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Hidden : 9/15/2007
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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The cache is not at the above location. The coordinates given are for a sign post showing directions to France and is situated on the seafront at Bognor Regis.

En Vacance

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27 May 2006 (AB)
Last year we had a wonderful holiday. We packed up the car, loaded the kids etc. and headed off to Portsmouth to catch the ferry. The crossing to Cherbourg which was supposed to take 4.45 minutes was 20 minutes late which gave us time to finish of the game of Scrabble we were playing. While we were in Cherbourg we decided to stay a few days and see the local attractions. We spent some time looking at Le Mont-Saint –Michel, wandering up and down the lovely narrow streets and admiring the architecture. You have to be a bit careful with car parking at Le Mont as it can become flooded leaving your car submerged so we were careful to leave well before the advised high tide time.

1st June 2006 (G)
Having spent a few days in Cherbourg we decided to head off on the N13 to Sedan which was next on our list. It is particularly famous for the decisive defeat of the French army in the Franco-German War on Sept. 1, 1870, which led to the fall of the Second French Empire; it was fought at the French border fortress of Sedan on the Meuse River, between 120,000 French troops under Marshal Mac-Mahon and more than 200,000 German troops under General Helmuth von Moltke. There was not too much left to see of that famous battle so we contented ourselves with some of that excellent Pate of the region.

5th June 2006 (CD)
On the move again and off this time to Neuvy to pick up our supply of Champagne for which this part of France is renowned. The journey was a bit tedious but most of the strain was taken by the A34, A4 and N4. The weather here being not too dissimilar to the UK was not as warm as we would have liked (especially when camping) so we decided to move on down to The Loire valley where it is usually a bit warmer.

8th June 2006 (HI)
The journey involved taking the N4, N104, A10, A34 A4 and A26 and took just over 3hrs45. Travelling on the French motorways is expensive but worth the 40 euros it cost. Arrived in Amboise and found a great campsite just the other side of the Loire river which was only a 10 minute walk into town. We are musicians and were delighted to find that the over the weekend of the 10th June there was a brass band festival. There were bands from the UK, France, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium and probably a few other European countries as well. These bands played in various places in the town but our favourite place was next to the castle were we sat outside in the sunshine drinking our cokes and enjoying the music. Each band had to march up to the castle area where they were judged for their performance and later played at the Theatre where more serious music was performed.

12th June 2006 (JK)
Having been delighted in Amboise, the bands having left we decided to leave ourselves. We then headed off south along the N76, A85, A71 (loads of speed cameras on this road) and finally on the N7 to the little town of Tarare which we had heard from friends was worth a visit. The gardens here were a delight and we took many photos here as souvenirs. (Digital cameras are great). Also of interest was the embroidery and silk which were manufactured locally. The town population is only about 11,500 which is quite small but there seems to be lots of places in France like this.

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14th June 2006 (EF)
Headed off again south but left quite late in the day and got only as far as Le Puy-en-Velay which is in the Auvergne before stopping for the night. The best route we could find was using the N7, N82, A89, A72 and finally the N88. There may have been a quicker way to cover the 180 odd km but what the heck we were on holiday. We stayed for 2 days at the Camping Municipal and visited the Cathedral of Notre Dame which is one of Europe’s shrines. We were reminded of music we play in our band “The Shepherd’s Song” which is from Songs of the Auvergne.

17th June 2006 (L)
After our visit to Le Puy-en-Velay we made one final move down to the South East corner of France to the small town of Forcalquier. Our route again was quite involved but made good progress using the N88, N102, A7, N100 and 296km later we arrived. This region is particularly high with some great walks. On the 19th and final day of our holiday we went off to the Monday market which was well worth a visit. We walked there down very narrow streets and past houses dating back to the 13th century.
Holiday over headed back to Cherbourg to catch the Ferry home.



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*** DUE TO AN ERROR WHICH I HAVE MADE ON THE GEOCHECKER THE LAST DIGIT ON THE WEST READING SHOULD HAVE BEEN 4. I HAVE TRIED CHANGING THE GEOCHECKER BUT WHEN TESTING THE COORDINATES AGAIN ALL I GET IS A MESSAGE WHICH SAYS "GO AWAY" SO IT OBVIOUSLY DOESN'T LIKE ME. A BIG SORRY TO ALL WHO OF YOU WH0 HAVE TRIED IN VAIN TO GET THE GEOCHECKER TO AGREE WITH THEIR CACLULATIONS. (MIKE) SO TO RECAP L=4 ***

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(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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