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Riding Around Le Mans The Way You Should

August 31, 2018

Riding Around Le Mans The Way You Should

August 31, 2018

If there is ever one continent in the world where you should plan a road trip in, it’s Europe. North America is great, but the history, cultures and road network in Europe is much more refined, making it easier and giving you a lot more options. France is the picturesque destination that many people around the world want to visit, because it is the one nation that epitomises Europe itself. It’s incredibly beautiful, has a long history of multiple kingdoms, the food is absolutely sublime and the countryside is beyond reproach. Le Mans is a city in the north-west of the country that is little known by foreigners. Yes, it’s where the famous race is held annually but it’s more than just a race track. This city is the capital for the province of Maine and despite only having a population of around 150,000 it has earned it’s right to be so. In the Middles Ages, Maine was one of the provinces that would be poised to be attacked by English soldiers after they landed in Normandy and swept through into the heart of the country. Therefore, you’ll find many small forts and old stone bridges, as well as cathedrals from that era, still standing.

Credit Chovee

The ride itself

First off you and your friends need a ride. Although the public transport in the city is good, with trams and buses ferrying the locals around, you really should attain total freedom and just get a euro car hire. Money experts have surmised that you would at least save up to 15% if you were to go with this company and not pay overly obscene prices with other companies. Thankfully, the cars you have as options aren’t just the runt of the litter, large manufacturers supply them with cars so you can get anything from a small Ford or a Mercedes saloon. Make sure that you have enough room for everyone to travel comfortably, as if you are going to road trip, don’t cram into a tiny car that can barely hold everyone. That’s a surefire way to have some grumpy passengers.

Holy historical architecture

France has had a large Catholic population for a long time, which is why it played such an important role in the Middle Ages. England had just rejected the Catholic religion and the Pope in Rome trusted that France would be the buffer and base of operations for any invasion to and fro. The Saint Julien Cathedral is on Avenue de Paderborn which is right in the heart of the city. You can drive in using the long dual carriageway of Rue des Maillets which is connected to the D313 highway on the east side of the city. The architecture is incredibly beautiful, and it’s mainly from the 14th-century. The gothic-style is teamed with the Roman-Catholic architecture i.e. Romanesque. The wide and tall tower merges into the nave where the majority of the prayer takes place. If you love to learn about history and how small parts of a larger nation were formed and maintained, visit Saint Julien Cathedral.

Speed demon haven

By the name of the city you can probably already tell what it’s most famous for. The Le Mans 24-hour race is held barely just outside the city at the La Sarthe track. There’s so much history in this part of France regarding racing but also, everything that comes along with it. The engineering of some of the top cars from the nation’s biggest manufacturers has all been tested here for handling, speed and reliability. The 24-hour Le Mans Museum is a speed demon haven. Although the track is further south, the museum is inside the city centre just a little south of the cathedral. Some of the cars featured here have a top speed of over 250 mph, which they were intended to keep achieving for 24-hours in the late 1980s.

Relaxing cuisine

Drive back into the city at the end of the night, to La Vieille Porte for some hearty rustic French cuisine. Situated in a stone building, this relaxing restaurant has some great dishes for someone who wants to end the day on a lighter note. You have the option of lean meat with heavy sauce, or you can have a roast chicken with a fresh salad. The bread is fantastic, served with butter or even liver pate.

Le Mans is more than a city that roars to life with thousands of horsepower every year for once a day. It’s got a history of upholding the faith, marvellous architecture that really paid attention to detail. It celebrates the role it has and continues to play in the French automotive industry.

Thanks to its size, it’s not too big or too small, ripe for a road trip with friends.

Kirsty Leanne

xoxo

I'M KIRSTY LEANNE

My mission is simple. I want to help change the way travel looks, showing both brands and society that plus size people really do travel too. In a community where plus size travellers are made to feel unwelcome, I want to inspire and advise people like me on how they can make the most out of their own incredible travel experiences.Join me as I share my own personal experiences, my best tips and tricks and all of the challenges I face along the way. It won’t always be an easy ride, but it sure as hell will be a fun one.

Together, we can change the way that travel looks today

WHAT TO EXPECT

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It took some time, but I finally realised that self-love means something completely different to each and every person that has started the incredible journey of learning to love their body more. For some, self-love is wearing a bikini in public for the first time ever. For others, it’s saying no to something you really don’t want to do and taking time to focus on YOU instead 👙

To believe that self-love was a linear concept held me back from so much so when @welovedates asked me to share what it means to me, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to show you that there’s so much more to self-love than building your confidence in yourself ❤️👏🏻

I’ve shared five ways in which my life has changed as a result of my self love journey over on my blog so if you fancy reading, head over to the link in my bio 👩🏼‍💻✍🏻

If you’re on your self love journey, how has your life changed? 👇🏻❤️ #welovereal
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For those of you that are new here, this time last year I announced my first international group trip created with plus size travellers in mind. For obvious reasons, however, I had to cancel it earlier this year. It felt as though it was my biggest career achievement to date and honestly, I am gutted that it hasn’t been able to go ahead as planned 🥺😢

Being passionate about an industry that is now so uncertain isn’t easy right now, but I’m (mostly) hopeful that things will rebuild and I promise they when it’s safe, I’m going to do all that I can to make Plus Size Travel Too trips a reality again ❤️👏🏻 #plussizetraveltoo
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Me: “......hold my drink 😏👏🏻”

Just your friendly reminder that you shouldn’t assume someone can’t do something just because they’re bigger than you AND if for any reason they can’t do the same things as you, they’re not any less worthy of your respect ✌🏻
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When it comes to shooting new content I’ve been feeling really uninspired lately and honestly, I think it’s because I usually find my inspiration in travel and discovering new places ❤️✈️

Summer has been and gone and I think I must have only taken a handful of photos. I felt like I was putting pressure on myself to create when I didn’t feel like it, so even when I did try to self shoot the photos didn’t come out how I wanted 🤷🏼‍♀️

Thankfully, Autumn is well and truly here and I’m feeling really really motivated to start taking photos again. It’s my favourite season for both the colours and the fashion, so I feel like it’s a time of the year where my ‘at home’ content always starts to improve a little 🍂

As I’m not going to be travelling anywhere for a while, I feel like this is going to be the year to embrace my Autumn content even more (starting with this gorgeous @joanieclothing dress) ❤️📸 

I hope you’re all as excited as I am for my content over the next few weeks 😂🎃👀 #joaniegirls
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So, as I haven’t mentioned it here yet, last week I started working for a new job on a part-time basis! 👏🏻 I’ve been doing lots of training and getting used to my new schedule so unfortunately, Instagram fell behind a little bit. I feel like I haven’t had the time to develop content ideas or create new Reels for a couple of weeks now and when I finally remember to post, it’s gone 10pm and far too late to consider posting 😂

I’m finally getting the hang of things again, so consider this post an accountability post to say that I’ll be back to posting properly ASAP 🥺✌🏻
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Side note: next time I go to a Disney park, will someone please remind me to wear something practical? I looked cute but oh my god, it was so WARM 🥵 #plussizetraveltoo
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So, earlier this week I shared a video of myself in a bikini. It was the first time I’ve ever worn a bikini to the beach and honestly, I was super proud of myself for taking a big step personally on my journey 👙
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Over the course of the last few days I have a lot of positive and supportive comments from people but of course, when a video on Instagram gets a lot of views, it starts to attract those that think those in a larger body than them shouldn’t be allowed to live their best lives on social media.
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They’re the people who, no matter what I’m doing, tell me I’m promoting obesity by sharing videos and images of my body online 🤷🏼‍♀️📸
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These comments don’t phase me anymore, so....
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JUST FOR A LAUGH, I DECIDED TO DESIGN THE PROMOTING OBESITY MAGAZINE COVER, JUST TO SHOW HOW RIDICULOUS IT ACTUALLY SOUNDS WHEN PEOPLE SAY THIS 😂👏🏻
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By posting videos of myself travelling and enjoying myself, I’m not saying HEY EVERYONE  YOU SHOULD ALL GAIN WEIGHT AND I WON’T BE HAPPY UNTIL THE WHOLE WORLD IS FAT LIKE ME. I obviously recognise that there can be health complications for some people, but size does not indicate your health and health does not indicate your worth. 
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Every single person on this planet deserves love and respect and I am going to continue to fight for that every. single. day. Just because someone lives in a body that is bigger than yours, it doesn’t mean that can’t live the same life that you do publicly for fear that people are going to come for them online.
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When people say we’re promoting obesity what they really mean is we’re promoting loving yourself at any size. We’re promoting happiness. Following your dreams. Travelling the world. Finding confidence. We’re promoting the life that everyone deserves to live.
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Honestly, I didn’t realise a video of a happy fat girl in a bikini was going to make people so mad 🤷🏼‍♀️👙 #plussizetraveltoo
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2020 really has been a whirlwind but I am so so thankful for all of these small, happy moments ✨#plussizetraveltoo

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The link to read is in our bio ✨#plussizetraveltoo
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This is one of the most common questions I get asked both here and on Tiktok, so I thought I’d create this video to help 👏🏻
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1) Log onto seatguru.com
2) Pull up your flight details on Skyscanner (or the site you use to book your flights)
3) Enter the name of the airline and select the carrier you’re flying with from the drop down menu
4) Enter the date you’re travelling and the flight number (if you have it)
5) Take a look at the seat map. You can see the seat layout, the seats closest to the toilets, the ones with the most legroom etc
6) Click info at the top of the screen and scroll down, here you will see the width and pitch of each seat for each available class
7) If needed, scroll through the customer photos to get an idea of what the pay looks like from a user-perspective
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I hope that helps! If you have any questions, please ask below and I’ll do my best to answer 👇🏻❤️ #plussizetraveltoo #plussizetravel #plussizetraveltips
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“LACMA URBAN LIGHTS: Created by Chris Burden, the Urban Lights have been outside of the Los Angeles County Museum Of Art for almost 12 years. There are a total of 202 1920's lamps and 309 LED bulbs that make up the incredible structure. We visited during the day but as the sun starts to go down, no matter what time that is, the lights will turn on. When the sun comes back up again the next morning, they turn off thanks to an astronomical timer. Since their installation in 2008, they actually haven't missed a single night”
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Find out what else is included by clicking the link in bio 📸: @fordtography #plussizetraveltoo
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At the end of the day, when we were talking about how great of a time we’d had, planning more days like this, I suddenly felt kind of nostalgic for all the days I’d missed. All the times like that one, when all everyone wanted to do was have fun, but I got too in my head about it to let myself enjoy.”
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The link to read the post is in the profile bio ✨#plussizetraveltoo
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“As a plus size woman, I did not feel embarrassed as the hammam I visited had women of all shapes and sizes. No one judged or batted an eye. I was the only woman with dark skin there, however, but still no one seemed to care and were too busy enjoying their spa experience. It was just a normal day for the women who lived there as this was something integral in their culture. I quickly realized that my fears and insecurities stemmed from being judged in America, but that Moroccans were much more accepting and unbothered. I just had a body, it was nothing to gawk at or laugh at, as I had imagined. It was serene to simply be allowed to exist without feeling ostracized. It was also a confidence boost to walk around practically naked while indulging in spa treatments.”
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Katrina, from @globalmidwife shared her experience over on the Plus Size Travel Too blog. To read more, visit this link in our bio 🌍 #plussizetraveltoo
  • EXCITING LAUNCH TIME 🌍✈️❤️
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So for the past few months I have been mentioning a ‘secret project’ and after lots of hard work, the launch day has finally come. Although I know was supposed to launch last week, I had a number of setbacks and I wanted to ensure everything was perfect before I put it out into the world 🥺
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SO, WHAT AM I LAUNCHING?
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Today is the launch day for the Plus Size Travel Too website, a safe plus for plus size travellers to find inspiration and advice when it comes to their travels ✈️
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Although I regularly post plus size travel content on my own website and blog, I wanted to create a space that was dedicated specifically to plus size travel, rather than it being mixed in with all of the other topics I cover. It’s a place for community, as plus size travellers are also encouraged to submit their own advice and experiences too 🥰
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To celebrate the launch day, there are already some INCREDIBLE posts live. These posts have been submitted by @cardifforniagurl @thetravelcurve @thecrownwings @globalmidwife @gemmaslittleworld @livingwonderfilled @rhianwestbury and @leabellablogs ❤️
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I’d love it if you head over to www.plussizetravel.com (the link is in my bio) to have a read of their awesome work and if you can, spread the word about the launch. Wether you’re plus size or not, you never know who may benefit from something they may read ✨ #plussizetraveltoo
  • 🌈 HAPPY PRIDE 🌈 although celebrations may be a little different this year due to COVID-19, we want to know how you’re celebrating in the comments! 👇🏻
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Here at Plus Size Travel Too, I’m celebrating by donating to Mermaids - a charity that supports trans children and their families! If you want to do the same I’ve popped the link in my bio (as well as links to 12 other organisations you can donate to today, or any other day of the year!) 🌈📸: @readytostare #pride

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