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Europe » France » Picardy » Peronne October 8th 2017

Back in the saddle again!! After a delightful but moving day yesterday, it was back in the saddle again today for the ride from Peronne to Marquion. The day started with the transit of a couple of locks and then we offloaded the bikes and headed upstream along the Canal du Nord, pausing briefly on a bridge to take photos of Elodie as she passed beneath us. The riding today was at a very pleasant pace and the weather was kind, with light winds and scattered cloud. Temperature of around 15C. We rode through picturesque village after picturesque village. Very quiet as it was Sunday. Henry found a café open for morning tea and we stopped in a lovely picnic location in Moeuvres for lunch. We made such good time that we arrived at Marquion at ... read more
The team waiting for Elodie to pass  below
Here she comes
Lunch Break at Moeuvres

Europe » France » Picardy » Peronne October 7th 2017

What a lovely day!! My backside didn't go anywhere near a bike saddle all day today and, for that, it is eternally grateful!! After a yummy breakfast of bacon and eggs with all the usual trimmings, we packed up and headed into town. A brief tour of the Saturday morning markets cost me nothing more than 2 Euros for a scarf and 3.50E for a couple of pastries. The lady at the fruit stall gave me a delicious plum for free!! Next stop the Historical Museum de Guerre Grande (Historical Museum of the Great War). Well worth a look for an overview of the atrocity which was the First World War. What a frightful waste of 11 million young lives!! Plus, of course, the aftermath of so many men with physical and psychological ailments many of ... read more
The Weapons of War
German War Graves
Digger Mike and the Golden Madonna

Europe » France » Picardy » Peronne September 22nd 2017

A good drive up from the Loire today on a route we’ve never used before. Pretty directly North avoiding motorways and going through some nice towns and villages along the way and round the ring roads of others where the town centres looked a bit inaccessible to Tandy. Some towns looked worth a visit but those were generally the ones we had to drive round rather than through. Through the extensive forest of Fontainebleu then due north until we picked up the N104, the 3rd outer ringroad of Paris. That one was a challenge, manic but the traffic did keep moving. We did try to stop twice at services and followed the caravan signs for parking but oddly there was nowhere to park and we found ourselves back out on the road again. Quite a relief ... read more
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Europe » France » Picardy » Peronne August 5th 2015

Wednesday 5 August 2015 Hard to believe this day has come so suddenly. Today we returned our Peugeot 2008, our friend and companion for the past three months. We're not sure how Polly is feeling but we do know she'll have to a quaint herself with new owners. Perhaps that means a change of language. We have divulged ourselves of all the luxury items we needed to save a euro or two by having our own in-room early morning coffee and breakfast. A nice parcel has been left for the house keeping staff with a letter thanking them for their efforts and hoping they can make use of our portable kitchen. This Premiere Classe Hotel has been exceptional. We thanked the duty manager who informed us that this hotel is a new generation. Hope they get ... read more

Europe » France » Picardy » Peronne May 31st 2013

Suzy was on the last legs of her journey from Verdun and Peronne. It was an uneventful journey with really nothing to report. We found our campsite the Port de Plaisance quite easily although the towns around it were strangely empty. We felt as if we were in another world and that all the population had disappeared. I kept thinking "Beam me up Scotty" as everywhere were like ghost towns. As usual the reception was closed until later that afternoon. This seems the norm in some campsites. A notice was pinned up to say pick your spot and come back later to pay. Our plot was quite a small one but we chose it because it was fairly dry and we were able to park up without fear of getting stuck in the wet and mud ... read more
A nice looking restaurant in Peronne

Europe » France » Picardy » Peronne September 10th 2011

Stage 1 - As was the case with our last cycling trip, the crew are all Dutch. Fred, our guide, is a quietly spoken, laconic type of character who gives nothing away on our first morning except to say "Zair vill be some hills today." Well, he wasn't joking, but we all survived. I've decided to use the Schleck's tactics on Cadel and let Fred drag me up the hills with him! Our first major stop for the day is Versailles which comes after a steep climb through the Forest of Ste Cloud. We ride about 40 klms today and spend the night at Conflans, where the Seine and Oise rivers meet. Stage 2 - We don't ride this morning but sail to Auvers Sur Oise the town where Vincent Van Gogh chose to live the ... read more
Looking over Paris
Auver Sur Oise

Europe » France » Picardy » Peronne June 11th 2011

Today is a rest day. After six days of riding I think everyone is ready for a day out of the saddle?! Breakfast was at 8.00am as usual, but we then had about an hour to finish getting ready to leave the barge rather than the half an hour we have been getting between finishing breakfast and heading off on our bikes. We were due to be picked up for our tour of the Somme battlefields at 9.30am. We wandered up to the bridge over the canal at about 9.15am and Brian arrived in the minivan at about 9.20am. We headed first to the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. The memorial is an imposing white stone monument that was unveiled on 22 July 1938 by King George VI. It bears the names of 11,000 Australian soldiers ... read more
Villers=Bretonneux School Hall carving
Australian National Memorial at Villers=Bretonneux
Australian National Memorial at Villers=Bretonneux

Europe » France » Picardy » Peronne June 10th 2011

What a bruise I have today!! As anticipated it is HUGE - about the size of my hand - and black as! I am massaging in the magic cream that I bought from Mark the last time I had a massage. It contains arnica which is supposed to help to break up the bruising??! We'll see. We negotiated several more locks before and during breakfast this morning. Each lock takes the Elodie about 11 metres higher and there are 12 small, narrow locks to be negotiated along this section of the Canal du Nord and one 3.5 mile tunnel. After sharing several locks with another barge ahead of us, Zac briefly moored the Elodie so that we could head off on our bikes for Peronne. The weather forecast was better for today, but that ended up ... read more
Another town, another Church
Sanders Keep Cemetary
Sanders Keep Cemetary

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