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Interest and Fun filled days.

When in the region of Avignon take a day and let EuropeDriving interest you to some of the magical towns within an hour’s drive:- Try Uze’s, a hidden gem with interest nestled under the tall Plain Trees the triple storey houses surrounding the market squares, all lined with interesting and unique shops having high standard of Boutique outlets.

Following visits to the side walk cafe’s, teddy bear shop, interior pot-plant shop, it’s time to find your place in either – Place Albert, with its 1635 chapel, built in the old corn market and named after the King of Belgium, Albert 1st. post WWI.  Or Place aux Herbes (a lively spot of interest on market days) for a summer lunch, while people watching or watching the bird’s dodge the water drops from the fountain.

Following a leisurely morning and lunch its time to get the muscles going by joining the ripples of the river Gard. Hire a kayak for a 60-90 minute trip down river. Paddling with interest under the Historic monument of the Pont du Gard, it is an experience well worth the effort, the river has its fast and slow flows with large fish and local birdlife visible. On completion, a Kayak company vehicle meets you at the rendezous point and takes you back to our vehicle. After visiting the official monument site of the Pont du Gard  we drive back towards our nights accommodation stopping enroute for a local dinner under the vine laiden patio.

Another sun drenched fun filled day in the Provence with EuropeDriving Holidays.

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A LONDON – zip

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Romans invaded Britain in AD43, they moved north from the Kentish Coast and traversed the River Thames in the London region. Soldiers crossed the river at Lambeth, but further downstream they built a permanent wooden bridge, just east of the present London Bridge. As a focal point of the Roman road system, it was the bridge which attracted settlers and led to London’s inevitable growth, trade and commerce. The soon flourishing city called Londinium the name itself is Celtic, not Latin, originally have referred merely to a previous farmstead on the site.

AD60 Queen Boudica of the Iceni tribe rose up against the Romans, who fled. The city was burned to the ground. However, the Romans eventually regained control and rebuilt London, adding a Forum (market) and Basilica (a business centre), slowly building a wall around the city to protect it from further invasion.

The Romans left at the beginning of the 5th Century as the Roman Empire crumbled, leaving London largely deserted. Britain was invaded by the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes (who came from Holland, Germany and Denmark). By the beginning of the 7th Century the city had become important enough to justify the building of a cathedral, St Paul’s. There is still a cathedral (but not the same one!) on the same spot.

Little is known about London for a few hundred years, all through during the 9th and 10th Centuries there were many attacks by the Vikings. “London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down, London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady“. It was thought that this nursery rhyme probably records an attack against London by the Viking, Olaf, at the beginning of the 11th Century.

Visit London in the Twenty First Century while travelling with Europe Driving Holidays as today, London is a major tourist hub, world renowned for its Royalty, history, architecture, shopping and Black Taxi’s. London another common arrivals or departure point for Europe Driving holiday trips throughout Europe and the UK.

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A PARIS – zip

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History. Julius Caesar conquered Paris in 52 B.C. It was then a fishing village, called Lutetia Parisiorum (the Parisii were a Gallic tribe), on the Île de la Cité. Under the Romans the town spread to the left bank and acquired considerable importance under the later emperors.

In 987, HUGH CAPET, Count of Paris, became king, under his successors, the CAPETIANS, the city’s position as the nation’s capital became established. Often characterized as spirited and rebellious, the people of Paris first declared themselves an independent commune in 1355-58.

The storming of the Bastille in 1789 was the first of a series of key actions by the Parisian people during the FRENCH REVOLUTION. Paris also played a major role in the revolutions of 1830 and 1848. In 1871, during the FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR, the city was besieged for four months until France surrendered. After German troops withdrew, French radicals briefly established the COMMUNE OF PARIS. During World War I the Germans were prevented from reaching Paris, but they occupied the city during World War II from 1940 to 1944. Paris was again the scene of violence during the student riots of 1968.

Well! Today, Paris is a major tourist hub with some 60million travellers pasting through, world renowned for its romance, history, architecture, shopping and quizine. Paris is a common arrivals or departure point for Europe Driving holiday trips throughout Europe, which includes a dinner up the Eiffel Tower or on the Seine River.

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