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Amanda's Travel log

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Hi, it's all about the adventure... ((*_*))

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Aug 25, 2011 06:00 PM Are you having a laugh

Are you having a laugh I arrived abound 8am, and rolled of the ferry feeling so confident, wide eyes and raring to go. But as soon as I got of the ferry the heavens opened and it just continued raining all day.

Everyone's comments were right - it truly is a bugger getting out of Le Havre. I ended up taking the industrial route, which I just admit I had to double and triple check as I just didn't want to cycle along a road that had so many juggernauts passing me; the drag and spray was awful - when that section was over it was so very welcomed. I then moved into the next phase and it go so much better.

I ended up on a D road (D roads are equivalent to the B road in the UK) and the amount of traffic reduced significantly, it also stopped raining for a little while which was nice.

I didn't pass too many village but I came to one on the banks of La Seine and had lunch. Also stopped in a bakery to get some cakes for the journey. It really is amazing how much you can eat when cycling those distances.

I think I was cycling too slowly, kind of taking time to take pictures which mean that whilst I was meant to cycle 70 miles in a day, the evening was approaching and I was still twenty miles out.

I think things got from bad to worse when the night came, and I was on a cold, dark country road, with fields on both sides unable to see two feet in front of me. I had to ask what next Lord!

Aug 24, 2011 06:00 PM Cycling London to Paris

Cycling London to Paris After trying and failing, the aim this bank holiday weekend is to cycle from Le Havre to Paris. It is quite a daunting journey as it should take about two days. The the wonderful farm country of France.

The first time when I attempted this feat I didn't do any real prepartation, just expected to see the route to Paris and just cycle it.

But this time I had to take all things into consideration, like getting a map, planning a route, booking a b&b along the way, hotel accommodation, train tickets, ferry tickets, what clothes to wear and take, what food to eat along the way, etc.

I chose this weekend as it was a bank holiday in the UK so I would only have to take one day annual leave. Why Le Havre, well it just wasn't going to beat me.

But the route isn't meant to be one of the most scenic routes and it is said that it is a bugger to get out of the city.

My journey started after work, with a short cycle to Waterloo station. It was amazing as the station was heaving with people. This was definitely not what I expected, so much so that I had to stand on the train most of the way. But I had to leave after 6.30pm to ensure that my bike was allowed on.

From Portsmouth the over night ferry takes about 8 hours, which is quite long but, really, you don't need to turn up in the city before 8pm and have nothing to do. But it also booking early is essential, as the cabin sell out quite quickly.

But it really is a exciting prospect!

Aug 11, 2011 06:00 PM Anniversaries

Anniversaries I just realised that today is the seventh year anniversary of my affiliation with Globosapiens. It is hard to believe that I have been contributing for so many years and the amount of journeys that I have taken in that time.

I found this site in 2004 after I had completed my 2nd major holiday to South America and haven't really looked back since.

This is a bit of a dry travelling year for me, so far I have only been to the caribbean a couple off times, but here's hoping that next year will bring many more new adventures.

Jul 06, 2011 06:00 PM Corporate challenge

Corporate challenge Absolutely nothing to do with travel, but I recently completed a 5k run and was exhilarated by the experience. I’ve never been a runner but it felt good training and then finally achieving my goal.

Dec 31, 2010 09:00 PM Happy New Year

Happy New Year What a wonderful beginning! - 1/1/11.

Happy new year to you and yours; let's hope 2011 is full of wonderful vacation opporutnities. I have no plans for the year, but as always I up for anything.

Sep 26, 2010 06:00 PM Back to the Uk

Back to the Uk OMG what a wonderful few day. Cyprus is really brilliant; the weather is perfect, the restaurants are fab, and the people are great. I could definitely go back one of these days; if only just to explore Paphos.

Sep 25, 2010 06:00 PM Another day at the beach

Another day at the beach Larnaca's beach is also very popular; but less so than Aya Napa. I went early morning when this were still clear and it was lovely. The water felt perfect.

Sep 24, 2010 06:00 PM It's beach time

It's beach time Finally I get a chance to hit the beach and where better then down to Aya Napa. Yet another bus ride away. The towns along the way are really worth a visit. I saw some of the best churches ever, really rustic and old, but fantastic buildings.

It turned out the beach I chose had too many umbrellas, too many towels, and definitely too many people. So I decided to head off shore for a little solo fun. A nice boat ride and then some parasailing.

Sep 23, 2010 06:00 PM Heading to Turkey

Heading to Turkey I misssed the bus for Nicosia and I hadn' realised that Lefkosia was the same place. So had breakfast on the beach as I waited for the next bus at 11am.

After wondering around for a while, I head for the border crossing, and headed into the other side of the city to the Turkey side of the island. The divide is signicant, even just cross the border. On the Greek side, the houses have been maintained, but on the Turkish side, you can still see the scars of the conflict.

The bus broke down on the way back, so I was stuck outside the city for twenty minutes.

Sep 22, 2010 06:00 PM Day trippers....

Day trippers.... I wanted to take a three day cruise to holy land, however owing to the end of season I misssed the final sailing. So instead I decided to do a day trip.

This trip was totally regmented, from the time they picked me up from my hotel until the time I got back I had little say of what was happening. In the airport I had to pass through so many different security checks, asking me more or less the same questions. But I though it was funny that the chartered airline was Arkia. So I'm sure I can now I was aboard the Ark in Israel. It is semantic that it wasn't Noah's Ark.

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