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Sewell's In France 2018

#1 Post by raesewell » Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:58 am

It seems to have been a long wait since the EuroKClub Wrinklies trip until our Holiday in France this year.
It's now 6 days before we set off on our jolls.
We are heading south next Sunday 8th July hopefully meeting up with a friend on the way down to Ferndown, where we are staying before heading to Poole for the ferry to Jersey. I have contacted A mate who live on Jersey to see if he's available for a meet up. The Nigel Mansell collection looks interesting and we'll take a look while we are there.
After a couple of days in Jersey we are off to Vannes, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Chatellerault, Alencon and finally Le Treport before heading for the tunnel and home. As usual I'll try to remember to take pictures and post them up.
This year, because of the weather the main concern is staying cool, with temperatures in France in the high twenties and low thirties.
I have ordered the cooling jacket that fits my Rev It jacket, I'll let you know how good it is.

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#2 Post by Slowlycatchymonkey » Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:27 am

Sounds great stuff. Have a lovely time. :thumb:
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#3 Post by raesewell » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:57 pm

We set off this morning at 9am here is the bike in full touring mode
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The first 100 miles were done on the M1. I used the cruise control and stuck to the speed limit (boring).
We stopped for a coffee in a nice air conditioned Mcdonalds. We then pressed on to meet Richard (richtea) for a spot of lunch. This was the Royal Oak in Tingewick, a really nice country pub with very friendly locals. It was nice to catch up with Rich for the first time since this years Wrinklies trip.
After lunch we pressed on to Ferndown and the Premier Inn. Temperatures were up to 34 C according to the bikes computer but having the cooling vest and being well hydrated made it bearable. A few pints of lager were consumed by Melanie and myself along with some nice nosh. Then off to bed as we have a ferry to catch in the morning to St Heller. More later ;)

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#4 Post by raesewell » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:58 pm

Today we are in tourist mode and on Le Petit Tren

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#5 Post by raesewell » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:58 pm

After Le Petit Tren we took a walk to the Nigel Mansell collection
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On the way back to town I spotted a dedicated bike park, never seen this in England, not just a few spaces.
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#6 Post by Westbeef » Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:02 pm

raesewell wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:57 pm
A few pints of lager were consumed by Melanie and myself along with a nice nosh.
I didn't expect things to get this saucy, please - do tell us in great detail 8-)
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#7 Post by raesewell » Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:35 pm

SOME nice nosh, it's that mucky mind you have.

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#8 Post by Slowlycatchymonkey » Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:11 pm

Bike looks good. Love the Mansell building. Sorry to any architects who read this but most modern buildings are so dull!
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#9 Post by raesewell » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:55 pm

It was a pleasant crossing from St Helier to St Malo, sunny and calm. Much like the journey to Vannes. The bike got a secluded corner in the underground car park.
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At Melanies suggestion here is one for Tom
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And moving swiftly on, we walked into town and came across this strange offering
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#10 Post by JRH » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:02 pm

Looks like something from Mad Max.
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#11 Post by raesewell » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:49 am

Another day another town, here we are in Vannes on another warm and sunny day.
We found ourselves another petit tren
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Parking motorcycles is never a problem in France. Here are a few we came across while walking about Vannes
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#12 Post by raesewell » Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:20 pm

For those that are familiar with La Rochelle we are here
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#13 Post by raesewell » Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:45 am

Today 14th July is in France what we call Bastille Day, the French call it Fete Nationale. All over France are parades, street entertainment and later on firework displays.
There was a parade today in La Rochelle right in front of our hotel.

The French police have a good choice in bikes, not so much the attire
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We visited Le Bunker, where German Uboat crews called home during the occupation. An underground rabbit Warren of rooms and well worth a visit. No pictures, you'll have to visit it yourself.

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#14 Post by Slowlycatchymonkey » Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:04 pm

A bit dishevelled dont you think, are they the police motorcyclist division from the Police Academy film?
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#15 Post by MarkW » Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:22 pm

Love La Rochelle - the aquarium is one of our favourites! We had our best family holidays with the kids on Ile de Re, but we've not made it down there for the last couple of years. :(
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