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An Englishman Aboard Review Ð 0 ï ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✈ An Englishman Aboard ⚣ Author Charles Timoney – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk From the author of Pardon My French and A Certain Je Ne Sais uoi this is the charming and hilariously funny story of one man's attempt to travel the entire length of the Seine by boatWhen Charles Ater it is New Year's Eve he finds himself An Englishman eBook #188 betting he will travel the entire length of the Seine from source to the sea in the next year and discover the true FranceBut the reality proves somewhat difficult than he had expected As Charles sets sail into an unvarnished France on a variety of craft from steamers to police patro. From BBC radio 4 Book of the weekCharles Timoney is an English writer with a French wife living in FranceAfter showing a group of friends the rowing boat he has spent the last six months building Charles possibly unwisely accepts a challenge to travel the entire length of the River Seine from source to the sea using the boat where he can to discover the true FranceBut it proves rather difficult than he imagined Not all of the Seine is navigable by rowing boat so he sets sail into an unvarnished France on a variety of craft hitching lifts in everything from a converted Parisian tourist boat to a sailing boat with no mast He even tries out an amphibious vehicleAlong the way he encounters Stèphane a carp fisherman with a very strange habit grapples with rapids and stubborn cattle rescues a couple when their sailing dinghy capsizes and discovers that rowing in the dark is frightening than he first thoughtWritten by Charles TimoneyAbridged by Libby SpurrierReader Mark HeapProducer Joanna GreenA Pier Production for BBC Radio 4httpswwwbbccoukprogrammesb02m

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From the author of Pardon My French and A Certain Je Ne Sais uoi this is the charming and hilariously funny story of one man's attempt to travel the entire length of the Seine by boatWhen Charles shows his friends the rowing boat he has spent the last six months building he little realises the adventures that lie ahead Several glasses of champagne l. BOTWBBC Blurb Charles Timoney is an English writer with a French wife living in FranceAfter showing a group of friends the rowing boat he has spent the last six months building Charles possibly unwisely accepts a challenge to travel the entire length of the River Seine from source to the sea using the boat where he can to discover the true FranceBut it proves rather difficult than he imagined Not all of the Seine is navigable by rowing boat so he sets sail into an unvarnished France on a variety of craft hitching lifts in everything from a converted Parisian tourist boat to a sailing boat with no mast He even tries out an amphibious vehicleAlong the way he encounters Stèphane a carp fisherman with a very strange habit grapples with rapids and stubborn cattle rescues a couple when their sailing dinghy capsizes and discovers that rowing in the dark is frightening than he first thoughtWritten by Charles Timoney Abridged by Libby SpurrierReader Mark Heap Producer Joanna GreenA Pier Production for BBC Radio 41 Charles possibly unwisely accepts a challenge to travel the entire length of the River Seine from source to the sea2 Having located the source of the Seine further along the river the author takes his first purposeful strokes towards the English Channel3 With the Seine now officially declared navigable and too dangerous for a rowing boat Charles Timoney continues his journey in a converted Parisian tourist boat4 On his uest to travel the entire length of the River Seine author Charles Timoney meets Stephane a carp fisherman with a very strange habit5 Continuing along the Seine Charles Timoney tries out an amphicar and stops off in Rouen Seuana pronounce sek oo ANN a is the Gaulish Goddess of the River Seine The source of the Seine was called the Fontes Seuanae the Springs of Seuana by the Gauls and they built a healing shrine there When the Romans took over the area they built temples to Seuana and continued her worship Her waters were believed to heal physical infirmities especially diseases of the eye Her name means “the fast flowing one” and is also seen as Seuanna Siuanna and Secuana Source height of self indulgence “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing” — Benjamin Franklin This failed on both scores NEXT

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An Englishman AboardL boats to inflatables he encounters truffle thieving terriers and obsessive fishermen grapples with strong rapids and stubborn cattle and is nearly destroyed by a cheese so smelly it comes with its own health warningThis is the charming and often hilarious story of Charles's uixotic uest and the most uniue guide to the true France that you will find. Charles Timoney an Englishman living in France builds a rowing boat from a kit and then in a moment of madness accepts a New Year's eve challenge from friends to travel the length of the River Seine This is the tale of his journey on which he is accompanied most of the way by his longsuffering French wife InèsThe book is a travelogue written in a lightly humorous style with insights into French culture life language and history The River Seine is long 470miles776km Timoney writes about many interesting places along its route from its source in Burgundy which I have visited on through Paris finally reaching the sea at Le Havre My major complaint is the lack of any map or maps in the version I read paperback not sure about other versions though the publishers included several unnecessary I felt grainy photographs The only really useful picture was that of the coypu le ragolin an animal we've seen several times but failed until now to identify Apparently like the mink in the UK it's an introduced species that escaped and now thrives in the wild As a Francophile I wanted to know where Timoney was so I could add them to our 'must visit list so had to read the book with a map in hand The confusion is compounded by the fact that he seems to retrace his steps in order to find transport especially around Paris uite understandable in the circumstances If they had printed even some simple maps this would have helped but without it at times I found it rather irritatingI enjoyed this book revisiting places we have been and learning about many others some of which are on our 'must visit' list I've also learned plenty of new French words phrases and collouialisms to try out I hope One of my favourites has to be il est tombé dans les pommes he has fallen in the apples collouial for he has fainted instead of using the formal verb s'évanouir which I didn't know either Another favourite was the expression un violon d'Ingres a hobby Ingres being a famous French painter rather than a musicianDid Timoney finish the challenge Of course he did That surely isn't a plot spoiler However this book is about the travel and the people than about his little rowing boat which was the cause of the challenge Understandably other river transport was sought and the rowing boat hardly used after Paris as the size of other river traffic made it far too dangerous the exception being a short row from the open sea to the shore at the mouth of the Seine to formally finish the journeyI thoroughly enjoyed this book which I first heard in an abridged version on BBC Radio 4 in their morning Book of the Week slot This is Timoney's third book but the others whilst being about culture language and people are I understand less about travel and the type of book that can be easily dipped into rather than read cover to cover My husband has enjoyed both Perhaps I'll give them a go