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mikeyh



Location: Dordogne France

PostSubject: Continental Garden Trains Open day   Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:07 pm

With only three months to go to this historic meeting is there any itinerary?

I am about to book accomodation but before I do'; Presumably there will be a bit of night time running. Are there plans to have perhaps a barbecue on the saturday night?, where everybody brings something to put in the pot so to speak ( I can bring a barby if Geoff doesnt have one). If we organise some sort of food for the saturday night I just have to book a B & B. If not it will be an hotel (with restaurant).

I guess this decision is yours Geoff!

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PostSubject: Re: Continental Garden Trains Open day   Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:03 pm

Mikey you are ahead of me by miles!
I was hoping to sort out some catering for the event and have a decent size gas barby.
I promise to set down some sort of order of running sometime next month.
I am really pleased that a few French cheminot are coming along via the VML site.
We arrive en France on the 9th April and will get sorted out asap.

One idea we had was that we would have a light lunch and barby with beer/wine/music until late evening, say midnight. But we were waiting until we had a better idea of numbers before we made any suggestions. I think your 'Jacob's Join' proposal is a good idea, as if any one has any particular food preference they can bring exactly what they like to eat.

Another idea is perhaps the ladies, bless em, could pop out in the PM for a local sightseeing trip and pick up the makings for the evening. I am sure Celia would be happy to guide the ladies around the village of Vouvant which is quite nice. Anyway I think you only need to book for B&B we won't see you starve!

Jeremy the Dragon has booked his ferry today, so if you want him to bring anything along it is probably best to drop him a line
cheers
Geoff cheers
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mikeyh



Location: Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Continental Garden Trains Open day   Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:14 pm

didnt mean to tread on your toes Geoff. I'm a great believer in forward planning! If theres anything at all you need or we can do to lighten the load just ask.

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PostSubject: Re: Continental Garden Trains Open day   Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:27 pm

Ok will do

Cheers
Geoff
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Carl Hibbs
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Location: Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Continental Garden Trains Open day   Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:12 pm

I am meeting Geoff in May for a recce. For those who didn't do military service ( Cool ) that means reconnaisance Wink
To gather information and prepare for this illustrious weekend.

Mikey, I sincerely hope an evening of liquid musical extravaganza is planned. Bring that 'ole guitar along and I might just bring a mandolin.

I wouldn't get too hung up on programs and order of events etc.. When I have open days here it's just 'go with the flow'. If you make too many plans then after a few glasses it just falls into disarray.
Whoever gets steam-up first and not drinking gets right of way. king

I will have a dual track portable layout too.

Thanks for the tip about Jeremy. I will be ordering a few bits.
Pierre from Imagimonde says he coming too but he's gone a bit elusive again at the moment.

My wife's definitely not coming.
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GWhizz



Location: Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Continental Garden Trains Open day   Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:09 pm

Hi

Caroline and I (plus our two dogs) are booked into the hotel Geoff recommended, Domaine de Chantemerle, for the Saturday night!

Probably driving up on Saturday arriving mid morning, either direct from home in the Charente or possibly having taken in Friday overnight in La Rochelle.

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mikeyh



Location: Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Continental Garden Trains Open day   Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:13 pm

Now booked, glynis and me. No dogs no donkey no daughters no grandkids no rabbits no chickens Ah bliss!!!

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Location: Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Continental Garden Trains Open day   Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:26 pm

...But what about the guitar....? Crying or Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: Continental Garden Trains Open day   Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:53 pm

Where did you decide to stay Mikey?
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mikeyh



Location: Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Continental Garden Trains Open day   Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:56 pm

Hi Geoff. domaine de chantemerle. the owner is a really nice guy. he said (in his best inglish) 'zere wull be a few of youze staying ici) Looking forward to july!

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mikeyh



Location: Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Continental Garden Trains Open day   Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:59 pm

And the guitar will be there. (it always is wherever I go!!)

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PostSubject: Re: Continental Garden Trains Open day   Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:25 pm

It's a really nice place, I might rent out the hovel and move in there over the weekend.


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David Grantham



Location: Midlands, England

PostSubject: Re: Continental Garden Trains Open day   Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:02 pm

Today I booked my Eurostar and TGV tickets for the inaugural CGT Open Weekend, though I was disappointed to learn that RailEurope have n't heard of CGT.

Amazing prices like 20 single from Lille to Angouleme and 55 return London to Lille.

I will be staying with friends near Ruffec rather than the camper van as originally envisaged.

Looking forward to meeting you all.


David
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