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Jun 28, 2014 - Heading for Piriac today

Bonjour mes amis . We hope you are all ok.we have enjoyed a few days up the blissfully quiet river Vilaine and will head back to the Arzal lock today and then onto Piriac which gets a good write up in the book. I hope it won't be too busy to get into the marina being a Sunday. The last couple of nights we have been back on 2 buoys so no power or water supply. We are both looking a bit worse for wear so no close ups until we have a make-over. Geoff needs another hair cut so I may be let loose with hiss trimmer again to keep his good looks...

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Jun 27, 2014 - Arrival in Foleux further up the Vilaine River

It was one of Geoffs aims to get to La Roche-Bernard after reading about it in the Yaghting Monthly mag. He wasn't disappointed even though there was no beach. It was really pretty and well worth the hassle of getting through a very busy lock at Arzal to access the River Vilaine. We saw all sorts of dodgy boat handling going on in the lock and were just glad we have filled the boat with extra fenders so that we could avoid a collision. One couple almost ended up with the wife dangling from her boat hook as she got it caught in the long...

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Jun 25, 2014 - Belle Ile en Mer

We arrived yesterday at this lovely island called Belle Ile en Mer after a lovely sail and more unsuccessful fishing. We were surprised to get a place in the inner marina because many folk had told us it would be very busy and that we should expect to be on another buoy. We feel very lucky that we have had the luxury of electricity and available water supply. It has remained very warm throughout the day until around 10pm so we have enjoyed lots of dips in the sea despite the sudden appearance of loads of jelly fish everywhere since we left...

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Jun 20, 2014 - Arrival in Ile de Groix

The Ile de Groix lived up to expectations. A really pretty, quiet island but lots of hills if you are cycling. We have slept quite well for being on a bouncy buoy and ranted up left right and centre. On one evening we had 10 boats sharing the same buoy with us. We got to know our neighbours quite well ! Still hoping all the exercise will counteract all the drinks. We stayed 3 nights. The last evening it was like a mill pond and much quieter. We are now in Port Louis on a pontoon so we should be a bit more stable.mm

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Jun 19, 2014 - Day before departing Benodet

So we are getting ready to leave tomorrow having had a fab time here. We have done lots of cycling and lazing on the beach ,eaten too much and spent too much but never mind we will be at sea tomorrow and Geoff will be eating A La Vivian and the forecast is for more good weather. We had a lovely day on an organised boat trip to The Isles De Glennon yesterday which was lovely. Tomorrow we are heading for Port Tudy on The Isle De Groix which is recommended by many of the people we have met here. Fingers crossed that we can get a mooring...

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Jun 17, 2014 - Still chilling out in Benodet

The last few days has whizzed by because the weather has been great and we have spent most of the time chilling out on a beach. We have cycled quite a bit to get to the beaches so am hoping we are soon going to look slimmer in a swim suit. Tomorrow we may go on a boat trip to see the Isles of Glennon Where the water is very shallow but really turquoise . I don't suppose it will be any warmer though and the Atlantic is only for the brave or the Typsy to swim in. No pictures of us in the sea but that's because we don't take the I Pad and the...

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Jun 14, 2014 - Oui, oui, Francais!

Hi Everyone After a week of rain the sun found us and the days are now warm and barmy. The hedgerows and along the road sides are speckled with white starry daisy’s, bright yellow buttercups with the creamy heads of bobbing cow parsley and standing tall and proud, purple fox gloves. We’ve even spied tiny wild orchids. We purchased a book called French Passion which gives us free camping in vineyards and farms across France. We choose a farm in the village of Viville and camped by the farms babbling stream and had a delightful afternoon...

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Jun 13, 2014 - Arrived in Benodet

We left Morgat on the 11th after careful planning to get through the notorious Raz Du Sein .fortunately we were lucky and the Raz was in a good mood. The current was not too strong and we sailed. On up to Audierne. It was a bit tricky getting moored up there because all the recommended places away from the current had been taken. A friendly couple of Brits helped us tie up in a very short pontoon and we thanked them by sharing several bottles of red with them. The following day we went back down river and moored on a buoy in St Evette where...

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Jun 8, 2014 - Still in L aber Wrac h

just a quick catch up as signal is bad We are hoping to go to Cameret today at 1300 as the wind has dropped Previously 3rd in Treguier 4th sightseeing in Treguier 5th Roscoff had to tow a French boat in with failed engine 6th L Aber Wrach 7th bus to Brest sightseeing as too windy and stormy to sail

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Jun 3, 2014 - Well wrapped up . Is it summer yet?

On the way from Guernsey to Treguier in Northern Brittany. We had a good sail today and timed our arrival at Trguier so that we had a rising tide to get us over all the rocks and sandbanks up the river? Mooring was fun because of a strong current and no bow thruster. Thankfully we were assisted by some friendly French chaps and lovely Bob from Exeter. The following day we had a walk around the lovely town and the cathedral . Rain and more rain with some sun throughout the day so a good day to spend on the land!

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May 5, 2014 - Beautiful Island

Beautiful Island While I drove the six hours to Brittany and the coast, I thought about the way I had psyched myself up about so many things. Before I started this grand adventure, I was so worried about getting lost, but I was lost nearly every time I went somewhere new, so I just got used to it. Now I know that with enough time and questions, I can get anywhere I need to go. While I don’t prefer the feeling of being lost, it no longer scares me. The thought of driving in Naples and Rome terrified me and I was fine, I held my own in the...

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Jul 12, 2013 - Mont-Saint-Michel

Today we visited Mont-Saint-Michel with its abbey perched 80m asl. The abbey dominates the skyline but there are other buildings around the base a number of which are given over to commercial interests but once through a concentrated area, the rest of the island is unaffected. The bay has been silting up over many years and there is a huge project under way to improve the situation. This has been caused in part by the causeway preventing water flowing from the main river and clearing the silt away. The works involves removing the old...

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