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Jan 8, 2015 - Sleeping and speaking

In spite of my love of naps, I can be a sensitive boy when it coms to sleep. When traveling, I use earplugs, eye shades, and all, but on an airplane it's near impossible. The awkward positions, pressures on odd body parts, and the background noise take a toll. From Chicago to Paris, I slept maybe two hours. Being groggy and brain soggy makes the transition to the ground quite uncertain. Fortunately, French customs didn't care much about my arrival, my bag showed up, and I didn't have hard decisions to make. Sleep lag. The worst is what it...

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Jan 7, 2015 - Upgrades and not

At SeaTac, when checking in, I was startled to discover my pack weighed in at 23 pounds. This is 4 pounds more than I took to the UK. Must be the sleeping bag and thick, warm garb I need for winter. At the gate,I offered to volunteer to give up my seat. Retired, with no reservations, why not? "Where were you when we needed you yesterday?" was the reply. "My fault," I said, "Poor planning." This suitably entertained an otherwise harried employee. She asked for my ticket, tapped secret code and presented me with a better seat. After a...

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Oct 31, 2010 - Bayonne

This weekend was one of our only long weekends that we have had. Since we had 3 days off, I wanted to plan a trip somewhere, but really couldn't decide where to go. In the end I decided that I wanted to take day trips to small towns nearby (It only worked out that I got to visit one town, but that was ok). I invited my friends Shirley and Briget to come along and we decided to go to Bayonne. We planned on taking the early train at 8 in the morning. I got to the station at quarter to 8 only to find that they weren't there. I didn't realize...

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May 21, 2010 - England, Ireland, France...

England and South Wales, and then off to Ireland... Our time in England was "brilliant", as the Brits would say! We stayed with Lisa in London, and had an absolute blast. After our amazing experience at Westminster Abbey, we spent several days just exploring London with Lil' Lise, and got to know some of the great culture and hidden treasures that city has. Some of those markets are incredible! And the pubs, the music, the fashion, the history... We also went and visited our friends Catherine and Steve (and kids), who now live near Oxford....

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Aug 17, 2009 - Llegada al País Vasco

Mi día empezo en Vannes, en Bretagne, Anne Marie me llevo hasta Nantes al medio día para tomar el tren de 4 horas hacía Bordeaux donde tuve que hacer un cambio de tren. Apenas tuve un par de minutos para comprar algo de tomar en la estación, encontrarme un par de turistas perdidos que estaban tratando de encontrar un Albergue de jóvenes a los que les preste mi guia para que encontraran algo, sali de la estación y vi los alrededores y luego tome el tren para el último trayecto. Al llegar a Bayonne pude sentir un nuevo aire, distinto al que...

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Jul 18, 2007 - Paris to Bayonne

Today we say aure vois to Paris and it is somewhat saddening.......we really enjoyed our time here. The Metro made it very easy to get around and we felt very comfortable in this city of 2.2 million people. We sat in the shade under the Arc de Triomphe for a bit before taking one last stroll down the Champs-Elysees and then as we headed down the steps of the Metro at Alma-Marceau we turned around for one last look at the Eiffel Tower.....we caught our train at Gare Montparnasse and it took four hours and forty-five minutes on the TGV to get...

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Aug 16, 2006 - Bordeaux Country

"Good morning Savannah" chirped Dad somewhere in the foggy distance. "Time to get going!" This time, his voice was louder and much nearer as I gained consciousness after what seemed like only a few minutes' sleep. This was the start of a long travel day - no planned touring. We got ready quickly and headed into the cool morning without breakfast. An hour or so later, Dad pulled into a small village and found the local boulongerie (bakery) where the locals were already carting off the fresh baguettes, petite pains, pastries, and other...

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Aug 5, 2006 - San Sebastián - Biarritz - London

We had an hour and a half bus ride across the Spanish border from San Sebastián to Biarritz. Since it was several hours to our flight we thought we'd check our bags into the storage at the Airport and head to the beach. Well after lugging our bags out the the airport there was no storage to use so we went back into the city and tried to find somewhere to put our bags, unfortunately there was only one place to leave them but it closed for siesta so we wouldn't get them out in time for our flight. So our bags ended up coming the the beach...

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Oct 24, 2005 - Update On the last Trip to France

Hi there all Welcome to our new Website, something we would have loved to have started in the beginning, however it is now only 44 days till we leave this island and fly back to the southern islands. The pics are a couple that we took on our last trip to France and Spain a few weeks ago. We managed to experience what the true meaning of "stupid poms" really is. Well it happened in San Sebastian in Spain, Jodie and I decided to sit on the beach in between surfs and no joke we were only on the beach for 20 minutes and as you can imagine when...

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Oct 9, 2005 - Atlantic Pyrenees

Despite the beauty of the mountainous area, we were not prepared for the cold so did a hasty change in itinerary and headed south. Almost immediately the Spanish influence was obvious with less decorative buildings, lots of what we consider Spanish style houses made of adobe and red clay tile roofs, bullfighting arenas and tapas bars. Right now we are camped in Ondres which is about 20 minutes from Bayonne/Biarritz right on the Atlantic and last stop before Spain. Biarritz is a holiday destination for the rich and famous - but we are...

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Europe 2005-2006

May 4, 2005 - France today....... Spain tomorrow!

Hi guys Just arrived in Biarritz...... Had an awesome couple of days in Mimizan Plage - a tiny little French surfing town on the SW coast (just below Bordeaux). Had done a seriously big drive to get there having stayed on the Normandy coast just before that! Grant got to see the D-day beaches at Houlgate and Cabourg. We then went to go and stay at a little town just West of there call Mont St Michel. It is an abbey on a tiny little island with one causeway to get to it. We've had a very relaxing few days in Mimizan, cycling around and...

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Apr 2, 2005 - Pau to Biarritz

For each day's ride I will be including the stats for the day available from our bike computers plus other interesting stats. Day 1: Pau to Orthez Distance: 45kms Total for Entire Trip: 45kms Riding Time: 2.25hrs Total Time for day: 3.5hrs Avg Speed: 21kph Elevation Rating: 1/10 Marks Crapometer: 1/10 Andrews Crapometer:1/10 (How bad we're feeling during the ride) Weather Report: Wet but no wind - 15 degrees We landed at Pau with no more hassles. We reassembled our bikes (i.e pedals attached, steering wheels straightened, and tires pumped...

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