The story of Fandancer

18 February 2015 | Hampshire
21 September 2014 | Mitika
26 August 2014 | Killini
14 August 2014 | Zakynthos
14 August 2014 | Katakalon
14 August 2014 | Katakalon
21 April 2014 | Oreoi
04 April 2014 | Oreoi, Evia, Greece
12 November 2013 | Orei, island of Evia, Greece
08 October 2013 | Loutra Edipsou
04 October 2013 | Chalkida
03 October 2013 | Chalkida, Evia
01 October 2013 | Karavos, Aliveri
01 October 2013 | Lavrion
30 September 2013 | Lavrion
26 August 2013 | Greece
26 August 2013 | Leonidion Plaka
24 August 2013 | Gerakas, Pelopenese.
22 August 2013

French motorways and toll booths

30 January 2012 | Beaucaire
George. Sunny but cold!
We had a hire car last week when my daughter was here, and were able to experience at first hand the peculiarities of the French system of road signage. You would think that a sign for the Airport would be easily visible, and displayed a long way ahead of the turning, but no, all you get is a tiny symbol on a sign located immediately where the turn off is. Too bad if you are in the wrong lane, like we were! We ended up having to onto a motorway until we could turn round and come back, but little did we know that the French had another trick up their sleeve, the motorway toll! So not only were we on the wrong road, we had to pay for the pleasure!

So after about 8 miles going in the wrong direction, we see the traffic slowing down in front of us, and realise it is the Peage or toll booths. But do the French display the prices in advance so you can be prepared and fish out the right number of coins before you actually get there? Of course not! No indication at all of how much to fork out. Not even on the machine itself. So we approach an automatic machine at random, one of those which has the basket thingy you throw coins into, and luckily there is a Madame there in a fluorescent jacket, appearing to be making some adjustment to the barrier.
“C’est combiien, Madame?” I ask. “Sur la pont d’Avignon, le chien est sous la table, la singe est dans le sac blah blah blah “ she replies.
So I bravely throw in 2 two euro coins and hope for the best.

I didn’t realise it didn’t give change, and the barrier wouldn’t open, but Madame Fluorescent was very nice about it, but she then proceeded to dismantle the whole machine to try and return my coin to me. Bearing in mind that we were now going in the wrong direction and going to be very very late in getting to the airport, I didn’t care about the change, and just wanted her to open the gate so we could be on our way. But no, she continued to take apart the machine, and eventually found our coin, which she then re-inserted into the machine and gave us the correct change from another machine, she then had to open another box to operate the lifting of the barrier. I was getting more and more stressed, but eventually we got through the peage.
“Quick, turn round when you can, we’re going in the wrong direction!” I requested of my patient and long-suffering husband, so about 100 yards past the toll booths there was a road junction with a roundabout. We negotiated the roundabout and turned 180 degrees, and then found ourselves back at the same Peage from which we had just left, in order to get back to the junction for the airport. So we paid the same amount for another toll, luckily using the right coins this time, and set off for the airport …….
Vessel Name: Fandancer
Vessel Make/Model: Northstar 40
Hailing Port: Gosport
Crew: Georgina and Tim Moon
About: We bought Fandancer in March 2009 with a view to living aboard permanently in the Med.
Our fourth year of living aboard in Greece. We have overwintered in Syros, Oreoi on Evia, and this year we have been in Ionion Marine, Preveza. We will be sailing in the Ionian Sea this summer, hoping to discover some more new places to visit.... We also have a new crew member - Artemis the [...]
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Photos of boatlift, and the yard.
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Created 12 November 2013
Some recent photos, July and August 2013
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Created 26 August 2013
Our bus trip from Paroikia.
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Created 12 May 2013
some photos taken in the last couple of weeks, October 2012
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Created 14 October 2012
some photos of Greek shops etc. Some you may have seen before.
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Created 24 September 2012
Some photos around Hydra
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Created 13 September 2012
various random photos for your perusal ...
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Created 3 September 2012
Some recent photos for your perusal ...
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Created 14 August 2012
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Created 5 August 2012
more of my favourite photos
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Created 27 July 2012
six weeks in Corfu area, some of my favourite photos
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Created 27 July 2012
Photos in and around Corfu, and a cat comes aboard .....
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Created 21 June 2012
Fandancer moored at the marina in Sciacca
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Created 2 June 2012
Favignana and beyond
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Created 2 June 2012
Fandancer moored in Bonifacio for two nights
20 Photos
Created 17 May 2012
Fandancer sailing from Toulon to Corsica
30 Photos
Created 12 May 2012
Fandancer in Port St Louis, masts lifted in
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Created 9 May 2012
Ice, Pont du Gard, Les Baux
35 Photos
Created 25 February 2012
Photos from our bus trip to St Remy
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Created 5 January 2012
Our day out in Avignon.
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Created 28 December 2011
Lovely town of Nimes
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Created 18 December 2011
More photos from trip down the Rhone
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Created 4 December 2011
Some photos of Fandancer on the Rhone
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Created 29 November 2011
Canal from St Dizier, and day out in Joinville
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Created 11 November 2011
Out and about between Rouen and Vitry le Francois
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Created 4 November 2011
Some pics taken in this lovely village, 27 October.
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Created 28 October 2011
Some photos from our river trip from Paris to Epernay.
29 Photos
Created 28 October 2011
out and about in gay Paree!
19 Photos
Created 27 October 2011
George and Tim explore the city.
21 Photos
Created 7 October 2011
Maiden voyage, after 18 months out of the water!
7 Photos
Created 29 September 2011