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Date: 18 Jul 2006 18:45:46
Title: Camaret Sur Mer

Date: 18-07-06     Time: 16:00 UTC      Position: 48:16.77N  004:35.31W   Name: Camaret sur Mer, near Brest 

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Varmen gjør at man ikke orker så veldig mye på dagen - og nå har jeg flyktet fra varmen i cockpiten til skyggen inne i båten. Planen for i dag var å komme til et sted der vi kunne handle litt, samt spise middag ute. Det har vi gjort ved å seile over bukta ca. seks sjømil til Camaret Sur Mer. Her er det kjempebra gjestehavn - stort og ordentlig med strøm og vann lett tilgjengelig. Selve byen er typisk fransk kystby - stort sett bare restauranter langs kai-kanten - koselig med masse forskjellige farger. Byen er ca. 1 km fra havnen som er langt å gå i varmen og enda lenger å bære flaskevann, øl, vin og mat tilbake til båten. Heldigvis kunne vi komme helt inn til butikken med jolla, slik at vi handlet rikelig med tunge og flytende varer for å unngå bæring av disse varene på en stund. Det var spennende å handle i et stort supermarked der varene var helt nye for oss, og utvalget var både stort og noe ukjent. Vi måtte ta en øl på fortauskafé for å kjøle kroppene litt. Vi gikk på en fin sandstrand like ved havnen og vasset i sjøen for å kjøle oss, men avstod fra en svømmetur. Utover det har vi ikke orket noen ting bortsett fra å se oss rundt i byen og titt i kirken like ved havna. Bildet viser gamle fiskebåter som står til forfalls i havnen, utvilsomt betalt av EU for ikke å fiske. Forresten, et skilt ved gjestehavnen forteller at prosjektet var delvis finansiert at EUs utviklingsforn - godt å vite at pengene Norge betaler inn til EU er vel anvendt.
 

English version

One really hasn't got the energy to do much in this heat, so I have fled the heat in the cockpit to come into the shade and relative cool of in the boat to write the blog. Our plan for today was to go somewhere we could buy food and eat dinner out. We sailed (great sail too - fresh breeze in flat water and hot, the breeze making it liveable) the six miles over the bay to Camaret Sur Mer. The guest harbour her is super - large, well protected from wind and waves (of which there are none at the moment), water and electricity on the pontoons. The town itself epitomizes the typical French coastal tourist town with restaurants lining the quay front, narrow cosy streets, and varied bright colours. Town is about a kilometre from the guest harbour, but fortunately we could motor the dinghy right up to the supermarket. We utilized this to really stock up on some basics which are heavy like bottled water, beer, wine and juice. Shopping in a new country was a pleasant experience - lots of new types of foods we just aren't used to from Norway or our time in the UK and Ireland. We had to have a cold been in the shade on a café on the quayside to cool of having explored the town. We really haven't had the energy for much in this heat. We walked along the sandy beach just by the harbour and cooled our feet off in the sea, but have now retired to the boat to rehydrate the bodies and prepare for going out for dinner when things get a little cooler. Today's picture shows some of several old fishing boats which have been left to rot in the harbour - no doubt the fishermen were paid to do so by the EU. Speaking of the EU, the guest harbour has a big sign proudly pronouncing that it was partially financed by the EU's development fund - nice to know that Norway's and Britain's contributions to the EU coffers are being well spent.
 

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