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    November Wander - France (or somewhere) - 8-9 November

    I have been persuaded (at my age you'd think I'd know better) to repeat a November jaunt.

    In past years we have been to France, to Belgium and to Luxembourg, usually in the dry and sometimes in the very cold.

    Plan:

    1. Train out at about 10:00 / 10:30 on Saturday morning.

    2. Train back at around 19:30 on Sunday. Fingers crossed we will be on an earlier train, I just want to build in some leeway, improving options on what we might do and / or on the weather.

    3. Destination.... Not sure yet.... Albert, Verdun, St Quentin, Laon or somewhere like that.

    4. Staying in? A Logis hotel, probably.

    5. Number of bikes? Six in total, including me. A couple of pillions, too.

    6. Suitable for? Anyone who can ride a motorcycle. Obviously it may well be cold, so be prepared. Rural France is definitely no warmer than rural England, that's for sure.

    7. Roads to be ridden? We will need to keep an eye on the time and maybe the weather, so probably a mixture of the faster D and N roads and some motorway stuff. This largely depends on where we go and what time we leave. I will prepare Garmin friendly GPS routes for everyone.

    Ping up interest here, first come first served.

    Richard

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    I am leaning towards Laon as a possible destination.

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    Loan is off the list. Hotel I wanted to use is full.

    Not surprising as it is Armistice weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
    Loan is off the list. Hotel I wanted to use is full.

    Not surprising as it is Armistice weekend.
    Ibis not available Richard? I stayed there in the summer, it's cheap & pretty well located.

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    One double room please for Mrs ChasMill and myself.
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    Will add you both to the list. Destination TBA.

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    At the risk of being in a rut, we'll go back to St Quentin.

    Why?

    I want somewhere that offers a good choice of return routes, just in case the weather really isn't kind to us. Similarly, we can take a slightly longer route down if the weather is good.

    The hotel is 'good value'.

    I fancy trying the Italan / pizza restaurant.

    I can get the rooms on what is traditionally a busy weekend in the French calendar.

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    Train tickets will be booked tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
    Train tickets will be booked tomorrow.
    Let me know which trains you are on and I'll book the same.
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    UPDATE - Hotel and train times

    (1) Hotel confirmed

    The Florence hotel in St Quentin has confirmed my reservation.

    • 4 Single rooms Standard at the rate of 42 eus. (All available)

    • 2 Double rooms Grand Confort at the rate of 52 eus. (Both gone)

    Full buffet breakfast 6,50 eus per person.
    City taxe 0,45 eus per person.

    http://www.hotel-le-florence.fr

    https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Le+...m&z=16&iwloc=A

    (2) Train booked

    OUT Saturday 09 November 2013 - Departure time 10:50

    BACK Sunday 10 November 2013 - Departure time 19:20

    (3) Remaining rooms

    So, we have four single rooms free. I can maybe get us some additional rooms and / or another double, providing I know soon enough.

    Richard

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    A single has gone via another site, Stuart Daniels.

    Three left.

    R

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    Hi Richard, may be up for this if you have spac still. Any possibility of a double if I can convince the better half?

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    Hi Brian, happy to have you along.

    You can certainly have the single room, as I know it's vacant.

    Let me talk to the hotel to see what I can do about swapping a single for a double. I am away much of this weekend through to Wednesday, so don't panic if you don't hear anything. I think it will be OK.

    Book your train ticket....

    Richard

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    Thanks Richard, it's in the diary.

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    Train booked and wife interested, if the weathers good and a double is available, if not I'll be on my own.

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    Hi Richard, I would like to join you if you still have a single room available ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianmaslen View Post
    Train booked and wife interested, if the weathers good and a double is available, if not I'll be on my own.
    Excellent - tell SWMBO that Mrs ChasMill (Jane) is on board so she will at least have some female company!
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