Arrondissement de Roanne

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  • Day937

    Renaison. Happy 65th Will!

    January 19 in France ⋅ ⛅ -1 °C

    This is the first stopover of our journey south where we've felt a real change in the scenery. We are nestled by a clear brown brook that flows gently alongside the Renaison river, after which the town was named. We are in the valley floor with vine clad hills rising to one side and the infrastructure of the town to the other.

    On the drive here we saw more groups of Common Cranes and a dozen or so Muntjack deer grazing wild. The sun was out when we first arrived, although the soil under Martha's wheels remained frozen hard. The light warmed the sandstone bricks of the handfull of houses over the road, enhancing the colours of the painted wooden shutters; green, white and hyacinth pink. Will went to investigate fishing possibilities at the river and saw a bright flash darting along its course; a Kingfisher! We always feel so lucky to see one of these beautiful birds and over the course of 2 days Will was privilaged enough to see it a total of 5 times!

    Sunday 20th January was a special day for Will; his 65th birthday! We began with bucks fizz and croissants Vicky had fetched fresh from the boulangerie, dodging the black ice as she went. We were glad we weren't travelling today! After presents, we set out on foot along the country lanes and fieldside footpaths, roughly following the course of the river. The day was mostly cloudy and white vapour clung in drifts to the sides of nearby hills. In the far distance we could see the foothills of the French Alps, similarly shrouded in cloud, but with large pockets of snow visible in the dells. A round route took us back through Renaison, the streets quiet now all the shops had closed for Sunday afternoon. As Will has reached retirement age he will start picking up a small income from his work with the council, but because changes in the state pension age have begun to take effect, he won't get this until May. All the same, we'll have more financial freedom in 2019 than previous years, which can only be a good thing.

    Back home, we fortified ourselves with millefeuille birthday cake and a cuppa before breaking into the champagne while Will cooked a delicious chateaubriand. For him, cooking is enjoyable while watching Vicky cook is very stressful so we've long since come to an agreement. The rest of the day was spent relaxing, listening to Leonard Cohen and receiving birthday messages, videos and calls from family and friends. Thanks so much for these- we were definitely feeling the love!
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  • Day18

    Von Boulieu-les-Annonay n. Roanne

    June 10 in France ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Unser heutiger Plan: Ca. 120km Fahrt nach Roanne. Der Ort liegt an der Loire nordwestlich von Annonay. Der Regen verfolgt uns aber vom Stellplatz aus mit wenigen Unterbrechungen, dazu gibt es auch nur 13°C und tiefhängende Wolken. Es ist wie es ist! Die Route führt uns über die D820 und D1082 bis Bourg Argental. Ab da windet sich die Strasse zum Col de la Republique, in Serpentinen geht es hinauf auf 1161m und dann wieder hinab ins Tal bei St. Etienne. An der Abfahrtstrecke sind sogar extra Notbremszonen für große Lkw angelegt. Die Strasse selbst ist breit genug und lässt sich auch mit Wohnmobilen gut befahren. Um St. Etienne führt uns das Navi verläßlich auf D201 und Autobahn A72 herum, 1000m vor der Mautstelle geht es wieder auf die D1082 zurück. Wir durchfahren die Orte Montrand, Feurs und Balbigny, um auf schnurgerader Strecke über N82 und N7 Roanne zu erreichen. Der Stellplatz liegt direkt am Hafen, zwei Plätze sind gerade frei geworden, wir haben den direkten Blick auf Boote und Wasser. Inkl. Kurtaxe zahlt man hier beim Hafenmeister pro Nacht 7,50€, ein großzügig bemessener Platz auf Schotteruntergrund mit viel Grün herum. Wirklich sehr schön! Als gegen 14.30Uhr der Regen eine Pause einlegt, wagen wir den Fussweg in die Innenstadt. Etwa 10min später sind wir mitten in der Fußgängerzone (Geschäfte haben aber fast alle geschlossen - Pfingstmontag), pilgern zu Kirchen, Denkmälern und Parkanlagen. Schließlich landen wir in einer elsässischen Taverne, liebevoll gestaltet, zu Kaffee und Tee. Ein hübscher kleiner Ort, aber teilweise ist doch der Zahn der Zeit zu erkennen in Form von desolaten Fassaden.Read more

  • Day3

    Pouilly-sous-Charlieu an der Loire

    July 10 in France ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Um der Atlantikküste Stück für Stück näher zu kommen haben wir heute einen Zwischenstopp auf einem kleinen Campingplatz an der Loire gemacht.
    Es scheint, als wären hier die ein oder andere Hippiegruppe unterwegs.
    Ein Typ in unserem Alter ist lediglich mit einem Einmannzelt, einer Luftmatratze und einem Gehstock ausgerüstet.
    Eine andere Gruppe (siehe Bild) ist mit Hühnern und Waschmaschine plus Trockner angereist.
    Mal abwarten, was sonst noch so aufläuft...
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  • Day30

    Paray le Monial to St Maurice

    June 27, 2017 in France ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    We navigated on quiet country roads the first 10km to St Yan. From there a brand new rail trail runs for 25km of the way towards Roanne - it was shady and relaxing. The last 25km, Pat had us on very quiet country roads. We arrived in Roanne by about 12.30, expecting to use our early check-in offer, but the accommodation renigged, so we waited for standard check-in at 2pm, only to find they could offer no refrigeration for my medicine (1st time for everything, I guess). A bit disgusted by this time and having had a look at the pretty ordinary city, we decided to push on.
    The positive was we pushed on to Saint Jean and Saint Maurice Sur Loire. What a heavenly spot! Perched atop a little mountain, these two mediaeval villages are authentic and the views are divine. Overlooking Lac de Villarest and surrounded by hills, these villages are reminiscent of Tuscan hilltop towns or Motovun,in Istria. The churches are the romanesque style, dating back to 11th & 12th century and lots of the buildings look like they have stood for many centuries- solid rock. Bell-ringing is a particular feature of the churches in this area! Our room, at L'Echauguette, is beautiful, decorated with antiques,spacious and a welcome haven from the storm that is raging outside. We just made it back to St Maurice, from our Saint Jean pizzeria, ahead of a big storm front - thunder and lightning are rattling the windows as I write.
    Today 79km, 470m climbing. Total 910km
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