France

France

Fall in you ‘orrible lot!

Posted by on 6, Jun 2016 in 2016 - Cycle The Rhine, Europe, France, Germany, Jacques and Mandy, Tilly the Tandem, Western Europe | 0 comments

Fall in you ‘orrible lot!

Our ten days with the Du Randts was eventful and great fun, Jacques and Mandy are early birds and we’re more likely to be thinking about a cup of tea from the comfort of our sleeping bags by the time they’re stopping for their first cuppa of the day whilst cycling. So we had to make an effort and get up, get packed and ready to go by 9am daily, which after some negotiation (us whinging) was relaxed to 9:15. He’s a hard task master that Jacques! Anyway, we set off in the direction of Strasbourg stopping at a lovely fortified walled French town for lunch. He was breaking us...

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Versailles

Posted by on 1, Mar 2015 in 2015 - Iberia and Morocco, Countries, Europe, France, Taffy, Western Europe | Comments Off on Versailles

Versailles

When we set off for Versailles we trusted our mapping software and followed it as it guided us on the cycle routes from Paris out to Versailles. What we learnt from this is that we need to get the contour line add on for it as it took us straight over the top of the hill between Paris and Versailles. And not just over it, it wanted us to zig zag up and down it a few times before finally allowing us the pleasure of rolling into Versailles, a little bit puffed. When I say hill it was the type of hill that we’d have had to take a run up for in our old Morris Minor. 15% is not a fun thing...

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Jon in Louis Vuitton? Whatever next…

Posted by on 24, Feb 2015 in 2015 - Iberia and Morocco, Countries, Europe, France, Taffy, Western Europe | 0 comments

Jon in Louis Vuitton? Whatever next…

Well here’s something you never thought you’d see, Jon in Louis Vuitton! No I’ve not got all extravagant and splashed out for a £3 Primark shirt sold for £300 because it’s got some logo on it, we’ve in fact gone to the Louis Vietton Modern Art Gallery. This is a fabulous building, all glass wood and steel with strange angles and some really weird ‘art’ in it. You know, the art that really sets me off on a proper Reed rant. The auditorium had colour swatches from the deluxe paint range hung on the wall with some caption of how it represents the...

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Paris, Valentines, Romance, a weekend in bed…

Posted by on 22, Feb 2015 in 2015 - Iberia and Morocco, Countries, Europe, France, Taffy, Western Europe | 0 comments

Paris, Valentines, Romance, a weekend in bed…

‎ Sounds great (or gross if you’re my kids reading this) but the lure of the most romantic city on earth (especially if you like dog poo), and a valentines / birthday combo weekend was just too much to resist so I managed to hurt my back and spent large portions of the weekend unable to move for all the wrong reasons! It wasn’t quite as bad as it seemed as I was able to cycle, but not walk more than about 10 paces, actually not all bad – no shopping for me! So we confined our visit to cycling around Paris carefully watching the road for the potholes (many roads are broken...

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Cutting it close…

Posted by on 14, Feb 2015 in 2015 - Iberia and Morocco, France, Taffy | 0 comments

Cutting it close…

‎Well, it’s not exactly cutting it close as when we got home last year we aimed to be away again by January 2nd, but as our plans always seem to be disrupted by one thing or another getting away on February 11th isn’t too bad for us really. And we were actually cutting it close on departure day as when we woke up this morning we were still waiting a replacement door lock in the post and a new wheel to arrive at the garage! Nothing essential you understand. But they all arrived and by 5pm we were trundling along the A14 in rush hour on our way towards Dover in a roundabout sort of...

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Shabby shic, canal du Windy/muddy/Midi

Posted by on 28, Oct 2013 in 2013 - Cycling from Med to Atlantic, Europe, France, Western Europe | 0 comments

Shabby shic, canal du Windy/muddy/Midi

Since we arrived on the south coast of France in September we’ve been gradually cycling the Canal Du Midi (though it might better be described as the Canal du Muddy, or bumpy or windy in different places) from Sete to Toulouse. ‎ We’ve been waiting to finish the canal for weeks now and then yesterday, almost like waiting for a London bus, we managed to finish 3 canals in one day! Actually as we’ve had to cycle both ways we completed the Midi both ways in one day and the tiny Canal Du Brienne that connects the midi to the Garonne river as well. After all the wonderful...

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