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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 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 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 - Vannes

We booked an Airbnb for a one week stay in Vannes. The hostess very kindly picked us up at the train station and showed us around the flat. It would seem that I was a bit hasty when I made the booking. The flat was very conveniently located to walk everywhere, but no wifi and the only toilet was in the basement with a spiral half step staircase. In the middle of the night, this was just a bit uncomfortable to navigate. Vannes is a fortified city on the gulf of morbihan, with 2000 years of history, and 60% of its fortifications remain. We...

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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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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 - San Malo

Wednesday, time to travel to Saint malo, normally easily reached from pontorson by train, but today there is a SNCF strike. So we have arranged, thanks to the very friendly, helpful, tourist office staff in pontorson, to take a bus to Dol-Sur-Bretagne and have a taxi waiting for us at the bus station for a ride to our ibis budget on the rue de la Marne. I was briefly in Saint Malo about 18 years ago. We had made the overnight boat crossing from Portsmouth and arrived in Saint Malo on a cold rainy morning, getting lost leaving the boat...

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Sep 12, 2015 - Pontorson, & Rennes France

Hi All We left Mont Saint-Mechel after a late breakfast, thankfully most of the rain happened while we slept , then back to Pontorson only a short ride - so had heaps of time to wander around. Forgot to mention we stayed in a little place called Ardevon, in a very nice hotel about 1.5 km from the parking area to Mont Saint -Mechel, the lady receptionist kept prattling on about sheep after 6.30pm & to be careful. We thought nothing of it, until just before heading for dinner I saw the herd of sheep straight outside our window, in the morning...

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Sep 10, 2015 - Saint Malo, France

Hi All, Lay day today no cycling, hanging in Saint Malo, slow and easy checking out the rest of the old city. One of the prettiest places we have seen so far, and so nice to smell the sea, must be in our blood. The tides here are amazing, must be up to 6m high tide to low tide, at low tide you need a packed lunch to get to the water, would be the widest beach we have ever seen, at high tide virtually no beach in places. Along some sections of the sea wall there are old tall tree trunks clustered together for over a kilometre, these are to...

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Sep 9, 2015 - Saint Malo, France

Hi All, WiFi is very poor here, photos of previous day in Dinan, now posted. Today is a shorter ride ~ 25km, thankfully to St Malo, riding to Dinard where we catch the ferry to St Malo. We headed back into Dinan old town centre after breakfast at our Chambre d'Hote ( B&B) to take some more photos without the crowded streets we met on our arrival. The old walled town is a real tourist attraction with lots of shops & cafes, and classic wooden buildings. Great place for wedding photos, we followed a newly wed couple at various locations...

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Sep 8, 2015 - Dinan, France

Hi All, Today was supposed to be a shorter ride to Dinan, we thought we would take a short cut, to give us more time to check out the old town. What can I say but it was a "Le grand Boo Boo"! We cycled an extra 3.5 hours further than we intended, all up 96km in stead of the proposed 32km (oops), should have turned right rather than turning left. This mistake was further compounded by a French Chap who assured us we were headed in the right direction to Dinan along the Canal d'Ille et Rance. Only after stopping for a coffee many hours later...

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