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... a couple of weeks.
Our first introduction to Saintes was an English telephone box on a roundabout.. don't ask me why.
Our second was these strange constructions on the riverside- there seemed to be little point to them except they provided a green plastic grass path for kids to run on.
This is a beautiful once Roman town, with many Roman remains, on the banks of the ...
... always enjoyed going in and would invariably come out of the shop with a toy using their pocket money. We bought Alice a lovely wooden toy from the same shop. We are sure she will have great fun with it when she is a little older.Before we left we went into Rochefort to have a pizza with David H, as Jeanette had returned to Scotland, we went to Bob and Freddies for an Oyster and Fish meal to celebrate my birthday and David H on the last eve came to ...
... lighthouse of the Whales) and from the Ile de Ré. This led to several accidents so in 1926 it was decided to paint 3 horizontal black stripes around the lighthouse, which gave it the appearance which we still know today, it's open to visitors every day.On the way to the lighthouse we can see the Les écluses à poissons, these are manmade structures which were constructed many centuries ago to help fishermen harvest fish from the sea. They are now in ...
... days - once it has stopped raining - to cut back and trim etc, to gain access easily. Even the Mercedes started first time having sat around for many days unloved.
To those who may be interested; the trips statistics were:
Away for 63 days
156 hours and 21 minutes spent driving and navigating!!
Average speed was 65 KmH
Average fuel consumption was 9.7 Km per litre
We crossed on 9 ferries
... but we joined on and learnt about how they double distill the wine and put it into a cask and then into a big vat, back in a cask and into a big vat and so on. It takes five years just to make the cask's the Cognac is stored in and that has to happen before they make the cognac! Everything is a long process but has been going on for three centuries. I asked what happened to all the precious expensive cognac during WW11 and they built ...