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Roger Hicks
06-19-2011, 13:07
3850 miles (6160 km) on a 1978 BMW R100Rs in 19 days, not all of them in the saddle.

Next, Arles. Will reply to PMs, etc., tomorrow (insh'Allah). Who else will be in Arles?

Cheers,

R.

MartinP
06-20-2011, 09:26
In twenty hours no-one has replied?! Well, it was during the night and a workday I suppose.

I'll be staying on the camping again, Sunday to Sunday, so I hope the weather is as good as last year. My camping neighbour from last year (from the excellent Photofusion (http://www.photofusion.org/) centre in Brixton) will also be in Arles - but, I suspect, not staying in a tent!

BTW, how many km has your BMW done now?!

Mablo
06-20-2011, 09:47
I hope you had time to visit Estonian islands on your visit. Lovely scenes over there. I spent a weekend in Kuressaare and aroundings just a few weeks ago and will go back to Hiiumaa, Saaremaa and especially Mühu island for the last part of July.

Turtle
06-20-2011, 10:00
Roger, looks like this might be my year! I have a couple of prints being shown as part of the Galerie Huit Open Salon and some time to head on over. At this late stage, do you have any recommendations for accommodation on a fairly tight budget? Will I need to stay out of town? I'll do the usual internet search but as a man who knows the area so well, if you have pointers that would be a great help. I hope to make it down for somewhere between 4 and 7 days. It looks like there is a stupefying amount on and I am looking forward to the wine/beer/food too :)

taskoni
06-20-2011, 10:45
Sad that I missed you in Estonia, I am 600 km away but it would worth the drive to meet you Roger... May be the next time you are around Baltic States :D

Roger Hicks
06-20-2011, 11:43
In twenty hours no-one has replied?! Well, it was during the night and a workday I suppose.

I'll be staying on the camping again, Sunday to Sunday, so I hope the weather is as good as last year. My camping neighbour from last year (from the excellent Photofusion (http://www.photofusion.org/) centre in Brixton) will also be in Arles - but, I suspect, not staying in a tent!

BTW, how many km has your BMW done now?!

Dear Martin,

Well, I've changed speedometers twice, but it's well over over 140,000 miles = 225,000 to 250,000 km.

Dinner on Monday? Dutch, of course (or if that's an English expression, each one pays his own). Same applies to anyone else interested. Barring mishap, we'll be outside the Voltaire at six-ish Monday evening.

Look forward to seeing you again. Dinner probably at the tapas bar at the other end off the block (outwards from the square). Bring your Photofusion chum too: I think I met her last year, if it's the girl I'm thinking of.

Cheers,

R.

Roger Hicks
06-20-2011, 11:45
I hope you had time to visit Estonian islands on your visit. Lovely scenes over there. I spent a weekend in Kuressaare and aroundings just a few weeks ago and will go back to Hiiumaa, Saaremaa and especially Mühu island for the last part of July.

Dear Mablo,

Unfortunately not. We were running out of time and needed to renew a bald rear tyre in Paarnu. But I must say, of the Baltic States, I liked Estonia most.

Cheers,

R.

oftheherd
06-20-2011, 11:49
Wish I could go. It always sounds so interesting. Besides, I have never seen Europe, and likely never will. My wife spent some time in Germany about 7 years ago and hated the weather something awful. But who knows, my son-in-law likes to go there sometimes.

Roger Hicks
06-20-2011, 11:50
Roger, looks like this might be my year! I have a couple of prints being shown as part of the Galerie Huit Open Salon and some time to head on over. At this late stage, do you have any recommendations for accommodation on a fairly tight budget? Will I need to stay out of town? I'll do the usual internet search but as a man who knows the area so well, if you have pointers that would be a great help. I hope to make it down for somewhere between 4 and 7 days. It looks like there is a stupefying amount on and I am looking forward to the wine/beer/food too :)

The Rencontres website is good at organizing accommodation at short notice and even 'out of town' ain't usually very far. Try the Hotel Voltaire first (Google 'em) as they may still have a room. You can also leave messages for Frances and me at reception (the bar...). See you Monday 3 (see above)? Hope so!

And congratulations on the Galerie Huit Open Salon: NICE venue!

Cheers,

R.

Roger Hicks
06-20-2011, 12:12
Sad that I missed you in Estonia, I am 600 km away but it would worth the drive to meet you Roger... May be the next time you are around Baltic States :D

Gosh, thank'ee kindly. Or we could meet in Bulgaria next time we're there...

Cheers,

R.

RayPA
06-20-2011, 12:16
Wow! the views for this thread in a 24-hour period is incredible, and the posts-to-views ratio very low.:confused:




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Roger Hicks
06-20-2011, 13:21
Dear Ray,

Personally I doubt the 11,000 views.

Remember: a computer can make the same number of mistakes in 5 minutes as would take 100 skilled operators 100 years to make...

Cheers,

R.

Michiel Fokkema
06-20-2011, 13:34
Hi,

We'll be in Arles from Sunday to Friday. We'll be in an hotel this year. The girls can use the car for sightseeing while I can walk in Arles.
When and where do we meet?

Cheers,

Michiel Fokkema

MartinP
06-20-2011, 13:49
it's well over over 140,000 miles = 225,000 to 250,000 km.

That's more than my total for all three bikes - and most likely (I hope) your km were more interesting too!

My transport will be, again, TGV most of the way with an ordinary train to start and a bus for the last bit. Enjoy the trip to Place Voltaire.

If I have any contact with the camping neighbour from last year before the Monday evening, I will certainly pass-on your kind invitation :)


Gr.
Martin

Turtle
06-20-2011, 13:56
Would the meet up be on Mon 04th July - the opening?

Yes, Galerie Huit looks absolutely incredible.... quite unlike any gallery I have ever seen!


The Rencontres website is good at organizing accommodation at short notice and even 'out of town' ain't usually very far. Try the Hotel Voltaire first (Google 'em) as they may still have a room. You can also leave messages for Frances and me at reception (the bar...). See you Monday 3 (see above)? Hope so!

And congratulations on the Galerie Huit Open Salon: NICE venue!

Cheers,

R.

Roger Hicks
06-21-2011, 00:05
Yes, Monday 4th, outs¡de the Hotel Voltaire in the Place Voltaire, at about six.

Cheers,

R.

auldbob
06-21-2011, 00:18
I hope to be in Arles from Sunday, and if you have room for an old 'un, I'd like to join you all. I have accomodation in Nimes, but if the Arles camp site is closer, that may be a better alternative. Is it within walking distance of the centre? Don't like to drive too far after sampling the vin rouge.

Regards
Auldbob

Turtle
06-21-2011, 03:22
Yikes, finding hotels at this (late) stage seems all but impossible unless one stays 7+ miles out. My searches keep bringin up the same results unless I want to pay very high spa type prices!

Any recommendations for a good campsite with tents provided that is a reasonable stumbling distance from town (or even in town)?

Turtle
06-21-2011, 03:47
Is Camping City a good bet? Looks to be only 2K or so form the centre and I do have a tent.... and its cheap!

Roger Hicks
06-21-2011, 05:06
Auldbob (see you there) + Turtle: contact MartinP, as I think that's where he stayed, and he's camping. There's certainly at least one camp site about 2 km from the centre, and quite handy for the Ateliers.

As far as I recall -- it's been a good few years now -- it's actually a quick, not-very-expensive train ride between Arles and Avignon, and the trains run late. The same might be true for Nimes: sorry, dunno.

Do try e-mailing Corinne and Jean-Pierre at the Hotel Voltaire: [email protected], or call +33 (0) 4 90 96 49 18, but neither speaks much English. They've been known (occasionally) to have a room at very short notice.

Cheers,

R.

Turtle
06-21-2011, 05:53
Cheers Roger, I have emailed them in my finest GCSE French, with some assistance from the internet! Fingers crossed.

I'll look at hotels in Avignon, but it looks like those closer in are quite expensive and those further out will present a challenge to get to the station. The Arles camping option looks pretty cheap and if half decent might work best as it gives me the option to stay a little longer if I want. Only issue, as always, is safety of valuables.

How long are you all staying for? I am thinking a week for starters.

Roger Hicks
06-21-2011, 06:00
Arriving Sunday, leaving the following Sunday. A week is probably optimum.

The trouble with internet searches is that the cheaper places rarely show up.

Cheers,

R.

Roger Hicks
06-21-2011, 06:24
Incidentally, ignore the negative TripAdvisor reviews of the hotel. Yes, it's cheap and basic, but it's clean and central and at 40€ for a double room with private facilities it's an unbelievable bargain. I certainly don't recognize any of what the two 'anti' reviews are talking about, and I've stayed there many times.

Cheers,

R.

robert blu
06-21-2011, 11:36
I'll arrive with Simo in Arles on sunday and leave next saturday (9th). I twill be nice to meet you again. ciao
robert

Turtle
06-28-2011, 14:29
My travel plans have come together and I should be there a few days before the 4th... you know, to relax into it ;) I might be around for a couple of weeks in all. Really looking forward to it!

Roger Hicks
06-28-2011, 15:10
My travel plans have come together and I should be there a few days before the 4th... you know, to relax into it ;) I might be around for a couple of weeks in all. Really looking forward to it!

Great! Where are you staying? Alone, or with Significant Other? See you Monday?

Cheers,

R.

gekopaca
06-28-2011, 21:01
Yes, Monday 4th, outs¡de the Hotel Voltaire in the Place Voltaire, at about six.


Roger, do you mean 6 a.m. or 6 p.m. ?
(photographers love the morning light, don't they?)

Turtle
06-29-2011, 00:26
I'm coming down on my own and will be camping (prob in Camping City, if it has space and is not too full of mobile homes/caravans for my tiny tent).

Yes, I'll be there to meet up on Monday!

You are easy to spot Roger (assuming you don't shave off your beard), but I will be the 6'1" slim bald bloke of 35 who speaks GCSE French badly.

Now the question is, do I bring my camera or do I take a holiday away from cameras...? Yeah, right.

Great! Where are you staying? Alone, or with Significant Other? See you Monday?

Cheers,

R.

gekopaca
06-29-2011, 01:42
Now the question is, do I bring my camera or do I take a holiday away from cameras...? Yeah, right.

Turtle, if you're wearing your camera as a trophee in the center of the town this week, you will be absolutly anonymous among a myriad of strange animals who are doing the same thing.:D

Whatever, if you want to have a good shooting during your trip around the city (Camargue, Alpilles, Crau, street-photo…) I may give you some precious advices.

Roger Hicks
06-29-2011, 02:32
Roger, do you mean 6 a.m. or 6 p.m. ?
(photographers love the morning light, don't they?)

Yes, but rarely enough to get up for it...

Cheers,

R.

Turtle
07-03-2011, 06:49
Well, I am here. Arles that is. I see that stress is officially prohibited and that wine, coffee and fresh food are all reasonably priced. This going to be tough.

Now to decide which sort of ticket to get, as I might be here for anything up to 2 weeks....

gekopaca
07-03-2011, 07:36
Well, I am here. Arles that is. I see that stress is officially prohibited and that wine, coffee and fresh food are all reasonably priced. This going to be tough.

Now to decide which sort of ticket to get, as I might be here for anything up to 2 weeks....

Welcome in Arles!
I hope I will be there tomorrow for the meeting - actually I'm not sure currently. If not, I hope seeing you later in the week :)
Enjoy your first hours in the city - if you need infos you can send me a PM.

gekopaca
07-04-2011, 06:49
Hello at all the RFF members in Arles now :
Unfortunately I won't be here for the meeting this evening, because I will go out of the hospital only tomorrow evening.
Nothing important, I'm fine, only a dental surgery which was sur-infected.
So I can be free for another meeting from wenesday to the end of the week; I will be very happy to invite all the members for a RFF garden-party at home!
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