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Nov 12, 2005 - Les Portes on L'le de Re, France

LA ROCHELLE TO l'le de Ré Before 1988 visitors to l'ile de Ré had to take a ferry. But now the island is connected by a 1.8-mile bridge, and the cheapest method after walking and biking is the "Re Bus." Getting to the last stop on the island costs €8 (tickets can be purchased on the bus), and takes 1 hour, 45 minutes. It's not because the island is massive (it's only 18 miles long by 3 miles wide); it's because the bus makes lots of stops, and the only roads on the island are narrow and windy. A quicker but much more expensive (€50) mode is...

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Where's Johnny Jet?

Nov 10, 2005 - La Rochelle

TRAIN TO LA ROCHELLE Unfortunately, I learned the train I was headed on didn't depart from Gare de Lyon. I needed to jump on the Metro to Gare Montparnasse (in the 15th Arrondissement). Gare Montparnasse is one Paris' oldest stations (built in 1840), but it was completely rebuilt after World War II. Today it has a very modern interior. Its trains head to Brittany and western France. That's where I took the TGV Atlantique to visit some friends on an island that reminded me a lot of Nantucket. Bonjour from a small island off the coast of...

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Where's Johnny Jet?

Aug 9, 2005 - Paris - Cognac - Angoulême

Today's drive takes us past Orléans, the site of Joan of Arc's first great victory. Then on to Cognac to visit a distillery, before arriving in Angoulême for the night. (Buffet breakfast/ Dinner) What an amazing day we had today! We start at Orléans and learned a whole bunch about Joan of Arc. Also known as Jeanne d'Arc, Joan the Maid, the Maid of Orléans and the Maid of Lorraine, Joan was a simple peasant girl who claimed to hear the voices of saints telling her she must help the Dauphin gain the throne of France. This she did, though...

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Jun 8, 2005 - La Rochelle

Arrrrr Shiver me timbers maties run one up the mainmast and find a landlubber and we'll run em through. La Rochelle is a town virtually bursting at the seams with nautical paraphenalia of all descriptions, usually made in China. For example there are Sea Shanty singing contests for drunk Irish at the local Irish pub, shops with maritime meubles (a word which we cannot fully fathom), and one quaint little shop called "La Pirate" that sells nothing to do with Pirates. Not sure how the French Pirates would have got on in the old days; you...

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Apr 30, 2005 - The long drive...........

Did a super long drive today........ Decided we needed a few more kilometres behind us! Pretty easy going - made it just south of Nantes to a place called Chatemaillon Plage. Stayed in a fairly decent campsite - not too much to report a very easy day! On the road again first thing - very keen to get down to Biarritz

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Feb 23, 2005 - Cognac

Cognac is a sleepy town at this time of year and we felt like we had the place to ourselves. We arrived at 8am to find that bus and taxi drivers don't show up for work until 9:30am. So, we hoofed it (snowing again, of course)to the most beautiful bed and breakfast we've laid our eyes on. By the way, everyone tells us that this is the coldest winter in some time. We hope you all are enjoying the sun for us! We were warmly greeted by the owner, the receptionist and the dog. We were so hungry that the 'petit dejunier' they offered us was the...

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