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Jul 11, 2013 - Fougeres and Stage 12

Today was the last of our up close and personal experences of the TDF before the last day in Paris, the start of stage 12 from Fougeres. For those who have been following closely, you will realise that we have now seen a start, a finish, a couple of mid stages and we have ridden over part of 2 of the stage routes. After Paris, I'll be happy and the TDF will be out of my system for at least 12 months. So, Fougeres. We left a little later than planned and as we got closr to the town centre, the parking became scarcer and the crowds became...

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Jul 10, 2013 - Dinan

While waiting for everyone to get ready this morning, Gina and I went for a walk along some country roads near the chateau. The scenes are quite idyllic with cattle grazing in the pastures, abundant wheat and corn crops, copses of oak and chestnut trees but most notable are the wildflowers along the roadside. There are storksbills, clovers of different colours, other legumes, foxgloves, poppies, dandelions, and a multitude of others that I don't know that make a great colourful picture as you wander along. We headed off for Dinan, about a...

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Jul 9, 2013 - Saint-Malo

A quiet start to the day today after the travel of the last couple of days. We spent the morning wandering around the grounds of the chateau checking out the chapel and having a row on the small lake. We then headed off into Combourg for lunch and a walking tour of the town. Towering over the town is the chateau built between the 13th and 15th centuries - they didn't rush things in those days. Most of the buildings in town, in fact most of the buildings in this part of the country, are built of granite that give them an appearance of...

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Jul 8, 2013 - In Combourg

Here we are again, after missing one day because of lack of wifi last night (I hope I'm forgiven Evan) so I'll cover both days in this report. In Tour de France parlance, the next 2 days were to be transition stages, we were just aiming to get to our next chateau, with one stopover, by Monday afternoon. We left Ventenac on Sunday morning after saying farewell to the chateau and our bikes and drove to Albi. We had lunch there but with a long drive ahead of us, we couldn't do the town justice. It is known for 2 main things, the birthplace of...

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Aug 29, 2012 - Vitre

This morning we woke up and decided to hit the tourist souvenir stalls on Mont Saint Michel and see how much damage we can do. A substantial amount apparently. So we went back to the rooms, put our booty in our suitcases, and wheeled down the main street dodging the early arrival tour groups as we said a sad farewell to the Mont. I don't know why, but I feel a connection to the place, one which either blindly or foolishly ignores all of the tourist milking stations, and sees the Mont for what it once was. We sat out the front and waited for...

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Aug 29, 2012 - Forest of Broceliade, Brittany

Forest of Broceliade, Brittany, Aug 29 Today was a misty, rainy, magical day. Brittany has lots of links to King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and Merlin. Grammar did not know this but I did. I specially like Lancelot-du-Lac. Did you know that he was raised by Vivian, the Lady of the Lake, who was also Merlin's nemesis? He grew up in Brittany and we went to the Forest of the Broceliade, which he would have known well. There is an Arthurian research centre in the forest where people come from all over to do Arthurian research. We...

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Aug 28, 2012 - A Marriage Proposal

August 28 Grammar got a marriage proposal today! We all left early to travel north-west to the Pink Granite Coast where there are wonderful, sensuous, pink rocks. As we approached Trebeurden, we passed an elderly man, wearing a Breton cap, who was hitchhiking. We did not stop immediately but Grammar said " why don't we pick him up?". So we turned around and picked him up. He was just going to the market in town . He is 84 years old and used to be a gendarme. On the way into town, he asked: " Where are you from?" (to Pierre) " Are you...

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Aug 27, 2012 - Cycling the Route Verte

Cycling the Route Verte Today, after sorting out Barb and Pierre's uncooperative cell phone in Ploermel, we rented nice bikes and took off along a wonderful multi-use pathway: la Route Verte. The route is beautifully paved and has a softer walking path alongside it. It seems to follow an old rail bed; so the grade is easy (not quite so easy on the way back as we were going against a stiff wind). We travelled out about 20 km to Mauron where Grammar and I were yesterday for the races. Along the way, we harvested a bit of corn, some Russet...

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Aug 26, 2012 - Centennial at the Mauron Hippodrome

August 26. Mauron Centennial races Grammar and I cycled in the morning up a hill to Plumieux and down a very very long hill to Cheze. It was a great day and we didn't even mind that the bike that lives in the crawl space under our rental unit did not change gears at all smoothly. Plumieux has a very well organized cemetary with interesting graves laid out by family. Graves of unknown people are included with a little note from the Mayor's office asking for information about them. There had been a big wind recently and many flowers were...

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Aug 25, 2012 - Carnac

August 25 Carnac and Josselin Market Grammar got up early. She went around the corner to the local artisan baker and had a cup of coffee and a croissant in front of the shop. She read the local paper and finished a drawing started yesterday from the same spot. And, of course, she chatted with many of the people who came for bread In the morning we hunted down the weekly market in Josselin. We got some yummy local produce for our meals. It is always fun to see what is in season in an area. Artichokes - huge ones - were the best find. (The...

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Aug 24, 2012 - Jersey and Jazz

Jersey and Jazz This morning we had a visit with Babs and Ken, parents of our cottage owner. Ken had a Breton granny and was raised on the British island of Jersey, just off the coast of France. Ken was born in 1933 and he was on the island as a schoolboy during the German occupation. He clearly remembers running down to his Granny's and hiding in the basement the day the Germans bombed the harbour. His Granny was very annoyed as the blasts blew out the windows of her house and she was out in the street sweeping up the glass as the planes...

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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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