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Sep 01, 2017 12:00 AM Next year day dreaming.

Next year day dreaming. It feels like the holiday season is over, although I have over three months left for the year.

But as I don't have anything else planned for the rest of the year my thoughts rest on 2018. I don't think I achieved any of my travel picks so I think thes will be added to next year. I would like to head back to the Caribbean still more islands to explore but then the world is my oyster.

Some of the places which intrigue me are: Burma, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Iran, Gibraltar, Slovenia. We will see....

Aug 30, 2017 12:00 AM Bye, bye France until we meet again

Bye, bye France until we meet again It really is a cool thing to do to just hop on the ferry and be back home. Don't get me wrong I love the Euro-star as its only a couple of hours capital to capital, but being on a ferry is really nice.
My journey from Dieppe to Newhaven only took approx 4 hours and the sailing was wonderful. We left Deippe around 12.30 and bought some lunch on board and sat and had a feast. After all that cycling its a much to replace the energy.

The day was very warm so it was nice to be up on deck enjoying the rays. Once I got enough sun I headed inside for a game of scrabble. Just got to love tablets. Lol

And before I know it we were docking in Newhaven. Honestly it was perfect timing doing this crossing.

Aug 29, 2017 12:00 AM The River Seine

The River Seine France at this time of year is amazing and for me especially Normandy. It's a time to get out on the bike and just enjoy a bit of nature. Spending the day on the bike is quite freeing so i chose to cycle along the Seine and it was truly wonderful. They had a great cycle path which seemed to be a disused railway line. These tend to be the best paths as there isn't usually a gradient so it's a little less taxing, although I saw many people with power assisted bikes now.

Aug 27, 2017 12:00 AM The long road home

The long road home I love lazy Sundays; when you wake up and all you need is some coffee, a full English and a newspaper.

One can only but dream. Today showered in the tiniest bathroom and had to go to the canteen for breakfast. Motel serves a purpose as it keeps the cost down, but there aren't any thrills, except wifi. I couldn't live with out that. I opted out and just had some bread and jam that I got at Carrefour and then hit the road.

The aim was to reach Dieppe late afternoon with enough time to relax and get some dinner.

Aug 26, 2017 12:00 AM River Seine

River Seine I wish the sun was shining but today was very hazy. To be fair it was perfect cycling weather.

I was unsure whether to go left or right from rive gauche or rive droite. Decided in rive droite and head towards Paris, not that I was going to cycle that far but it just looked more picturesque.

I find an iron easel at the side of the cycle path and setting the shot I could see the steeple of Rouen Cathedral. This must have been Claude Monet's view. It felt special seeing the world as he did, or at least imagining this is what he saw.

Aug 25, 2017 12:00 AM Climb every mountain

Climb every mountain More or less slept upright and feel so exhausted getting back on the bike. My navigator made the wrong turn and climbed up the hill as we left the port. I swear I wasn't ready for that, ended up pushing my bike half way up the hill and vomited at the side of the road.

Once recovered in the darkness I continued along the route and then headed back down into the heart of Dieppe. I was not amused, but from there it got better and watched the sun rise in a middle of a field while having breakfast. To my right was cornfields and to my left hay bales waiting to be gathered.

The sign for a 7% gradient presented itself and I know we were on the outskirts of Rouen. I clocked 46 kph before I decided to presss my breaks and approach this town at a sensible speed. It was so exhilarating but I knew I would have to climb this come Sunday.

Aug 25, 2017 12:00 AM Light Show at Rouen Cathedral

Light Show at Rouen Cathedral Well, we cycled all morning and arrived into Rouen around midday. Bearing in mind we started at 5am it took us a long time, but I only wanted a leisurely cycle whereby enjoying the countryside, taking pictures and enjoying to patisseries along the way.

We checked into a budget motel which have enough space to accommodate the bikes in the room and after a good nap headed back into town.

The light show started around 10pm and it was well worth waiting around. It told the story of the vikings in France and Joan of Arc and the projection on to the front of the cathedral was great. They had at least two displays with most people being their for the first. I stayed a little longer allowing most people to leave and changed my position. I was directly infront of the cathedral and felt the experience was better. I didn't stay for the entire performance, but would recommend that position to anyone who visited. A lovely experience for the family.

Aug 24, 2017 12:00 AM Night time crosssing to France.

Night time crosssing to France. Every time I do this crossing I say I should book early so that I can get a cabin. But then I start doing other things and completely forget about book and by the time I do all cabins are sold out smh.

So my crossing was from Newhaven at 11.30pm to Dieppe arriving around 5am. Usually traveling on the train outside of peak is pleasant with a bike. But today with the closure of Waterloo the train was completely packed and people was so unhappy that I had my bike aboard. I felt really bad, but better couldn't be done, the idea of cycling to the coast seemed a bit of a waste of time.

When we got into the port, departing the train at Newhaven Town, we met a couple who had started their journey at London Bridge this morning and were heading to Paris. I can't say I wasn't a little jealous as I remember they year I did that journey and it was so much fun.

As it happened this year we were only going to Rouen. Just over 65 km of enjoying the French countryside.

Jul 13, 2017 12:00 AM Margate's seaside

Margate's seaside As a child during the summer we always made a day trip to the coast. As a Londoner we had to chose beaches close to the city, no more than a couple of hours drive, like Broadstairs, Ramsgate, Clacton-on-sea, Hastings and Margate etc.
Now as an adult, I always look to go further afield and find the beaches of Europe and the Caribbean of course more acceptable. But once in a while I do a day trip with my church that allows me to go back in time for the great British holiday.
This year it was Margate. I know I went there as a child but really can't remember much about it only the funfair and when I got there I understood why.
I loved some of the old buildings and little shops which aren't available in London and having a more simpler life.
But it really did feel like I was entering a time warp however, surprisingly it was very busy with many coach day trippers doing the same thing.

Jul 10, 2017 12:00 AM Magic Monday

Magic Monday Wimbledon now starts a week later and it seems the weather has been holding out.

Today showers were forecast, but prayed so hard that it wouldn't rain. I'd spent so much on the tickets and the thought of missing play would have been just so annoying. The schedule was amazing and should have been an excellent day for tennis.

As it happened I got through the gates 11.55 with meant we had just enough time to grab some lunch and the sun was shining.

We headed for Henman Hill and had a picnic, to be fair it was just a meal deal but the drink was a kir royal - my fav. We watched Kerber v Muguruza and I thought that Kerber would win, but was only able to watch a set and a bit.

Headed to Court 1 for the beginning of the programme. There isn't a roof on the court this year, I'm told that 2018/2019 it would be available and then play can continue if it rains.

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