My wife and I are planning (well, so far only talking about) a similar trip to France once our communal knee problems are sorted. Next summer or later, who knows?
Only travelling would be possible already at this point but since usually our travels also include some orienteering we prefer to be able to at least run/jog.
You were quite the adventurous young man, back in the day. Did you also singlehand across the Atlantic? Then grab your compass and plunge into a rock-strewn French forest! Returning at night to wine and dine on fine Escoffier cuisine with an adoring Irish lass.
Le temps où êtes-vous allé! Indeed!
You make it of the plot of something fast moving, even exciting. I advertised in a sail mag, looking for celestial nav experience (and offering medical perspective). The 47 y/o British skipper, Brian, had built 36' Encore in a backyard in Detroit, MI. He'd once sailed from England to Australia. John, about my age, was the other crew (I visited John in Seattle in 1980). We sailed from Marblehead to Horta to Falmouth. Colleen is still a good friend, living in South Dartmouth, MA. Haven't yet sent her any news of a summer 40 years ago. Soon!