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Jul 5, 2014 - Arrival in Ile D,Yeu

We have arrived here in Ile D,Yeu after a lovely 6 hr sail. The wind was fairly light at below 16 knots and the waves were around .5 metre so the forecast was correct and we arrived just before the front started to blow in. Getting onto the mooring was the only tricky bit and let's just say we met all our neighbours as they came to help stop us being blown sideways plus collision avoidance. I think we need a whip round for a bough thruster if we do this trip again because everyone else seems to have one and it would be so less stressful for...

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Jul 3, 2014 - Day off in Pornic

Today the maximum temperature inside the boat reached 93 degrees which is no surprise. It was as hot as yesterday so we spent most of the day visiting the local market and then went to the beach. The walk along the marina and around the harbour to the town is really pretty and there is a lovely chateaux overlooking the end of the harbour. The French children are now officially on their school holidays so we are expecting things to get a lot busier and of course the prices for an overnight mooring have gone up. We hope all our friends from...

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Jul 2, 2014 - arrival in Pornic

A lovely day to be out on the water.a light breeze up to around 12 knots and. Calm sea and lots of sun. We had planned to head for Pornichet which would have been about 3 hrs from Piriac but the sailing was so lovely we continued another 15 miles down to Piriac. It is lovely here and quite a lot to do so we may stay a few days. Probably chilly out on the beach tomorrow which people are still using at 8pm tonight because it is still so warm. We hope it will be the same again tomorrow. The weekend looks bleaker with rain forecast so we need...

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Sep 12, 2013 - Saumur, France

Hi, The accommodation yesterday at Hotel Biencourt, Azay Le Rideau was best so far, the attic room was spot on & Ok for shorties. The hotel has been restored beautifully, credit to the builders, staff were so helpful, and we had a real breakfast this time that included cereal, something the French don't normally eat. We took off early this morning , was a chilly start, with fine misty light rain, which was no problem. Dropped off the tandem beast at Brehemont, head office for the bike hire, no use complaining it was obvious, place in a...

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But's Euro Trip 2013

Jun 23, 2013 - Sunday at Le Mans

After another night sleeping in earplugs we were up early to get back to the circuit. We stopped at the Pommery Champagne tent and ended up consuming a couple of bottles while listening to the commentary on Radio Le Mans. We walked around some more of the circuit before heading back to the grandstands to watch the finish of the race. We finished the day with a BBQ back at the 'hotel' and got packed up for our big day driving south tomorrow.

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Jun 22, 2013 - Saturday at Le Mans

After a bad nights sleep we were ready for the start of the race. After another bacon buttie and coffee to get us going, we made our way back into the circuit early on to watch the classic race as well as the Ferrari Challenge race with 458 race cars. After that it was back to the room for a little nap before heading out to watch the start of the race. It goes without saying that the tragic events of the Aston crash in the first 10 minutes of the race took the edge off the race and brought home the dangers of motorsport. As night drew on we...

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Jun 21, 2013 - Friday at Le Mans

After a good night's sleep we refreshed ourselves with a bacon buttie before heading to the circuit. Friday is a rest day for the drivers, so all of the activity was with stationary cars. The pit lane was open and we had a good walk down the full length watching the mechanics working on the cars. They had also put on a display of various winning cars from previous years, and it was great to see the Mazda 787 from 1991 - the last time I had been to Le Mans with my Father. We then headed into Le Mans on the tram to see the Drivers parade. Ash...

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Jun 20, 2013 - Arrived at Le Mans

The big day arrived! We headed out on convoy to the motorway and down to the Channel Tunnel. As expected there was a large contingent of UK cars heading down to Le Mans, most of which had been 'stickered' up, with some very interesting driver names... We tool a little detour to find a place for lunch that had been recommended, but when we arrived it was closed, so an orangina and pastry in the local town had to suffice. When we arrived at Le Mans the traffic was backed up a few miles out of the circuit, which generated the novel game of...

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Aug 30, 2012 - Saumur, Chinon and Azry le Rideau

This morning we spent a bit of time working out what we wanted to do, so we decided to go for a drive upstream, and do some chateau spotting. When we went downstairs, Frederik mentioned that we should take the highway to Saumur and then return via the river, as it was a prettier drive. So, we picked out a couple of places to go see, and then grabbed the GPS and set out on our way. The highway (tollway) got us again, but it wasn't quite as expensive as I'd thought. We paid 2euros to go about 70km, and got off near the exit for Azry le...

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Jul 15, 2012 - Au Revoir

For the last blog of the trip we present Lessons Learned over the last 15 days: • Cycle with your mouth shut – unless you like eating bugs • If there are two rooms with an ocean view, and one with a dumpster view, the single guy isn’t getting the ocean view… • When you come to a complete stop, make sure your bike shoes are unclipped. • When it starts to rain, the number one priority is keeping your pastry dry. • Don’t pass by a patisserie without at least looking in the window • You can’t find bad wine in France • There is an 80% chance...

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Tour de France

Jul 14, 2012 - Last Day of Cycling!

St. Brevin to Le Croisic The morning began with a cab ride across a 4 km long suspension bridge connecting St. Brevin les Pins with St. Nazaire. The cab was pre-arranged – the winds are ferocious and the tour operator thought it safer for cyclists to cross in a car. Even with the taxi ride, it was a 65 km cycle today. The patisserie stop du jour was at St. Andre des Eaux – one of the best bakeries of the entire trip. Shortly after noon we arrived in Guerande, which has an enormous walled “castle”, giving the centre of town a very medieval...

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Jul 13, 2012 - Colder and Wetter

Nantes to St. Brevin It was a long, cold, wet 70 km ride today. We remained dry for the first couple of hours, but it started raining shortly thereafter and never stopped. After negotiating the streets and trails to exit Nantes we eventually found our way to the small town of Coueron – home of a very old and tall lighthouse, and a house that sits in the middle of the of the river (apparently a work of art). We then travelled along the Loire until the road came to a dead end at Le Pellerin, where we took another “bac” (ferry). But this time...

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Tour de France

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