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Oct 27, 2017 - Mont Saint Michel

AHHH! Mont Saint Michel! Awesome!! Magical!! Mont St. Michel is an island in Normandy, France. It is located about one 0.6 miles off the country's northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches and is 247 acres in size. As of 2009, the island has a population of 44. The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it: on...

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Oct 26, 2017 - St. Malo, St. Suliac, Dinan

Time is getting short!! We'll be home soon. So we're hurrying on to see as much as we can. Yesterday we arrived in Saint Malo in the Brittany district of France. They call it Bretagne district. It was nice and sunny with that touch of fall in the air. Brittany is a Celtic-flavored region nestled between the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay. It was once its own kingdom. It has long inspired painters and poets with its pink granite coast and lush countryside studded with manors, chateaux and fortified villages. Our hotel is an old...

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Jun 3, 2017 - Dinan to St Malo and then Jersey

Have added a couple of photos from Dinan which is said to have one of the best preserved old town centres in Brittany. Certainly all the buildings on our steep walk to the river were in good condition. This morning we travelled on to St Malo a town badly bombed by the allies and not eventually freed until 1945. Some will recognise this as the town in the book "All the light we cannot see".St Malo has a large port and as in all the coastal inlets large numbers of yachts of all sizes moored or out at sea enjoying the sunny warm weather. St...

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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 - 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 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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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

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