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We are home...boo hoo

OK folks we are back home. We spent 3 days in and around Boulogne-sur-Mer, but to be honest we did not move out of the van, other than to get Poppy to the vets... It rained and rained and rained... none stop downpour....We were very glad to see Saturday morning and head for the train. After listening to the news about 'The Jungle' I am also pleased that we came back on Saturday before it all started kicking off. Another motorhomes (who by the way had a big Doberman!!!) said he had been out with the dog at 4am and saw a car circling the site with a number of ethnic people in it....so we did a though check of the motorhome before setting off, but obviously we were not posh enough for them to hitch a ride with us...LOL or maybe the site of that Doberman put them off!!!!
We are planning (weather permitting) to head off again on 27th of December and head through France and into Spain for the warmer weather. Now for the next 7 weeks it is get all the jobs done and have Christmas.......
Lovely talking to you all and see you just after Christmas...

Posted by Jansie 21:45 Archived in England Comments (3)

On our way back and The Bells The Bells...lol

Well we stopped 3 nights in Honfleur Lovely place On Saturday there was a humungous market and we walked and walked looking for the Boulanger Eventually we found one but my God was it a tad crusty. Then we came across a supermarket so bought 2 softer French Sticks. The fish on the way back enjoyed the crusty one!!!! Sunday saw it raining but we ventured out to the antiques fair (glorified car boot) and got completely soaked on the way back. So out came the wine and on went the heating.
We moved to Fecamp today. Very nice seaside port. I bet it is packed in the summer. We did our daily 3 miles, actually today was 3.5 miles The beach is nothing but pebbles and there were some people swimming in the sea. OMG now I know it was sunny but far from beach weather let alone swimming in the sea. Oh the bells.. the bells... they ring out LOUDLY..... but we had date night... At McDonalds....YUK.. but the free internet was good and I updated and down loaded my Kindle... so all was good... but those bloody bells and the lorries leaving at 4am....
We are booked on the train for Saturday. So heading back up the coast. Poppy is booked in Thursday at the vets so she can have her tablets and passport stamped to allow her back into Blighty Just hoping that the trouble at Calais is not going to have an effect on us but we will see. Stopping Friday night away from Calais so hopefully no additional passengers on our bus Tommorrow we will be heading up the coast but not sure where yet

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Nearly time for Home... but not quiet yet...

Today we visited the Airborne Museum at Saints-Mere-Eglise. I got the distinct feeling we (The British) had nothing to do with DDay. But as Graham pointed out we were still in the realms of Utah Beach and that is where the Americans landed. Great museum with some stunning artefacts from WW2. Why don't we have such places???? About £7 to get in and it really tells a story of what happened. The whole town is a living museum in fact with shop window displays etc. There were tours with a lot of Americans in town. We enjoyed the experience and moved on for our next night at Isigny Sue Mer. This place was 60% destroyed on DDay but today is a quiet village with a few shops. We had called at Super U for supplies so tonight is Chilli and wine for tea. But we did find some streaky smoked bacon, so bacon egg and tin tomatoes (Morrisons of course) for lunch. Stuffed now!!!
Tonight on the Aire are 2 British vans but shutters shut and not a peep out of them. This is really the first time we have seen any British people but reserve and stiff upper lip was the order of the day !!! Shame really as I had cooked far too much Chilli and they could have had a meal on us, but I am afraid it is Chilli for lunch tomorrow for us LOL
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Moved on to Grand Camp Maise following a trip to Omaha beach and we walked around the village and to the Peace Statue. Very beautiful but I took pictures of her backside till Graham pointed out that I was on the wrong side ooops
Moved to Port En Bessie We called at the American War Graves today A really good visitors centre with some films explaining the lives done of the soldiers had before going to war It really bought it home. The graves themselves are immaculate and an army of gardeners keep them in pristine condition Bright white with their names date of death and where in the USA they were from my phone died so took camera and the battery gave out on that too but did manage to get some photos. The graves are aligned both in straight lines and diagonally Laser perfection.
Moved to Arromanches today calling at the gun battlements that were used by the Germans. Kept in good condition but a little pock marked from shell fire. God it was cold and windy on those cliffs Talk about getting rid of cobwebs !!! My hair looks like I have been dragged through a hedge. But Poppy enjoyed her run in the fields surrounding them.
My good friend Jan Melvin sent me some good news today Her twin granddaughters arrived safe and sound Congrats Jan and the Melvin clan, which is getting larger by the day. Will be wetting the babies heads ( double drinks ) tonight and toasting your bank balance at Christmas. !!!!!!! Hehe
We will be going to look at the landing beaches at Arromanches today and maybe a visit to the Overlord museum up on the cliffs Arromaches is well worth the visit At last the British are winning the war. They built (prefabricated in Britain) a harbour from pontoons etc and landed 530,000 tons of goods, 220,000 men and 39,000 vehicles and it was operational in 12 days. !!! But was only used until November 1944 and is still visible today. Good old Made In Britain eh !!! Then tomorrow we will be leaving WW2 behind I have learnt a lot and even though my Dad used to make us watch that WW2 programme that was on the telly in my youth (cannot remember the title) I mustn't have listened as I didn't know half of this stuff. We should be proud of our ancestors and what they did for us and the world We are calling to get gas (the gaslow system has been brill keeping us warm, the fridge cold,cooking and hot water at the touch of a knob) Anyway then back to Honfleur for a couple of nights as we make our way back to the train. Not booked it yet but planning on around 22nd October

We will be back and heading for warmer climates in Spain and Portugal, just after Christmas. I mean literally day after Boxing Day So SUBSCRIBE to this blog and it will then email you to let you know when we are on the road again

Hope to see some of you while we are back.... but will probably still be posting on our little bumble around until we get back so don't give up on me yet xxxx
Tribute to an American solider who was killed on the church tower

Tribute to an American solider who was killed on the church tower

Glider plane... they are a bit stiff... sorry...

Glider plane... they are a bit stiff... sorry...

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This is the front...

This is the front...

I thought this was the front of the Peace Monument

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American War Graves

American War Graves

American War Graves...

American War Graves...

What a brill sunset

What a brill sunset

Shells

Shells

Cannot believe how these scallop shells are naturally standing on there edge ... amazing

Cannot believe how these scallop shells are naturally standing on there edge ... amazing

Repairs to house... H & S... not here

Repairs to house... H & S... not here

American chapel in the cemetery

American chapel in the cemetery

Over 9000 of these graves

Over 9000 of these graves

Arromanches

Arromanches

Graham has got a big one......

Graham has got a big one......

German Defences

German Defences

German Defences

German Defences

One we got.... not looking good

One we got.... not looking good

German anti aircraft search light

German anti aircraft search light

Big gun

Big gun

Landing Beaches

Landing Beaches

What is left on the beach at Arromaches Plus Popsta having a god old sniff

What is left on the beach at Arromaches Plus Popsta having a god old sniff

Landing Beaches Arromaches

Landing Beaches Arromaches

Look out to see and you will see the harbour they built in 12 days in 1944

Look out to see and you will see the harbour they built in 12 days in 1944

Great sky

Great sky

Guess what... a tank...

Guess what... a tank...

Posted by Jansie 10:38 Archived in France Comments (2)

Walks and Cycling... plus a little alcohol...and nostalgia

We decided to stop 2 nights in St Fromond for two reasons. It meant we could both have a drink as when Graham is driving the next day he only has a couple of beers and to be fair I only have a couple of glasses of wine. So tonight out came the Whiskey and Bacardi ... The other reason we wanted to stay was to walk to a derelict chateau and take the bikes out for a cycle ride that was close (Lillian... you and Bob would love it. No traffic goes from Cherbourg to Mt St Micheal.. but the bit we did was very quiet, no traffic, unless you count two horses and an ass....Good wide mainly tarmac / gravel and alongside the river...) We walked to the chateau on this afternoon and planned the bike ride for tomorrow. So off we set for the 2 miles along the river and canal. We got there and were surprised to see that it was covered in storks nest. The little information sign (which helpfully was in English too) said that the chateau was derelict even before 1944, when General Patton freed St Fromond in a three day battle where some Americans lost there lives and took the bridge back from the Germans. All the roads seem to be named after Americans too... I digress..The chateau was then a nudist camp in the 1960, but fell into further disrepair and in the 1980's the storks took it over and now is protected, as there are some 70 pairs in the local area. They arrive in March so no sign of them now or their offspring...
The following day was a lovely day but a chilly wind, but still nice enough for our bike ride and tee shirts... So off we set. We thought St Lo was too far at around 18 km so headed for a small town called Pont Herbert. We got there at lunch time and there was street food being sold, so we partook (well Graham did) of a Jambon (ham) baguette ... well have a bloody french stick with what he said was like gammon ham... and chips, which I nibbled at but there was more than enough for 6 people. These 2 little stalls were doing a roaring trade, even though there were no people and very little to see or do in this little village. But we enjoyed it. We cycled back along the river (was about 5 miles there and back) and enjoyed the damsel flies, lama's (yes Lam's), sheep, cattle of various colours, ducks as in getting ready for Christmas !!!! Graham managed to snaffle a couple of apples....and ate them on the way back...There were a few people fishing, one who was sitting in what looked like an inflatable inner tube.
Today we moved on to Utah Beach Museum. Very interesting about the Americans who landed here on D Day. A small film in English explains it all and is very informative and makes you realise what sacrifices were made. At 8 euro's each well worth the visit. We took Poppy onto the beach and she had a great time running around. We then moved on to St Vaast La Hougue. A lovely little seaside town with a trawling fishing fleet ( think they are after mussels and oysters from the looks of their gear on the boats) Now we forgot to shop yesterday and this being Sunday no shops other than the bakers is open, so we are on store cupboard meals today... toast and something...LOL. but worst of all is I have run out of wine!!!! shock horror.... But I will survive and my liver will be all the better for it....
I have updated the map to the best of my failing memory to the places we have visited... I am sure I have missed a couple.
Graham enjoying Jambon and Frites in Pont Herbert

Graham enjoying Jambon and Frites in Pont Herbert

On our walk... Mistletoe... no berries and no kisses...

On our walk... Mistletoe... no berries and no kisses...

Storks nests at chateau

Storks nests at chateau

We are nearly there.... the ruins of chateau

We are nearly there.... the ruins of chateau

Utah Beach

Utah Beach

Utah Beach. Very windy... and lots of shells..

Utah Beach. Very windy... and lots of shells..

The Aire St Fromand

The Aire St Fromand

Starting back on our cycle ride from Pont Hubert

Starting back on our cycle ride from Pont Hubert

Big Bomber

Big Bomber

Lots of American vechiles

Lots of American vechiles

B52 bomber

B52 bomber

Landing craft american style

Landing craft american style

Tank

Tank

American airman proping up the bar.... ok he is only a dummy but looks good

American airman proping up the bar.... ok he is only a dummy but looks good

American soldiers having tea in the tea room ...they have been there a long time

American soldiers having tea in the tea room ...they have been there a long time

Memorial to US soldiers and the landing craft

Memorial to US soldiers and the landing craft

We have one of these up our little lane at home.... But this one is on Utah Beach

We have one of these up our little lane at home.... But this one is on Utah Beach

Utah Beach

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The Museum Utah Beach

The Museum Utah Beach

The actual Beach...

The actual Beach...

Fishing fleet at St Vaast La Hougue

Fishing fleet at St Vaast La Hougue

Little church on the harbour at St Vaast... all dedicated to those lost at sea fishing

Little church on the harbour at St Vaast... all dedicated to those lost at sea fishing

Church St Vaast

Church St Vaast

St Vaast La Hougue

St Vaast La Hougue

More fishing boats

More fishing boats

Our view to river at St Fromand

Our view to river at St Fromand

Posted by Jansie 08:45 Archived in France Comments (1)

Incognito and very much on the move

Well have been incognito for a couple of days. No service on my phone and no internet connection. !!!!'
The site we are on is in the middle of a wood and think they still use pigeons to carry messages !!!! Anyway back now It was really nice weather during the day but the nights are getting really chilly. So we have decided to head inland and back up towards Normandy. If it then gets cold all the time not far to the tunnel and the gas central heating of home. But not just yet Still have places to go and places to see
We have had a little disaster The freezer compartment door hinge has broken but if I am careful, think we can get it back home. Don't want to buy a complete new fridge so hopefully we might be able to get just the door part. Don't fancy trying to get one here in France with my limited French. I get by but trying to get parts.....errrr non hehe
We arrived in Fougeres today. Great Aire right opposite the Chateaux Weather is warm enough to walk around in teeshirt and we walked through the Haut Ville. Modernish part and the medieval part of the town. They have some great public parks that take you from Haut Ville which is at the top of the hill down to the medieval part with its half timbered houses. It is well worth a visit. There is a bell tower that was built some 600 years ago and had rung out the hours ever since. Hope it's not too loud tonight !!!! I did take a picture from our site and as you will see it's a fair distance from us I hope !!!
Oh forgot to mention... Poppy had her birthday on 5th October... she is now a Grand Dame.... 10 years old and loving this life She is sniffing new smells spending more time with us and loves the walking. She does not like it when we leave her but suffers it...lol
Today saw us back in Normandy. We stooped on an Aire in Avranches. It was close to town and also the Carefour supermarket, which was great. Well not so great as the site was on a slope and it not only sloped front to back but back to front..... we spent hours with the levellers trying to get the van right... but we ended up with a slope side to side... Graham said he felt like Eddie the Eagle on his skis....deffo difficult Felt like one of those Houses of Fun at the fair ground. We coped for one night but moved on this morning. A bit about Avranches. It has a medieval walled bit with a museum with manuscripts from Mont St Micheal and also was part of the liberation of France by General Patton (he seemed to have done a lot in this part of the world) We went for a walk around the town and it was bright sunshine but a cold chill to the air. We found Graham a British newspaper and he is devouring newsprint as I type. Also Carefour had special offers on Whiskey and Beer so a couple of trips there today and should see us out for the rest of this trip.
Oh the map is very out of date... lost track of where we have been and when... but will update when I have time to read this blog...LOL
Grapes growing on a house ...

Grapes growing on a house ...

View from Overarches

View from Overarches

Fourerges

Fourerges

Fourerges

Fourerges

Fourerges

Fourerges

Fourerges Medieval area

Fourerges Medieval area

Old House Fourerges

Old House Fourerges

These Passion Fruit were growing over the street.... looked ready for picking

These Passion Fruit were growing over the street.... looked ready for picking

Close up of Passion Fruit

Close up of Passion Fruit

Fourerges 4 wheel Watermill from Medieval times.. recently restored

Fourerges 4 wheel Watermill from Medieval times.. recently restored

Walk around Fourerges

Walk around Fourerges

Very Rupunzel...

Very Rupunzel...

Very Artistic these French with painting their houses..

Very Artistic these French with painting their houses..

Mill pond

Mill pond

Place to wash your washing... but has a bad case of Duck Weed!!!

Place to wash your washing... but has a bad case of Duck Weed!!!

All ready for Bed... snug and cosy

All ready for Bed... snug and cosy

View from Aire at Avranches

View from Aire at Avranches

Fortress in Avranches

Fortress in Avranches

Fourerges at night from Aire

Fourerges at night from Aire

Bell Tower Fourerges

Bell Tower Fourerges

Posted by Jansie 04:51 Comments (1)

And The Wheels on the Bus... go round and round


View Here We Go Again on Jansie's travel map.

Hi folks... sorry for the delay but we have spent a few days moving on every day, and with that and sight seeing no time to write to you.

OK so we moved from Locronan to a really nice aire on the side of the estuary at Audierne. We walked to the Atlantic and back. (we are trying our best to walk at least 3 miles a day... its killing me!!!! and this walk was around 4.5 miles... but very pleasant along through the town and on the way some info boards telling you bout the area.. IN ENGLISH...seems it was a big fishing port, then the sardines vanished from the coast in around the 18th century and so then they fished for crab etc. There are a few fishing boats but not as many as there used to be and I really don't know what the town now survives on.
From Audierne we moved to Concarneau... again a great aire that we walked (again about 4 miles in total... just call me FIT) along the costal path to where you could catch a little ferry for 1 euro, to save on the legs doing about another 2 miles around the naval dockyard.. It has an old walled city and also the town was occupied by the Germans in WW2 and they build a garrison that had a 45mm cannon..to stop the British invading this very useful port... thankfully they never used the cannon and we still won the war!!! The streets were very narrow in this part of the town and very quaint. Obviously a fortified town at some point and the port surrounds the fortifications, so any invader would have to come past the fortifications and the cannons. We, as usual got there just as the French shut for lunch. I am sure Graham is doing it, just so I cannot spend any money!!!!! We wandered around the old town but these shops although open are filled with your usual tourist crap.
So we left Cancarneau this morning ....OMG what a morning. The first aire we went to is now a Casino (we will have to invest in a new book, as the one we have is not up to date) Then we moved to another one and this said it was full....but it wasn't there were spaces.. then some French people came to help us..OMG total confusion...We spent the next half hour letting them trying to get us in...and trying to explain what was happening. I think what it was that it probably was full, but people had gone out for the day and so their spaces were reserved.. but the French were determined to get us in. Graham said there was another aire at the other side of town so we thanked them profusely and beat a hasty retreat....otherwise I think we would have been there forever... So we found the other aire (no beach view as the other one had, but is in the ramparts of Port Louis. It will do us fine till tomorrow and it has free electric... Winner... microwave in use tonight.. well its bangers and a spare pork chop we have, mash and cauliflower so I will do the onion gravy in the microwave. We didn't walk our 4 miles today (thank God) but around 2 miles as it was very windy here. We walked to what we thought was the centre of the village, following the sign for Centre Ville.... they 50 yards down a residential street there was another sign saying go back the way we had come for Centre Ville...We did find a few shops and bars in an old cobbled street, so there is not much to keep us here.... so the wheels will be moving again tomorrow. We have decided to find a site nr Vannes to do some washing and have a couple of nights with the facilities of a site... indoor swimming pool, bar etc...We are fine on the aire system and it is a very cheap way of stopping (think the most we have paid is 7 euros a night) but sometimes its nice just to have a few other little things around and our need for a washing machine is one of these things...
View to the right of van

View to the right of van

Its a bit wet...

Its a bit wet...

Atlantic walk

Atlantic walk

Crashing waves of Atlantic... USA is somewhere out there....

Crashing waves of Atlantic... USA is somewhere out there....

Surf's Up

Surf's Up

Walk on footpath

Walk on footpath

Looking to old fortifications

Looking to old fortifications

The view from our van on the aire

The view from our van on the aire

Walking along the path

Walking along the path

Beautiful weather

Beautiful weather

Old Streets in Concarnea

Old Streets in Concarnea

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Don't you just love this... A Musketeer if I ever saw one.. and not of the mouse variety

Don't you just love this... A Musketeer if I ever saw one.. and not of the mouse variety

Ramparts Port Louis

Ramparts Port Louis

Very old walls Concarnea

Very old walls Concarnea

Smallest church I have seen

Smallest church I have seen

Graham has taken to the red!!!!! expensive stuff this.. 2 euro a bottle in Aldi..

Graham has taken to the red!!!!! expensive stuff this.. 2 euro a bottle in Aldi..

Sailing ships at Concarnea

Sailing ships at Concarnea

Lacroix light house Concarnea

Lacroix light house Concarnea

Fortified old town of Concarnea

Fortified old town of Concarnea

Port Louis.. very windy

Port Louis.. very windy

Port Louis

Port Louis

The Atlantic and a bit of artistic license !!!

The Atlantic and a bit of artistic license !!!

Flowers on the walls in Concarnea

Flowers on the walls in Concarnea

Just look at that sky!!!!

Just look at that sky!!!!

Posted by Jansie 08:47 Archived in France Comments (0)

Rain and Beautiful Weather..

We moved a whole 13 km today.. to a small aire at Cabaret Sur Mer. Its on top of a hill with a stone circle adjacent to it.. Graham spent an hour or so washing the top of the van..as it was very grubby and he likes things spick and span. He is planning tomorrow to was the rest of the van. Think we may stop here two days and take a walk into the town tomorrow (supposed to be 10 mins away… we will see)
Well it was a right drizzly day. Great for washing the van though and Graham washed it all over today, so we look clean and tidy. Then took a walk down to Cabaret Sur Mer. The harbour is a UNESCO world heritage site and a really nice. We had a pizza in a local bar and the obligatory wine or two Walked back up the hill to Molly Really nice night. Graham has had his 'holiday injury' today (every holiday we have some sort of injury with him!!!) Well today is a twisted knee... all I hear is oooh arrrh as he walks....I am not saying he is not injured but he seems to be fine when he walks the dog.

The sun is out for our little trip to the next place. Warm and sunny. We are moving to the historical village of Locronan very much like the Cotswolds It was a centre for sailmaking in the 13th to 18th century. I partook of my first Crepe today, well French one anyway... it was bloody gorgeous...I tangled with feeling ill (too much sugar for my stomach) and had Salted Caramel... omg.. was it delicious... my stomach only objected a little, but didn't make me feel really ill...We then stopped at Chez Annie for Graham to have Bacon, 2 eggs, chips and salad all for 7 euros... My God... how many chips.. I had to help out. We also went for an evening walk around this beautiful little town and it was quiet and we enjoyed the stroll... very romantic...Sorry will put photos on next time not done them yet but here are a few from the last few days
Graham gearing up to wash the van...

Graham gearing up to wash the van...

The aire... at Cabaret Sur Mer.

The aire... at Cabaret Sur Mer.

Standing stones at Cabaret Sur Mer.

Standing stones at Cabaret Sur Mer.

Fishing fleet no more again

Fishing fleet no more again

Poet's house on the cliffs Cabaret Sur Mer.

Poet's house on the cliffs Cabaret Sur Mer.

View from Poets house

View from Poets house

For those of you who can read French.... its the poet...

For those of you who can read French.... its the poet...

Fishing fleet no long in Cabaret Sur Mer.

Fishing fleet no long in Cabaret Sur Mer.

Church in Cabaret Sur Mer. Right at the end of the sea defences

Church in Cabaret Sur Mer. Right at the end of the sea defences

Fishing fleet again

Fishing fleet again

Church

Church

Tower in Cabaret Sur Mer that was built to keep the British out and succeeded

Tower in Cabaret Sur Mer that was built to keep the British out and succeeded

Inside the Church Cabaret Sur Mer. Very nautical

Inside the Church Cabaret Sur Mer. Very nautical

The alter

The alter

Very arty farty in Cabaret Sur Mer. Lots of galleries and this house painted by its owner...

Very arty farty in Cabaret Sur Mer. Lots of galleries and this house painted by its owner...

The harbour Cabaret Sur Mer.

The harbour Cabaret Sur Mer.

Church at Cabaret Sur Mer... Steps up to the bell tower... Don't fancy that walk to ring the bells..

Church at Cabaret Sur Mer... Steps up to the bell tower... Don't fancy that walk to ring the bells..

Inside the church at Cabaret Sur Mer. It is called Notra Dame de Rocamadour... why I don't know

Inside the church at Cabaret Sur Mer. It is called Notra Dame de Rocamadour... why I don't know

Locronan  main square

Locronan main square

And again

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Used a lot as a film location, so I believe

Used a lot as a film location, so I believe

Beautiful day again... and beautiful  Locronan

Beautiful day again... and beautiful Locronan

Locronan

Locronan

Locronan used to be the capital of sail making in the 15th century

Locronan used to be the capital of sail making in the 15th century

Love the woman hanging out of the window...hehe

Love the woman hanging out of the window...hehe

Very quaint

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Posted by Jansie 04:25 Archived in France Comments (0)

Bad Weather and Vet bills

Yesterday and our arrival in Landada was greeted by hot sunshine but today is chilly drizzle. I have even got out the long trousers and jumper!!! Not that we have not had our fair share of warm weather but just a little disappointing but we have put the heating on and got the books out and done nothing all morning. The plan was to go to the supermarket and get some supplies on our bikes so instead we are on store cupboard lunch and dinner. Thankfully the site sells bread so we are bunkered in. Graham ventured to the beach yesterday but I hate sand and avoid it like no tomorrow. As for swimming in the sea. Forget it Fish poo, sand and other stuff I just don't want to think about Not for me. !!!! Cement ponds (Beverley Hillbilly style) were built so you could see what was in the water and not have to deal with stuff. Far better in my opinion
Well it cleared up so we went for a walk. About 2miles. !!! Getting fitter by the day, but no shops so no provisions
Drizzle again today for our move to Le Folgoet Packing up took no time at all !!! What a lovely little town with guess what..... A big Church, which we were parked right behind on the aire. Took a stroll round the village tonight and decided that there was not enough to do for another night here so moving onto Landermeau which has an inhabited 16th century bridge and is where the sea meets the river. We walked around the old town and called in at The Office de Tourism for a map and this place has a lot of history. Very strange to see buildings on a bridge. It has been like that since 1336 but was rebuilt in 1510 having a mill and a jail on it Fires have damaged it and it's a miracle it's survived but it has Here ends today's history lesson on a little known place in Brittany.
On another note the aire we are on is great 6 euros including electricity on what used to be a campsite so marked out bays with hedges for privacy On the down side the water was not working but we saw a 'council worker' and after much gesticulation he got the message and opened up the back of the machine and let us fill up with water. Now this should have cost us another 2 euros but he refused any money so a winner !!! We are stopping for 2 nights so another walk around the town is planned for tomorrow but if the weather is as it was today. Sitting in the sun will take precedence It was really warm today, so much so I had to sit in the shade for a while. What's all that about eh. But this is what we are here for. The alternative lifestyle is a winner and loving it.
Well we are now 70 euros lighter Poppy needed the vet today with her ear. So stuff to clean it and stuff to make it better, following a visit to the wonderful Office de Tourism to find out where the vets was, then a visit to the vets and an appointment for lunch time. Then a visit to the bar to gird our loins !!!!!! Then to the vets and now all seems well WE HOPE
Poppy had a really bad day yesterday but has perked up a little today so we have decided to move to another Aire. First one at Le Foae was shut so plan B again and onto Morgat on the Crozon peninsula This is a car park just minutes behind a little village it's cheap though at 4.50 euros per night and 2.30 euros for 10 mins of drinking water. It is literally behind the Main Street and the beach. It has many bars and restaurants and a harbor. Some trips out on boats etc. Had an ice cream by the sea and just wish the bloody sun would put his hat back on like he has for the last couple of days. It's a bit blustery but it's warm too but no sun Boo Hoo.
We got the bikes out to try and find a headland looking out to sea, that some French chap said he was wild campaign on... and we failed miserably... but we had a nice ride and I took some photos of the sea....Another night watching a film... well Graham did. I again fell asleep and didn't see the end of the film... one more to watch today... hehe
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Posted by Jansie 06:39 Archived in France Comments (0)

Loving this 'Alternative Lifestyle'


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esterday and our arrival in Landada was greeted by hot sunshine but today is chilly drizzle. I have even got out the long trousers and jumper!!! Not that we have not had our fair share of warm weather but just a little disappointing but we have put the heating on and got the books out and done nothing all morning. The plan was to go to the supermarket and get some supplies on our bikes so instead we are on store cupboard lunch and dinner. Thankfully the site sells bread so we are bunkered in. Graham ventured to the beach yesterday but I hate sand and avoid it like no tomorrow. As for swimming in the sea. Forget it Fish poo, sand and other stuff I just don't want to think about Not for me. !!!! Cement ponds (Beverley Hillbilly style) were built so you could see what was in the water and not have to deal with stuff. Far better in my opinion
Well it cleared up so we went for a walk. About 2miles. !!! Getting fitter by the day, but no shops so no provisions
Drizzle again today for our move to Le Folgoet Packing up took no time at all !!! What a lovely little town with guess what..... A big Church, which we were parked right behind on the aire. Took a stroll round the village tonight and decided that there was not enough to do for another night here so moving onto Landermeau which has an inhabited 16th century bridge and is where the sea meets the river. We walked around the old town and called in at The Office de Tourism for a map and this place has a lot of history. Very strange to see buildings on a bridge. It has been like that since 1336 but was rebuilt in 1510 having a mill and a jail on it Fires have damaged it and it's a miracle it's survived but it has Here ends today's history lesson on a little known place in Brittany.
On another note the aire we are on is great 6 euros including electricity on what used to be a campsite so marked out bays with hedges for privacy On the down side the water was not working but we saw a 'council worker' and after much gesticulation he got the message and opened up the back of the machine and let us fill up with water. Now this should have cost us another 2 euros but he refused any money so a winner !!! We are stopping for 2 nights so another walk around the town is planned for tomorrow but if the weather is as it was today. Sitting in the sun will take precedence It was really warm today, so much so I had to sit in the shade for a while. What's all that about eh. But this is what we are here for. The alternative lifestyle is a winner and loving it.
Well we are now 70 euros lighter Poppy needed the vet today with her ear. So stuff to clean it and stuff to make it better, following a visit to the wonderful Office de Tourism to find out where the vets was, then a visit to the vets and an appointment for lunch time. Then a visit to the bar to gird our loins !!!!!! Then to the vets and now all seems well WE HOPE
Oh I love this life... I am so comfy.. .

Oh I love this life... I am so comfy.. .

Our view (once the rain stopped) from the Aire at Le Folgoet

Our view (once the rain stopped) from the Aire at Le Folgoet

On the road again... in the rain

On the road again... in the rain

One of the sluice gates at Landerneau

One of the sluice gates at Landerneau

16th Century Landerneau

16th Century Landerneau

The covered market and court at Landerneau

The covered market and court at Landerneau

Landerneau

Landerneau

Landerneau

Landerneau

Swan Nesting on the River at Alnderneau

Swan Nesting on the River at Alnderneau

Inhabited Bridge at Landerneau

Inhabited Bridge at Landerneau

And again

And again

Didn't realise they still had bridges like this

Didn't realise they still had bridges like this

High Tide and blue sky

High Tide and blue sky

Lovely little aire... used to be a camp site... but now only 6eruos a night including elec

Lovely little aire... used to be a camp site... but now only 6eruos a night including elec

Only the French can colour co ordinate their flowers on a roundabout...

Only the French can colour co ordinate their flowers on a roundabout...

Waiting for the vets to open

Waiting for the vets to open

Church again in Landerneau

Church again in Landerneau

Posted by Jansie 08:50 Archived in France Comments (0)

Living by the sea and Domestic Goddess


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We stopped in Saint Pol de Leon for three nights with a beautiful view over the tidal bay. We walked into town to get 'our daily bread' and we took Poppy on the beach, which she loved. There is a little island close by, where you can look out to sea to an array of little rocky outcrops and towards Roscoff, where the ferries for Ireland and Portsmouth leave from. We had glorious sun and warm weather. Graham continued to moan at my 'Grannie' afternoon snoozes. But that is what our alternative lifestyle is all about.

Today, Sunday we moved to a site, www.camping-des-abers.com in Landeda, we need to get the washing done and this afternoon our little pitch looks very similar to a Chinese laundry!!!! The brush as a line prop and the van and hedge as fasteners or the line to be slung between. But clean knickers and fresh bedding will make it worth it. The site is very close to the beach in fact it is more or less on the beach The sun is shinning ( don't want to rub it in too much but a nice 25 degrees today with a little cooling sea breeze) but disaster has struck. I have run out of wine and shops do not open here on a Sunday so will have to wait till tomorrow or Tues to restock. My liver is sighing a relief though.

May try to get bikes out tomorrow as the roads seem quiet. On the subject of bike These French are a nation of Sunday bike riders. We past loads of Lycra clad men (and when I say loads I mean thousands!!!! All in little groups with matching jerseys in an array of colours) on the way here today Round every bend, at every junction and all gasping for air with well defined, large calves. Dedication but me thinks someone should tell them about the internal combustion engine Hehe
Aww They are in lovvvvveeee

Aww They are in lovvvvveeee

Good Morning Saint Pol de Leon

Good Morning Saint Pol de Leon

Domestic Goddess

Domestic Goddess

See if you can spot Molly

See if you can spot Molly

Graham rock pooling

Graham rock pooling

Sea water swimming pool

Sea water swimming pool

Who let the bath water out!!!!

Who let the bath water out!!!!

Poppy loving the beach

Poppy loving the beach

Posted by Jansie 10:49 Archived in France Comments (1)

Stopping on Aire's and Churches abound plus rip off wine

Well yesterday all 3 of us did nothing. Graham and Poppy slept for about 3 hours, I too had a snooze but it was so hot and stifling Silly me then went and made Cajun Chicken for tea, just to warm things up a bit !!!!! The van next door had a good old natter (well for hours actually) with some other French people. They got the wine out and the aperitif out but even though on an aire and we are not allowed to sit outside we could hear every word. Shame would could not understand any of it !!! But they all jabber at the same time No pause for breath. Anyway they departed to their own vans at 9pm so we put on some crappy American shoot em up movie. Hope they liked it Hehe
Today we have taken a slow meander around Quintin and the market. Everything from a pair of knickers to live chickens for sale. Called in at Office de Tourism and made plans for our 10 min hop to next air.... Don't want to rush things. Had a bit of rain so air cleared but expecting 24 this afternoon. Hard life Eh
We went back to the town in the afternoon and called in the Tabac for a little liquid refreshment and I asked for a Rose wine...... They gave me a bloody egg cup. !!!! Graham found it hilarious as he sipped his half pint !!!! Grrr
We spent another night on the aire and then set out for the next one we had seen it was only 15 mins away and by a lake. Very nice but we decided a bit isolated so we set off for the next one and spent 15mins on the small single track where the farmer had put an electric fence a cross the road to bring in the cows!! Oh well French rural life is slow paced.
We arrived at a beautiful aire overlooking the estuary at Treguiers and spent a pleasant afternoon walking around the town and watching the tide come in Oh and the fish jumping in beautiful warm sunshine. Graham even washed up after tea. Mind you I did do a beautiful rump steak mushrooms and salad. With the obligatory baguette There were a lot of campers there for the night and most had moved off before we even woke. But our alternative lifestyle allows us the occasional sleep in
Today we moved to Saint Pol de Leon, another aire but overlooking the sea. We are parked at the moment waiting for the tide to come in and the sun to shine. Looking decidedly misty. We have walked into town (My mileage per day is far better than at home) for a couple of baguettes. As I write I am sipping vino and just finished lunch. It's late but hey ho no rush
Brittany has more churches than I have had hot dinners. There are 3 in the town here and it's only the size of Congleton So today's pics are full of old churches and old building. Enjoy
View of Quintin Cathedral from Aire

View of Quintin Cathedral from Aire

Old building Quintin

Old building Quintin

Aire at Quintin

Aire at Quintin

View of Molly at Quintin

View of Molly at Quintin


View from Aire to Estuary at Treguier

View from Aire to Estuary at Treguier

Bloody egg cup full of wine and it cost 1.40 euro... I was done..

Bloody egg cup full of wine and it cost 1.40 euro... I was done..

hmm... not sure then went around other side and it is statue to soldiers...

hmm... not sure then went around other side and it is statue to soldiers...

Treguier's old buildings

Treguier's old buildings

This place was uphill all the way.. Treguier

This place was uphill all the way.. Treguier

Climb to Tabac... Treguier

Climb to Tabac... Treguier

Stain glass in Quintin

Stain glass in Quintin

Church about... but this one is Treguier

Church about... but this one is Treguier

Aire at Saint Pol de Leon

Aire at Saint Pol de Leon

One of many churches in Saint Pol de Leon

One of many churches in Saint Pol de Leon

View from van in Saint Pol de Leon... waiting for sun and the tide..

View from van in Saint Pol de Leon... waiting for sun and the tide..

Posted by Jansie 08:38 Archived in France Comments (2)

What a week that was....

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So much has happened since I last did this blog… We have left the Walkers today but have spent a really good week with them all be it they lived up to their names …. oh and did they make us walk. Whist in Mont St Michael they made (all be it in the form of an offer) to walk to Pontsorosa… some 10 miles there and back (yes miles) from our campsite. But it was a pleasant walk along the river, the dogs enjoyed themselves, Kim and I nattered as so did Barry and Graham. We discussed where we were going and Kim and Barry decided to accompany us to Dinard and we booked into a really nice site there. We booked in for 3 nights. http://en.saint-malo-camping.com Copious amounts of wine were consumed by Kim and I and the lads had beer. We barbied the first night and we walked into town, some 6.5 miles return the next day. Its a lovely well heeled city with some interesting buildings… one house looks like the house from Psycho and there is also a statue of Alfred Hitchcock on the front. But we think that is to do with the Film Festival held there. We partook of a little wine and shared a pizza as we were going to eat in the campsite restaurant on the second night. Graham has Lebanese meal along with Kim and Barry…. Humous Falafel etc.. me I stuck to the burger but that was because I cannot eat a lot these days…But they all said how great it was. Graham and I were shattered (not used to walking!!!) so we went to bed early. On the next day we set out for the boat to St Malo. I didn’t realise it was a walled city and very well fortified and famed for its Corsaire action… We walked the walls and looked at the tat shops and the designer shops and then before returning back we partook of COFFEE…..we decided to leave the drinking till later in the day. Need to have everything in moderation, don’t you know…Today we walked about 7 miles odd….I will be 6 ft shorter by the time we get back and I am only 5 ft now….Poppy is feeling her age and is shattered, so we have moved to Quintin today to a very nice free aire Carpark with fields behind by what I think is a playhouse. BUT not before trying two other aires that were either shut or just not nice. But hey ho plan B…. Graham is now snoring as I think the walking and then driving here today has taken its toll. Think we will just rest up. We have food (thanks Carefour) and we have wine and beer, so no need to walk into Quintin today… maybe tomorrow. Film tonight (thanks to James, my son in law, for downloading loads to keep us happy on our travels) The weather is very warm and sunny. OK now for the photos…. there are some in my gallery that I have not included here but this is just a selection….so enjoy. Please note the blue skies where they appear…. don’t want to make you too jealous but thought I would mention it...
Bridge on the way Very steep!!!!

Bridge on the way Very steep!!!!


Inside church at Honfleur

Inside church at Honfleur

Honfleur

Honfleur

Honfleur

Honfleur

Very busy aire in Honfleur but very close to town

Very busy aire in Honfleur but very close to town

Honfleur Wooden Church

Honfleur Wooden Church

Windmill on the way to Dinard

Windmill on the way to Dinard

Old Church in Honfleur

Old Church in Honfleur

Horse rides at Mont St Micheal

Horse rides at Mont St Micheal

Mont St Michel

Mont St Michel

This years selfie

This years selfie

Streets in St Malo

Streets in St Malo

Lovely lady in a very posh hotel that we did not frequent....too damm expensive

Lovely lady in a very posh hotel that we did not frequent....too damm expensive

Just look at the sky....St Malo

Just look at the sky....St Malo

Psycho house in Dinard

Psycho house in Dinard

The walls of St Malo and other fortifications

The walls of St Malo and other fortifications

Sailing boat in bay at St Malo

Sailing boat in bay at St Malo

Some of the walls in St Malo

Some of the walls in St Malo

Umpa band that was playing in the Port of St Malo

Umpa band that was playing in the Port of St Malo

Boats of old

Boats of old

Rosie and Poppy waiting outside the Boulange in Dinard

Rosie and Poppy waiting outside the Boulange in Dinard

Posted by Jansie 05:41 Archived in France Comments (2)

And We Are Off....

Home to Mont St Michael

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Well we could not sleep so we were up and at it at 4:30am, so decided to set off for Ashford early, due to the M20 being closed for repairs to the bridge where the lorry had bought it down. We had a brill journey down to The Drum Pub and a pleasant evening eating there. Graham was horrified at the price of a pint (£4.60) so went back to the van and as we were up early it did not take long to go to sleep...
Next morning up early again, so set out for the Tunnel terminal and as we were early were able to book on a train an hour and a half early, so 8.10am instead of 9.40... great result of us getting up early. 35 mins later we were in Belle France. Weather was dull....grrrr

We travelled to Honfleur and we pitched up on the Aire that we had to pay at the machine 11 euro's. We did have paper money but no change.. so Graham accosted some French people who changed our notes for the correct change. We took a walk into the town, as the aire is based by the marina and a short walk. Very pretty, even in the dull weather. We came back and I did roast beef dinner, which was very good, even if I do say it myself. Now don't go thinking I cooked the beef in the van. Did that at home before we came, but did do potatoes and veggies...We watched a video and went to sleep. Next morning we took another look around the town, more extended this time and realised how much of a tourist trap this is. There were two river cruise boats in port and the town was packed. Around 8pm we decided to go to a Tabac just up the road from the Aire.... it was closed, so we carried on into town. Having had a drink in the middle of the town at lunch we decided to look for another Tabac a bit further back from the main tourist area. We found one who told us they were closing in 5 mins....so no cheap wine or beer. So back to the van for the cheeky ones we had there.
Next morning we set of for Mont St Michael and our meeting with Kim and Barry (some wonderful people we met last year in Bennicassim) We had a good journey down and arrived around 12:30 at the camp site that had been recommended to us by some other friends from last years adventures. Camping Aux Pommiers http://www.camping-auxpommiers.com Very nice site and we told them Barry and Kim would be arriving soon and they reserved a pitch for them next to us. Barry and Kim arrived and as we had called and got a small amount of provisions (in the main wine and beer) at a supermarket we decided to have a barbie and let the world go by. But first we walked to Mont St Micheal.... phew what a walk about 5km. We decided to catch the free shuttle back part of the way and so we only had to do 2.5km. Next morning we walked to the bus and caught it into Mont St Michael and had a wander around the narrow streets. I did not make it up to the top, but sat and sent a text to Jan Melvin. The day was getting warmer and warmer.... by the time we called at the little bar at the bottom it was some 31 degrees. We caught the bus back and walked the 2.5km again. Our poor little dogs were knackered!!!! We showered and changed and then went to a local restaurant for a meal. Graham had his mussells en frites, that he said he wanted to try last year and enjoyed them... Not for me thought. We came back and it did not take too many glasses of wine for us to retire to bed. It had been hot and very tiring.
Today we have been looking at the next stop. Graham and I wanted to go to St Malo http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-our-destinations/saint-malo-mont-saint-michel-bay/unmissable-sites/saint-malo and Kim and Barry were going inland.( they are here in France and Spain for 10 months and are heading down to Spain, where sites will be open, whereas here in France a lot shut down at the end of September) But on investigation of sites and aires we decided we would both go to a site nr to Dinard and catch the ferry into. So another few days of friends and laughter and of course WINE.......

Posted by Jansie 02:18 Archived in France Comments (5)

Why is Nothing Straight Forward

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Well this is the first time BIG is not good!!!! Only us could have bought something big and it is not what is wanted!!!!!

We bought an external hard drive and our wonderful son in law has spent months putting 140 films on, to keep us entertained whilst living our 'alternative lifestyle' (Graham says we are not on holiday) He arrived with it last night to show us what we needed to do and our telly in the van would not read it. So a lot of internet trawling gave me a clue that the hard drive we bought was too big, its 2 TB. I rang the makes of the telly this morning and they confirmed this was the case and we needed to partition the hard drive. James is looking into if this can be done without losing all the films put on.... please cross everything you have got!!!! Big is not good... it needs to be only 250 gb. We might have to talk to each other if not!!!!! OK I have loaded my kindle today just in case. We only have about 6 DVD's and that will not last us

Few more jobs done and a look at the map today.I have updated the Sat Nav with latest maps....oooh its getting close. Graham has loaded the bikes, checked the lights and other technical bits he says I would not understand.....OK I do but best not to mess eh??? and it is wise to let him think he is right.

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Well Nearly Ready

Buying shares in Anti Bacterial Wipes and Bleach

Well we are nearly ready for the off.. I have spent a fortune in anti bacterial wipes and bleach and the house is clean and not a germ in site!!!! We have both spent a fortnight cleaning preening washing and cutting grass, gardening and generally making sure it is all clean and working as it needs to etc.

While we have been at home, we have had a new drive and patio and it is looking really fab. We have also (well Graham really) refurbished the garage but as the car will not fit in easily it is now a very big shed!!! but it is dry and not leaking like a sieve as it was last winter. We have been busy bees and now need to get away for a rest and some sun.

We also need to get back to daily exercise We have accessed the NHS quiet a bit too. They decided that at 'our age' we needed tests for this and tests for that....some inconclusive results resulted in me having a colonoscopy, which showed absolutely nothing. I also had blood tests and it showed I was B12 deficient and I underwent a fortnight of injections, every other day. But now just need one every 3 months. Graham has had blood tests and he is seeing the doctor this afternoon for the results. He also had his review for his COPD and was fine. I am sure that last winter away from cold and wet helped with that. I should have seen my surgeon last March when we came back but surprise surprise they never sent for me. I saw the dietician last week and she said I should have had a 12 month review, but didn't think they would be able to get me in before we went..... OH but they did. Tonight at 7:40 PM.... I cannot believe that I am seeing the consultant at that time of night. We have also done the dentist and so are fighting fit for the trip. Poppy too has been to the vets and she is also well for her age. She is getting a make over tomorrow, so that she will not be too hot. She needs to get a cut, as she is one shaggy doggy. . I am cut and coloured and Graham is cut and ready. Molly Motorhome has been serviced too and a few jobs done on her too.

Well we set off on Saturday and arrive in France on Sunday. I am going shopping on Friday as shops and supermarkets are few and far between in France on a Sunday. So a few provisions to last us those first few days and we will also get a few euro's too.

Hope you will enjoy my ramblings over the next couple of months. Oh if you enter your email address in the subscribe part of the page it will inform you (I hope) when I have posted. Save all that time checking in. I have made a few changes this year and I hope I have got rid of the glitches etc.

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