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  1. ‘Rule Bretagne, Bretagne rules the waves ..... etc, etc
  2. I’m a bit baffled. I thought that it was the same hurricane which hit southern Brittany and then ended up in the Nice area, but that can’t be right ! We’re in southern France, but a good 300kms from the Var / Alpes Maritime. We had some heavy rain Thursday & Friday, but nothing approaching what they had over there. The weather is very erratic just now - only on Wednesday, we were in the terraced garden of a local restaurant having our lunch with temperatures of 23C. There are a number of people missing in that area, but happily the gendarme who was feared lost was found “safe
  3. We were on an overnight crossing a year or two ago and needed to leave Mrs G’s medication somewhere refrigerated. The Information Desk didn’t bat an eyelid - I seem to remember that it was a form on which name & cabin number had to be recorded. We received one part of the form, the other bit was attached to the medication. Obviously a frequent request (unsurprisingly really) with a sensible and established procedure.
  4. We don’t have a LIDL close to us and even if we did, I doubt that the price would be anything like that. Anyway, this isn’t really anything to do with Sailing Updates - it’s all Cabin-boy’s fault, moaning continually about not being able to get his daily kilo of Cheddar!
  5. Unless C-b’s UK driving licence is about to expire, he has no need to exchange it for a French one. At least, that has been the case hitherto, and I have no reason to believe that Brexit changes that. Just as well, because the procedure takes ages! The French DVLA (which also undertakes a number of other official document procedures) have had a decidedly dodgy last couple of years. When I had to exchange mine a few years ago, it took 9 months and by all accounts that was quick - it was over a year for some! However ....... returning to the Cheddar problem. Have you tried large In
  6. Just some input from those of us who are resident over here. These are the things that the Gardian household always gets when in the UK ( or when friends are visiting). Bacon (of course, & freezes well) Naan bread (peshwari) Salad Cream (yes I know, not everybody’s taste, but in some things ......) Branston Pickle Teabags Amontillado Sherry (essential for Mrs G) There are other things, like Cheddar and Baked Beans, but both are obtainable around here, albeit quite expensively.
  7. Maybe you should re-name yourself ‘Bristol City’ in order to proclaim the benefits of the aforementioned. 😀
  8. The last thing I’d want to be is a killjoy, but if the infection rate continues to rise I think that movement restrictions are definitely on the cards. Quarantine requirements have been rumoured for weeks, but haven’t come to anything. Makes no sense to introduce it when France’s infection rate is (apart from Spain) as high or higher than anywhere in Europe. We’ve decided to ‘lay low’ for the next couple of weeks. No weekly market visit, cancellation of a couple of non-essential hospital appointments, etc, etc. No plans being even contemplated for a return to the UK at Christm
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    Something that I ‘ve wanted to say for a while. This EHIC isn’t and has never been, an open sesame to healthcare whilst abroad. From experience with friends who have needed treatment when staying with us, the acceptance / recognition of that card is, to say the least, iffy. I could go in to more detail, but it would be too boring. Suffice to say that if anybody thinks that with an EHIC, they’re ‘alright’, then they’re mistaken. Emergency treatment will always be taken care of, but pretty soon afterwards, any hospital (down here anyway) will want your card details. Our
  10. Yes Colin, that’s £38 (or €42-ish) before you start on drinks / coffee. No wonder it’s called The Fleece ! UK restaurant prices always bring tears to my eyes ........... as do BF’s restaurant prices.
  11. Those views cheer us up every day! Both will have gone over in the next couple of weeks, but enjoy while we can.
  12. Just some recent pics which some of you folk might like.
  13. That’s a ferocious-looking Lab there at the shop front. Glad I wouldn’t have to negotiate him / her. Danger of being licked to death.
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