|The Loire River|
But first impressions aren’t always right. We were greeted in the colourfully decorated foyer by a character who looked and spoke a great deal like Don Corleone, of The Godfather fame. All that was missing was the cotton wool stuffed in the side of his mouth; he certainly had the barely discernible mutterings down pat. Turns out he was the hotel chef, and as we later learned, he cooked an excellent pizza. With hardly a murmur of Italian between us, we had no words to communicate our intentions, though somehow the Don understood that we had a booking......Lycra, Lattes and the Long Way Round.
Producing around 19 billion kilowatt hours each year, the nuclear plant at Bellville-sur-Loire contributes 4% of France's electricity production. Beginning operation in October 1987, its had its share of problems, even to the present day. Construction-related flaws were discovered in 2001 in relation to the unreliability of the automatic feeding of water, in the event of a defect, in the reactor's primary cooling circuit.
A recent trend, raising security concerns, is the disturbing number of sightings of drones (unmanned aircraft) over the Bellville-sur-Loire reactor, as well as other nuclear power plants around the country.
Books by Mark Krieger:
‘High Spain Drifter’ is available on Amazon , Barnes and Noble, Booktopia and other online bookstores.
‘Lycra, Lattes and the Long Way Round’ is available on Amazon, Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, Kobo Books
Both books are also available at local bookshops on the Mornington Peninsula: @ Rosebud Bookbarn and @ La Brocante