Tuesday, July 29, 2008

#223 2 Films

The Triplets of Belleville is a full length cartoon, telling the story of how a mother trains her son to ride the Tour de France. However, during the race he is kidnapped and taken to New York to be a slave cyclist in a gambling den. The mother follows him across the Atlantic and with the help of three showbiz sisters . . . . . . . . . It's quite good.

In Bruges is the story of two killers sent to Belgium to cool-off after a botched job. They hole-up in Bruges and meet a lot of bizarre people, most of whom come to a bloody end. It's v good.

Monday, July 21, 2008

#222 We're right in the Gîte

We have moved to Castelnau Montratier in the Lot and are staying in a tiny gite deep in the woods at the end of this little lane. It's very peaceful :-)

Friday, July 18, 2008

#221 Reunion Round-up

Although it's only a regional paper, the Ouest France prints more copies then the French national dailies, like Le Monde or L'Equipe. They devoted a page to reporting the bike race and our reunion (see #216). Titling the report "Same Place, Same Hour - 45 Years Later".

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

#220 En France

We are back in France after 10 days in England.

Bought some very nice wine; a strong red Gigondas and a cool clean white Pouilly-Fumé but were asked, not to excrete it here, but to use the public WC. d'accord!

This post is #220 (sounds familiar. . . . . . . )

Sunday, July 06, 2008

#219 Ing-Er-Lan

We left France for England having found flights with Ryanair, Nantes - Bournemouth and back for free (but 50€ taxes).

Had a drive around Poole Harbour and then crossed to Studland Beach by chain ferry.

In England there are notices telling you what to may or mayn't do, even when and where to take your clothes off. Fortunately, due to the inclement weather, we avoided having to gaze at unclothed people - can you imagine the shrinkage? . . . . . . . brrrr.

Later, sampled the local speciality, Dorset Cream Tea (tea, scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream).

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

#218 Guérande

We are in Guérande in France for a week, today it is raining and 19c
Back home in Denia it is 40c !

Guérande is an ancient walled town, enclosed by its ramparts, covered in cobbles, free underground parking and is très pittoresque