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Sep 3, 2016 - Saint Malo

It is around 250 miles from CDG airport to Saint Malo. The roads are great, but the tolls do add up. We paid a bit over 25 euro on tolls. Bretagne, or Britany, is the one "departement" or region that does not have tolls. We enjoyed the drive through the countryside; the corn is up but looks very dry. Today was the first day we felt like we were having hot weather; most of our trip has been very comfortable, in the 70's, or around 17 to 20 on the C scale. We hear from our friend Susan that it is 90 degrees on the Camino; it seems it was also...

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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 - 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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