gales stopping the planes as it was. Wonderful pictures again Jill, thank you.
        Oh and I saw a bright Orange plastic sheet being marketed as a picnic tablecloth near here last Summer, though I think it would clash with Graham!

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      • I hope you had a great time on The Isles of Scilly – I bet you had a rough ride home!
        I must address that tablecloth issue; very re-miss of me


  3. stevethewargamer said

    Bloody lovely – very envy’making given south coast Brit weather this afternoon…


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