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    • Day 20

      Salin de Giraud

      May 13 in France ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Salin de Giraud ist kein typischer Urlaubsort (nichts desto trotz sind Stell- und Campingplatz gut besucht). Wir wollten den Ort eigentlich als Ausgangspunkt für eine schöne Fahrradtour nutzen, morgen soll das Wetter aber umschlagen und Regen ist angesagt. Also haben wir heute schon mal das gute Wetter genutzt und sind zu den Salinen gefahren. Das Dorf entwickelte sich erst Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts, als der Chemiekonzern Solvay Werke errichtet. Auch die Arbeiterviertel wurden von Solvay nach Vorbild der belgischen Backsteinreihenhausarchitektur errichtet.Read more

    • Day 8

      Arrival Port Saint Louis, France

      April 11, 2023 in France ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      An 8:00 a.m. delivery had us up and walking from the hotel 3 kms. to the Port in order to meet Sea la Vie as she arrived from Hendaye. The delivery went smoothly and into the water she went...she still floats! Lots to sort out and to put together, including the mast, but Day 1 complete under a sunny sky and le Mistral wind and a few temporary bad tempers!Read more

    • Day 42

      Sea slog

      April 16 in France ⋅ 🌬 16 °C

      Now we were fighting the winds, the fading light and our fading strength. The way to the cycle route had a section of straight road along the canal, which turned out to be a hard gravel path. For 8 kms, we rattled over it till we got to the cycle path. We had to complete the better part of the last hour in the dark using Schopper's lights.

      Finally, at nearly 10 pm we pulled in to a hotel in Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône. The end of the Rhone in the Mediterranean. What a slog it was to get to the sea.

      Today, we floated and gloated over the tailwinds, and then hit an impasse at the highway, and fought the same winds on the way back. We're rather beat up from the day, having covered 93 km today. Kiran is, quite amazingly, still in good spirits.

      We reached the Mediterranean. But not in the way we had expected. Oh well.

      Then we found out that the way out of here with bicycles is only with another challenge, and quite early tomorrow morning. Sleep will not be our succor tonight.
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    • Day 11

      Sehr spannend 😊

      September 6, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Gestern und heute Mittag haben wir unseren schönen Platz am Strand schon gegen 16:30 Uhr verlassen und sind auf den befestigten Parkplatz gefahren - es war uns zu gefährlich!

      Durch den Süd/Ost Wind treiben die Wellen das Wasser über die komplette Fläche wo normalerweise die Womos und Autos stehen.

      Tagsüber ist dann alles gut und wir konnten wieder runter fahren.

      Oben stehen wir jetzt sicher und können schön beobachten wie die letzten Autos sich noch durch Wasser quälen 😊

      Am Strand war es heute wieder sensationell! Habe schon meine eigene Hütte gebaut und ein Sportstudio habe ich auch gefunden - schade das es morgen schon wieder Richtung Heimat geht, hier könnten wir es noch eine Weile aushalten 😃✌️
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    • Day 465

      The End

      October 19, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      We have had 15 months of ‘livin the dream’ and now we are at the end.
      We have finished our trip in Port Napoleon because we hear that it is a good place to sell a boat.
      Régal is now on the market with an agent here and we have a busy ten days getting her ship shape and ready for sale.
      Port Napoleon is the perfect place to get stuck into jobs as there is nothing else to do here. It is a giant boatyard with lots of warehouses, boat services and a small restaurant with a few hotel rooms. There is a town two kilometres away but it is only worth the walk when we need some shopping. The whole area is infested with mosquitos and they are vicious, biting at any hour of the day and sometimes even through our clothing.
      We are happy to spend most of our time onboard Régal getting through the list of jobs. We winterise the boat and take care of little repairs here and there but the biggest task by far is packing up to move out. We pack 6 big boxes and ship them home and yet we still have piles of stuff. Luckily we are able to give some of it to several nice people around the boatyard who are renovating boats on shoestring budgets.
      When we haul out we move into the on-site accommodation but spend most of our time on Régal. We clean her hull and paint on anti-foul so she is pretty as a picture.
      When we hire a car Colm and I escape the packing and cleaning for a while and go on an overnight trip down memory lane. We travel to Saint Marie de la Mer, a town I worked in for a summer when I was seventeen. We stay in the hotel where I worked which is nicer than I expected. It is so lovely to go back there even though the people I had known are long gone. We have a walk through the Camargue and see the famous flamingos, horses, bulls and also some river rodents called coypu.
      Once we are back to the boatyard we are flat out getting all our stuff off the boat and into our 12 check-in bags! When the car is full to the brim we take a deep breath and have one last walk through Régal.
      She is a beauty and we have loved her.
      We are so grateful to her for keeping us safe and bringing us to so many wonderful places. Thank you Régal for all the happy memories.
      And thank you everyone for following our journey.

      This is Régal crew over and out.
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    • Day 10

      Etang du Napolean

      September 5, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Angekommen in einem unserer Lieblingsplätze - der Strand von Napoleon 🏖😎

      Hier stehen wir jetzt 2 Tage komplett autark direkt am Strand - traumhaft - Türe auf Strand da - das ist das was wir lieben 😎✌️

      Es sind zur Zeit für diesen Strand allerdings extreme Wellen - was wir ja lieben - aber dadurch jetzt schon zwei mal umpacken mussten, da das Wasser bis zum WoMo kam.

      Ja hier muss man schon aufpassen, auch das man nicht in den weichen Sand fährt, ansonsten kann es passieren das man stecken bleibt.
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    • Day 14

      Tag 14, Plage de Piémanson

      April 23 in France ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

      Heute wollen wir den wilden Strand von Piémanson besuchen. Wie schon im gestrigen Bericht erwähnt, standen wir vor einigen Jahren mehrmals mehrere Wochen hier direkt am Strand mit dem Wohnmobil. Das ist leider seit einigen Jahren nicht mehr möglich. Man kann wohl tagsüber hier stehen, aber am Abend muss man wieder wegfahren.
      Da es heute sehr windig ist, hat Tine keine Lust, mit dem Fahrrad zu fahren, was verständlich ist, bei einer Windgeschwindigkeit von 53 km/h. Daher fahren wir mit dem Wohnmobil zum Strand und machen dort einen Spaziergang. Auf dem Rückweg besuchen wir noch die Aussichtsplattform der Salzgewinnungsanlage.
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    • Day 12


      April 15, 2023 in France ⋅ 🌬 19 °C

      Today is our 5th day on the boat and all is proceeding well with only minor hiccups and a few 🤬!
      On day one after the boat went into the water, we got the engine going (tempoarily), the dodger and bimini up, the solar panels in and powering up and the living quarters emptied of sails and organized. The engine overheated which required Bob to don his diesel mechanic hat to repair, to no avail.
      Day 2: The Volvo mechanic came, blew into the in/outtake tubes, added some grease, et voilà, success! 10 minutes and €€! Bob had done the correct repairs, he just didn't know the tricks of the trade in spite of having a lot of hot air!😁🤪
      Bob worked on the mast, putting it together and sorting stays and lines while I was the swabbie, cook and general gofer.
      Day 3: More of the same.
      Day 4: Mast on! Stays attached and tightened so the mast won't fall over 😬 👍.
      Today the boom, and the lines are on but we do not dare to add the sails or we may take flight!
      The weather has been sunny with temp. from 5C at night to 22C but the wind!😯🤯💨💨💨 It blows 22-50 kms! Today we've reached +55 kms! I've told Bob we'll be staying at the dock until the wind slows down. Peut-être un mois???! Fortunately there are no waves although we woke up one morning at 0300 hrs. being tossed and turned. We leapt out of bed to rescue parts topside before they rolled into the sea!
      The 6km (round trip) by 🚲 to the grocery store is a challenge due to the wind but easy returning as the wind carries us home!
      Electricity is at a premium so only items under 500W can be plugged in. I figured out our heater worked after suffering a couple of nights/mornings and a cold 🚽 seat! 🥶 Sadly, the hairblower wattage is too much so I am back to my Medusa-like coiffure and Bob looks like he's been electrocuted!
      Bob the Barista has been re-employed under the threat of mutiny or keel-hauling, depending on the hierarchy of the day!
      We've met some lovely people, U.K., Swiss, Dutch and French. We enjoyed drinks at the yacht club and were questioned whether we were true sailors after stopping at 1 🍺 (to their 5!)
      The boatyard has a huge number (1000) of boats on land here in various states of seaworthiness, including 1 each from Quebec and Halifax! Catamarans seem to be the most common. The town has a harbour full of boats and there is another huge boatyard down the road. The town is typically French: shops close over lunch and on Sundays.
      Experiencing today's terrifying wind, I'm beginning to wonder whether canal cruising and stopping at cafes/pubs is the life for me?!
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    • Day 7

      Pink Lake in Frankreich

      July 1, 2022 in France ⋅ 🌬 28 °C

      In Salin de Giraud, gibt es den bisher magischsten Ort auf der Welt für uns! ❤️
      Dank eines Buchtips sind wir hier gelandet.
      Der Pink Lake ist eigentlich eine Salz Farm in Frankreich.
      Diese Farm erstreckt sich über mehrere Kilometer von Pinken Seen in denen es neben sehr viel Salz auch einige Flamingos
      zu sehen gibt. 🦩
      Mit dem Fahrrad ist man hier am besten bedient um die Gegend zu erkunden, weil alles sehr weitläufig ist.
      Interessant ist auch der direkt angrenzende Salzbergbau.
      Von weitem könnt ihr die Farbe der Seen nur schwer erkennen, deswegen empfehlen wir jedem, direkt vor die Seen zu treten und wenigstens einmal die Hand ins Wasser gleiten zu lassen.
      Das Gefühl auf der Haut ist einmalig.
      Übernachtet haben wir hier direkt am angrenzenden „Camping Les Bois Flottés de Camargue“.
      Man könnte es fast das texanische Frankreich nennen.
      Die Betreiber sind sehr lustig und locker gewesen.
      Kleiner Tipp: besorgt euch hier unbedingt alles um die Mücken von euch und aus dem mobilen Heim zu halten bzw zu vernichten.
      Die Luft vor Ort ist der ideale Nährboden für Stechmücken.
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    • Day 10

      Dreamer je tudi lačen

      August 2, 2022 in France ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Sva se ustavila na bencinski in nafutrala še najinega prijatelja. Jaz pojma nimam kaj bi tankala. Omg. Pri nas sem naučena, da je dizel črn, bencin zelen. Tuki je pa kr neki. Da o načinu plačevanja niti ne govorim.Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone

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