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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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May 28, 2012 - Cognac & Perignac

Decided to do a little bit of backtracking and visit the town of Cognac, home of course to the famous drink. There are many Cognac houses in the district and I made an online booking with Rem Martin to do their tour at 4pm. So after arriving around midday first we visited the town itself. It is another public holiday today, so most of the shops were closed, but the town of Cognac, a medieval town, is attractive with its narrow medieval cobbled streets and elegant Renaissance facades. It is here that the fabled nectar has been created since...

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May 25, 2012 - Bordeaux to Chatelaillon Plage

Headed to Chatelaillon Plage, another beach place. Plage means beach in french. When we arrived just after midday it was a beautiful day with the temperature above 30 degrees. Checked into our hotel which is just one street from the seafront and headed straight to the beach - to find the tide was out and it was about 500m to the water! Still quite a few people on the beach, but not many making the walk out to the water. Instead we cooled down under one of the showers on the beach, caught some sun for a while, and then headed back to the...

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May 12, 2012 - Poitier

6th May 2012, Sunday Checked out of our hotel in Poitiers (Le Grand Hotel) and went to the gardens for a walk, small zoo containing rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, etc was attached to the gardens.  This is a well attended beautifully laid out Botanical Gardens with a number of monuments including one honouring fallen soldiers which had floral wreaths from recently held Cermonies. There is a beautiful fountain atop a tree lined boulevard enticing visitors to venture onwards. A wonderful way to spend an hour just lazing around in a park....

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Dec 11, 2011 - Ile de Re

10/12/2011: Leaving Biarritz (reluctantly), we are heading northward along the coast. Decided our next port of call will be a small coastal town by the name of Saint Martin de Re, located on Ile de Re, and island off the coast from La Rochelle. Weather doesn't look too promising - cloudy, foggy and raining. Arrived at Ile de Ree at about 2pm. Looks like it will be everything we thought it would be. After the initial shock of paying 12 euros to drive over the bridge from the mainland to the island, we soon encounter a series of small...

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Sep 3, 2011 - L'Ile d'Yeu to Royan in Charente

3 Sept: We left l’Ile d’Yeu intending to go to Sables d’Olonne, but there was more wind than forecast so we got as far as Port St Denis on l’Ile d’Oleron, south of La Rochelle (65 nautical miles in just over 10 hours). 4 Sept: Forecast was for Force 4 with less than 0.5m swell so we set off southwards, only to find that the swell was more like 3 to 4 metres and the wind Force 5 most of the time! I must double check the French nautical terms as I think the forecast 0.5m probably referred to the choppiness rather than the swell…. It was very...

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Aug 5, 2011 - La Rochelle, France

La Rochelle, France Our stop today was in another small French seaside town… La Rochelle. I’m sure they are beginning to run together by now! About the only difference is how we get from the ship to the picturesque little city… sometimes we tender to shore, sometimes we catch the shuttle provided by the ship or, sometimes we catch a cab from the pier. Once there, we are seldom disappointed! While there are similarities… each has it’s own distinctive feel. Today we took the shuttle bus a short 15 minutes to the middle of the old town…...

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Jun 16, 2011 - du Mont St Michel

Jonathan got up and went for a run. Not often you can say that you went for a run around a castle before breakfast. Caen is a lovely French city. Like a lot of old European cities it has the centre of town that is still as it was hundreds of years ago – and often has few cars. A great spot. We then drove to Mont St Michel and on to La Rochelle – another longish drive (but we are aiming for Spain so need to cross of the miles to get there). The kids have been great with the driving. The Ipad and Nintendo DS have helped to keep them amused...

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May 24, 2011 - Bordeaux à La Rochelle

L’Autriche, VienneInvention de la psychanalyse par Sigmund Freud, capitale mondiale de la musique, les plus connus étant les classiques : Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Brahms, Strauss , etc. Ne faut pas oublier Elizabeth d’ Autriche : Sissi ! Alors le 19 mai, je quitte, 2 h 00 de vol pour CDG Paris, ensuite un TGV sur Bordeaux qui devait être GV, mais bon un suicide, pas moi j’aime trop la vie, pour un retard de 3 h 00. Bordeaux, bien sur le vin, j’en bois en vous écrivant. La Garonne, d’un beau brun café et surprise, la rue...

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