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Sep 16, 2016 - More of Brittany

September 15-16 Brittany explorations Thursday morning was overcast, but I headed out for the market day in Dinan. I took my laundry with me in hopes of finding a place to do it. I spotted a place on the way in to town, and dropped it off. Hooray! My lodging has a washing machine, but it looks hopelessly complicated, and I’m not sure what it does in terms of drying. The market is held on the squares that normally provide a lot of parking for the old city, so I knew parking could be a challenge. Much to my joy, I found a place near the...

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Sep 14, 2016 - Exploring Brittany

September 13-14 Arrival in Brittany Tuesday I headed out to see the Carnac area. (Every time I see the name, I think of Johnny Carson playing ‘Carnac the magnificent’). I slept well in my holiday home. I had to improvise, since it doesn’t come with sheets or towels! I always travel with a backpacker towel, but the sheets had be stumped for a minute. They had given me a disposable cover for the mattress, my new tablecloth purchased in Aix made a great top sheet, and a T shirt worked for a pillowcase. I came here for two reasons; first I...

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Sep 12, 2016 - Loire to Atlantic

September 11-12 Loire days Sunday came cool and cloudy—it was a treat! I strolled up the street from the hotel to the chateau here in Azey le Rideau. It is lovely, despite the scaffolding covering one of the towers. That’s the first time this trip that that has happened. It is par for the course to have something under restoration during a trip. The chateau is built on an island in the river, giving it a natural moat, although it wasn’t needed. The chateaux in the Loire valley have long been luxury country homes rather than military...

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Aug 14, 2016 - the last post

I wrote this post on the flight home, then the iPad stopped working... Got it fixed now so we can post again. We are in Cape Breton now and getting ready to make our way back to Halifax to catch a flight in the morning and go visit Grandmas and Grandpas before driving back home. We went to Louisbourg on Friday, and the girls said it was the best museum/historic site they've been to. I would have to agree. We went into a house where a woman was spinning wool by hand (because this colony was not allowed to have a spinning wheel). She told us...

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Aug 6, 2016 - Italia!

Italia! Florence and now Cinque Terre Nice was nice (sorry!) but we were only there for one night as a transfer point from France to Italy...to drop off the car and take the train to Florence. This involved a couple of transfers, first at Ventimiglia and then in Milan, and of course we missed one connection. Although we were only delayed an hour, it did mean we had no assigned seats on a full train from Milan to Florence. So we spent part of that leg in the bar car (had to have a nice craft beer in there to justify occupying the seats) and...

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Jul 31, 2016 - Tours, Paris, and south to the L'Ardeche region and Provence....

Tours, Paris, and south to the Ardeche and Provence... We really enjoyed our two days in Tours after dropping the bikes off...we found a little apartment on AirB&B that was centrally located so very easy to get around on the tram. Tours is a pretty city with lots of green space (what we saw anyway) and the old city has some cool architecture. Then it was time to head back toward Paris for a few more days, to camp at Maison Lafitte. We surprised the girls by booking into a treehouse accommodation. It is the trip of stairs so we were 28...

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Jul 22, 2016 - St Malo - Brittany

Today our bags had to be out infront of the room by 7.30am then all of us on the bus at 8.30am. We are off to St Malo via Rennes in Brittany. Rennes was another of pretty town and the highlight for us was meeting a waiter at a Café for lunch. We just picked out a café which had seats infront in the shade. A waiter approached us in French and we were seated. We decided to talk in English and not the pidgeon French, and found to our surprise he talk fluent English. He worked in Melbourne on a 2 year visa as a spruker for a restaurant in...

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Jul 22, 2016 - Saumur to Tours, and the end of the bike trip

7 Heating up and getting busy (sorry, this is a long post) Well, Saumur was beautiful. Our ride there was the longest day we had so far, about 50 km or more. It was interesting with a bike ferry that crossed a small river and then riding alongside some beautiful fields of flowers. Along the way we walked through a small town market (celebrating the French national holiday) and carried onto to the campsite that was recommended. Unfortunately, we ended up on the scenic hilly route late in the day but some encouragement and chocolate got us...

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Jul 13, 2016 - Off on the bikes....

6 Off on our bikes!!! Well, we turned in the car and picked up our bikes. It was a challenging first day transferring all of our stuff to bikes and getting a few fine tuning items out of the way, but after a heavy ride to the campground and sending a package home, I think we'll be okay. We did our first 40 km ride on Sunday and the girls did well. Eleanor is usually out in the lead, reading signs and navigating. Claire is starting to get into this as she is on the back of the tandem and she can spend a bit more time reading a map on the go...

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Jul 7, 2016 - Vimy and other Normandy sites

5 Vimy and other Normandy sites We've had a few challenging days picking up the rental car and finding our way out of downtown Paris and Arras to start the war memorial portion of the trip. Driving in Paris was a little more intense than in Iceland! But we made it to our campsite (thanks to Tracey's navigation skills) and it was a nice site located close to Arras. Our main objective was to visit the Vimy Ridge memorial and it was a very humbling experience. Seeing the conditions of the trenches where the Canadians had to live for months on...

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Jun 19, 2016 - Sarzeau

The final leg of the Bretagne expedition was sarzeau (pronounced sarZOH). I first heard of sarzeau when my cousin Heidi emailed that she and Ted would be doing a home exchange next spring in sarzeau. I didn't realize that the commun of sarzeau is actually pretty big, extending east from banastere (where the home exchange is located) westward to Arzon. With a car the distance is comfortable, but we either walk or ride the bus, and that did limit our travels slightly, although we had more than enough to keep active. That said, our hotel was...

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Jun 19, 2016 - Rennes

Rennes is the capital of the Bretagne region, so we decided to pause here for the weekend, instead of just using it as a place to change trains. We are glad we made the decision. We had booked a room for two nights at a small hotel, with a super breakfast, a short walk from the old city, the train station, and the tourist office. The first stop, after the hotel, was the tourist office where they recommended a self guided walking tour with a map called, tourist circuit. The walk took us past 18 buildings of interest for a solid, general...

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