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Festival of Saint Vincent Tournante – Festival and Wine and Burgundy Culture.
Posted on January 26, 2015 by agclontarf
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 →
Posted in Comments on Social Economic Lifestyle in France, French Food & Wine, People We have Meet on the Gap Year, People who have helped us on our way, Travel Tips, weather | Tagged burgundy, burgundy wine, Chalon sur Saone, Confrérie des Cheavaliers du Tastevin, Gilly-lés-Cíteaux, Sur le chemin des moines, Vougeot | 2 Comments
Why reading the Sunday papers depresses me
Posted on January 21, 2015 by agclontarf
Living in Chalon, it’s difficult and expensive to find newspapers in English so I signed up to get the Sunday Times on line. After reading my first edition last Sunday I felt depressed. Why?
Posted in Comments on Social Economic Lifestyle in France, People We have Meet on the Gap Year, People who have helped us on our way, Reflections on Life | Tagged Bill Kee, Chalon, Hotel de Ville Dijon, IIAS, Je Suis Charlie, Lake Chad, Lake Chad in Africa, MPs in Westminster and their new gym, paris, Peter and Denni Pringle, Pont St Laurence | 2 Comments
Our New Year Party- On a Barge in France
Posted on January 3, 2015 by agclontarf
Roger Collins invited us to his regular New Year Party on his Barge Silhouette. We joined him, his son William and his friends for dinner. It was our first experience of a French New Year Celebration and what a feast … Continue reading →
Happy New Year to All at home in Ireland or Geneva and here in Chalon.
Posted on December 31, 2014 by agclontarf
On this Gap Year we have learned to go with the flow. Because of our car problems we will now be celebrating New Year with Rodger Collins and his friends on his barge Silhouette in Chalon, not as planned in … Continue reading →
Posted in comments on life, Comments on Social Economic Lifestyle in France, Experiences on the Canals, French Food & Wine, People We have Meet on the Gap Year, People who have helped us on our way | Tagged Chalon, Chalon sur Saone, Dublin Fingal Rotary Club Members, people who have helped, saone river | 3 Comments
Hospices de Beaune and The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
Posted on December 10, 2014 by agclontarf
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 … Continue reading →
Posted in comments on life, Comments on Social Economic Lifestyle in France, Our Charity Target, svp | Tagged Christies of London, Dublin Fingal Rotary Club Members, Duke Philip the Good, Fredric Ozanam, Guigone de Salins, Hospices de Beaune, Hospital du Beaune, Jacques Wiscrère, Nicolas Rolin, Northern Renaissance civic architecture, Nuala, nuala gallagher, SVP, the hundreds year war, the work of St Vincent de Paul | Leave a comment
Chalon sur Saone- The dream took a bit of a battering this week.
Posted on November 3, 2014 by agclontarf
We have been delighted with our winter moorings in Chalon but on Friday and Saturday we got a reality check.
Reims – a city of history
Posted on October 28, 2014 by agclontarf
Recently on return trip from Ireland we stop at Reims. We always wanted to see it as many boaters had told us it was a beautiful and interesting city. They were right.
Visit to boat by Grand children and finding out about Bla Bla Car
Posted on October 24, 2014 by agclontarf
The day after we arrived back from Ireland my daughter Louise, Son in Law Jo and my grandchildren Eve and Eamon came to stay a few days. From Jo we learned about Bla Bla Car.
Munster City – Cultural Centre of Westphalia Region
Posted on July 4, 2014 by agclontarf
We arrived in Munster on Tuesday, intending on staying one night. We took a chance and went into the main town harbour instead of going to the local marina. While it was not an official mooring site, we saw one other … Continue reading →
Posted in Comments on Social Economic Lifestyle in France, On the Journey, Places visited | Tagged Anabaptists, Charity shops, Munster - City of Bikes, Munster City 1945, Munster City Germany, Peace of Westphalia, rebuilding German cities, SVP, SVP Sean Mc Dermot St, The German Miracle, Westphalia Region, WW2 bombing of cities | 2 Comments
Five days R&R in Portsmouth before returning to Dublin
Our Gap Year has been wonderful and things have fallen into place for us as we went along. One such example was staying with Neil & Bernie on the way home. It was a great transition from our year on the boat … Continue reading →