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France 2018
Holiday dates: 29th June to 5th July 2018.
Holidaying are: Helen, Ruth, Pat & Patrick, along with Jane, Wendy & Daniel.
Friday 29th June

Today we drove to the airport to pick up the people who were joining us for the next week. On the way we stopped at a Pottery shop to have a look around. Once back at the Gite and the new comers had settled in we all had a lovely meal and a Pina Colada for our drink! Yum yum. We are again staying in a beautiful Gite in France with vast grounds in the countryside of Limoges.
relaxing at the Gite
a swim in the lake Saturday 30th June

We had a quiet morning exploring the garden with its beautiful flowers and stone circle. Then a shopping trip to Ballac for craft supplies. Later in the afternoon we visited the lake and there was a chance to have a paddle or a swim and to relax on the beach. Some of the group enjoyed an ice cream. In the evening we had dinner at the Gite followed by games.
Sunday 1st July

Today Wendy conducted a service with hymns and prayers, in the stone circle. The circle is within the grounds of the Gite. We then went for a meal at St Pardoux, before leaving we looked at the medieval paintings on the walls of the church. We travelled to the lake but decided not to stay as it was a little busy. Instead we opted to go back to the Gite and do some crafting. We had a light supper and then played our games.  
Visiting the temple Monday 2nd July

We went to the Bhuddist Temple and gardens today. It was beautiful and the people were very kind, they gave us water and cakes. Some of us bought lots of gifts. We had lunch in Georges at Rancon. In the evening we had a BBQ at the Gite. Catherine and Jim joined us and to finish the day we played our games in the garden. We have been playing games such as boules and croquet along with quizzes.
Tuesday 3rd July

Today we visited Montrol-Senard the French village that has become a museum and evokes images of a by gone era from the early 20th Century. We stopped at a cafe and also sat inside The Old School House. Wendy was pretending to be the teacher and making us learn French ! (and she did tell Jane off, although it was all in fun). Later, back at the Gite, we did arts and crafts followed by dinner. We then presented Jim and Catherine with a home made gift to thank them for our stay.
The Old School house
meal Wednesday 4th July

We packed today ready for our return journey tomorrow and then visited Bellac to refuel and for a shop. In the evening we went for a very delicious meal at Montrol-Senard. We had an award ceremony from all our games in the week. Helen won the 1st prize! We then said our goodbyes to Jim and his dogs.
Thursday 5th July

We had a very early morning start at 3:00am! We travelled to the ferry but we were stopping at the Bayeux Tapestry museum along the way for a visit. The Bayeux tapestry is an embroidered cloth that is 70 meters long, depicting the Norman Conquest and was made in the 11th Century. Once our visit was over we carried on to the Ferry and then back home to England.
day trip One of our day trips
Our Tai Chi lesson at the Gite Tai chi lesson
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