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Last day in France

We spent the last day in France, at The War Memorial of Caen museum and then took the night ferry from Caen to Portsmouth. We are near the end of our Gap Year. Advertisements

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Final trip from St Jean to Caen- Nuala does not get to visit her Shrines of France

Nuala wanted to visit more Shrines in France, Nevers Cathedral and the remains of St Bernadette and also visit Lisieux and the Shrine of St Therese. I, on the other hand, wanted to visit the War Memorial de Caen which I understand is the best … Continue reading

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We are leaving Chalon after 4 1/2 months

The day we had planned to leave, it froze the night before – 6 degrees. We had to leave with ice on the decks. It was a pretty hard job to load the car. We had to throw out a … Continue reading

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Last trip on the Saone River with our French friends

Last Sunday, we invited the people with whom we have formed strong friendships during or time in Chalon, to come on a farewell trip with us on the boat.

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Getting ready to go home- The big clear out!

We leave for Ireland next weekend, so we are clearing and doing final touch ups on the boat. The going away parties have started! This week we have been to dinner to Alain and Francoise’s home. On Sunday we are … Continue reading

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Lunch at Bernard’s – Our French Friendships continue

We met Bernard at Rodgers New Year’s Party. Bernard kindly invited us to Sunday lunch at his home – another new French experience for us.

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Visit to Valance and Avignon – following the rivers to the sea.

On our adventure to follow the Saone and Rhone rivers to the Mediterranean, a round trip of 830 km, the first towns we stopped at were Valance and Avignon. This trip was all planned around the rivers to familiarise ourselves … Continue reading

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Following the Saone and Rhone Rivers to the Mediterranean

Nuala and I decided before we leave France that we would drive by car along the rivers and follow them to the sea. We have now reached Fos- sur- Mer and the sea.

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Our social life in Chalon- is wonderful.

Last Friday our boat neighbour Thierry and his partner Marie Ange invited us to dinner on their boat. What a Burgundy feast!

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Festival of Saint Vincent Tournante – Festival and Wine and Burgundy Culture.

Our boat neighbours,  Thierry and Marie Ange offered to bring us to this annual festival, giving thanks to Saint Vincent the patron saint of wine. The festival started in 1938 and it is held in different towns each year. In … Continue reading

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