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Oct 15, 2018 - Angers

Further down the coast we called in to Mont-Saint-Michel before heading inland to our next stop at Angers. The 13thC Mont-St-Michel still remains spectacular although we preferred the way it was ten years ago without all the paths and roads crossing the causeway. It has become far too commercialised. Angers was a great town with a gorgeous fortress dominating everything, even church steeples for a nice change. Originally a palace for the Plantagenet dynasty in the 10thC it was transformed into a castle-fortress in 1230 and remains in...

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Jul 5, 2018 - Le Mans here we come.

We had packed up the cars the night before, so it was a quick check of the vitals and we were off to meet up with Graham and Sophie on the M20. Unfortunately the Eurotunnel was delayed by an hour, so we were behind when we hit France. We managed a stop off on the old F1 circuit at Rouen and arrived at the circuit at 9:50, tired but happy to have arrived.

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Europe by Bentley

Jul 5, 2017 - Nantes

Leaving Carnac, the woman driving the bus was wearing high heels and a sort of slinky black dress. I thought maybe she came to work directly from a night of disco. At the train station, we had not one but two cups of coffee with our croissants. I managed to figure out the Nantes City tram system, so we had minimal walking to our low-end hotel. It was a two star place. Our room was four flights up with no lift (elevator). No fan, no AC, right on the street above many noisy cafes, but otherwise secure and reasonably clean. Nantes is a...

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Back to Europe

Jul 2, 2017 - Cars, trains, and buses

While guests in the villa this past week, we had the good fortune of having access to cars. Host Kath has a car she keeps in France, and two other couples had rental cars. Thus, we were able to carpool about the area quickly, especially to the tiny or out of the way villages. French roads tend to be narrow and windy. As you approach any town, roundabouts proliferate. Signing is reasonably good, though it helps to know the next major city in your direction as reference. Traffic also proliferates as one approaches any town. Long lines can...

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Jul 1, 2017 - Nantes, France

I'm in Nantes but before we get to Nantes I want to talk about the toilet situation. It seems that it's very common in French households to have a true water closet (WC). That is, the toilet (and ONLY the toilet) is in a little room the size of a closet. No sink. No shower. Nada. Three times now. Twice I had a room with an en suite bathroom - but no toilet. Just a shower and a sink. The third time it was a shared bathroom but again, the toilet was down the hall in a closet. The first time I encountered this it was in Marseille and I chalked...

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Sep 8, 2015 - Early Sept

Got the Shuttle across mid afternoon on Saturday 5th, went straight to Calais Wine to stock up with beer then onto the Aire at Coquelle which we know is safe. Incident free night then started south on our usual route; roads very quiet, it's Sunday - no lorries allowed - had a good run to south of Alencon, an Aire at Fresnay-sur-Sarthe, in old station car park on edge of the small town. Quiet, safe, another 4 mhomes joined us. Monday we went thru Rouen, stopped for lunch and made decision to head for Toulouse then Andorra. So we won't be...

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Jul 17, 2015 - Day 5 Loirelife Cycle: Candes St Martin & the banks of the Loire

Last day :'( Troy, Dylan, Mike and I headed out this morning (Poor Teresa is very ill and has stayed in bed). It was the usual ride through rural France for about 25kms to the Loire. We rode through the town of Varennes sur Loire before riding over a narrow bridge to the southern side of the Loire. The bridge is one lane each way but so narrow, car side mirrors and glass are seen scattered on the ground as we cycle over the bridge. Directly opposite the bridge we came across Champignonniere Le Saut aux Loups in the sandstone cliffs above...

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Jul 16, 2015 - Day 4 Loirelife Cycle: 'Le Tasting Room'

Today's ride is called 'Le Tasting Room'. Total kms: 51 A very hot sunny day. Temperature was about 36C. A very pretty ride today. We still rode in amongst the wheat, sunflowers & maize. There were also fields of onions. We had a number of river crossings - over both l'Authion Rivière & La Loire. We rode through some larger towns - Vernoil & Vernantes in the morning. We stopped in Vernantes at a boulangerie to pick up some lunch - jambon (ham) baguette &, of course, a couple of pastries. Then it was on to Blou & l'Authion Rivière. We...

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Jul 15, 2015 - Day 3 Loirelife Cycle - Relax in Ancient Anjou & Le Menu Ouvrier

Today's ride was called 'Relax in Ancient Anjou & Le Menu Ouvrier'. Total kms: 45 A slower start today. John booked us in for lunch at La Chaumiere restaurant for 12.30pm. Only about 13km away so no need to rush. The ride today was very rural. We spent the day surrounded by wheat, sunflowers, maize & small farming communities. We rode to Parcay les Pins only about 2.5km away and then on towards Breil. Just before Breil stands Parc du Chateau de Lathan. We were more than happy to pay 3€ each to explore the chateau and its grounds. The...

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Jul 12, 2015 - Paris to Saumur

Got up early and had a French breakfast - croissant, bread & jam - at a local cafe. Headed out on the bikes for a quick tour of Paris: 16km, we took in Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triumph, the Seine & the Eiffel Tower. Then on to Gare Montparnasse to get the train to Saumur. Small crisis - they didn't want us to take the bikes on the train but we managed to talk our way on. We had a connecting train to catch at Augers St Laud. It no longer existed! We had to wait 3 hours for the next one - a small train with now 2x as many people & bikes....

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May 31, 2015 - Peony lovers only

After four days in the wilds of the Loire Valley at Noyant, without internet access we are now back in contact with the outside world. This is a post just for those of you who like me LOVE peonies. In France they are like any other flower. You find them growing choked by weeds, on nature strips, next to letter boxes, totally neglected yet groaning under the weight of the blooms. Here is a small sample of the breathtakingly beautiful peonies we've seen. Lucky French mothers. They are at their peak for Mothers' Day here.

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Oct 1, 2014 - Heading South - Rennes to Nantes

Left the north Bretagne coast with the rain at our back, and by the time we reached Rennes for a stop-over, it was sunny and warm. Another nice Bretagne town, and we headed again south to Vigneux-de-Bretagne, a tiny village where we've booked 2 nights at another Chambre d'Hote (B&B) while we explore Nantes. Had a great dinner - though of course too much to eat, at a local restauarant called LA FERME, recommended by our British host who owns the Chambre d'Hote. In Nantes, we first visited the Jules Verne Museum, a very quirky museum that...

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