Photographs-France

There are three galleries on this page from different areas we have visited. Scroll to each of them.

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Here is a selection of photographs of France taken on our visit to the Normandy beaches on 6th June 2011 when much was happening with Veterans visiting, vehicles and so on.

On another visit to France we spent some time on The Brest – Nantes canal in the area between Josslin and Blain, and these are from there, en route to Gennes on the Loire.

Josselin Chateau
Approaching Josselin along the canal
Josselin
Street repairs in Josselin
Josselin
The English bookshop
Josselin
Rear of the Chateau
Josselin
The water clock in the park where we had a picnic
Josselin
On the Brest-Nantes canal
Josselin
Scene on the Brest-Nantes canal at Josselin
Blain
Unusual boat!
Blain
General view from the footbridge over the Brest-Nantes canal
Blain
Canalside garden and footpath to the caravan site
Blain
Sign to camping within the Chateau grounds
Blain
A view of the Chateau de la Groulais
Blain
Walking past the Chateau to the town
Brest-Nantes canal
Beautiful tarmac cycling on the canal south of Blain
Brest-Nantes canal
cycling on the Brest-Nantes Canal
Brest-Nantes canal
Unusual church spire
Brest-Nantes canal
Unknown chateau close to the canal
Brest-Nantes canal
Watch tower overlooking e canal
Josselin
The main street on our second visit
Josselin
Nice riverside view

We visited Gennes for the International Tandem Rally, the official campsite was under 3 metres of water. The weather was not great but we have a few pictures of the visit.

Gennes
Just leaving the temporary campsite showing the flooded river Loire
Saumur
The Chateau
Saumur
Memorial at the Cavalry School
Saumur
The Cavalry School
Saumur
Treves on the river Loire
Saumur
Treves on the river Loire
Saumur
Nice cafe
Saumur
The other side of the chateau
Saumur
View over the river from the Chateau
Saumur
Really nice vintage van
Gennes
Vine fields
River Loire
Cycling beside the river.
River Loire
Crossing the Loire to les Rosiers
River Loire
The bakery in les Rosiers where bought our picnic
River Loire
Picnic site is under water
River Loire
Found an alternate picnic place

France information

INTRODUCTION

The first wo visits to France, both attracted by the Semaine Federale, an annual cyclists gathering with a selection of tours each day, during the first week in August.
(1) First to the north east to the Ardennes area. Photos to follow
(2) Second to the north west, to Brittany. Photes to follow
We have some photographs in Gallery4-France of later visits to France, which are above

GETTING THERE

Being quite a long way from the English channel the choice was limited. Fly from Manchester or take the car. Deciding on the car, we also decided to take the caravan as we would be staying in one area.
(1) We drove to Dover, ferry to Calais, then on to Charleville Mezieres.
(2) Drove to Poole, ferry to Cherbourg, and on to Rennes.

THE WEATHER

Being in the north, tends to be similar to the UK although we found it very warm in the Ardennes area. There was rain on one day. Brittany was similar to the UK, and dry for our visit, until the last day when it was very stormy.

MAPS

We were supplied with maps by the organisers as part of our registration for the weeks events, on which the routes were clearly marked.

FOOD AND LODGINGS

At Charleville, we caravaned at the municipal site in city, beside the river and only a few minutes walk from the city centre. The site fees were less than on UK sites. Most days we dined out, as we tend to sample local fare.
At Rennes again on the municipal site, again less than UK, some days we dined out.

OTHER

The Ardennes were the more scenic but Brittany has its moments as well. The biggest attraction for us was that it was organised events, with thousands of cyclists of every type, and a really fantastic atmosphere. However cycling in France is much more pleasant as the French people have a different outlook towards cyclists anyway.