Route 66 The Grand Canyon to Vegas

We left Williams, a beautiful little town near the grand canyon, early again as the temperature look like 36 degrees in Vegas, on the way more town with junk but beautiful scenery along the way. Early morning was beautiful with the cloud hanging there until about 10 am. Seligman, about half way, must be the capital of route 66 ,you can tell the locals are very proud of their history, here they take a bit more care, I mean it is not as bad and it is worth a detour about 2 miles of route 66…. A few miles before Vegas we passed Hoover Dam and Lac Mead national park, again beautiful road and scenery (it is going to be … Continue reading

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Route 66 Santa Fe to the Grand canyon

We didn’t leave to early as been a Sunday we had to go to church… and what a church service it was, just like in the old days with all the trimming,Organ, Choir, costumes etc…. We are now in indian country, all along the way they have shops and casinos. The scenery is changing, more rocky, very red soil, with canyons and mountain, (The grand canyon can’t be far away) We stopped the night at Gallup, this place is full of motels and Indians shops. We went for dinner a the old El Rancho hotel where many western movies have been made. Another place who is flogging John Wayne and all is friends, apparently they all slept there…… $20 extra … Continue reading

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Route 66 Oklahoma to Santa Fe

We left Oklahoma at 6 am as they predicted 36-38 degrees, it has been like that for 3 days now You know you are in Texas when you start to see drilling all over the place and big everything check out the big texan with his cadillac and the one with the bull horn on is cadillac, no more signs “no guns here”I guess that is why everyone is so polite and friendly, you don’t know if the guy you are talking too has a gun in is pocket…he probably has one….I was very polite too, thank you and your are welcome to everyone. I was always Australian not French… Talking about gun you can’t go to Texas without trying … Continue reading

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Route 66 St Louis to Oklahoma

Springfield was the first interesting town, about 1/3 of the way to Oklahoma. We stayed at Rail Heaven , as you can see Elvis stayed there before and I can tell you they are flocking the news, for $50 extra we could have stayed in is bed….The owner know everything about Route 66, he has been there for more than 40 years and never left the place, don’t ask him where is Australia , he will tell you somewhere in Europe. Really the best part of traveling is the people you meet and if you look a bit stupid they will tell you more stupid story. Check out the siting room at the entrance of the Motel, and the time … Continue reading

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Route 66 Chicago to St Louis

It took about 5 hours to get to Jolliet following route 66 probably about 1hour 30 on the freeway (how long can I stand that for) Nothing much in Joliet except a Vaudeville era movie palace, then we start to hit the country road, route 66 becoming more pleasant as it wind thru the country site. First night we stayed at Bloomington IL, a big day for not much so far, it will get better tomorrow… It was better tomorrow….lots to see along the way but very hard to follow 66 all the time, lots of deviations and sometime the road merge with other hwy and even freeway, but we keep on going thru these small villages with lots of … Continue reading

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Route 66 3 days in Chicago

Welcome to Chicago That’s where Route 66 started near the corner of Michigan Av (the magic miles) and Adam Av. Popular spot for bikies to take their photo. We spend a few days doing the site seeing, stay at the DeWitt Place close to the action, only 110 Australian Dollars a night. You can even cook in the room if you wanted too. As far as the food is concerned, no worries there, plenty to choose from, good quality and not too expensive, as it is August every night outside dining. Our most expensive meal was $200 for 2 steak and 2 glasses of wine at the Chicago cut steak house on the river, beautiful restaurant beautiful steaks, and our … Continue reading

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Seoraksan national park in South Korea, the Rock from hell

As you can see it look nice from a distance and they say it is a nice climb, but don’t do it the day after a 12hours flight from France. The stop over in South Korea for a bit of a rest after 4 months of cheeses and wine is a good idea. As soon as we landed in Seoul we took a bus to Sokcho in the northern part of the country near Seoraksan a beautiful national park. Next day to get over the jet lag we decided to climb Ulsanbawi Rock…. The south Korean sure know how to get you in, first the walk was beautiful, nice paved track, flower beds, temples, seats along the way, then it … Continue reading

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I’m proud of these chef’s achievements.

Why would I be proud? Because these three chefs all worked for me at C’est Bon; because I learned from them; because they learned from me & because they came back to France  and opened a restaurant. Not a bad achievement in today’s world, (Especially in France where no one want to work, the shops are always close and you need to fill up paper work to buy lollies….. They are all very different, but they have something in common; their partners are hard workers. (They are also good looking and smart but that’s another story…. (Bear in mind, many of the chefs who worked for me, successfully opened restaurants or businesses in Australia, including my daughter Amelie who ran … Continue reading

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Sailing to brittany with Captain Guy

This trip was plan for many years, since Guy Capon, a school friend came on a Sailing trip to Australia while we where in Cairns. I thought, If he can sail from France to Australia I’m sure it is no problem for him to go from La Rochelle to Brittany. I was right, no problem at all we had bad winds, no winds, left winds, right winds, nothing stopped our captain. We walked in some beautiful places and see a coast line, never experience before on my motorbike: Of course you look at the coast line from the outside, like looking at you from the outside, if you understand what I mean…Thank you Captain Guy it was not a luxury … Continue reading

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Constanza Romania to Civitavecchia Italy

Constanza, Romania use to be town…. where it all went wrong, I don’t know, you can still see the remain of a beautiful place but no maintenance what’s so ever. Never see a place with so many BMW, Mercedes, Audis driven by young guys. Even habituated building are in bad shape, if all theses cars where sold I’m sure they could make it a beautiful place. Look in the picture, on a photo below,on the right side where Suzanne is sitting, the marbles stairs have been repaired…with concrete, the list can go on but I don’t want to bore you, maybe it was a bad day…. I guess all theses cars are coming strait from France or Germany, no borders … Continue reading

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