Friday, 31 July 2015

WHEN YOU'RE HAVING FUN.....

The problem with travelling with friends is that time flies and and the time usually spent in updating the Blog becomes the time when  a bottle of wine and a game of cards seem much more interesting. I admit to having let things go which is a shame as the main purpose of this journal is to record our travels for our pleasure when banged up in the Care Home with dementia and desperately trying to remember where it all went....and to settle the arguments about whether we went to Cavalier sur Mer in 2005 and 2006 or missed 2006 and went in 2007.
So for our benefit I shall briefly recall what happened after we met up with D&M and where we went.
6-8June at Chantpie.....lots of cycling and a very nice lunch at Saumur
9 June Bouchemaine again and this time the weather being much nicer we cycled to Angers along the Loire on an excellent track had a lovely day
10 June Chemille..a municipal site on the way to Cholet with a very pleasant lakeside walk
11-12 June Puy de Fou, the best kept secret of France. Forget Disneyland, this is fun for grown ups. You'll have to Google it since I've been there and its probably better than the website says. At the top of the car park there is a park 400 motorhomes with electric hook ups (6E overnight plus 2E for 12 hrs electric. Electronic barrier broken whilst we were there so it was free) Must have been 300 vans parked over the days we were there and as far as we could see we were the only brits. Even a stall for bread & croissants in the mornings.
13-14 June St.Michel Chef Chef.....a pleasant area on the brittany coast and this site was across the road from the beach but it was scrubby with extremely difficult access to pitches and although it was popular we didn't linger......M had puncture on bike ride necessitating men returning to get van for recovery
15-17 June Sarzeau another lovely area with good cycling and good seafood restaurants
18-21 June Trinite sur Mer among the Menhirs of France's Stonehenge and coincidently ran into Roger, Brian & Diane from Conil who had just been to Puy de Fou as well .Excellent Sunday lunch courtesy of my sons for Father's Day on the harbour side (the collective accumulated account is enormous)
22 June Heading for home, stopped at a very nice Castels site near Rouen with yet another fine restaurant, very 'old style' french. This was the 3rd castels site this trip and none disappointed
23 June Calais
24 June Cambridge
25-28 June Wetherby Race Course to meet up with Malc/Chris/Ken/Jackie for the MidWest Yorks Centre 30th birthday Rally.....the amount of alcohol consumed was most impressive and a very jolly time had by all. K&J had a brand new Autotrail only picked up the day before to play with.
29-30 June Beverley to have Sargent Electrical reboot and update the Van power control unit which was giving some strange readings and tlc required and then to Conkers to visit Gaslow and swap the 6kg bottle for an 11kg, as this van can accommodate 2 large ones and it makes sense to carry the most...had to go direct to Gaslow as no dealer would do a straight swap + cash difference - they all wanted to sell an 11kg and I would have to sell the 6kg privately for whatever I could get. The cash difference was £55, a new 11kg was £180 so I would had to have sold the 6kg for the list price of £125 which I would think would be hard for a secondhand bottle so I got a good deal from Gaslow and they even fitted it and pressure tested the system.
1 July Home and unhappy events to follow unfortunately.
We are now waiting for the Viking cruise St.Petersberg to Moscow and hopefully may get to post our travels.

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