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Aug 22, 2012 - Josselin, Brittany

Chateau de Josselin Grammar, Barb, Pierre and I headed for Josselin to get some groceries. When we got there, it looked so interesting that we decided to wander around before shopping. We poked into an English (!) bookstore and had yummy crepes for lunch. Then we went on a guided tour of the Chateau de Josselin with a very thoughtful young woman who spoke particularly slowly and clearly because she knew there were several non-French speakers. Even I (sf) understood everything. The chateau is beautiful and is set in grounds that have...

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Aug 19, 2012 - Train Day: Pontorson to Rennes (photos) to Lyon to Nice

Hello Folks, Not too much to report here. Nothing but a train day. However, had a fun time getting to the Pontorson Train station. My train was leaving at 11am to Rennes (southwest) and I figured buses will be semi-plenty for a Sunday. Uhh, not! Closest bus time was at 1045am so that wasn't going to happen. Lady at the front desk called a cab. And another cab. It seemed she had never done this! Complete debacle. It was 1015am and no cab call back. Uh, I can't run 6.7miles to grab the train. So, overhead a Japanese Guy speaking English to...

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Aug 12, 2012 - 20h30, ça y est!!

Après une bonne nuit de sommeil et peu de décalage horaire ( Susu a émergé à 6heures du mat et a tenu dans le lit avec nous jq 7 heures) donc pas si pourri. Lo s'est levé avec poulette et moi j'ai tiré encore un peu jq 9 heures. Aujourd'hui, journée spéciale. Roissy CDG a retrouvé un bagage sur les 2 à 5 heures du mat.... On est content mais malgré tout où est le 2 eme? Mystère... Il se promène.... On a passé une bonne journée. On a bien mangé. Il est bon d'être de retour en France. 3 semaines, c'était bien mais suffisant. trop de chinois...

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aliceetlauenchine

Jul 21, 2012 - départ imminent

salut à tous. Ca y est. On y est. On part en Chine dans 2 jours. Nos sacs sont enfin prêts. Nous avons passé une bonne journée au mariage d'Amaury et surtout dans le jardin de Corinne tous ensemble autour de ribs.... Ce soir, on a passé une soirée cool autour d'un indien avec notre Pate préféré, Danielovski. Pendant que l'on faisait les sacs, Daniel trop sympa, en écoutant "Seven Days" à cinq temps (c'est africain il parait), nous a crée notre blog!! Il est 23h45, une petite menthe et zoup au lit, car grosse journée demain.... Tchüss

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Jul 16, 2012 - Road Trip to Maritime Farm and Oyster Tasting

Day 11: Oyster tasting - Free time (Tuesday, July 17) Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel Morning: Departure by coach to Cancale, a typical fishing harbor, near Saint Malo. Field trip to the maritime farm. Discover the “savoir-faire” and maritime history of the region. Enrichment activity: oyster tasting Lecture (on site): “Oyster breeding: a local tradition” Lunch: On your own to explore local restaurants Afternoon: Free time (and pack for tomorrow’s departure) Dinner: Farewell dinner at local restaurant Accommodations: HOTEL DU...

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Jul 15, 2012 - Old steam train trip from Paimpoi to Pontrieux and Picnic

Day 10: Old steam train trip from Paimpol to Pontrieux - Picnic on the Bréhat island (Monday, July 16) Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel Morning: Departure by coach for an all day field trip to Paimpol, on the “Goëlo coast”.Lecture (on bus): “Celtic heritage in the Breton culture: Language, traditional costume, music, legends…”Field trip by train between Paimpol and Pontrieux: Go on a journey back time exploring the Trieux Valley on board of a famous Pacific-class steam locomotive, listed as a Historical Monument. 20-minute stop at La Maison...

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Jun 20, 2012 - In Brittany, a Celtic region....

Hi Readers, Brittany is a Celtic region in the west of France and has it's own language, Breton. Being Celtic it is linked with Scotland and Ireland, I need to ask Granny about the celts because she's one ( not the cutthroat celts!...) most rocks were pink granite only found in 3 other world (can't remember them now!). We went looking for Puffins with mum's binoculars but we didn't see any. The people that ran the gite that we stayed in we're Pauline and Simon with their 2 dogs Tea and Billow. They took me and my brothers on a big dog walk...

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Aug 30, 2011 - South Brittany - l'Ile de Houat

30 Aug – Woke to find a French yacht rafted alongside us and no-one aboard, so we had to manhandle it off our boat and onto the pontoon before we could set off. Still managed to get away from Lorient by 8:30am. We had hoped to get to Le Croisic but the wind dropped in the afternoon so we anchored off a beautiful sandy beach on the south of l’Ile de Houat – 38 nautical miles in 6 hours 20 minutes. We kayaked ashore and went for a walk on the island which reminded us of the Scilly Isles. Not much here apart from lovely wild flowers, a busy...

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Aug 28, 2011 - South Brittany - the Glenan Isles & Lorient

28 Aug – Sailed to l’Ile de S. Nicolas in the uninhabited Glenan Isles and anchored for lunch. Francis went for a snorkel and came back after 20 minutes tinged blue and shivering. I chilled out on the boat and enjoyed the view of the islands – they are compared to the Caribbean because of the clear water and sandy beaches and are certainly popular at lunchtime on a Sunday. Not so much wind today, so had to motor for a while in order to arrive at Lorient before dark (44 nautical miles in 8.5 hours). In the morning it turned out we were...

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Aug 27, 2011 - Dolphins at Dusk

27 Aug: Set off from Camaret-sur-Mer at 13:00 and had a lovely sail in sunshine along the coast and through the Raz de Sein (another tidal race). We are now officially in Southern Brittany where, according to the tourist blurb, the sun always shines and so far it is holding true. Made such good progress that we decided to press on further than intended and cruising along at dusk a pod of about 10 common dolphins joined us and accompanied us for 50 mins - riding our bow waves and frolicking around the boat. We sat on the front of the boat...

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Aug 24, 2011 - West Brittany

24 Aug – Left l'Aber Wrac’h and had a lovely sail in sunshine round the western tip of Brittany, through the Chenal du Four which can be tricky because of a tidal race, but we were near to slack water so it was fine. The coastline is spectacular with steep cliffs and sandy bays. We berthed at Camaret-sur-Mer at 5pm (51 nautical miles in 8.5 hours). Next day we had a great walk along the cliffs on the coastal path which is carpeted with heather and miniature gorse. Stayed a second night and took the kayak out the next day across the bay –...

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Aug 22, 2011 - Northwest Brittany - Finisterre

22 Aug: Good wind today so we decided to press on as far as possible. Left at 11am intending to sail through the night and get round the point of Brittany. It was good sailing but quite a swell so hard to keep on course, especially in the dark! By about 2:30am neither of us had managed to get any sleep and we were exhausted, so we decided to stop at l’Aber Wrac’h – got there at about 5am to find there was no space in the marina so we had to pick up a mooring buoy outside in the dark (98 nautical miles in 17.5hrs - our longest sail yet)....

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