Tag Archives: France

Boating around Besançon

(Can you see the assistant? She sitting waiting for us to enter the lock) I nearly forgot to tell you about the boat ride. So let’s go back to last Thursday. A glorious day in Besançon I found the tourist … Continue reading

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Loop Le Doubs

(Can you see me on the boat, on the river Doubs, that loops around Besançon) Yesterday after finding the tourist office and using their very good wifi, I went for a boat trip. But first… I got my hair cut, … Continue reading

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The Salt Factory

(Entrance to La Saline Royale at Arc-et-Senans) Today we are at a salt factory – not like any factory I’ve ever seen and nowhere near the sea in a place called Arc-et-Senans in the Franche-Comté region. (Just to the right of … Continue reading

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Quiet town in France has deadly secret…

(Quiet little town… or is it?) We stayed in a noisy place last night so I’m tired today. We often see comments on the app about aires where noisy youths having late night parties in the car park keep the … Continue reading

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Rust and Decay

(Welcome. Settle yourself. We are in the vines… can’t you just imagine?) Yesterday we were in Beaujolais and I am completely sure of that because we stayed at a wine farm and the wine they produce is Beaujolais! We had … Continue reading

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Where are we, now?

We’re in Beaujolais! Another day, another wine-producing region! But before I get into that I want to show you where we’ve been – Burgundy, on our map of France… (This is a rough estimate of the location. You can see … Continue reading

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Au Revoir Voie Verte!

(Look a little flower on the Voie Verte) We seem to have finally left the Voie Vert, the greenway on the old railway tracks. I am missing it. We are in a small village surrounded by vineyards now so we … Continue reading

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Nice Little Things

(The market in Saint-Gengoux-le-National) I love this Voie Verte greenway. Everyone who travels on it seems very happy. All the bonjours are lovely. We have moved on again but we are still on the greenway. About an hour by road … Continue reading

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Peaceful Day on the Greenway

(A grey day in the town at the top of the hill) We’re still here beside the Voie Verte (Greenway) and it’s so peaceful. Just a few cyclist, some walkers and two other motorhomes here today. Monday is always a … Continue reading

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This is Burgundy…

(Tourist map of Burgundy – Bourgogne in French) My trip on Valerie and Stewart’s boat has definitely affected our travel distances over the past week. (By the way, the boat is for sale!) It’s possible to fit our last seven … Continue reading

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Paying it Backwards…

(Look! It’s Camille’s house!) About 28 years ago we visited France with our two-year old daughter. We took the ferry from Cork to Roscoff and drove our car due south. We stayed in small hotels all along the Loire and … Continue reading

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I can’t wait for it to be… right now

(Smelling the flowers) I’ve been thinking again… not always to be recommended, about how I help myself feel better when I feel down. I’ve read a lot of books about this and talked to a lot of wise friends and … Continue reading

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Lost and Found

(One of the lock-keeper houses) A couple of days ago we walked to a big shopping center in town. It was further away than I thought, it was lunchtime, it was 26 degrees and it was uphill. By the time … Continue reading

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Life’s Little Locks

(Here’s Ronan coiling rope) So, yesterday we had just arrived at the first lock. Locks are like steps for getting up-stream or down-stream on a canal. Or maybe they’re more like a lift because you have to wait until the gate opens, … Continue reading

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Our New Boat!

(I can drive* a boat! (*Might not be the technical term)) Surprise! We found a new method of travel! A house boat! A bit of a story… Sunday was a wet day in France, we left the beautiful green fields, … Continue reading

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If this is your first visit…

If this is your first visit to the blog, Welcome! (That’s me back in 2010 when we travelled by motorbike) My name is Mairead Hennessy and I write about travelling with my husband, Denis. We live in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, … Continue reading

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Making Hay When the Sun Shines…

(Wildflowers… or maybe you can’t call them wild when they are purposefully planted?) It’s lashing rain with grey clouds today which makes me so glad I took yesterday off to enjoy a beautiful day in a beautiful place. We have … Continue reading

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A Little Walking Tour

(There are little route markers on the ground marking the way) We’re still here in the car park of the pretty town and today after coffee I went to visit the tourist office. We had seen signs describing different buildings … Continue reading

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On a Schedule

(There’s an area for campers on the left of this car park, we’re on the extreme left) We’ve moved on again, just an hour south to a pretty little town. The aire is in the market square and if we’re … Continue reading

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We’re in Thierry’s House!

(Cute house in Clères) We’ve arrived at a town called Château Thierry, I don’t think it’s our Thierry… unless he’s keeping his Château in France a secret? We haven’t seen the actual Château yet, we don’t know what size it … Continue reading

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Galette, Butterfly and Bee

(This crêpere has had a licence to trade since 1941 – that was during the second world war!) It’s Sunday and a travel day for us. We are still on route to see Nancy and have arrived in another pretty … Continue reading

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The beautiful animal park in Cléres

(The pink Flamingos and some random ducks) I mentioned yesterday that there is a zoo here in Cléres and today we went on a visit. As it’s France, of course this would not be an ordinary zoo, this is a … Continue reading

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Grey Day by the Seaside

(Misty rain between here and the chalk cliff) It’s kinda grey here in Normandy today. We’ve moved along and are by the sea at a place called Veulettes Sur Mer and it started raining. It didn’t stop me from making … Continue reading

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The Secret to Life…

(Here’s our spot today, can you see the orange cable running to a box on the left? That’s the free electricity) Good Morning! Good Morning! Ok, so I asked about sharing the details from our new friend from Ireland…you’ll have … Continue reading

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Cycling to Honfleur

(Lots of boats, tall houses and restaurants in Honfleur) And now we’re in Honfleur, a very pretty big-ish French town with a port. Well to be precise… we are 40 minutes walk from Honfleur, under the motorway that bypasses Honfleur … Continue reading

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Juno Beach

(Nell’s Bread Shop) We’re still here at the beach just beside the Canadian War Museum. The town has two names, first, it’s called Courseulles Sur Mer. It had that name before D-Day in 1944 but it got a code name … Continue reading

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Night at the Museum

(Glass shelves filled with porcelain from a famous factory in Bayeux, no longer operational) We have arrived in France! Our ship docked right on time at 4.15pm, at 5pm we were in the supermarket and back on the road by … Continue reading

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Gentle Guide to taking a Journey: Mont Saint Michel

(Sunset near Mont Saint Michel) I love Mont Saint Michel, I think you would too. Yes, it’s touristy. Yes, it’s a religious monument. Yes, coffee and a croissant costs more here. But there’s something… something deeply attractive about this place, … Continue reading

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Back to normal…

(French aire) We crossed the border into France on Saturday and stayed at a French vineyard that night. We thought it might be nice to do a wine tasting and then stay the night but wine tasting happens on Monday … Continue reading

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Beware of the… stationery

(Seen at roundabout near Saint Lô. I think it means being here changes your point of view) We have a bit of a routine going and while the weather is encouraging us to move along, that is what we are … Continue reading

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