France Tour: James & Margaret Darley - France - 2010
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France Tour: James & Margaret Darley

We would never have found such places on our own without a lot of research

Hi Jerry,
We have been home from our trip to France and Germany now for two weeks and are still talking about it. It was the best ever, thanks to your wonderful B&B bookings. They were all different, but brilliant in their own way. We loved them all! Our hosts at Guerande and Crepon stand out as exceptional. We would never have found such places on our own without a lot of research, so we're singing the praises of Umfulana to all and sundry! Perhaps our favourite day was Wuppertal/Cologne. Jim knew about Schloss Burg and wanted to revisit it after 50+ years! It was a crisp but sunny morning with the trees just showing their autumn colours. The castle was really interesting. Then we drove to Wuppertal, his old hometown and after finding the place he used to live and his old school, we had a ride on the Schwebebahn – Brilliant. And then Cologne. We stopped as per your instructions right in front of the hotel and were immediately taken care of by the attentive staff who whisked us and our luggage into the reception area. They apologized that our room was not ready, but not to worry, they upgraded us to a suite! Wow! Two wonderfully furnished rooms with adjoining bathroom and dressing room looking right out onto the Dom! What a view! And then we climbed the 509 steps up the Dom tower. I felt very proud of myself and was rewarded with fine views in every direction. We decided to splurge and eat at the hotel's restaurant that evening. Food had been very good all through France and the first few days in Germany, but this meal was exceptional. And the service was also excellent.
We look forward to arranging our next European holiday with you.
Best regards,
Margaret and Jim Darley