Author Archives: John Blanton

About John Blanton

I'm a retired engineer living in San Antonio, Texas. I have served in the Navy, raced motorcycles, taken scads of photos and am usually a nice guy. I have political and religious opinions, and these opinions tend to be driven by an excess of observed stupidity. Gross stupidity is the supposed target of many of my posts.

5 Rue Ranfer de Bretenière

We stayed four weeks in France, booking three different vacation rentals through VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner). The last was 5 Rue Ranfer de Bretenière in Dijon. Being new to the whole business, we found the process to involve some adventure. … Continue reading

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A Demon In The Sky

I was on the road for a few weeks and unable to check the latest Amazon Prime Video offerings. This is the first thing that popped up when I got home Wednesday night, and it appears to be right on … Continue reading

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The Last Train to Dijon

The plan was to stay seven nights in Tours followed by six nights in Dijon. Should have been no problem. We booked vacation rentals on-line before leaving the U.S. A few days into our stay in Tours I figured to … Continue reading

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4 Rue Rabelais

I have this thing. I can never think of François Rabelais without recalling Robert Preston:  Professor, her kind of woman doesn’t belong on any committee. Of course, I shouldn’t tell you this but she advocates dirty books. Harold: Dirty books! Alma: Chaucer Ethel: Rabelais … Continue reading

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Tours Saturday

Who knew this was such a lively place? Off the train from Chenonceau we figured to find some croissants for Sunday’s breakfast. Barbara knew there was a boulangerie on the Rue de Nationale, and we turned up that way, where … Continue reading

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Places We Will Never Go Again – Chenonceau Château

There are many places well worth a visit but you know you will never go back again. This is the fabulous Chenonceau Château in the French Loire Valley. It’s best to go here by train from Tours. Get your tickets … Continue reading

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Trouble in River City

It was a nice day in Tours, in the heart of the Loire Valley. For late September it was warm, also sunny. A nice day to walk about the town. We were down to the bridge over the river, took … Continue reading

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