We are getting set to go and Steve has been busy adding to our written itinerary. For a brief glimpse here it is:
Paris: Thursday 30th July. I booked a Hotel near the Luxemburg Gardens. I have a few favourite areas in Paris – the Marais being one , but I also like areas of the Left Bank. Happy memories of staying in Rue de L’universite and as I adore Le Jardin du Luxembourg I have booked Hotel Elysa-Luxembourg. http://www.elysaluxembourghotel.com/ It’s 3* but is in a great position near a metro handy as we are only there one night. I tried to book a popular restaurant nearby but alas they are closed for July29 – August 29! So I’ll be looking for another.
Biarritz: Friday 31-2August. We are flying down in the morning to this ritzy seaside resort mainly to visit Mark and Lauren Chisholm and their 5 bambini. Mark plays rugby for nearby Bayonne.Staying at the Radisson Blu near the beach
Saint Emilion: Sunday 2- Tuesday 4: Staying outside of Borgeaux in a charming village . I hope . Found a very good place to stay Les Chambres d’Ovaline
Bayeux: Tuesday 4-Thursday 6 exploring the Normandy area – the beaches and the tapestry and staying at La Villa
St Malo: Thursday 6th Visiting Mount ST Michel and Dinan we stay at Ajoncs d’Or
Jersey: Channel Island Friday 7,8,9th . Its high summer in Jersey and accommodation was tight but I found the Hotel Savoy. Not on the water but not a problem as we’ll be out adventuring each day. Plan to visit Guernsey and Sark
Gatwick: Monday 10. Arrive from Jersey late and have a quick night here before our flight to Gibraltar the next day.
Tarifa: Tuesday 11 – Thursday 20 I looked long and hard to find good accommodation for ourselves, Rob and John, Jordan’s parents Lisa and John, and Rob’s friend Cameron. Not to mention the other 5 swimmers , friends coming from England, the USA and Vanuatu. I eventually book Riad Lolita for our group and the 5 guys are staying at the Hotel Mistral 5 minutes away.