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Old 06-24-2009, 07:35 AM   #61
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Freebird's winter pic looks great during the heat of summer. Here's one of our driveway

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For a taste of Europe without going there try Quebec City.
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I have been to Quebec City as a day trip from Montreal. We need to go back and stay a few more days to do it justice.



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Them be serious McMansions.
Very serious. Who knows how many cubic feet of peasants' sweat and blood it took to build those? In the end, probably a few buckets of blue blood got spilled too.

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Bet that third one has a damp basement...
If you mean the one over the river Cher, then au contraire. The large two feet of the arches house a very functional kitchen, and it is dry.

Chenonceau was built in the 1500s, and other than having no central air , is every bit as liveable as some later McMansions of the late 1800s, such as the Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island, built by the Vanderbilt. With Chateau de Chenonceau, all the new owner would need is to add some serious-R insulation, coupled with 100 tons of AC and she is ready to party.

On the other hand, the Chateau de Gruyeres is a true medieval castle (in the 1200s), and the inside looks more like a fort. We were drawn there simply by the name of the town, which is of course known for its cheese. Once walking out of the train station, we discovered that the castle was the main attraction of town, and within walking distance up a hill. With an unlimited train pass, we just rode the trains and got off wherever we liked. It was great.
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