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Nice Calm Seas…

(That’s the door of the church) We are (hopefully) on calm seas somewhere near the south-west coast of England if you are reading this on Thursday morning. There’s hardly a puff of wind and it’s very cosy onboard… but that’s … Continue reading

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Here’s the story with the Bayeux Tapestry…

(This is where you will see the Bayeux Tapestry) We’re in Bayeux, an absolutely beautiful town and home to the Bayeux Tapestry. A 70 meter long, 58 panel, linen craft piece housed in the dark in a big house in … Continue reading

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I might be hallucinating…

(We found another amazing Beautiful Village of France) It’s a wee bit dreary today. I’d love to sit by the fire eating some scones just out of the oven. I suppose it had to happen, I’m suffering from scone-sickness. Croissants, … Continue reading

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The Lovely Gentleman of La Flèche

(That’s the gate of the military school on the right and the spire of the church with the ashes to the left) We spent three nights in La Flèche, the longest we’ve stayed anywhere this trip. On Saturday I went … Continue reading

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Do I look stupid in this?

(Duck!) Well, hello you! Here we both are (you and me) in the last week… of France, of the daily blogging, of the travelling, of the waking up in a new place every morning. Now what? What will we do … Continue reading

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The doors

(This door in Couhé) I love old doors in France, especially when they are framed by stone or wood or greenery. This town was mentioned in the old sign yesterday and now here we are rambling along its streets. It’s … Continue reading

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We are lost…

(Cute touches everywhere, like flowers in the stone fonts) Aubeterre is one of the Beautiful Villages of France. It’s on the official list but even if you didn’t know about the list you’d think it was beautiful. It’s old stone … Continue reading

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We might be in a movie…

(Grand Hotel de Bordeaux) We left the small town of Créon early on Saturday morning to drive to a lakeside campsite just north of Bordeaux. The journey took about 30 minutes. (Driving over the Dordogne) We’ve bypassed it many times … Continue reading

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Funny name, adorable place

(There’s Denis racing over to the coffee) We drove to the town of Le Bugue on Tuesday morning with a bag of dripping clothes and my nerves on edge. We had checked in the Campercontact app and were heading for … Continue reading

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The Writing on the Wall

(Here’s a river that was probably around since the beginning of our story… it’s the Corréze river which flows through the ancient town of Corréze. This river is a tributary of the river Vézère which runs through Montignac (the town near … Continue reading

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Thunderstorms Always Include Lightening

(One Mississippi) My shoes are still soaking, so are my second best pair of jeans, socks, raincoat. We walked back from the town last night after dinner. All day it was hot and overcast. Funny weather. The kind you know … Continue reading

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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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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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