Our Version of a Visit to the Shrines of France – Holy Places

Nuala lights a candle in The Basilica at Paray-le-Monial

Nuala lights a candle in The Basilica at Paray-le-Monial

Recently we realised we were less than an hour away from Taizé and Paray-le- Monial. These are two great centre of prayer which many Irish people travel from Ireland to visit. So we decided we should also visit them. Continue reading

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Our Christmas in France

Santa at last Sunday's Market

Santa at last Sunday’s Market

Suddenly Christmas seems to be upon us. So far it’s been a very different Christmas for us this year. In the past we would have been very busy at work in the run up to Christmas but this year there is no pressure and suddenly it’s Christmas. Continue reading

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Nuala achieves a Gap Year Goal- cooking dinner for Nine People!

Nuala with fish pie

Nuala with fish pie

One of Nuala Gap Year goals was to learn to cook better. She has been practicing over the last few months and when the opportunity came to invite people onto the boat for dinner, she reluctantly rose to the challenge. Continue reading

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A lesson I have learned from the Gap Year- Don’t be afraid!

 

Adrian and Nuala in front of 'C'est la Vie'

Adrian and Nuala in front of ‘C’est la Vie’

Looking back on my life, I realise that I used to be afraid of things going wrong and worried constantly. Sometimes I was not fully aware that I was doing this but it was an undercurrent in my life. Taking the Gap Year gave me a chance to realise this. Continue reading

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It’s getting cold outside- Will we manage in January?

Chalon Marina- our new home

Chalon Marina- our new home

We have never lived on a boat before in winter. So we don’t know how cold it will get….

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Hospices de Beaune and The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

Inner yard of Hospice- note painted roof tiles

Inner yard of Hospice- note coloured roof tiles

Yesterday we went to visit Hospices du Beaune, a free hospital for the poor of Burgundy founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin. We ourselves are supporters of Saint Vincent de Paul, a charitable organisation also founded in France by Fredric Ozanam in 1833. This shows that people have helped others throughout the centuries. Continue reading

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Visit to the Musée l’Aventure Peugeot (Museum of the Peugeot Adventure)

First Peugeot - note cart and horse shafts in backround

First Peugeot – note cart and horse shafts in background

This week we drove to see the Peugeot Museum in Sochaux. It was a very different type of museum than the Volkswagen Museum in Wolfsburg, Germany.

This museum is devoted to the Peugeot automobile business. The museum was founded in 1988 next to the Company’s huge industrial site at Sochaux, high up in the hills, quite close to the Swiss border. Continue reading

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The first anniversary of the blog- let me know what you want me to write about

Adrian and Nuala in Chalon

Adrian and Nuala in Chalon

I wrote my first blog “Good Bye Fish Tank – Good Bye Motor bike” on the 6th December last year.

Since then I have published 113 blogs, readers have visited about 40,000 pages on the blog site and around 1,000 people come into the blog each month. Continue reading

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How the William’s Saved the Blog

Fiona Kevin Nuala

Fiona Kevin Nuala

Last Friday we were going through Dublin Airport on our way back to France when we met Fiona and Kevin Williams, our neighbours in Clontarf. We stopped for a chat and…

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Good Food in France- Camembert and Brie Cheese

Our favourite Camembert

Our favourite Camembert

France produces many fine foods, including cheeses.  France has 350 to 400 distinct types of cheese but our favourite is Camembert du Normandie followed by Brie du Meaux.

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