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europe 2013 A where we can, when we can, account of our self drive trip around Ireland-Britain-France

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AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | Views [237]

I have kept a record of all the money I have spent on this holiday, including airfares, insurances, car hire etc right down to the shuttle bus to the airport in Brisbane.  All money spent while away came off my travel card so an easy record there.... Read more >


Paris - Saturday/Sunday

FRANCE | Saturday, 5 Oct 2013 | Views [299] | Comments [2]

Came in to Paris by fast train from St Malo this morning.  Total travel time of 4 hours!  Didn't really get a feel for how fast we were going until another shorter train past on the opposing track.  Just a blurr a blip of noise and pop ... Read more >


St Malo

FRANCE | Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | Views [196]

We've dropped off the car, checked into our hotel for the night and had a wander around the old walled town of St Malo.   Couldn't really find anything to catch my interest.  If it wasn't lots of tourists it was lots of fumey traffic.  ... Read more >


Photos: St Malo

FRANCE | Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Mont Saint Michel

FRANCE | Thursday, 3 Oct 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Mont-Saint-Michel

FRANCE | Thursday, 3 Oct 2013 | Views [183] | Comments [2]

A late start today.  Breakfast wasn't available until after 8.30am and after chatting with the French Canadians, who are also staying here, it was probably 10am before we got away.  We went straight to St Malo and collected our train tickets ... Read more >


Plestin Les Greves - Dinan

FRANCE | Wednesday, 2 Oct 2013 | Views [205]

Yeah for Maccas.   Our first visit to one while on holiday.  Free WIFI, that works, clean toilets and here in France hardly any customers.  Now I know why we seldom see a fat french person.  They drink a lot and eat lots of bread ... Read more >


Photos: Dinan

FRANCE | Wednesday, 2 Oct 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Plestin Les Greves

FRANCE | Tuesday, 1 Oct 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Plestin Les Greves

FRANCE | Tuesday, 1 Oct 2013 | Views [164]

Cold, wet and then finally sunny all in one day.  Even some wind.  No longer the still days and balmy nights we experienced at Gouarec.   Today was the first day, since leaving the gite, that we haven't had to find a bed for the night:... Read more >


Photos: Plouider - Plestin Les Greves

FRANCE | Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Plouider - Plestin Les Greves

FRANCE | Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | Views [174]

Finally back to the coast.  Lots of pretty houses, and rocky shoreline.  The weather is superb.  Not a breathe of wind.   We have found ourselves a B &B for the next two nights.  Yeah!!!  Three more nights accommodation ... Read more >


Douarnenez - Plouider

FRANCE | Sunday, 29 Sep 2013 | Views [171]

Woke this morning to a misty day.  Still warm, although Janice would disagree.  I think she's got use to Longreach temperatures.   We originally  had the idea of heading up into the top western corner of Brittany to do another ... Read more >


Photos: Douarnenez - Plouider

FRANCE | Sunday, 29 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Gouarec - Douarnenez

FRANCE | Saturday, 28 Sep 2013 | Views [248]

Yesterday was a bit of a lazy day in Pontivy, so we both decided to take the opportunity to get our hair cut.  24€ each for wash, cut and dry.  We both came away happy with our new do's:-)  On our last night in Gouarec we decided ... Read more >


Photos: Gouarec - Douarnenez

FRANCE | Saturday, 28 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Gouarec - Friday

FRANCE | Friday, 27 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Gouarec - Friday

FRANCE | Friday, 27 Sep 2013 | Views [266]

Today we opted for plan B.  The car.  We wanted to visit a few of the local towns and castles before we leave tomorrow.  We're in Pontivy.  We visited here a few days ago to sort out a few issues with the car.  I wasn't too impressed ... Read more >


Photos: Gouarec - Thursday

FRANCE | Thursday, 26 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Gouarec - Thursday

FRANCE | Thursday, 26 Sep 2013 | Views [226]

Today we decided to take the plunge and do a longer but flatish ride.  45km return trip to Mael-Carhaix.  Road and canal.  The brochure said the trip back along the canal was 25km.  It felt more like 35km, judging by how our bodies ... Read more >


Gouarec - Wednesday

FRANCE | Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 | Views [248]

I apologise for some of the photos.  Upside down, sideways.  The rotate function on this beast has a mind of it's own.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, and sometimes when I think it hasn't worked it has?!!  It's morning ... Read more >


Photos: Gouarec - Wednesday

FRANCE | Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Gouarec - Tuesday

FRANCE | Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Gouarec - Tuesday

FRANCE | Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | Views [243]

I should mention the car.  A VW Golf auto diesel.  We picked it up from Dinard airport.  Thank goodness it was a sunny day.  The scratches and bumps were noted on the defect schedule but not the huge star crack in the windscreen or ... Read more >


Photos: Gouarec - Monday

FRANCE | Monday, 23 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Gouarec - Monday

FRANCE | Monday, 23 Sep 2013 | Views [270]

I apologise if some of my stories, or photo captions, read "funny".  The word check on this tablet is changing some of my words and in my rush to beat the battery life and internet "voids" I am not always noticing.  I will correct when I get ... Read more >


Photos: Gouarec - Sunday

FRANCE | Sunday, 22 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Gouarec - Sunday

FRANCE | Sunday, 22 Sep 2013 | Views [206]

Sunday - Our first full day in Gouarec.  We cycled along the canal to the town of Bon Repos.  Only 10 km return but a good sojourn in which to try out the bikes.  They are smooth to ride - well maintained.  Sunday markets were in ... Read more >


Dinard

FRANCE | Saturday, 21 Sep 2013 | Views [320] | Comments [4]

Our tablets wont connect and im typing on a french keyboard  anyway were now in Dinard Brittany.  We flew over with Ryanair.  You can book seats but most people dont so its a bun fight for the seats when you get into the plane. ... Read more >


Sandringham - Elmswell

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 | Views [238]

Gee we could tell these B&B houses a thing or two.  What is it with showers!  At Rogers we had to run around in the shower to get wet, so we both postponed our hair washing day until this morning.  Well this morning the shower went ... Read more >


Photos: Sandringham - Emlswell

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: King's Lynn - Sandringham

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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King's Lynn - Sandringham

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 | Views [318]

Last night we burned the midnight oil talking to Roger our B&B host.  He's only had the hotel for six weeks.  He bought it at auction in a slightly run down condition.  The prevous owners had it full of clutter and didn't even bother ... Read more >


Escrick - King's Lynn

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 | Views [296]

A bit of a nothing day today.  Weather has been cold and wet and the countryside we  have travelled through has been flat and featureless.  Towns fairly ordinary.  Lots of trucks on the road today.  Mostly heading north in the ... Read more >


Howden-York-Escrick

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 16 Sep 2013 | Views [307]

One thing I noticed yesterday, and forgot to comment on, was the appearance of the ubiquitous green landrover.  We have seen quite a lot of them on the roads in the past couple of days, driven by ye ole farmer. We spent all of today in the old ... Read more >


Photos: Howden-York-Escrick

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 16 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Monmouth - Howden

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 15 Sep 2013 | Views [359]

Internet connection is poor in our current B & B so this will be short and sweet.  Yesterday the weather packed in, although not as badly as predicted.  We ended up doing a lot of driving which has got us just south of York in a small town ... Read more >


Photos: Monmouth, Wales - Howden

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 15 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Highbridge - Monmouth

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 14 Sep 2013 | Views [299]

We had a brief tour of Burnham-on-Sea just out from Highbridge.  Essentially, to get a decent map of the UK so as to make Janices navigation easier.  Tide was out, a long way, and many small boats were high and dry on the sand.  The beach ... Read more >


Photos: Highbridge - Monmouth

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 14 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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