Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Travelling back to the UK Part 1

Finally, my laptop is returning to normal; I still have some things to put back on it, including the calendar, but I am getting there!  It did mean putting it back to factory settings, so it has been a slow operation!!  The desktop computer will be next, but due to a few minor family problems, I will give it a week or so before I attack that.

I  thought that a few photos of the trip back to UK would be a good idea, especially so for those of you who have not been to France or England.  I will post them over the next week (or so).  All of these photos have been taken through the car windscreen or side windows; maximum speed on the  tollroads is 130kph (80 mph) so we were not travelling that slowly!  All pictures can be enlarged with a simple click.

A small farm somewhere just north of Poitiers, a city on the Clain river in West Central France.

Just one of the beautiful French regional road signs.

A view from one of two similar viaducts that we have to cross - brilliant French engineering to span deep valleys, but both have speed cameras on them!!

and on the other side......

This very beautiful 'Tancarville bridge' is just before the small town of Yvetot, which is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Haute-Normandie department in northern France.
A view of the river Seine  from the same bridge.

Forest area with the autumn colours just starting to show.

Yep, if you look hard, you can see the washed out rainbow!

Another of their beautiful regional signs.

Tunnel vision.

Finally for today, site of the battle of Crecy in northern France, fought between the invading English/Welsh army of 10,000 under Edward III and the French army of 35,000 under Philip VI in 1348 - 662 years ago, but the event is still commemorated.  The battle was won by Edward, using superior military tactics including the famous English longbow archers and possibly cannon for the first time. The site of the other well known battle of those times, Azincourt (Agincourt in English), which took place in 1415, is not far away. The French again lost, but one can still stand today on the battlefield and the authorities have erected an excellent museum, presenting the event in a very factual and unbiased way. A great credit to them!
Hope you enjoyed the journey.

32 comments:

  1. Thanks for the road trip. Nice to see a rainbow.

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  2. The sky is so beautiful in all of your pictures. Glad you made it home safely.

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  3. i have never been to France and loved seeing this...feels like i just went on a vacation...

    kary from california

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  4. Gaelyn I was sorry it was not a very good rainbow, not worth looking for the pot of gold! Diane

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  5. Thanks Bo. The skies almost always seem to have something of interest in France. Diane

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  6. Kary I am glad you enjoyed the trip, watch this space or the next set of photos. Diane

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  7. Hope all is well with you and your family, Diane. Beautiful pictures! What a nice drive it is...and how cool that you saw a rainbow!

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  8. Faith we are both fine it is the elderly side of Nigel's family who are not well. All stress on Nigel as the problems fall to him. To add to his problems there are more retrenchments coming up 4 Nov so we are in suspense once again!! Diane

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  9. Impressive photos you have in here! Nice to see you back in UK and looking forward to see more of the place. I miss UK, I was there in 2008. Have a nice day!

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  10. Thanks for photographing your road trip for us. I especially love all the cloud formations in the pictures - BEAUTIFUL.

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  11. Beautiful pictures! I take a lot of pictures from a moving car, too. I love historical places; they're much more interesting to me than a contemporary whatnot.

    I am glad you've at least gotten your laptop issues resolved; now we'll be able to visit again!

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  12. Lani there may be a few posts about the UK, but I am not happy here, and I will be going through my photos of France mostly. The only consolation is that I am with Nigel. Diane

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  13. Pam it was a good day for cloud formations, and taking photos in the car meant I got them in every photo :-) Diane

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  14. Marjie I am also glad the laptop is sorted out :-)

    The historical places have so much interest, I never appreciated it at school though sadly!! Diane

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  15. chubskulit, thanks for the visit and the comment. Hope to see you back. Diane

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  16. I am impressed with your photography skills from the moving car Diane.

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  17. Thanks for visiting back Diane, now a follower too.

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  18. Lindy I was surprised they were as good as they were. Out the front was not too bad, but I thought the ones taken out of the side would be blurred. Especially when I was leaning over Nigel to take from his side!! Diane

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  19. chubskulit, thanks, I hope you enjoy my posts which are a bit random! Diane

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  20. Hi there, I enjoy reading all your post. The pictures look amazing. I felt like travelling along with you. haha... I'm going back for more. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a great day.
    Cheers, kristy

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  21. I am so glad you are up and running again Diane. Moving is never fun and then to have those computer problems is frustrating.

    What a lovely post. I would not mind hiring a small boat and cruising the whole of the Siene, it must be an awesome journey.

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  22. Thanks for sharing the nice trip. It's good to see the rainbow and especially the old bridge photos. I love to go on the long drive, the same way ou have done.
    Student Accommodation

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  23. Reminds me of our trip down to the Ile de Re a couple of years ago. I love the road signs, often on french motorways it looks as if there is nothing to see, but the signs show that a few miles away often lies a little treasure. xx

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  24. Kristy, thanks for visiting my blog. Glad you enjoyed the trip - more to come. Hope you will be back soon. Diane

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  25. Joan we have said we would love to 'do' the French canals but is not cheap, so unless we get a windfall it is doubtful we will ever get around to it :-(

    I am also glad the laptop is working properly again :-) Diane

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  26. Student Accomodation, thanks for visiting, glad you enjoyed the trip. There is more to follow so I hope you will be back. Diane

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  27. Diane thanks for the visit. As you say there are so many little treasures not far from the road. The trouble is we seldom have the time to stop off when we are on a long journey from A to B. Quite often I do the trip on my own, so it was nice this time to have my husband with me so I could take some photos. Diane

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  28. Glad your laptop is returning to normal. Lovely photos of the journey to the UK, Diane!

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  29. Thanks JM. I am also glad the laptop is almost back to normal :-)
    Thanks for your comment. Diane

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