T’is this time of the year… going back to our roots.

While my parents were visiting my grandmother, they saw a catamaran going through the village. Of course the phone call came quickly, is that a lagoon? Why are they going through here?

Over the last year, I have tried to identify exactly where the factory was located, the answers were always vague and at best  “next to Bordeaux” or ” we have two locations it depends on the size” and the best “in France”. Which evidently didn’t help in my quest, and I couldn’t for sure provide an answer.

But some changes in the CNB (Beneteau group) has enabled the creation of a lagoon blog, where Alexandre provides inside informations and answers questions for lagoon owners. A revolution in a French company, never heard off… Imagine they are engaging dialogue with the end user. As you can all percieve we welcomed the change and have since been corresponding on various topics. Thank you Alex for taking the time and energy to better the Lagoon brand image.

Last week on one of this exchange, the factory topic came back. The answer was quick and very precise, “For the factory please find the GPS address to see it on Google map : 46 44’55.70″N ; 1 25’38.82″O. It used to be a Beneteau monohull factory but now they are producing only catamarans.”

 

A quick plotting on Google earth of the Factory top marker, my grandmother’s village is the middle marker and the port of La Rochelle. Which explains  why some catamarans pass by her house, to take their first bath.

 

Here you are Mammy now you know for sure, and the mystery is solved. May be one day, I will re-visit the place where I spent a good part of my summer few years ago. Why not even on Letitgo.

Back to island time number 300th  let’s go big or go home Australia. Yes nothing in moderation for this milestone.

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world’s sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east.

For at least 40,000 yearsbefore European settlement in the late 18th century, Australia was inhabited by indigenous Australians, who belonged to one or more of roughly 250 language groups. After discovery by Dutch explorers in 1606, Australia’s eastern half was claimed by Great Britain in 1770 and settled through penal transportation to the colony of New South Wales from 26 January 1788. The population grew steadily in subsequent decades; the continent was explored and an additional five self-governing
Crown Colonies were established.

On 1 January 1901, the six colonies federated, forming the Commonwealth of Australia. Since Federation, Australia has maintained a stable liberal democratic political system which functions as a federal parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. The federation comprises six states and several territories. The population of 22.7 million is heavily concentrated in the Eastern states and is highly urbanised.

A highly developed country, Australia is the world’s thirteenth largest economy and has the world’s sixth-highest per capita income. Australia’s military expenditure is the world’s twelfth largest. With the second-highest human development index globally, Australia ranks highly in many international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, and the protection of civil liberties and political rights.


Stereotyping much.