Bonne Fete National..

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Biggles !

Bonne Fete National..

to those of us in France :0)

We are off shortly to try and see the Tour de France, Limoges - Issoudin, today; a bit of a schlep for us, but it may be a long time before it comes anywhere near us again. Car packed with chairs and picnic table, just got to finish packing the picnic !!

Have a great day wherever you are :0)

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Yummy

Bonne fete Nationale

Thanks Biggs, we are off to Josselin this afternoon for a "Mediaeval Day", music on the Nantes-Brst Canal and Fireworks later, large Brocante during the day. (hope the weather holds up, bit overcast this morning.
have a good day everyone,
Yummy

ps did anyone notice lots of festivites on Saturday with lots of wedding? SueG do you know what it was all about? perhaps your inlaws can enlighten us?

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Elpe

Bastille Day

Have fun today in France! Are you eating traditional dishes? I think we'll go for something simple - Croque Monsieur for lunch and Delia's Sole V&"233;ronique later. Enjoy the celebrations!

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Fifi La BonBon

Bonne Fete National

Reading your posts makes me realise again what a hopeless patriotic lot we are in UK. America has it's 4th July and Thanksgiving, you're all celebrating Bastille Day and we have damp squibs of Bank Holidays! A sandwich on the motorway doesn't have the same allure.

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Dolores

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I hope you enjoyed yesterday!! x

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Yummy

It Rained !!

Just for a while, whilst we walked round the Brocante, (not toilets by the way Treehugger !!)

The main attractions were much later on in the evening and we didn't stop, was a little disappointed as we thought there would have been much more of a show. It is a lovely place to go anyway (Josselin) so we had a nice time. Friends came back to share our dinner so the evening ended very nicely.

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Biggles !

We got sprayed .......

with water :0)

Arrived at what we hoped might be our viewing point a good hour early and were forced to turn left by the gendarme, road to the right was already closed. Drove a couple of kilometres to a hill top and decided to stop. Parked up, picnic table and chairs out of the boot, had a little snack and fruit juice to revive us from the journey.

Soon after this the gendarmes were driving along making sure the route was clear, more vehicles sporadically drove through and then the initial spectacle was annouced to be arriving in 3 minutes :0) I have never seen such a huge, spaced out cavalcade, must have been passing for an hour. Sponsor vehicles in all shapes and sizes, goodies being thrown out to the left and the right, not too generously as we were a smallish group of about 20, spaced out over a 100 yards, hats, key rings, pens, more hats, Vittel, a sponsor who had huge water sprays, to spray teh crowds. I didn't get too wet but if the day had been hotter it would have been wonderful :0) newspapers, washing liqids, more hats, biscuits and sweets, and so on.

After all that excitement we sat and had our very French style picnic at the roadside, including some wine. More vehicles were progressing and we raised our glasses or waved and were waved back at, or tooted, all very un English. The gendarmes were particulary friendly, I'm very happy to say. At last just after 14:00 right on time, the gendarmes were in view with the flashing blue lights announcing the imminent arrival of the lead group, 4 riders yesterday. Support vehicles following closely. A few very short minutes later the pelaton arrived. Amazing, a jumble of riders and support vehicles, then all the riders had passed and I lost count of the number of cars and motor bikes. Finally, a last vehicle stating the race had passed by. We began to sort ourseles out and repack the car and..... a young cyclist (perhaps 14 ish) wobbled up the hill. Now, had he followed the race from Limoges, or just the last village ? we will never know.

Arrived home 8 hours after leaving home, having had a fantastic, but exhausting day. We all said we felt as though we had been riding in the race ourselves :0)

Yes, if the Tour de France or Tour de Limousin are anywhere near us again, we will def. be going :0)

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Liz from Cumbria

Bet you slept well last night Biggs!

Sounds like a wonderful day. Were moggies still speaking to you when you got home?

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Biggles !

Exhausted !!

"Sounds like a wonderful day. Were moggies still speaking to you when you got home? "

Just about, Liz. They have had all day today and again tomorrow to come and go as they please and t'is amazing how well a treat of pork, chicken or turkey from the fridge goes down :0) Bribery and corruption all the way. First time we have left them for so long; such a shame we just can't have a cat flap. Perhaps when the kitten is at full size and weight we might be able to reconsider. She is beginning to hold her own against the 'monster' from next door and Senior moggy is now running to evict said monster from the kitchen on those occasions he has the temerity to try and eat their food, when he is awake and notices, that is :0)

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Lorraine

Chicken Veronique

Elpe, we have guests for lunch on Sunday and I was going to try Chicken Veronique, has anyone tried it before?

 
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