Tag Archives: France

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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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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The End is Nigh…

(Love, love, love doors) So here we were with three nights and four days left in France, how will we fill them? There were only three more sleeps until we were going home. In an effort to cram every lovely … Continue reading

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My Summer Residence…

(Driving into Chambord) We drove for hours after we left the policeman in Fontenay-le-Comte through beautiful countryside. The avoid toll roads was on again but this time everything worked out and we arrived at my Château in Chambord. (Not actually … Continue reading

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Where’s the Ticket?

(Wooden door) We arrived in Fontenay-le-Comte in the evening but left after a visit from the policeman. I’ll start at the beginning… Everything went to plan at the garage and we were able to collect Ruby at 6pm. We said … Continue reading

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Into the Ibis

(Our new home…) We are in our room at the Ibis hotel in Niort. The room is bigger than Ruby and the toilet doesn’t need to be emptied. There is hot water, a shower and the high point: a bath! … Continue reading

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The Lessons of Benet

(1. Watch out for the signs…) We are still in the town of Benet but… today the part arrived! We are over the moon. Could it be that difficulties arise in order that we can have an opportunity to be … Continue reading

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On a Time Out

(Want to buy a shop?) We are stuck in a very lovely small French town called Benet. I say stuck but that’s just me being dramatic. We are kinda stuck yes but we could be in worse places. The part … Continue reading

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We’re Broke…

(Beautiful fishing huts in this area) Well Ruby is broke, sniff, sniff. You may remember when we were travelling from Castro Marim in the Algarve region of Portugal and the shaking and clunking started? Then we got the wheels balanced … Continue reading

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The Brocante Game

(Dinner with friends) This is the third year we have stopped at our friend’s summer home and they always pull out all the stops but this year they added extra entertainment. The Brocante Game. (Everything necessary to clean your rifle…) … Continue reading

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Sleeping with the Sailors

(View from the door) We had another little mishap with the sat-nav before we finally arrived at Mortagne-sur-Gironde in the afternoon. It’s such a beautiful place and the sun was shining madly to make it even more beautiful. Of course … Continue reading

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Storm After the Calm

(Very interesting roundabout’s here) Denis choose avoid toll roads on the sat-nav this morning. He had this lovely idea that we would ramble to our next spot through the glorious countryside. He imagined we would make stops as the humour … Continue reading

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Just hanging around…

(Reflecting) We stayed a second night by the canal. Just being. Walking along the paths. Taking pictures. Getting by without butter, we do have the five litres of olive oil after all… (The neighbours) It’s so peaceful here. I might … Continue reading

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Oh Happy Day!

(Can you see us on the left with the canal in front of us?) Yesterday’s mood has lifted and the sun is out and we are in another amazingly beautiful place. Still no cafe or Boulanger but there’s a French … Continue reading

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Wet, Wet, Wet

(Way, way, way in the distance behind the clouds are the Pyrenees) Orion is a constellation but it’s also a commune in France. A commune in France is like a district or a parish. (I’m getting all my information from … Continue reading

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Border Magic

(Saw this in the Spanish town, Irun on the border. Can you see the contraption over the bus? It extends down and connects with the roof of the electric bus. Could it be swapping out its used battery for a … Continue reading

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Next Stop Spain, no, France, no, Spain…

(The duck pond near motorhome parking at Vitoria-Gasteiz) We stayed a second night in Palencia and then moved on to the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. We were here last year. It’s just a car park with facilities for emptying but there’s … Continue reading

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Kerrygold, Ballymaloe and fried brain

(Cute natural arch in front of the church) We are making great progress considering how we dawdled at the Le Mont. But between the clock change and the new routine my brain is fried. So it is great to have … Continue reading

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And…. We’re Off!

(From Greystones to…) It’s an absolutely beautiful day here in Ireland and we are on our travels again! It’s a bit later this year because last March we missed the snow in Ireland, so we waited to see what all … Continue reading

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Goodbye Blog, Hello Ireland!

(Bend in the road) We’ve come full circle and we’re back sitting in a car park just like we were at the beginning of this trip. Last night we stayed in Bayeux, we stayed there on our first night too. … Continue reading

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Inspiration from home

(Colours on a grey day in Argentan after Grahame) We are making our way to the ferry via the Loire and now we have reached Normandy. All the time the weather is getting colder. The little indicator on the gas … Continue reading

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Time’s Up!

(The fishermen were out all night on the lake at Autun) When I was walking up to the château last week the timing was set by my choice to return for French lunch at 12.30pm. I had my phone so … Continue reading

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Châteauneuf-en-Auxois

(Can you see the hedges zigzagging up to the château? That’s the road) On Thursday morning after breakfast I left our spot beside the river to climb to the château. It was cold, about 8 degrees but the sun was shining. … Continue reading

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Like walking into a postcard…

(The camping car aire is to the right of the boats. Can you see the château?) You know when you’re flipping through a magazine or a brochure and you see these pictures of some beautiful place and you think, wow, … Continue reading

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