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2018. Little cycling girl in France. Arles and the Camargue

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2018. Little cycling girl in France. From Passavant-la-Rochere to Thoirette

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2018. Little cycling girl in France. From Mechelen (BE) to Passavant-la-Rochere

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2018. Little travelling girl in New York

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From Old to New Amsterdam. Comparing the food: ‘broodje kroket’ (sandwich with croquette) vs pastrami sandwich, lobster roll, NY style burger… Tracking traces of history: ships, houses, buildings from the 17th century, the period (1625-1664) New York was called Nieuw Amsterdam (New Amsterdam).
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A driven guide gave us a tour through the Tenement Museum, a walk in America’s urban immigrant history.

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2017. Little cycling girl in France – from Rouen to Paris

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Day 7. Rouen – Giverny – Cherence 63 km
Swallows high in the sky, no rain on the menu today. A beautiful route along the Seine brings us in Giverny. The little place is crowded with tourists who are seduced by umbrellas, tin boxes, framed posters, handkerchiefs, fridge magnets… all with a print of an impressionist painting. Claude Monet is all over this idyllic little town.
The garden of Monet is really worth a visit. The vibrating scent of the flowers and the million shades of color, are intoxicating.
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Day 8. Cherence – Le Vexin – Versailles 78 km
The Seine is our guide through this very French landscape. Le Parc Naturel Régional du Vexin Français is a pituresque and protected scenery with woods, forests, meadows, fields… You can feel the inspiration that in earlier years also inspired painters like Monet, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Daubigny.
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Day 9 is a rest day which we spent in the Château de Versailles. Even with tickets bought in advance, we have to queue for a long time. For an illustrator that means a lot of models who don’t run away *grin*.
After a visit to the palace and it’s enormous gardens, we took our bike to Paris where the Nôtre-Dame rang her clocks for our arrival (or was it because of the Assumption of Mary, August 15?).
Versailles – Paris 25 km
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2017. Little cycling girl in France – from Dieppe to Rouen

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Some heroes and their story:
Jehan Ango (1480-1551) was a great heroe in Dieppe. In the 16th century Jehan became captain of a ship that ventured into the spice trade with Africa and India, just like his father. The trade had made him rich and with his fortune he settled in Dieppe. Jehan had become a close friend of King François I who allowed him to hijack the Portuguese fleet.
Jeanne d’Arc (1412-1431) is a heroine of France because of her role during the Hunderd Years’ War. After she is captured, she’s found guilty of witchcraft and convicted to death by burning on 30 May 1431, in Rouen.IMG_0023
Rollo (846-933) was a Viking who became the first ruler of Normandy. He was the leader of the Vikings during the siege of Paris in 885. Rollo killed the count of Normandy and took his daughter to be his wife. Plusside of this marriage was that he became the new count of Normandy.
Willem the Conqueror (1028-1087) was duke of Normandy and a man with a plan. He invaded England in September 1066 and killed Harold at the Battle of Hastings. Afterwards he was crowned king of England.IMG_0022
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Aître Saint-Maclou (Rouen) is an ancient ossuary and a curieus building. The wooden frames were ornamented with skulls and bones.regen
Rain in Normandy, they have it in all types and sizes: rain that falls hard-and-fast down, rain by three drops on a square meter, soft drizzly rain that’s good for the plants but bad for the biker’s mood, rain that’s going to stick for a day…
And like the wise saying predicts: if the swallows fly low to the ground, rain is on it’s way.

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2015. Little travelling girl in Marokko – Tamnougalte, Aït Ben Hadou

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