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August 11, 2018

My travels in the Morbihan, LXVII

Ok so as routine, I did my errands today, the big work day with the family which is now my 3 boys. My Dad stays home as not able to walk much, and my dear late wife Martine sadly is no longer with us on earth, even if always in our minds: 29 years do not and will not go away that easy.

Anyway, back to our continuation of life and family life. We set out a bit late today, the weather was nice at 19C  and now it is 72F or about 20C with periods of clouds and sunshine. It was a heavy busy day as it was rate it Orange color (scale goes from the lowest  green, yellow, orange, red, and black, the highest) from the beaches here for coming and going visitors , locals and the British ,Germans etc that do come here. The Americans seems to only know Paris ::)

First, we finally try the Domino’s Pizza in Auray, it took over from our favorite in the area Pizza Sprint, and now the US Chain Domino’s is taken all over.  We did this Friday night pizza party day with German beers from V&B! It was cheaper then we thought at around 9€ and we got a special four medium pizzas for 26€! I still like the Sprint or Scampi local tastes better but the Dominos is cheaper. It is at rue Aristide Briand in Auray with a convenient bus stop of Auraybus and TIM line 5 in front. More here: Domino’s Pizza at Auray

I took the back roads as usual to avoid the traffic and we did all our errands. Starting with going to get our regular weekly stash of beers at V&B in Auray  (V=vins=wines, B=biéres=beers) for a few bottles…home. From there, we needed to circumvent the traditional French mid day break, they call it in Spain the Siesta , they think is only Spanish but the French practice it a lot! Most here close between noon and 14h (2pm).  Given before but the newbies to my blog here is the webpage: V&B at Auray

We continue our tour of our area and our to do list, with a stop at our favorite fashion store for men’s, Armand Thiery in Vannes. We are regular customers and buy most of our clothing here, recommended. My boys load up on some good ones as Summer sales was going on. They do have a line for women call Toscane (Tuscany) very chic Italian/French cuts at reasonable prices. The store in Vannes is right around a park of several more stores ! at rue Théophaste Renaudot webpage: Armand Thiery at Vannes

Right around the corner there was a huge Summer sale on the sporting goods store Intersport so we took a peek to see if anything was worth buying, nothing I am afraid; but we really prefered Décathlon ::)  Anyway this one is the second best, promise. More here: Intersport at Vannes

Finally, it was time to eat, and lunch in this area, we had already welcome Steak N Shake US chain to our Vannes, so trying once is not enough, we went again with a different set of menus and drinks. The bacon burger was better, however , the mango milkshake was no where to be found the mango, and the Pepsi drink was nice icy cold. However, at 15.40€ per person still has a way to go to beat our BK lol!!! Besides BK are from Florida ::) . Another thing, the lines are long, if they want to compete they will need to shorten the serving time… We do like it thus and probably will come again with another menu twist. The store at Vannes still not listed in their webpage !!! here: Steak N Shake at Vannes

Now, almost next door we went to EasyCash, as my sons continue to sell their inventory of old stuff, the pawn shops would love them and so does already EasyCash. They have sold over 300 euros already, which is ok as they got some old games, dvd, books collecting dust at home and never touch again, we are not collectors so get some cash and buy some more lol!! The store is in the same area of the restaurant. More here: EasyCash at Vannes

Wait! we are not done yet, we plan ahead for this buying tour so we go quick in and out sting and you lose…. My Dad wantes some groceries he likes olives without seeds and bananas not to ripe ,and we were just across going out of one of our favorite hypermarkets Carrefour of Vannes so we purchase his stuff there. More on this Carrefour here: Carrefour at Vannes

While at the Carrefour hypermarket anchoring a small shopping center, we, well the boys, stopped at Micromania to get the latest of their machines, the PS4 Pro, 4K! whatever that is lol!!!  They are the biggest customers there and all the staff knows us, even the store manager had lunch in our house! More on the store loc here: Micromania at Vannes

And finally, on our way home, crossing the expressway N165 on the road D779 we stop for our groceries in our top favorite hypermarket. The E Leclerc of Vannes  , huge all in one place ,easy parking even covered parking,cinema and plenty of stores and restaurants around it. Picking up some Breton cake or Gateau Breton with Prunes , yummy!! I was tired a bit but heck we did a lot in one day! More on this one given before but for the newbies in my blog , here it is: E Leclerc of VAnnes

And we arrive home just in time for our boys to installed their new equipment, and the news with some chow and plenty of white wine from the Loire! Now let it come Sunday! And my days are counting , out on Vacation August 14th (The 15th is a holiday as well off work), and not back to the office until Sept 6th!!! Vive la France!!! My belle France, and beautiful Morbihan breton! Of course, we will be wandering throughtout the gorgeous Loire!!! and a bit of necessary to Honfleur,Normandy. Stay tune!!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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August 11, 2018

La Vuelta de España 2018! bike race

And another bike spectacle I like and seeing it and would to see it again. As I do locally now, when on vacation by Cuenca last year we saw it coming into the town on the 7th stage. The whole family was with me and it was great. My dear late wife Martine, father’s side family are very much into cycling and do follow the tour de France for years, I actually began following it with them and then it spilled over the Vuelta.

The 2018 edition is coming up and would like to tell you about it briefly.

The La Vuelta de España (Spain) or simply La Vuelta (the Lap) is a professional race of road cycling contested throughout the Spanish geography. It is held between the end of August and the beginning of September and belongs to the UCI WorldTour calendar, the highest category of professional racers.

The Vuelta was first disputed in 1935. Since its creation, the race has been suspended four times: from 1937 to 1940 due to the Spanish Civil War, from 1943 to 1944 due to WWII and the bad economic situation of Spain, in 1949 and from 1951 to 1954. It is the last and youngest of the well-known “great laps” of cycling, next to the Tour de France and the Giro d’italia. With four wins (2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005), Roberto Heras is the most prized runner in the race. The Vuelta in the 1970’s begain in 1970 with the triumph of Luis Ocaña, who was already consolidated in the International platoon as one of the great figures of cycling. José Manuel Fuente, with his triumphs in 1972 and 1974, became the third cyclist who managed to win two laps to Spain. A few years later, Bernard Hinault repeated the feat. In 1973 Eddy Merckx managed to win the Vuelta and did so in a sweeping way winning six stages and all the individual ratings except for the mountain, in which he finished second. In the 1980’s the main dominator of the Vuelta was Pedro Delgado with two victories (1985 and 1989), a second place and two thirds. In 2008, the winner was the Spaniard Alberto Contador, winner that same year of the Giro d’italia, and thus became the first Spaniard to win the three great laps. He won again in 2012. and again in 2014.  The first Vuelta was in 1935 with 14 stages and 3431 km ; by country the most wins have been by Spain 32, France 9, Belgium 7, Italy 6, and Switzerland 5.

The 2018 Vuelta will have 21 stages to complete a total of 3,254 km . Beginning in Malaga, on August 25th, and final in Madrid, on September 16th.   There will be six plain and two level stages with a high end, six mountain stages, five half-mountain stages and two individual time-trial stages. 46 Mountain ports and two days rest. The official departure of the Vuelta 2018 will be the 30th visit of the Spanish Vuelta to Malaga city. The first was in 1936, second edition of the Vuelta, with a departure and a goal towards Granada and Sevilla, respectively.

The stages and pictorials photos to follow individually, happy race

Stage 1: Málaga-Málaga, 8 km. CRI level (August 25), just a warm up!

Stage 2: Marbella-Caminito del Rey, 163.5 km. Plain (26 August)

Stage 3: Mijas-Alahurín de la Torre, 178 km. Half-Mountain (27 August)

Stage 4: Vélez-Málaga-Alfácar (Sierra de la Alfaguara), 161 km. Half-Mountain (28 August)

Stage 5: Granada-Roquetas del Mar, 188 km. Half-Mountain (August 29)

Stage 6: Huércal-Overa-San Javier. Mar Meno, 155 km. Plain (30 August)

Stage 7: Port-Lumbreras-Pozo Alcón. 185 km. Level (31st August)

Stage 8: Linares-Almadén, 195 km. Trowel (1 September)

Stage 9: Talavera de la Reina-la Covatilla, 200 km. Mountain (September 2)

Etage 10: Salamanca – Fermoselle-Bermillo de Sayago, 177 km. plain (4 September)

Etage 11: Mombuey – Ribeira Sacra. Luintra, 207 km. Half Mountain (5 September)

Stage 12: Mondoñedo. Faro de Estaca de Bares. Mañó, 181 kilometers. Half-Mountain (September 6)

Stage 13: Candás-Carreño-Valle de Knowo. La Campero, 174 km. Mountain. (September 7th)

Stage 14: Cistierna-Les Praeres. Nava, 171 km. Mountain (September 8)

Stage 15: Ribera de Arriba-Lagos de Covadonga. 178 km. Mountain (9 September)

Stage 16: Santillana del Mar-Torrelavega, 32 km. Individual time trial (11 September)

Stage 17: Getxo-Balcon de Bizkaia, 157 km. Half-Mountain (September 12)

Stage 18: Ejea de los Caballeros-Lleida, 186 km. Plain (September 13)

Stage 19: Lleida-Andorra. Naturlandia, 154 km. Level with end in high (September 14)

Stage 20: Andorra. Escaldes-Engordany-Coll de la Gallina. Sanctuary of Canolich. Mountain (15 September)

Stage 21: Alcorcón-Madrid, 100 km. Plain (September 16) Final

There you , enjoy as much as we do and if you are there let me see some pictures please.

The above pictorials was taken from my fav sports magazine in Spain AS, more here: AS on the Vuelta 2018

The official webpage for the Vuelta in English/French/Spanish is here: La Vuelta 2018

I had to tell you an anecdote on Ejea de los Caballeros in Aragon, back in 1990 I was traveling there with my girlfriend (later wife) and we were on her VW Golf driving, the gas/petrol tank was almost empty and this is in the middle of barren lands almost like a desert nothing in sight, I though well there is always a first to walk the road to find gasoline!!! She told me her VW was very economical on gas/petrol and so it was, we made it alright to get the road back to France. Never again with a not full tank of gasoline to take a trip! Enjoy it , and remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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