Saturday, March 15, 2008

1,000 miles from Richmond to Sigean

I'm having fun planning my summer holidays on the web. Roma and I are taking Kate, Vicki, and Emma (Bourke) for two weeks to a rented villa in the South of France to the town of Sigean. While Roma and the girls will be travelling by Ryanair from Dublin to Carcassone, I am taking the Harley-Davidson over land and sea!

My planned route is shown below in Google Maps:

The first leg (Thursday June 26th) is from DĂșn Laoghaire to Holyhead in Wales. I then cross Wales into England arriving in Portsmouth that evening where I will be staying in the Ibis Portsmouth Centre for the night. It's close to the naval dock where Nelson's HMS Victory is tied up - I'll be sure to check it out.

I have an early ferry from Portsmouth to Caen in France on Friday morning (27th June) which I will follow with about a 250 mile trip to the town of Chauvigny in north-central France. I will be staying in the Hotel Restaurant Le Chalet Fleuri in Chauvigny for the night.

The final leg of the trip (400 miles approx) is from Chauvigny to Sigean where I hope to hook up with Roma and the girls who will have arrived by air the same afternoon. After such a long trip I'm certain that I will find comfort in a cold beer or a glass of the local vin rouge!

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