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Jul 28, 2017 - Montreal

Bonjour à tous, My recent trip to Montreal was even more eventful than planned. I usually go there for four days to see Penelope, Christiaan and Keating (my grandpup) and to see some shows in the Just For Laughs comedy festival. This time I decided to stay in Poitiers the day before my trip so that I could catch an early train to Charles De Gaulle airport for my flight on Thursday. I spent a lovely, warm afternoon in Poitiers and even discovered a craft beer bar in a back lane that I didn't know existed. I enjoyed a beer and later watched...

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French summer 2017

Jul 19, 2017 - Sunday was a big day

Hello everyone, Sunday was so busy that I thought it deserved its own entry. It started normally with a walk but then I got an SMS from Vicky who had taken Audrey swimming in the river. She said there was a Medieval tent village set up on the St Germain bank of the river in front of the old church. Of course I had to investigate and it was fabulous! Not only were these people dressed of the time and re-enacting daily life, they were happy to teach me what life was like in those days. They all have normal jobs but on weekends they turn back...

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French summer 2017

Jul 15, 2017 - La Fête Nationale (Bastille Day)

Bonjour mes amis, It has been another lovely week in the village, although the weather has not been summery every day. At the beginning of the week we continued the grey skies and stormy weather of last week. I got caught one morning when I was leaving for my walk and assessed that the grey skies were not likely to produce rain, so off I went without an umbrella. During the walk I passed the shuffling old man and then the two women with their old black dog. After about 20 minutes I felt misty rain but I continued because there really...

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French summer 2017

Jul 9, 2017 - Sunflowers after the storm

Bonjour mes amis, Another week of my French sojourn and another week of hot days that don't cool much as the sun sets. Anyway, I'm not complaining because I'm having a lovely time. Although this week has tested my resolve to be relaxed and cool because of problems at home in Melbourne. The main one was that my power had been cut off due to someone (not me) cancelling it and informing my provider that I had a new provider. Obviously this was not me. If I had moved to another provider I wouldn't have had rotting food in my freezer and no...

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French summer 2017

Jun 30, 2017 - A week of highs and lows

Bonjour, I hope that you are all well and happy. I've had an interesting week of highs and lows. I started the week on Sunday in a jolly mood by attending the 80th birthday of Tony, an Irishman who is married to Valerie. He is very fit and active. He regularly goes on massive walks such as the one he has done several times from one coast of the UK to the other. He and Val had ridden their bikes from home, a couple of kms away and did the return journey in pitch black at the end of the night. In honour of his Celtic background, Val had...

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French summer 2017

Jun 29, 2017 - La Rochelle, France

La Rochelle is a smaller seaside town on the west coast of France. My host picked me up at the Gare when I got off the Ouibus and he drove me to the home. I have a studio apartment which used to be their garage. It's in a very residential area. Very quiet. It has a kitchen bathroom and living/sleeping area. Very small but very well done and functional. The problem with getting a ride from the Gare is you don't get the lay of the land so I had to figure out where I could get a bus to the center from this residential area. I never realized...

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Jun 23, 2017 - Heat wave (la canicule)

Bonjour / hello, While you are trying to keep warm and dry in winter, we have been enduring a heat wave called la canicule or vague de chaleur. We've had many days of 35 and 36 degrees, not cooling much at night. I know that doesn't seem too bad by Australian standards, but my friends here, especially the English, are not coping well. The first topic of conversation is always the weather at the moment and you see many ladies fanning themselves when sitting outside. I must admit that I've been less active during the day but have spent my...

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French summer 2017

Jun 18, 2017 - Getting things done

Bonjour mes amis, I've have been here for more than a week and I'm integrated into my French life. Each year that means sorting some issues as there is always a challenge around my house or in my life here. The good news is that I've been getting things done or GTD as some say. The first unexpected problem was the water heater that stopped working. I noticed last weekend that the water was not hot but I thought that I had been impatient and not waited for it to run long enough. But on Monday morning after my walk (and on a hair washing day)...

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French summer 2017

Jun 10, 2017 - Easy Rider

Hi all, This is my first entry in the new travel journal. I'm hoping that it is easy for you to use and allows us to stay in touch. There is a facility for you to comment, as before so here goes. I had surprisingly easy flights to Paris even though I left home at 2am to catch the 5am flight from Melbourne. Both flights to Dubai, then to Paris were only about a third full so there was ample room for everyone to have a row of seats to themselves. I haven't had flights like that for years. Maybe no-one wants to leave at that ungodly hour. So,...

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French summer 2017

Jul 31, 2016 - Cognac in Cognac

We spent the night at Saint-Hilaire-de-Villefranche, when we got to our BNB there there was some confusion about our booking. This set off a series of recriminations between the various members of the family present as to who had taken the booking and where they had written it down. Eventually we were shown to our room, at the top of the stairs in a very charming old house. The room was mostly filled by two large beds built at nose-bleed high above the floor. The rest of the decor followed same farm-house style. Before we were shown to the...

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Jul 30, 2016 - La Rochelle - by the seaside

After two nights in Tours we decided to head for La Rochelle which is a city in southwestern France and a seaport on the Bay of Biscay, a part of the Atlantic Ocean. It was very pretty driving through the countryside and villages while heading for the coast. La Rochelle's main feature is the "Vieux Port" ("Old Harbour"), which is at the heart of the city, picturesque and lined with seafood restaurants. It has been a harbour and a centre for fishing and trade since the 12th century. La Rochelle also maintains strong links with the sea by...

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May 16, 2015 - Home away from home

Today's offering is being written from the exquisitely decorated second storey bedroom of Les 2 Marguerite an 18th century farmhouse halfway between Niort and La Rochelle. We can't believe the standard and cost of the accommodation we have stayed at throughout our trip. Tonight we are once again in a remote location with only the quacking of ducks, crowing of roosters and clucking of chooks. All this for eu65 per night. But wait there's more. While we laze on the provincial bed dressed with exquisite quilted bed linen and look out the...

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