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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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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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