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  • Day78

    St Nazaire

    July 2, 2017 in France

    Hello, we left Pornichet on Saturday it was still windy but had eased overnight so seas a little less disturbed. We headed along the coast, and managed to stay fairly close in as we moved towards St Nazaire. Per the Almanac we had to enter the east lock, i radioed ahead and they confirmed next opening would be 12:10. So we tied to a random wall had a cuppa and waited. While waiting we realised that we were moored at the seaward end of the submarine pen foe the Espadon, the sub that visitors long around and that has a viewing gallery above it which explained the random voices we could hear.
    Well they let us into the Bassin de St Nazaire and we tried to figure out where to go, there were a few fishing boats on one side, a couple of yachts in a corner and the Loire princess on one edge, that's the paddle boat that does Loire river cruises, looked very plush. In the end we decided to moor along side the pontoon directly in front of the old submarine pens where it said don't moor without permission of the mayor, this was secure as doors to pontoon locked and we would have to use dingy whereas everywhere else was along side Bassin edge and anyone could walk aboard. The 2books we have gave different opinions on where we should go and neither option looked viable, but we did do as recommended and headed for Capitainnerie to tell them where we were, pay our dues and leave phone number in case boat needed to be moved. However Capitainnairie weren't interested we had to talk to intercom they didn't let us into building we tried to explain we wanted to stay for 2 nights and where we were they decided it was gratuit (free).
    Has been a nice quiet couple of nights OK so no power or elec but peaceful even though only 5mins to beach and 2mins to supermarket and Randun Bleu (or similar)shopping precinct and town centre.
    On Saturday we wondered around town but today we went to junk market,really was rubbish, then around harbour before short 5km jog then after lunch a walk on the Promenade towards St Marc where we ended up on Friday on our walk from Pornichet. Tomorrow we plan to head to Pornic for a couple of nights before anchoring off the islands of Noirmotier or isle d'yeu. Photos on other device so to follow
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  • Day9

    Cracking 70km day to Guenroute

    August 8, 2016 in France

    Early morning ride along the beautiful L'ouest canal. Loys of herons and general birdlife, nearly crashed into the canal just once. Got to the campaite and devoured a whole baguette and 5/8 of a camembert. C'est bon!

    Oh and Rosie had her first experience with a selfie stick...

  • Day75

    Pornichet

    June 29, 2017 in France

    So Wednesday morning we wandered to the market for lettuce mostly, I hadn't realised how exciting our lives had become, then back to do cleaning. Boat really was due an internal clean and after 5hours it looked much better but boy were we bored I think the polish fumes were making me lightheaded.
    Today we woke up to rain, well I woke over night and closed windows etc. but it was day for major bike ride back to Le Criosic, so we made our packed lunch and then packed the picnic blanket and lunch bag in the bike basket ready for the off. We were feeling very French at this point.
    Off we rode, into a head wind as is almost always the case when riding, along the bay out of Pornichet into La Baule, out of La Baule and into Paliguen, then carrying on along the coast to Batz Sur Mer then Croisic. It was blowing a lot hopefully you will be able to see in the photos how rough it actually is, not like when we sailed along on our way to Pornichet then it was beautifully flat. At Paliguen we asked about availability but full till Tuesday it looked nice a small harbour with cafes and shops on one side, flats the other.
    We didn't go into the Blockhaus which is smaller close up than it looked from offshore. Le Criosic was bigger and prettier than we had expected. We had considered it for the boat but as it dried decided not to try it. The last 3photos are of Le Croisic the final one is looking across narrow entrance to the salt marshes to Pen Bron, still not sure if Pen Bron is a town, prison hospital. Looks weird from both shores but apparently there are ferries across though we didn't see any, or anyone on the other side at all. I took a short 360 video from the lookout at Le Croisic that I will put on Facebook as can't do vids here.
    Forecast for us for next few days isn't great, same as today with westerly winds reaching 33km/hr so we are thinking of heading up river Loire.
    All the best everyone
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  • Day80

    Pornic

    July 4, 2017 in France

    We arrived in Pornic yesterday lunchtime and headed towards A6west the berth that we had been allocated when I we called earlier. Thank goodness a kind French lady helped us, there wasn't much wind so we thought we could reverse in, but wind caught the bow and we started to spin. Usually not too big a problem but boats on this Ponton are expensive see photos. But after a bit of pulling and pushing and putting finger pontoon under strain we were in. After lunch we checked in and then wandered into town beautiful though perhaps a little busier that I we are used to but it is now the French holidays. Today we prepared a packed lunch and took kayaks along the coast the way we had come as saw some cute little bays yesterday and a serene looking cafe. White brollies blue deckchairs tiled roof. Nice easy paddle quick dip for me and then ice-cream on the return. This eve we went to night market and I bought a torteau fromage looked good will try tomorrow, it was 30degs at 19:30 hottest part of day. still hoping to do a bit of anchoring so might be few days till next post, keep warm.Read more

  • Day70

    La Turballe Festi Vent

    June 24, 2017 in France

    Cycled to La Turballe this afternoon after a busy morning shopping at the local market. They were celebrating the wind. Lots of giant kites and mini windmills, as well as synchronised kites, windsurfers, kite surfing and sailing we had a great time and finished it off by buying a little fish wind sock and eating a sorbet delicious

  • Day69

    Visiting La Guerande

    June 23, 2017 in France

    So we did a cycle today to La Guerande a small fortified town on the edge of the salt marshes, the town was like Conakry eau only a little bit larger. You are probably a bit bored of photos but here are some more. On the way back we popped into La Turballe and were able to reunite a trailer with its winch handle which pleased the owner. We went there to see if we could do an overnight as we don't want to move too far u til we have seen Dick and Sally for a bottle or 2,but don't want to stay in Piriac. There's nothing wrong with it we just want to stay on the move. So there is a produce market tomorrow and arts and crafts Sunday morning then once sill drops we will go probably to Isle Dumet if wind mild enough.Read more

  • Day68

    Piriac sur mer

    June 22, 2017 in France

    OK so while we were in Sauzon managed to catch a weather forecast that gave strong gusts of wind for Thurs to Fri so sadly we decided it was best to head for a Marina on Thurs. When we arrived back at the boat a French lady on the boat next to us offered us slices of homemade tart au chocolate,I explained about John being coeliac but I would love a piece I got 1/4of cake I think but it was delicious. Next morning we struggled out of bed about 9 shocking really and headed out it was a lot rougher at entrance than we expected but got a little better as we headed east and wind and tide going same way. Having some issues with the plotters the slave the one outside can't use GPS sometimes so doesn't know where we are real time. The main one is OK and we have emailed Guernsey to fixer for assistance.
    As post name suggests we are now at Piriac another traditional Bretagne town and will be cycling to Guerande tomorrow, so see salt marshes and it's Medieval town. We might meet Dick and Sally front home on Sat as there heading this way, and as there is a Sat morning market and music in the eve we will stay till Sunday at least. Tea's ready so best be off, but keep well.
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  • Day19

    Pornic :)

    August 14, 2016 in France

    As sad as it is to leave Guer and Brittany behind it is time to move. This time into heart of France. On our way to Liglet we had a couple of stops. First was the little port town of Pornic. The name Pornic has a naughty meaning in slovene, so yeah, we had to stop😉 It was quite lovely actually (the weather helped) so we had a stroll around and a cup of cafe there before moving onward to Nantes. ⛵

  • Day19

    Nantes

    August 14, 2016 in France

    Nantes, famous for its Ile de machine - elephant 🐘 But that's not nearly all what this city has to offer. A bunch of cafes and pattiseries in the old city centre, which reminded us of Ljubljana (but a lot bigger), a castle and cathedral..to much for one day really. Maybe we'll return one day. Who knows 😉

  • Day11

    Nantes - FR

    May 25, 2016 in France

    Bit of R&R and sight seeing in the town today. Looking back, I've covered 380km since arriving in France, all of my route thus far has been following the Brest - Nantes canal. Building started in 1811 by Napoleon I and took 50 years to complete, with 238 locks.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Département de la Loire-Atlantique, Departement de la Loire-Atlantique, Loire-Atlantique, Loira Atlántico, Loira Atlantica

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