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  • Birthday 12/02/1957

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  1. My boy made those! The quick release mooring hooks, that is! http://www.strainstall.com/load-monitoring-products/mooring-and-towing-products/quick-release-mooring-hooks/ And we enjoy watching them operate on every crossing.
  2. Which reminds me, seeing I started this, this is what the locals think in Clisson!
  3. Will it have seemed strange, a fortnight in the sun, without the son in tow this year?
  4. The annual trek to the Vendée is on! (Wightlink permitting, of coarse!) Just Mr and Mrs PSUPete this year. 23yr old son wants to go way up north with his mates, I believe Scotland was mentioned. Can't say I blame him, we've enjoyed a over a decade holidaying in France with him and his friends.
  5. I see the French government have voted a potential return of the 80kph limit to 90kph. https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/France-votes-on-a-potential-return-to-90-kph-from-80-kph-speed-limit-on-some-roads. What's the current situation? We're off to the Vendée next week and don't want to get caught out. We were there last year just after the change to 80 and it seemed most locals ignored it, or weren't aware, as the speed limit signs hadn't been changed.
  6. Manual mirror folding on my 2013 Passat 😞
  7. You can press the key's lock button twice to disable the interior monitor and anti-tow, and also the deadlocks but leave the anti-theft alarm on. See Page 117 of the manual. This is the same as my 2013 Passat which is derived from the Touran apparently, the same as the Alhambra. I often use the double press if I want to leave the windows down for ventilation, but tend to use the button on the B-pillar on the ferries.
  8. Travelling back from the Vendée on Bastille Day, hopefully everyone else will be heading towards the coast at the start of the French holidays. Overnighting in St.Malo, so will join in the celebrations in the Intra-Muros/harbour area with fireworks on the beach, I expect.
  9. Annual holiday to the Vendée. Hoping to catch a bit of the opening stage of Le Tour de France as it appears to be going along the road behind the holiday parc we are staying in. Crit Air sticker fitted (to passenger side) just in case!
  10. And now I'm even more confused. I just saw an article in Complete France Magazine dated 16 Feb 18: - http://www.completefrance.com/travel/the-vehicle-stickers-you-need-to-buy-before-driving-in-paris-1-4995613 This says - "All drivers (including foreign drivers) in Paris, Lyon, Grenoble, Strasbourg, Lille, Toulouse and Annecy must now display these Crit’Air stickers on their windscreen or risk a fine of up to €135." No mention of the new environmental zones. This possibly explains why imprimerie hasn't heard anything in La Roche s/Yon.
  11. The €4.80 is probably a good investment considering the fine for not having one is €70, just on the off-chance it is in force should we happen to end up in La Roche-sur-Yon or Poitiers.
  12. Thank you for reminding me, CVA. I had assumed it still only affected Central Paris, Lyon and Grenoble, but I see that Vendée is now an environmental zone. Better get a "vignette" before hols in July! TBH, we've never seen an air pollution problem in the 10+ years we've been going there, always been bright blue sky and sunshine, with the occasional thunderstorm, apart from last year which was wet and cold!
  13. Any feedback on the Kyriad, Paully? We have stayed at the Ibis close to Carrefour a couple of times and fancy somewhere different for next year.
  14. Staying at the Ibis Le Madelaine on Saturday night which leaves time for another adventure into the Intra Muros (and Carrefour no doubt). Must remember not to catch my towbar on the ramps in the underground car-park by the harbour this year!
  15. Our almost annual trek to the Vendée. Booked the whole trip through BF this year in the 25% off sale, which has pretty well made the ferry crossing free! (apart from the Wightlink bit of it) We are a week later than normal, so am hoping the Bison Futé website is correct in showing that most of France is travelling to the coast on Thursday 13th ready for the Bastille Day Holiday, although I see the fireworks on the beach have been moved to the Saturday night, just for us!
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