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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


We drove 80 miles north west , with the Loire on our left all the way, to Camping ‘Le Jardin de Sully’ at Saint Père sur Loire (N 47.77008 E 2.36191). This is a small ACSI campsite on the north

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Posted in - France, 2013 Spring, Pays-de-la-Loire, Sully-sur-Loire

Fontevraud to the Médoc

We have been inching ourselves south since the visit to Fontevraud and are now near Lacanau Ocean, in the Médoc. First stop was in an Aire by this lake in Parthenay. We had planned to move straight on to Soubrise,

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Posted in - France, 2013 Autumn, Fontevraud, Pays-de-la-Loire

Fontevraud Abbey….Aliénor of Aquitaine

After Chateau Brézé we moved on to Fontevraud Abbey. Close to Saumur in the Loire valley, the Abbey is best known for its association with the Plantagenet monarchs of England. These are the recumbent Plantagenets, medieval sculptures of Henry 2nd

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Posted in - France, 2013 Autumn, Fontevraud, Pays-de-la-Loire

Château Brézé……Troglodytes and Pigeon Holes

This is Chateau Breze, a 15th century castle built over a remarkable underground fortification and living area excavated from the living rock over a thousand years ago. The chateau is about 10 miles south-east of Saumur. We came here on

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Posted in - France, 2013 Autumn, Breze, Pays-de-la-Loire

Jousting in Saumur

Heading North to Saumur au bicyclette. (Sue…..please feel free to correct mon (ma?) français)… We stopped en route to Saumur by the Thouet. Looking a tad precarious. Note the Halo. Les Chiens. There is a Megalithic bridge on the track

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Posted in - France, 2013 Autumn, Pays-de-la-Loire, Saumur


This is Saumur from the bridge on the way South from Sillé La Guillaume. We are in the Loire valley, about 10 miles south of Saumur, at a site called Camping Le Thouet. This is a favourite site, accessed down

Posted in - France, 2013 Autumn, Montreuil-Bellay, Pays-de-la-Loire

Ruined by the English….Oh Dear

After a fruitless search for the tigers….all we saw was this sign…we moved on down another 100 miles to: This is Sille Plage, an inland beach close to the town of Sille Le Guillaume. The site is called Camping de

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Posted in - France, 2013 Autumn, Pays-de-la-Loire, Sille la Guillaume

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