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Le Havre

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Tuesday 21 May 2019 The cycle into Le Havre took just over an hour and was fairly pleasant, although cycle routes were a bit sporadic. You will be unsurprised, loyal reader, to hear that, as a strategic port occupied by Germany, Le Havre had the holy crap bombed out of it. I don’t think you’ll […]

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St. Romain De Colbosc; a bit of touring heaven.

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Monday 20 May I’d spotted an aire, what the French call a motorhome stop, outside Le Havre that sounded a bit too good to be true. Prepared for disappointment, I headed for it anyway, but it fulfilled its promise. Le Havre is an hour cycle away, and has two aires, but this sounded far nicer. […]

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Centre D’Art Contemporain, Saint-Pierre-de-Varengeville

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Sunday 19 May 2019 Though Rouen offered much more to see; Joan of Arc experiences, Panorama XXL, a three storey projection of, currently, the Amazon forest, and more churches and museums than vous pouvez secouer un bâton à; I had picked up a leaflet for the Centre D’Art Contemporain, Saint-Pierre-de-Varengeville and decided to give it […]

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Raining in Rouen

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Saturday 18 May 2019 The rain that seemed inevitable over the last couple of humid days is rattling on the roof, but I was already on my way back to the van having enjoyed much of what Rouen has to offer. I was intending to get my bike and follow the riverside paths; maybe tomorrow. […]

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Val Ygot on the road to Rouen.

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Friday 17 May 2019 Rouen was my destination today but I had a couple of stops to make so had an early start, not helped by having to jump start the van for the third time. Despite the charging lights on the solar panel running like a wedding disco, I’d watched the power drop over […]

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Berneval-le-Grand, known and unknown.

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Thursday 16 May 2019 Berneval-le-Grand was the most easterly attack point of the failed Operation Jubilee in 1942. As mentioned in yesterday’s post, there are information boards and memorials across this small town. On my walk today, I found a few more. I almost feel I should apologise for posting so many war stories, but […]

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Discovering Dieppe.

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Wednesday 15 May 2019 There are two cheap motorhome stopovers in the centre of Dieppe, but I decided to pitch up in the village of Berneval-Le-Grand as it was only a 30 minute cycle into the city. It turned out to be a good call. The village is quiet and attractive. It looks like a […]

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So glad I found Eu!

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Tuesday 14 May 2019 The plan today was to visit the cliff tops either side of Le Tréport, or more accurately, Le Tréport à gauche, Met-les-Bains à droit. The funicular gives a two minute ride to the cliffs above Le Tréport. You can walk up, but why take the fun out of funicular? And it’s […]

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Le Tréport – as seen on TV!

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Monday 13 May 2019 As a fan of Euro-noir, I picked up on Witnesses on Channel 4 a few years ago. It’s now available on Netflix and worth watching if you like that kind of thing. Anyhoo, for me, reason enough to visit Le Tréport where it is set. After some domestics, I moofed (verb: […]

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J’aime Amiens, part le deux.

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Sunday 12 May 2019 This morning I followed the Somme north out of the city to the Madeleine Cemetery. I like a traditional cemetery with grand overgrown and forgotten memorials, a testament to futile ambition. They’re a reminder we are our lives as lived, and no amount of carved stone and iron will stop us […]