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post #1 of 106 (permalink) Old 17-09-2021, 20:26 Thread Starter
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Post-covid trip to France

... Yes, I know covid hasn't finished with us yet... But it's the 1st time I've felt safe enough to venture this far.

I left Belfast c.11am Thu, had a great run down to Dublin and left port at 4pm for Cherbourg. They looked only at my passport before boarding, didn't ask for booking ref. Didn't have to surrender vehicle keys, went straight to cabin. Captain recommended mask-wearing and social distancing but said, in French waters, that was mandatory (tho plenty in the comfy recliner lounge thsi morning were paying no heed to that - elsewhere, and throughout the journey, compliance was good.)

Getting off - passport was checked, and stamped (oh, the feeling of horror!) and vaccine certification was asked for. I showed the page on the French AntiCovid app and he gave it a cursory glance. No request for the Sworn statement and no enquiries as to what might be in the fridge (I'd declined to ask for an EHU this time as they might have wondered why I needed it! However, the cent that sits on top of ice in an upturned bottle top had not sunk below the surface when I checked later on so I assume everything in there is still good to eat!)

I'd an easy ride down to raynipper's, in the sunshine! He was just back from a gruelling morning under the scanner so I took myself off to St Lô d'Ourville round the back lanes. Online had promised an ATM at the café-bar but they lied! I went to the pâtisserie and discovered I had only a £10 note (and N.Irish at that!) She said Oh take it, and pay me tomorrow! How lovely! I then went to the bar to see if I could blag a coffee there with the same deal. Nix. So walked to Portbail - where the Credit Agricole wanted €5 to give me my own money!! With both Starling debit and Halifax credit cards. No way!

I walked nearly 19,000 steps!! Had a great yarn with Ray n Prue over a cuppa n a glass of wine - what a lovely way to start the trip!

Pic 4 is Ray's parking area beside the house n the view is great this year cos there's no maize being grown in the field.
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Enjoy your trip, I am sure that you will, where are you venturing to in your travels ?
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Excellent that you’re on your way, just a tiny BIG bit jealous.

Safe travels Jean.

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Enjoy your trip, I am sure that you will, where are you venturing to in your travels ?
Hahaha! I'm meeting up briefly with Sally n Don (erstwhile MyGalSal from MHF) in Vierzon in a few days, then on to another visit to Guédelon - 3yrs since I last saw the medieval castle in construction, using only medieval methods, so looking forward to seeing the progress.

After that, who knows! I do have a book with me - 24+1 villages of Périgord...
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Not heard of that Project, a couple of videos as we can't all go.



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It's a fabulous experience! My Dad would have loved it. I suspect all you guys would too.
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I watched some of that and was fascinated, but have not visited (shame on me I hear you all cry), it’s about a 7h drive from us, so must try at some stage while we are wandering…….

Perigord has some superb villages well worth visiting, impossible to choose a favourite IMO.

Just wondering if there is any chance of us meeting up, how long will you be around for ?
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If you do go to Guédelon Dave you might consider a guided tour. First time I went I just wandered around for the day, talking to various artisans n volunteers. 2nd time I added a guided tour (in English) and learned a whole lot more. It was, of course, a tour of just some of the sites within the Château area. I'm hoping a 2nd tour will have an alternative selection.

I can't remember exactly where you are Dave except you're South of Bordeaux! but I think if I head for the Périgord then I'm going in the right direction? So I hope that would be possible - it would be great to see you n Lesley again (and the dog, of course!) I really enjoyed catching up with Ray n Prue - it's people as well as places make a trip.

Eml me your details again, if you would.
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Will do !
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I came down to Falaise (birthplace of William the Conqueror) - parked under the ramparts. I was glad to take advantage of the European Heritage weekend and get in for free. There wasn't a great deal to see in the keep but there was a talk which I missed - haven't got my 'ear in' sufficiently yet.

It's a nice wee town. And I managed to get money from the ATM with no fee from the service bank (Société Générale).

Had the customary conversation while getting milk - Are you English? (must be my execrable French accent!) No, I'm Scottish but I live in Northern Ireland. Ahh, Ireland! No, Northern Ireland, it's a different country....
I didn't used to be surprised before Brexit but I am now, after all the hoo-ha. But nobody seems to know about it except us!!

I enjoyed a cidre, tho not in a cup - I wonder at what latitude that custom changes?
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