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Sep 6, 2011 - Going to Pot-La Roche-sur-Yon

Tuesday 6th September 2011 Weather:-19 degrees/cloudy Yesterday we had a lazy day pottering around Peter’s Place. The only journey into the outside world was to revisit the local Hospital to pay our bill which we assumed would be quite high considering the different test that they did on me. France does not have a reciprocal agreement with Australia regarding Health Services, which incidentally Australia does have with Italy. To our amazement the bill for all the tests that I had (including administering 2 potassium capsules) came to...

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Sep 4, 2011 - PuyDuFou-Day Show

Saturday 3rd September 2011 Weather:-Good from what I remember. I took a ‘sickie’ and Herman and Peter spent the day harvesting and generally mucking around in the dungeon with all the farm equipment Sunday 4th September 2011 Weather:-24degrees/few little drizzles Well we finally made it to too the day time session of Puy du Fou today as the antibiotics are starting to do their job. The Puy du Fou is split into five main attractions, each show running for about 40 minutes and with them taking a lunch time break the 5 main shows is all that...

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Sep 2, 2011 - Cine-scene-PuyDuFou

Friday 2nd September 2011 Weather:-30 degrees/Sunny We have been told that the ‘Puy-du-Fou Spectacular’ is a good enough reason to visit France between May and the end of September (it has a limited season and opening nights because of all the volunteers involved) and after seeing the show tonight I can vouch for that fact. The Puy du Fou theme park is set in 30 acres of beautiful French countryside and owned by a local community association. Instead of the usual funfair rides, what happens during the day time is a series of action-packed...

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Sep 2, 2011 - Nantes

Arrived to Nantes and the weather is warmer. Don't think we'll be needing a jacket. The city is interesting to walk about, and we are for sure no longer in the Irish countryside. Nantes was a major slave trading, and ship building, port, and as such has an interesting history. Good coffee at sidewalk cafes, and delicious fresh croissants & baguettes are the norm. Touring the home of Jules Verne revealed his interest in (& knowledge of)science and travel that both served as basis of his extensive literary output. We,ve discovered that the...

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Sep 1, 2011 - Lucon District Hospital

Thursday 1st September 2011 Weather:-28degrees/Sunny The things you have to do to get some antibiotics around here:- 1)Drive to Lucon (17Km) to the local District Hospital 2)Surrender Passports and set up a personal file 3)No waiting-get taken into an examination room-clothes of-gown on 4)Medical History translated from English to French 5)Blood pressure taken 6)Drip line inserted into vein 7)ECG administered 8)Blood samples taken 9)Another Blood pressure test 10)Nebulizer applied for 20 minutes 11)Driven on bed to X-ray department for...

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Aug 31, 2011 - Les Pineaux

Wednesday 31st August 2011 Weather:-22—25degrees/Lovely for travelling It is Herman’s 69th birthday today and thank you for all the Happy Birthday wishes. He is feeling a lot better after a good night and a half sleep. The concentration needed yesterday to not be pushed into rock face on the side of the road by the oncoming Kamikaze drivers straddling the centre line—especially as he was feeling lousy—made us rethink our itinerary (Motor Ways rather than Minor Roads) so we headed straight to Peter’s place in Les Pineaux, Vendee Region,...

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Aug 31, 2011 - Vendee - Ile d'Yeu

31 Aug: We left l’Ile de Houat at 8am and there was much more wind than forecast – just as well we had put a reef in the mainsail. As we were sailing close hauled helming was hard work, but we certainly covered the ground (or should that be water) at a good speed. After sailing in the Solent, it’s quite striking how few boats we see – you can go several hours with just birds for company. Again the wind dropped in the afternoon, so we stopped at l’Ile d’Yeu, which is in the Vendee region, after 52 nautical miles in 8.5 hours. The island is...

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Jul 3, 2011 - The team timetrial - Go Aussies

Up early, in the car, “Good morning Charley” and we are on our way to Les Essarts. We reach the outskirts of the village and park in a paddock before walking into the centre. Not sure where we want to stand so we follow the route, making our way through the crowd until we find some space and make ourselves at home. Just in time to see the caravan – and increase our store of goodies. Megan does particularly well scoring a T Shirt, and David, with his quick reflexes, does quite well too. This stage is the team time trial – the first held for...

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Jul 2, 2011 - An accidental Le Tour

We set off to do a reconnaissance of Les Essarts, the village where stage two of the Le Tour will be held tomorrow. As we enter the village of Saint Hermine (we pronounce it Hermoine – as per Harry Potter – but we learn that the correct pronunciation is St Ermeen) we see people lining the street so we park and go investigate. We have actually lucked upon Stage One of Le Tour. The village is quite tiny and the crowd relatively small so we have a great vantage point on a roundabout – we spread out so that we can each get different views for...

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Jul 1, 2011 - We purchase Louis and visit Versailles

Up early and on the subway with our entire luggage to Porte de Saint-Cloud. Here I purchase yet another car – this time a Citroen C8. In five minutes all the papers are signed – an inspection of the car – load the luggage – fill up with fuel and we are on our way. Our first stop Versailles – the palace there of. Surprising easy to get a park, then tickets and then, eventually we find the correct entrance. Quite impressive although some of the rooms are not fully furnished. Apparently a lot of the furniture was sold off after the French...

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May 7, 2011 - To Samur and Bike Problems

Day 7-10 May 4 - 7th We are now moving along the Loire, but very much in fits and starts. Had stayed last night in a lovely old house in Nantes. We know Marylou and Philippe from Gorron, where they lived until 6 years ago. Had a great evening and the next day, Wednesday, prepared to go into Nantes to see if we could purchase new copies of some maps I had lost. Marylou came as our guide and before we knew it we had a wonderful high-speed guided tour of Nantes, seeing parts and sights we would otherwise not have seen - especially Jules...

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May 4, 2011 - Through Brittany

Day 5-6 May 2-3 Have reached the Loire! To us it seems that it is here that the journey really begins. I can't ignore the 230km we have done so far - body certainly can't - but this is what we have talked about. Meandering along 4 of the great rivers of Europe, to places and countries that are new to us. Anyway, back to yesterday. We left Vitre for what turned to be a long and varied day. Many changes in the weather from grey to brilliant sunshine and then to a thunderous downpour. Along an old railway track, many lovely small roads and a...

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