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Old 22 December 2010, 13:49   #51
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I'd rather go for the day, I'd like to climb to the top and maybe take a walk to the barrage as well.

I might just plonk myself on the blocks friday morning as well then
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I'd rather go for the day, I'd like to climb to the top and maybe take a walk to the barrage as well.

I might just plonk myself on the blocks friday morning as well then

I wonder how many eateries would be open on the 25th? I could quite easily spend most of the day guzzling hot choccie and noshing on pastries. The barrage is really interesting (see vid) and the abbey will certainly be open. I'd like to go to mass; I'm not into god or anything, it would just be cool to arrive by sea as a pilgram.

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Very tempted to join you, but not sure I'll be allowed out on Saturday. Though if I plan this right and make a complete mess of the preparations on Friday I may get banished from the house and told to stay out of the way

Don't mind helping with loading or cleaning on Friday if either of you would like some help.
Won't this be your last Christmas as a free man? You should get a pass from the Captain and come along.
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Won't this be your last Christmas as a free man?
Yes indeedy, it will be ( or depending on your personal viewpoint). But her indoors has said she'd like to go too, which just won't be possible on Christmas Day unless the relatives don't mind cooking their own dinner at ours!

I do very much like the idea of 'a pilgrimage' however. Perhaps we should get some suitable attire ready for a later date and do it in traditional style.
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I fuelled up this morning and went for a quick blast up the small roads to charge the batteries...bloody hell it's cold out there!
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I fuelled up this morning and went for a quick blast up the small roads to charge the batteries...bloody hell it's cold out there!
It's effing cold and that's for sure. I phoned the tourism office at MSt.M just now. The abbey is closed on Christmas Day but is open for Mass at 12:15. More importantly, the restaurants and shops will be open as usual. Do you still want to go Matt?
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And just wait till Martini throws a bit of spray over you as well.

I'll come down with a blowtorch and an ice axe to meet you on your return Sat pm shall I? I reckon you might be frozen in a standing position unable to remove your grip from the wheel and throttle. The windchill is bad enough stationary, let alone doing 25-30kts.
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Thank god for that! I had visions of it being a very long day standing round in the cold and rain.

Yep I'm still in, weathers still looking ok too

It'll be a late one Erin by the time we get back, looks like we're coming back on the evening tide I think
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True to their word, the preparations are underway.
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The plan now is to go and come back on the morning tide. Weather permitting we'll leave La Collette at about 07:15, get to Mont St. Michel at 08:45, stay for 40mins and then be back in time for lunch at around 11:30. Keith - why don't you come along as well? KarlT is coming now.
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