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Jun 19, 2014 - Day before departing Benodet

So we are getting ready to leave tomorrow having had a fab time here. We have done lots of cycling and lazing on the beach ,eaten too much and spent too much but never mind we will be at sea tomorrow and Geoff will be eating A La Vivian and the forecast is for more good weather. We had a lovely day on an organised boat trip to The Isles De Glennon yesterday which was lovely. Tomorrow we are heading for Port Tudy on The Isle De Groix which is recommended by many of the people we have met here. Fingers crossed that we can get a mooring...

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Jun 17, 2014 - Still chilling out in Benodet

The last few days has whizzed by because the weather has been great and we have spent most of the time chilling out on a beach. We have cycled quite a bit to get to the beaches so am hoping we are soon going to look slimmer in a swim suit. Tomorrow we may go on a boat trip to see the Isles of Glennon Where the water is very shallow but really turquoise . I don't suppose it will be any warmer though and the Atlantic is only for the brave or the Typsy to swim in. No pictures of us in the sea but that's because we don't take the I Pad and the...

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Jun 14, 2014 - Oui, oui, Francais!

Hi Everyone After a week of rain the sun found us and the days are now warm and barmy. The hedgerows and along the road sides are speckled with white starry daisy’s, bright yellow buttercups with the creamy heads of bobbing cow parsley and standing tall and proud, purple fox gloves. We’ve even spied tiny wild orchids. We purchased a book called French Passion which gives us free camping in vineyards and farms across France. We choose a farm in the village of Viville and camped by the farms babbling stream and had a delightful afternoon...

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Jun 13, 2014 - Arrived in Benodet

We left Morgat on the 11th after careful planning to get through the notorious Raz Du Sein .fortunately we were lucky and the Raz was in a good mood. The current was not too strong and we sailed. On up to Audierne. It was a bit tricky getting moored up there because all the recommended places away from the current had been taken. A friendly couple of Brits helped us tie up in a very short pontoon and we thanked them by sharing several bottles of red with them. The following day we went back down river and moored on a buoy in St Evette where...

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Jun 8, 2014 - Still in L aber Wrac h

just a quick catch up as signal is bad We are hoping to go to Cameret today at 1300 as the wind has dropped Previously 3rd in Treguier 4th sightseeing in Treguier 5th Roscoff had to tow a French boat in with failed engine 6th L Aber Wrach 7th bus to Brest sightseeing as too windy and stormy to sail

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Jun 3, 2014 - Well wrapped up . Is it summer yet?

On the way from Guernsey to Treguier in Northern Brittany. We had a good sail today and timed our arrival at Trguier so that we had a rising tide to get us over all the rocks and sandbanks up the river? Mooring was fun because of a strong current and no bow thruster. Thankfully we were assisted by some friendly French chaps and lovely Bob from Exeter. The following day we had a walk around the lovely town and the cathedral . Rain and more rain with some sun throughout the day so a good day to spend on the land!

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May 5, 2014 - Beautiful Island

Beautiful Island While I drove the six hours to Brittany and the coast, I thought about the way I had psyched myself up about so many things. Before I started this grand adventure, I was so worried about getting lost, but I was lost nearly every time I went somewhere new, so I just got used to it. Now I know that with enough time and questions, I can get anywhere I need to go. While I don’t prefer the feeling of being lost, it no longer scares me. The thought of driving in Naples and Rome terrified me and I was fine, I held my own in the...

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Jul 12, 2013 - Mont-Saint-Michel

Today we visited Mont-Saint-Michel with its abbey perched 80m asl. The abbey dominates the skyline but there are other buildings around the base a number of which are given over to commercial interests but once through a concentrated area, the rest of the island is unaffected. The bay has been silting up over many years and there is a huge project under way to improve the situation. This has been caused in part by the causeway preventing water flowing from the main river and clearing the silt away. The works involves removing the old...

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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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