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Jul 22, 2012 - Travel DAy--Tizay to Brugges

July 22, 2012 I am writing this blog sitting in 1st Class on the Thales high-speed train from Paris to Amsterdam—sipping a nice Rose. Susan will never be able to retire—she is getting pretty comfortable with a certain style of travel---she thought that the wine was a little thin. We will be getting off in Brussels and catching an inter-city train to Brugges. I turned on my GPS—it appears that we are traveling at 300kms/hour—it prompted me to switch from the walking mode to the automobile mode. This morning we trained from Le Rochelle to...

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Jul 21, 2012 - Epic Day

It was (as Ash and Kels would say) an EPIC day. We cranked off 71 kms in 4 hours of biking and per my little Garmin buddy—I burned off 2600 calories. I think I was on the positive side of calories until we couldn’t resist the Golden Arches—the French make a mean Big Mac. We biked to Marennes (which has 85 meter Gothic Towers (pictures should be above—more to come) and then headed to Ile d’ Oleron. To get to the island, we had to cross a very high 4 km bridge—Sue was a bit apprehensive but she was a trooper and did not cause any trouble. On...

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Jul 20, 2012 - Not Lost--just somewhere

July 20, 2012 Before I talk about today, I will jump to today’s dinner. We had a very nice Bubbly from Saumur (in the Loire Valley) to accompany our mussels and cod. The dessert was a sponge cake on a bed of fresh fruit and drenched in Rum—the French know their desserts. Today as was the case yesterday’ it started with a drizzle, so we delayed our trip. When we thought there was a break in the rain, we headed off—we made it 974 meters before the heavens opened up. So, we headed back to the Hotel and put on our full rain gear (including rain...

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Jul 19, 2012 - Started Slow--Finished Strong

July 19, 2012 Today started fairly slow—it was pouring rain when we woke up and at breakfast. Had to have a little lay down after breakfast. About 10 it cleared up and we set off on our journey—in the end we logged 65 kms. Before today—need to report on dinner---it was superb—started with a lobster roll, moved on to grilled tuna with Chinese pasta—we finished with a dessert of mixed berries, chocolate fondant with a glass of port (the post was part of the dessert). As part of dinner had a lovely bubbly from the Vouvray region -- Vouvray is...

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Jul 18, 2012 - Not a Cloud in the Sky

It was a beautiful day to sit by the pool—high 20’s and not a cloud in the sky BUT nay—we thought we should bike. We clocked 50 VERY Hot Kms today riding to the mouth of the Charente. We rode past the 17th century Fort Lupin (it was built as part of the defenses to protect the Port located at Rochefort. I have included a picture of the Roman/Gothic Church that was destroyed in the holy wars and rebuilt in the 17th century together with a picture of the Town Hall (“Marie” or Hotel De Ville”) also built in the 17th century. There is picture...

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Jul 17, 2012 - On the Road Again

Today we climbed on to our trusty 2 wheel steeds and braved a clear blue sky and temperatures in the high 20’s--we cycled 40 (HOT) kms. We cycled to Rochefort via a unique suspension bridge---“Pont-Transbordeur”. This bridge spans over the Charente River (176 meters). It was constructed in 1900 and is the last bridge of its design still operating in France. It now only transports pedestrians and cyclists across the Charente. It was a bit on the rickety and rusty side—I don’t think my father would have enjoyed the ride. Rochefort is a 17th...

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Nov 2, 2007 - Moving on again

After visiting the chateau and caves and having a quiet day recovering from a boozy night with fellow British ( well scottish actually) motorhomers we decided to move on, the plan at present is to head back towards the Atlantic coast. As we needed to do the necessaries ( empty loo and waste tanks and fill up with water) and stock up the food supplies again decided to head for Rochefort.Using the N roads is more interesting but navigating through towns of any size can be a problem, we got lost as usual in Niort but managed to emerge on the...

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