Author Archives: Mairead

Living Rich in Ancient France

(The single-lane stone bridge into Vieille-Brioude) Stopping for a coffee or for the night in ancient villages and towns is making me feel a little bit overwhelmed. They are so beautiful, they are so weathered, they are so peaceful… and … Continue reading

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The Sleeping Volcanos

(View from the top) There’s a lot I didn’t know about volcanos. Like, they are called dormant if they’ve erupted in the recent past and they are extinct if they’ve erupted in the distant past. We visited Le Puy de … Continue reading

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Village Étape

(Our view) The difference a few hours makes. We drove to the town of Massiac after the fog show. The sun shone the whole way and the temperature rose… to 23 degrees! That’s 19 degrees hotter than in the morning. … Continue reading

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Four Degrees!

(Sunny evening in Coubon on the Loire) We stayed in a town called Coubon last night. It was 4 degrees Celsius this morning when I got up. Four…. It was 12 degrees at home in Greystones! I got dressed in … Continue reading

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Brives Charensac

(Cheerful flowers) We were passing through a lovely little town, with a long name, this morning and we stopped to have a look around. No big deal, you think… but it kinda is. You see, we’re normally too big to … Continue reading

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Everyday Fearless

(The Book!) I did it! I finished writing my book about our journey earlier this year to Portugal and I’m really excited. (I’m sick with anxiety too but as that feels very like excitement I’m grand.) Do you remember I … Continue reading

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Gorgeous Gorge

(Gorges de la Loire, from the village on the hill) We stayed a second night looking down on the Loire and it was just as quiet as the first. We didn’t get to use the jetons though as we were … Continue reading

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The Loire

(We got a good parking spot) We drove about an hour south from Lyon and now we’re in a most beautiful place called, Saint-Victor-sur-Loire. The Loire. I was surprised by the name but the Loire has to come from somewhere… … Continue reading

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Walking Lyon

(Cathedral Saint-Jean-Baptiste) We walked Lyon yesterday and clocked up 11 kilometers. It’d be nice to think we are very fit now, but no, we both fell asleep when we got back to Ruby. I was even too tired to write. … Continue reading

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Afternoon from Switzerland…

(Sunny day at CERN) We visited Switzerland yesterday afternoon, as you do. We were there for the science. You may have heard of Conseil Europeén pour la Recherche de Nucléaire?(Me neither.) CERN, for short was set up after the Second … Continue reading

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We only have a certain amount of energy

(The front of the Monastère Royal De Brou) We ran out of electric power last night. The clouds were grey and the sun didn’t come out and during the day our solar panels didn’t generate much electricity. By 3pm we … Continue reading

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You think you have problems…

(Princess Margaret of Austria) We are in the town of Bourg-en-Bresse. We arrived at lunchtime in front of a huge abbey, called The Royal Monastery of Brou. It was commissioned by Princess Margaret of Austria who was from the Netherlands … Continue reading

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Wash Day at the Supermarket

(46 minutes at 60 degrees) And the high point for today – washing our clothes. We’re parked at a supermarket in Prissé, which is a small town outside Mâcon. There’s a fine launderette with parking in one corner of the … Continue reading

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The town of Buxy

(An old tin sign on the former train station wall) We arrived in Buxy this morning and went for a walk to the town to get our bearings. We’d stopped off here briefly last year but never got as far … Continue reading

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The Baker, Le Boulanger

(La boulangerie) I slept really well last night after our long walk yesterday. Now we’re on the road again heading for the Voie Verte – the greenway that used to be a train line. It’s a path for walkers and … Continue reading

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Ten thousand meters to Dijon

(Place Notre Dame, Dijon. Even in this small section can you see two church towers?) We walked to Dijon today, a ten kilometer round trip. The weather was perfect – overcast with one heavy rain shower but otherwise dry and … Continue reading

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In the poet’s footsteps…

(The alleyway to a side entrance. Can you see the little door cut into the big door on the left?) We are on our way to Dijon (thanks to a recommendation from Cormac) but I went to visit one of … Continue reading

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Gentle Sewing Warrior

(Here’s the craft shop again) I went back to visit the craft shop yesterday and was really glad I did! I met Julie (pronounced differently, a bit like Shew-lee.) She and two other artist friends opened the shop just three … Continue reading

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The ten year old book

(The boats and one of the cathedrals at Auxerre) We’re in the town (could be a city) of Auxerre, it’s really lovely. The camper parking is just basic but the location is brilliant! Out the front window at the moment … Continue reading

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The end is in sight…

(You might be able to make out the motorhomes in the distance?) We have found a lovely spot beside the river Yonne and after all my talk yesterday about the magic of constantly moving on we’ve decided to stay a … Continue reading

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Back to Work!

(Beautiful strange sky last night in Gron) I stopped doing nothing today and started working on the book correcting all my typos and writing an intro and a blurb for the amazon page. I’ve had a lot of help from … Continue reading

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Lazy Sunday

(There was a bug hotel next door to the car park) It’s Sunday… and we finally have nothing to do! But first let me bring you up to date. We travelled yesterday for most of the day to the banks … Continue reading

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On being in France with nothing to do…

(That’s where we got the fresh water) We’re here! We docked on Friday at 4pm (thats 3pm Irish time). As I mentioned a couple of days ago I’m going to document what it’s like to arrive in France and have … Continue reading

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Ideas and Projects

(That’s the English Channel out there) Day 2 here and we are on the high seas (not high at all, in fact very flat thank you, sea) and I want to tell you about the ideas I had when we … Continue reading

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Autumn 2019 To France

(Our picnic spot this afternoon…) Hello you! We’re off to France and we’re taking you with us. Are you ready? The Garda in Rosslare checked that there were only the two of us in the van so you’re safe to … Continue reading

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Need a Break?

(Preparing for workshop) There was a slight chill in the air this morning. Does that mean it’s autumn? Then it must be nearly time for us to get back on the road. But first… my crafty pal, Linda and I … Continue reading

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End of the road

(Here’s our entire route from the Rego app…) Thank you for being with us on the journey, now we’re all back where we started. We’ve been back a week and have managed to do some travelling in Ireland in that … Continue reading

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Last day in France

(Cherbourg marina) This morning we drove from Bayeux to Cherbourg. We will park all day in the car park near the Maritime Museum, Denis will work and at 6pm we will go to the port and queue for the 9pm … Continue reading

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Bayeux is Beautiful

(Bayeux Cathedral) This is our last full day in France and we are spending it in the town of Bayeux. I think I read somewhere that this was the only town in Normandy that survived the Second World War. Imagine, … Continue reading

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And then there were two…

(View from the castle ruins… very familiar) Two more sleeps until we leave France. I found another lovely place to spend the night. Actually we arrived around 10am so we spent the day here too. I didn’t realize it at … Continue reading

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