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  • Day497

    Hitting the wall but no running involved

    August 2, 2020 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    After visiting the market in Langry, the best so far, produce looked wonderful and clothes better than usual tat, we stopped for the obligatory coffee and people watched. Then down river we wandered to Nogent sur Marne, saw some impressive homes and even though we were only 15km out of Paris some lovely wild areas. We also saw a loaded barge coming very slowly towards us on a very narrow piece of the canalised river but we found a wider section and just waited for it to pass, so glad we weren’t the cruiser stuck behind it, it really was s...l....o....w.... We stopped on the Halte Public in Nogent and walked around town and visited a museum that had lots of those old sepia postcards of the area, showing the 1910 flood, activities taking place on the river and the main focus of each of the surrounding areas be it agriculture, industry, tourism. Unfortunately once we returned to the boat, another cruiser arrived and told us they been told they could moor where we were, I called the capitainerie and the Marina rep came to us and said we couldn’t stay, the marina, and the halte public were all closed due to Covid. I pointed out that he had told someone else to use the space but he said we must go.
    We travelled further downstream looking for possible moorings, nothing and Joinville Port were not answering the phone. We try to look around the Port for a space and as we are easing along on tick over CRUNCH CRUNCH. Obviously the sign indicating that there was a depth of 1.80 was wrong we were stuck Bugger. Reverse didn’t work, so next we tried putting out the secondary anchor so we could winch ourselves off, the anchor wouldn’t hold. OK we’re not out of ideas just yet, we detach the 40kg Rocna from the chain and tie it on with rope and carefully lower it onto the kayak to be paddled out by John and tipped overboard. He manages this without tipping the entire kayak a feat in itself. The Rocna holds so now we need to winch ourselves off using it, well the hand winches aren’t going to be any use so we rig the anchor rope between the starboard stern bollards up forward to the bow bollard and back to the electric anchor winch. Fingers crossed 🤞. John is on the throttle and I have a foot on the winch control and am pulling the anchor rope to stop it slipping, no movement, more revs, nothing then shudder and we’re moving a little more and we’re off. Now to make sure we don’t snag the rope in the prop and can release the anchor from the rock it’s embedded itself into. All change I’m on the controls John’s on the anchor and ...... it’s up.
    It took us about 2 hours but we are free, we get a standing ovation from the spectators in the Port. We tie up on the commercial boat waiting pontoon exhausted 😩 but happy 😊 and have well earned drink.
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  • Day14

    Day 13. Disneyland Paris

    July 7, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Train to Disneyland Paris. AMAZING place. Massive venue, 2 parks, sensational fun. Got there at open (10am) & wanted to stay for closing light show (11 pm) - couldn’t last! Left at 7.
    Hope u enjoy the video of their brand new show - lion king. That & Pirates of Caribbean my fav attractions.
    Their Street parade an absolute mind blower - check out the dragon from sleeping beauty video

    Wanted to visit arc de triumph at night - got half way before asking taxi to turn back - Algeria soccer supporters celebrating their win in cup of nations had converged on arc - police everywhere - too dangerous for naive me.
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  • Day58

    Paris again!

    June 21, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today after shopping for breakfast foods, we went to the metro(Bastille) to go to either The James Bond 007 exhibition or the Musee d'Orsay..We arrived at Tuilleries metro and saw a huge line of prospective visitors and while it was 10:30, decided to cue and go in to the Museum D' Orsay. After about 45 mins we got in , security checked , ticketed and checked one bag. Well this museum is great! We were there for about 4 hours, including a short break to eat in the cafe. 5 levels. We saw Monet's girl with parasol, Van Gogh's night sky , some wonderful Manet works, Gaugan, Rooudain sculptures .And more! Classic impressionist masters Degas,Cezanne & Van Gogh, the Pointillists ( Seurat, Signac); and Bohemian artists likeToulouse Lautrec.
    Some great views from the windows of the museum. The museum was once a train station. It i
    We then caught the metro back to Bastille and changed lines to 5.We travelled on line 5 to Patin so that e could see the James Bond 007 exhibition at the Grand Hall of the Villiers building of La Villette.
    James Bond 007 was fantastic. I enjoyed every bit of it and bought the commemorative 50 years of 007 book, which has so many of the photos I took.
    Exited and went to the La Petite Halle de la Villette bar / restaurant for " happy hour" 5€ Belgian beers and dinner, charcuterie and salmon pizza.All yummy! Caught metro back, while waiting there was an argument occurring behind the other platforms then arriving back yo drumming and loud music and fast food. We may not sleep till late!
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  • Day10

    Week #1

    August 5, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    First week (and two home exchanges) of our roadtrip is already behind us! 4 more weeks (and 5 more home exchanges) to go! Wow, so many things and places already behind us. And much more to come! We're so excited every time we see a new place and meet new people. So far, France didn't dissapoint us (and it's even more beautiful as in the pictures). We love the monuments, city vibes and historical buildings, but most of all, we love exploring the nature through the back roads. We're so glad we had a chance to take this trip. Experiences are priceless for sure!Read more

  • Day10

    Last day of Paris

    August 5, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We took it extra slow today. We didn't want to rush anything so we went on a good relaxing walk in the park with Thor, then we went to the city centre on a french dinner in a cosy little restaurant. We had onion soup for starters, followed by three cheese fondue, fois gras, french baquettes and ofcourse some wine rouge. And for dessert two flavours sorbet.🍧🍷👌 We had creme brulee earlier in the afternoon while stopping for a coffee, tho. And, we bought some macaroons to go 😊☕🍮 After that we went on a short walk by the river (it was really sunny!) and now our thoughts are already in Normandy 😆Read more

  • Day6

    Paris Day 5

    May 2, 2015 in France ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Last day at our apartment. We took the Metro to Montparnasse and Sacre Coeur saw Moulin Rouge Salvadore Dali and lots of people watching. Lunch at the old market near our apartment and wonderful Moroccan meal at Le Marche des Enfants Rouge favourite meal todate.Read more

  • Day1

    Intro & Abholer-Auto

    June 12, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Fangen wir vorne an... Irgendwann Anno 2016 fand in Düsseldorf ein Radrennen als Generalprobe für die diesjährige Tour de France statt, die in der Landeshauptstadt starten soll.

    Simon überredete mich zur Teilnahme, was ich auch nie bereut hatte. Daraus entwickelte sich irgendwie die Idee doch mal selbst eine Tour de France zu starten.
    4 Tage 600km (+10%).

    Simon war dabei, und Ramon, der ebenfalls an der Generalprobe mitgefahren war, auch.

    Rolf und Oli kamen auch noch ins Gespräch, aber dann lief einiges nicht so wie geplant.

    Rolf war beruflich raus und Simon verletzte sich kurz vor dem Tourstart. Oli fährt immerhin die erste Etappe nach Monschau mit.

    Tja.... Auch organisatorisch gab es viele Änderungen. Schlussendlich kam es so aus, dass ich zwei Tage vor dem Tourstart mit dem Auto nach Paris fuhr, damit wir am Sonntag mit dem Auto wieder zurück kommen. Alle anderen Optionen zerschlugen sich.

    Also früh aufstehen, um bereits um 5.30h in Bottrop im Stau zu stehen. Am Ende brauche ich 7 Stunden nach Paris, aber immerhin ohne Maut.

    Das gesparte Mautgeld verprasste ich dann am Bahnticket - Schalter, weil mein Französisch gewaltig eingerostet ist und ich vier Tickets statt ein Ticket Preisstufe 4 orderte.

    Egal.... Aber dann wurde es hektisch. Am Umsteigebahnhof kam ich nicht weiter. TER B war überall und nirgends, also versuchte ich es zu Fuß. Ohne Stadtplan völlig sinnlos, auch wenn es nur 2km zum Gare du Nord waren.

    Irgendwie fand ich dann doch den richtigen Bahnsteig, aber am Gare du Nord ging das Chaos weiter. Wo sind die Züge?
    Upstairs and then right! Wer sagt eigentlich, dass Franzosen kein englisch sprechen?

    Endlich am richtigen Bahnsteig, oder doch nicht? Der Bahnsteig ist nämlich variabel bzw. dynamisch belegt, aber vor den Thalys schlängelt sich immer erst eine Schlange, wo man sich nur anstellen muss. Es folgt die Sicherheitskontrolle. Inzwischen gründlicher als am Flughafen. Ist das jetzt gut oder schlecht?
    Auf jeden Fall traurig, dass es nötig ist.

    Jetzt aber endlich rein in den Zug und ab nach Hause.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Département du Val-de-Marne, Departement du Val-de-Marne, Val-de-Marne, Valle de Marne

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