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Aug 17, 2005 - Brittany, France

Jo and Phil kindly invited me, and a couple of other musician friends, to Brittany with them for a week. Phil's parents, Anne and John, have retired to Brittany and live in a beautiful, peaceful village called St Vincent. Our trip to get there involved a variety of modes of transport - bus from Cambridge to Luton Airport, plane to Dinard (France), taxi to St Malo, train to Renne, bus to Pontivy, where Phil's parents picked us up. Anne and John live in a lovely house which has been converted from a cow barn. The original French landowners...

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Jun 13, 2005 - Rennes

This is mostly a place-holder so it shows up on the map. We arrived in Rennes exactly to the minute of the schedule. The conductor didn't even blink twice at the tickets I had pre-printed when we were still in Seattle. Didn't phase him one bit. Boy, they are organized. Whizzing across the countryside at 300kph (~180mph) was pret-ty cooool! :-) I just figured out that from the train station in Paris to the train station in Rennes was approximately 350km (~220 miles), which makes it a bit further than, say, Seattle to Portland. That train...

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Jun 13, 2005 - Finally, France! Brittany and Mont-St-Michel

Lesson no 1 - travelling with bikes on trains is hard. REALLY hard. Especially if you want to go from Belgium to Brittany. Undaunted, we soldiered on, and after catching regional trains for what seemed an eternity (actually only 10 hours), we arrived in Paris for a quick stop over on our way to St Malo to ride through Bretagne. Lesson no 2 - If you think it's hard on day one on regional trains, try it on the Paris metro and a TGV. The great thing about the regional French railway system is that they guarantee that you can carry a bike for...

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Mar 30, 2005 - Brittany

This is Penny as JC is doing banking on another machine. Well at long last we are on our own travelling along at our own pace and able to stop when and where we want. As I said before we had 4 days at my brothers holiday house in Brittany on the Crozon peninsula. JC used the time to fix things on the campervan and get new tyres for the 2 bicycles and the spare wheel, all of which were flat, so now we are all like new. One of the dqys we were there we visited a small town called Langernoc where the 3 nuskateers was filned, the town is so old...

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Oct 22, 2004 - Silence for 10 days!

From September 18th until September 29th, I spent 10 days in Brittany, France at a Vipassana Meditation Course. 10 days of no talking, no writing, no listening to music, no exercise, no taking pictures, no reading, and NO INTERNET. The week consisted of about 10.5 hours a day of silent meditation starting at 4:30am. For those of you who are thinking that this sounds like modern day torture... just hold on one minute! My Vipassana retreat was incredible and I have already signed up for another 10 days in December. The no talking thing was...

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Jun 7, 2004 - France - Brittany - Where Artichokes Grow

There are many things in life that I've never tried to figure out. I still don't know why the grass is green or the sky is blue. How they get the caramel in the Caramilk bar remains a mystery to me. But travel is a wonderful thing; it enriches our lives and teaches us many things. As a result I now know how rice is grown and what mangostine fruit tastes like thanks to my trip to Southeast Asia, and I now know that artichokes grow in field after rolling field right here in Brittany. My previous trips to France have been to Paris. Always in...

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