Category Archives: Europe

The last hoorah

Isabelle loves Toulouse. We didn’t. Maybe it was the tired red brick, maybe it was the homeless people in their tents alongside the canal, maybe it was Helen having a “must eat, NOW” day, or maybe its joys were simply … Continue reading

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A jaunt to the Mediterranean by car

With continuing grey damp weather forecast for the Dordogne, a boot-load of wet camping gear and a child on crutches, we drove rapidly South and East until we could feel sunshine warming our bones. At a rest area east of … Continue reading

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On y va

Grace was keen to experience cycling on the quad tandem, sharing a tent with best-buddy Rosie and experiencing life on-the-move. Leaving Bordeaux the weather started fine-ish and we were left a little uninspired by mansions located beside the muddy-banked tidal … Continue reading

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Le Thouet a velo continues

We’re under a bit of pressure to be in Bordeaux to meet Rosie’s friend Grace in 12 days. This changes things. Obliged to press on when we feel like resting, we have limited time for homeschool and our budget and … Continue reading

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Le Thouet a velo

Day 1 – Saumur to Thouars Whoever designed the EV6 cycle route from Montsoreau to Saumur was overly proud of the regional troglodyte heritage, with twists and turns everywhere to explore subterranean dwellings. Interesting but frustrating cycling. Once that was … Continue reading

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Farewell to the Loire

After a brief tour of Henri and Marie-Hélène’s garden (and the season’s first handful of blackberries), they cycled with us into Chinon where we all bought fruit and veg from the farmers market. Finding good quality fruit and veg is … Continue reading

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Nightmare in La Foret Dominiale de Chinon

From Tours, we broke away from our 2010 route to explore Azay-le-Rideau and Chinon. Tom is going to blog about our day to Azay as we did something a bit special; this blog covers from there to Chinon. With only … Continue reading

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