A reminder of a time when a phone was just a phone
Quick, it’s beeping. It’s notifying me of something, but how do I find out what?
Arrrrgh! It’s ringing . What do I push to unlock it to answer?
Pardon me for freaking out in your presence, but I just became the newest member of TechnoWorld. I just bought a fancy new smartphone. I’m learning to swipe, flick, pinch, and everything beyond just making a call. Did you know nobody buys ring tones anymore? They customize their own with music they’ve put on their phone. Crazy.
And so, because I spent an entire afternoon just trying to figure out how to locate and turn off all the factory preset notification beeps before I stab a fork deep into my ear, I didn’t have time to write up the blog topic I had originally planned. Here’s a post from 2009 that takes you on a bike ride along the canals of the Burgundy region in France. Take your time. Turn off your cell phone. Enjoy the scenery.
Read and share in the comments box your favorite backroad pleasure trip. Or . . . tell us what annoys you the most about the world of cell phones.
Along the Burgundy Canal
The best way to experience the Burgundy region is to get out of the city and into the country. Cities like Dijon and Beaune offer so much in terms of food, shopping, and culture, but the smaller villages entice the traveler as well. In the United States if you got off the main highways and took the backroads, there would be a lot of uncertainty as to when you hit a town of any size and if you’d find anything to make you hit the brakes and explore. America has so many small town treasures, but finding them takes real effort and research or a touch of luck.
In the Burgundy region of France, however, enchanting historical villages are strung out along the roads like pearls on a necklace. You rarely go more than 5 kilometers before seeing a sign with an arrow pointing to another one just around the bend. Each one makes you want to stop and spend a few hours relishing the gardens or the history or lunch while watching the local traffic, which is frequently measured in bicycles or pedestrians.
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