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Chapter 1: We Leave for France
Chapter 10: Looking for Mr. Goodstone
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Chapter 14: The vintner next door
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Leather-bound Millau & the World's Highest Bridge
Le Viaduc de Millau, opening for traffic on December 2004, claims to be the world's highest bridge.Designed by English architect, Lord Norman Foster, this graceful, technically advanced bridge spans the valley of the River Tarn, crossing more than 1.5 miles of thin air just downstream from Millau. The bridge is already a popular tourist attraction, with a permanent visitors' center. Not only does the Viaduc hold a world record, but much of its steel was fabricated in the Eiffel factories, given it a lustrous pedigree. The Viaduc was built with private money, as a toll bridge. It is the last link in a major highway joining the north of France to the Languedoc.Millau first earned fame for its gloves, and leather manufacturers still sell their wares in this pretty (and very walkable) small city. Fashion flows through its veins.
At 21, rue Droite, in the old part of Millau (and a few doors down from a conspicuous Office of Tourism), Christian Canillac and his wife Chantal design and hand sew beautiful women's gloves in a rainbow of colors, leathers, and styles (some outrageous). Their workshop is called L'atelier du Gantier. Cost per pair: approximately 45 euros. Phone: 05 65 60 81 50. Time to destination: 1 hour 20 minutes
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