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Another Sailor Saga

Post by Sailor » Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:46 pm

We've just got back from another delightful road trip.

In short:
- seven countries
- 3218 miles
- things that made me gaze in wonder
- a thing that nearly made me cry.

I'll post some stuff when I've gathered it together.

In the meantime:-

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Post by wurlycorner » Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:11 pm

How do I get your life, Sailor?

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Post by Sailor » Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:22 pm

wurlycorner wrote:How do I get your life, Sailor?
You have to be old and retired from a full-time occupation.


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Re: Another Sailor Saga

Post by Sailor » Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:14 am

Right. Now for the holiday snaps:-

We started three weeks ago in Rouen. A visit to the cathedral was almost obligatory.

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The old town was worth strolling through, too.

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The theme for this year's trip was supposed to be "Places where artists lived or worked", so our next stop was Monet's garden at Giverny.

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Here's the famous bridge:-

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And there are water lilies in this picture somewhere ...

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I don't know if the old fellow painted bamboo, but I liked it.

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Post by Sailor » Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:40 pm

On to Chartres. The cathedral dominates the landscape for miles. I think I read somewhere that the Americans did their damnedest to avoid shelling it in 1944.

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Inside is as impressive as out:

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As with Rouen, the city itself is a pleasant place to mooch about.

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Chartres was also home to Raymond Isidore, who collected broken glass and ceramics and decorated his home with it, painstakingly telling the story of his homeland in mosaic.

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It's less eccentric than you'd think, even if he couldn't stop once he got indoors:

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When he died, the locals clubbed together to see he was given a fitting grave:

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Post by wurlycorner » Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:41 am

The house does look a bit OTT but I really like his grave - that looks fab!

Fantastic visiting Monet's garden - definitely one for the bucket list.

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Post by Sailor » Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:42 pm

We continued south to the Loire.
Amboise is a pretty riverside town with a chateau and an ancient centre.

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I waited for ages for this balloon ...

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... and then got distracted by some pretty colours.

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Just outside the town is Leonardo da Vinci's manor, Clos Lucé. We didn't feel the house and exhibits gave much of a feel for the man, but at least they'd built some of his inventions.
Is this a sort of prelude to a Prelude?

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The paddle boat looked like a workable design ...

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... but the hang glider didn't.

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Post by Sailor » Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:49 am

The next day saw us in Bourges.

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From there, it was on to the Auvergne.

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This antique steerable sled was outside a small skiing museum. The proprietor said he'd never actually skied.

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Post by mynameisowen » Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:56 am

Beautiful!
What car did you go in?
'91 BA7 White B20A7 4WS 2.0-16
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Post by norks27 » Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:57 pm

Great pics and another epic road trip :D
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