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Blood Moon and Basque Tarts

I was a bit concerned that Colin (or maybe even Nia) would turn in to a werewolf last night, with the supermoon eclipse but all is well this morning…I have checked N’s palms for hair… no more than usual. This

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Posted in Aquitaine, Autumn 2015, Biscarrosse, Navarosse

Camping It Up in Parentis-en-Born

Lake Biscarosse Parentis is about 100 miles south of Hourtin; we drove here on Wednesday and spent the night on the aire at Gastes. The aire was popular but we got here early and found a pitch overlooking the lake

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Posted in - France, Aquitaine, Autumn 2015, Gastes, Ste Eulalie-En-Born

Baguette Bacon Butty Blowout

We rose at the crack of dawn (ish) and left Ile d’Oleron at 9am for an appointment with the Royan ferry at 11am. Well not an appointment actually….you just turn up, pay them 47 euros and they cart you over

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Posted in - France, Aquitaine, Autumn 2015, Lac d'Hourtin

Chicken Teriyaki. On the Barbecue.

The Ile d’Oleron is a seafoody and viney chunk of land attached to mainland France by a long bridge or viaduc, a little below La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast. We arrived here on Thursday after a short hop down

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Posted in Autumn 2015, Ile D'Oleron, Poitou Charentes

A Night on the Thouet

Mavis started first time with her new battery and positively skipped down the Routes Nationale to an overnight stop at Montreuil-Bellay which is a historic little town on the Thouet, a tributary of the Loire. We passed Saumur, about 10

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Posted in - France, Autumn 2015, Montreuil-Bellay, Pays-de-la-Loire

Geoffrey the Handsome

To add more detail to our journey here, the channel crossing bit of the trip to France wasn’t quite as straightforward as it might have been. We were parked right at the sharp end of the ferry, as previously noted,

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Posted in Autumn 2015, Le Mans, Pays-de-la-Loire

Goodbye Jeremy

We left Portsmouth at 8 am on a showery morning and set sail for the land of baguettes, wine and other lovely eatables (as well as many non edible delights). Steaming out past Portsmouth naval dockyard, if you look carefully

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Posted in - France, Autumn 2015, Caen, Le Mans, Lower Normandy, Pays-de-la-Loire

Hoovering with the Krays

The downside to motor homing is that you are required by the Missus to hoover the house before you are allowed to set off. I was closely watched yesterday, while performing this chore, by Colin and Penny, aka the Kray

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Posted in - United Kingdom, Autumn 2015, Hampshire, Portsmouth

Montigny, Le Cateau Cambresis, Arques and Home

We crossed Northern France in a series of short hops, together with Joy and Alan who by good luck happened to be crossing the channel the same day as us. First stop was a small aire in the hilltop wine

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Posted in - France, Arques, Champagne-Ardenne, Le Cateau Cambresis, Mutigny, Nord-Pas de Calais

Port Chantecoq….Lac du Der

After Pont du Mousson we headed west and parked in an aire at Port Chantecoq, next to a wild flower meadow. Over the dam in the background is the huge man-made Lake called Lac du Der. The lake is in

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Posted in - France, Champagne-Ardenne, May/June 2015, Port Chantecoq

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