Rouen Armada Tour 12 – 15 June 2013

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The group outside our first stop at the Benedictine Abbey at Fecamp
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“Many thanks for a great trip to the Rouen Armada – good weather, fantastic group of people and a wonderful itinerary of places visited – never realised Rouen had so much to offer after always travelling through it. Highlights were obviously the “Tall Ships” but for us it was dinner the first night in France’s oldest Auberge – we have been to many places to eat but this was magnificent with brilliant surroundings, food and staff who made the place something very special.
Once again many thanks for a great few days away and see you on the next one”
John & Karen Scanlon (3rd trip), Honda VFR800
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The fabulous interior of the Benedictine Palais
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“Another lovely holiday, with Bike Normandy,
Lots of roads to explore, and beautiful places to see.
 
John & Jen our guides, first class in every way,
Even arranged sunshine, nearly every day!
 
Superb restaurants, Monet’s garden was the best,
Only thing I had to do, was help John with his vest!
 
The orange reflective one, he wears to lead the pack,
With Jen keeping an eye out, for straddlers at the back.
 
Nigel’s looking forward to the four by four,
He’s already checked out next year, to book another tour!
 
We had a great time, as always. Very best wishes”
Nigel & Janet Short (9th trip), BMW GS Adventure
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See all the artwork associated with the famous liqueur
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“Thanks for the Rouen Armada Tour – it turned out to be lucky 13th trip for me as everything went well with no mishaps. The tall ships were definitely a sight worth seeing, the roads were good and the others on the trip were a very friendly bunch. All round a very good tour – although I’ve come to expect nothing less from you ! Already looking forward to trip no. 14 next month on the 4×4 tour”
Allan (13th trip) & Anne (5th trip) Gray, Honda VFR 1200
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Our own four saints !                      On the guided tour of Rouen, John leads the way !
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“Just to let you know how much Chris & I enjoyed the Rouen Armada Tour. As with all your tours it was well organised, excellent food, good company and great riding. Hope the rest of your season goes well. All the best”
Mick & Chris Warling (6th trip), Honda Pan European 1300ST
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Dinner our first night at La Couronne, France’s oldest Auberge
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“Thanks so much for making my first trip away with Alun on the bike so enjoyable. we really appreciated the trouble and effort that you both put in and admire you for your energy and enthusiasm. We both loved the organised experience and it has enabled us to plan and look forward to more trips in the future – hopefully with Bike Normandy if you’ll have us [of course we will!- J&J] We have to ensure the ferries are booked by me next time! Thanks once again…”
Heather & Alun Yeend, BMW F650GS
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“Just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed the Armada Tour” It was a completely different experience for me. Thanks a lot” 
Colin Shaw (7th trip), BMW 1200RT
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“Great pics and comments, we have many happy memories – but truth be told – hotels don’t beat your wonderful hospitality at le Champ Masse. There were so many high points, not least historic Rouen and the tall ships, but dinner at La Couronne and Giverny were extra special. We have a soft spot for Honfleur and eating crepes with you on the last day. The group gelled quickly and the high standing of riding set by you and the “old hands” was infectious and reassuring for the newcomers. Thank you both for making it a truly relaxing and enjoyable holiday. Carol was fulsome in her comments about how much she appreciated the itinerary and daily mileage. It was in all respects an outstanding tour. Best Wishes”
Bryan & Carol Symons, Triumph Sprint GT
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The Notre Dame Cathedrale hosts the nightly display of “Pixels”
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“Home safe after another wonderful tour. Thank you both for all your hard work as usual! Can you keep us in mind for your planned Rhine in Flames Tour next year. Many thanks”
Carol & Martyn Blair, Honda Pan European ST1300
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“Just a huge thank you again. Great tour, great evening meals & even managing to arrange the rain when we were not on the bikes or touring the tall ships! John, a special thank-you to you for your help when I had the problem with my bike…Thanks again for Rouen 2013″
Kelvin & Jill Roberts, BMW K1300
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The next day our boat trip along the Seine
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L’Etoile du Roy – France                                                      Dar Mlodziezy – Poland
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Gotheborg – Sweden                                                                  Cisne Branco – Brazil
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Monge – French Missile Detector                                                            Mir – Russia
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Belem – France                      Cuauhtemoc – Mexico with Gotheborg – Sweden behind
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A free afternoon next to explore the city
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Visit the Notre Dame Cathedrale
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Or the Joan of Arc Church in La Place du Vieux Marche
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Stroll along the quayside in the evening then watch the nightly firework display
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Our next visit – Monet’s House & Gardens at Giverny
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A rose between two thorns ! John & Karen with Colin;          Sandra & John     
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Robert & Janet                                                                                             Mick & Chris
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Nigel & Janet                                                                                                 Jill & Kelvin
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Carol & Martyn have to suffer John’s “Wide Mouth Frog” joke !
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Bryan & Carol                                                                                              Anne & Allan
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A wide mouth frog ???
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Susan & Patrick
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Dinner our last night in a Moroccan restaurant
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With a surprise Belly Dancer – Colin & Alun don’t know where to look !!
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Nigel wants to join in…perhaps now we know why !!
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Then the jokes start – first John’s “Mrs Ghandi” then Janet’s “Up or Down?”
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More Belly Dancing – and although Alun still isn’t impressed, Colin can’t resist !!
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Our final visit – a trip to Honfleur
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Carol & Martyn with chocolates                                    Brian & Bryan relaxing
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And guess who booked his return ticket for the wrong day ?!
 
Thanks to everyone who made this a really enjoyable tour for us too – John & Jen.