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May 15, 2015 - Loire and Beyond

End of week 1 and we are well south of the Loire at Niort taking what seems like a well earned rest after some 600k. Niort is a bit of a surprise, sitting on the edge of a myriad of waterways it is rather nice. The surprise is due in part that we did not intend to come here - it was not on our route and is more importantly off our maps. Back to the start - we came across on the overnight ferry to St Malo and spent the 1st night in an exhausted state after 98k in a lovely chambres d'hotes - beautiful gardens. I blame Sue, after minimal...

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Barcelona

Apr 20, 2015 - La Rochelle

Well Aunty Christine wins the Rover competition that she didn't know she was entering Final winning Rhyme - Hope you didn't have to pull over and have some pavlova when you were in Dover travelling in the Rover. Todays diary is from Georgia - Day 64 La Rochelle Today we were driving to Bordeaux but were stopping in La Rochelle for the night. We drove 4.5hrs to La Rochelle and had a picnic on the grass -it was wonderful -left over food from the paris food market yesterday. It was a beautiful beach city we walked to the beach. There were...

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Dec 13, 2014 - journey so far

Booked the wrong date for the tunnel crossing but as we turned up within 24 hrs they changed our booking for only £18. Drove from Calais to Poitiers today (sat. 13th) fairly damp and rainy most of the time. Tomorrow we head to Burgos in Spain. Hope everyone is OK.

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Euro trip 2014/2015

Oct 4, 2014 - Cognac

Cognac is a wonderful town and somewhere Bob and I have wanted to visit for ever - and especially after seeing an HGTV presentation of a house here. HA I know, it's a confession, I should not make in public, but it is a wonderful city and we hope to return to do some tasting. We were a bit early, the market was open, which we loved, then on to our house.

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Oct 3, 2014 - La Rochelle et Cognac

From Nantes, we're heading south and stopped in La Rochelle for the day. Then on to Charnac, close to Cognac to visit tomorrow. Had a wonderful Chambre d'Hote with a French woman as hostesse, reminding me of our dear friend Raymonde from other days, but wearing a "I love NY" t-shirt. Very funny, as I think she is quite proper, probably has raised her family is this lovely home with great garden courtyard, where of course, we're taking our daily 'happy hour', before going to the recommended restaurant (by her) to the Restaurant La Moulin de...

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Sep 14, 2014 - 9th Port on Med. Cruise - Toulon, France

What a pleasant surprise this place was. We were told it was just a port town. It was, but it was quaint and beautiful. Lots of vegetation and sorry undead by mountains. It is actually home to some of France's fleet and we saw a number of ships including a big aircraft carrier. Audi was up bright and early to get some shots of it while pulling into port. Toe Pic over the railing with a yacht club behind. We got off the ship about 10 AM and Ronnie, Sandra, Ivan and Diane and us took the public bus towards the beach. Unfortunately it had to...

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Living the Dream

Jun 10, 2014 - Toulon, Bandol, Sanary-sur-Mer, France

10 June 2014 Up and about early again.....thought we were on holiday!!! Today we dock again in the Port of Toulon and have booked a tour that will take us on a scenic drive along the Riviera en route to Bandol. Initially the drive out of the port and through Toulon city is painfully slow; the roads are very narrow and definitely not adequate for the amount of traffic to and from the port, which is very large. The Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle is in the harbour and our guide proudly points it out to us. After about 45 mins of very...

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Apr 25, 2014 - Lest we forget - Anzac Day 2014 on the French Riviera

French Navy frigates framed our first view of the Toulon harbour. How fitting on Anzac Day. To commemorate the day, we bought a small trinkets box with hand-painted poppies on it from its artist at the local craft market. A reasonably warm day today on the Côte d'Azur. Close to 20. We didn't do an organised tour excursion, as a self-guided wander around the streets was all that appealed after several busy days in Paris & Spain! The local Provence produce at the markets opposite the waterfront looked fabulous!! For those amongst you who...

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Mar 17, 2014 - Sugères, near La Rochelle

On Sunday we drove to Sugères near La Rochelle (paying €14.30 in tolls) and found Camping de la Gères (N46°6'5" W 0°45'12"). This is a small campsite with good bathroom facilities and it is a pleasant walk through a park to the small town. There were two English couples here with their dogs and we joined them for a couple of pleasant walks. We had a couple of nice rest days here. We enjoyed a couple of “happy hours” with Colin and Jan and their dog Lucy.

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Nov 28, 2012 - Toulon

The next stop was Toulun, France. We didn’t even get off the boat; I think we were just worn out as we had been in a different city every day for more than two weeks! That evening we had some real excitement. The captain had announced that we were going to try to skirt around a storm in the Mediterranean which might take a bit more time, but we would get to Barcelona on time! Well, he wasn’t able to skirt it entirely. About midnight the boat started really rocking! Basically, I just lay in bed and tried not to fall out. Mike managed to get...

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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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