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Jun 26, 2015 - Rennes - Day 33

We both agreed that we are suffering from travel fatigue and experiencing periods of declining motivation. This was evident with our 1100hr departure from the hotel to explore the city of Rennes. A light breakfast ( one pastry less than usual - we are going Paleo on RTA) ) was enough to power our batteries and wander the back streets and take in the cities buildings and watch people at play. I had previously read, what I thought was a strange comment, that Remmes feels like a university town of young people. I can now see the rationale to...

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Jun 25, 2015 - Rennes - Day 32

We planned to be away at 0830hrs as we expected a long day of driving and we nearly made the start time by 10 mins Our first stop was La Roche - Bernard, 40 km ESE of Vannes. The town is noted for it's strategic position over the river Vilaine as from it's height's, with impressive views of the river and the surrounding valleys, it's fortifications and cannons could dominate the river. It was a Thursday morning when the market comes to town and the streets around Centre Ville were lined with stalls of food, clothing, household items and...

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Jun 24, 2015 - Vannes - Day 31

It is 1600hrs and we have just returned to our hotel room to rest after walking since 1000hrs with only a few breaks. Today's objective was to wander the streets of Vannes to get a feel for this historic walled town which is rated as one of Brittany's most attractive sights. It will feature during this years Tour De France on the 12 Jul. Our first task was to scource the regular coffee and pastries which we found at the Brioche Doree, a chain cafe, just outside the city walls. Sustained, we then set off in beautiful warm and calm conditions...

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Jun 23, 2015 - Vannes - Day 30

We started the day looking at the options of re-visiting Loctudy to see the Manoir de Keraza at 1400hrs or visiting Chateau de Keriolet, on the way to Vannes . In view of the extra 60 kms and the lateness of the day, we agreed to visit the Chateau. After another late and lovely breakfast, we bade farewell to Annie our very helpful hostess and were on our way at 1000hrs arriving at the Chateau at 1030hrs. It was a coincidence that one of only two daily tours was to start at 1030hrs. The tour group of four, had the tour conducted in French...

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Jun 22, 2015 - Quimper - Day 29

We breakfasted earlier this morning and by ourselves. Annie offered us visit options which we planned around and departed the B&B at 1000hrs. Our first leg was a 23km drive north to Locronan, a classic 17/18th century town built from local granite. This early Celtic town has a 2000 year old history and has retained the majority of its buildings in their original style. It is officially listed as one of France's most beautiful towns and from our perspective is well deserved. We walked the streets ( limited to local vehicles only ) and spent...

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Jun 21, 2015 - Quimper - Day 28

We awoke to the quiet of a still country morning at 0730hrs; not a sound could be heard. We dressed and were at the breakfast table by 0930hrs where we met a lovely young Austrian couple returning to the hotel after one year of marriage, having honeymooned here. We had a pleasant discussion before they left to return to Innsbruck. Following breakfast our host, Annie gave us an itinerary for the day which we gratefully accepted. Our first point of call was Port Aven, 26 km SE on the river Aven. This small very picturesque village was the...

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Jun 20, 2015 - Quimper - Day 27

45th Weddings Anniversary today. We rose early to make the most of the opportunity of the late 1200hrs checkout from our hotel I initially walked the granite track for photo's while Kaye dressed. After, when Kaye had dressed, we stopped briefly in the main shopping area of Ploumanac'h for coffee and pastries before walking the same route we took yesterday photographing the rocks. The morning was sunny and the sea bright and blue. The sun from the east presented a very different impressions of the rocky outcrops than yesterday afternoon. We...

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Jun 19, 2015 - Ploumanac'h - Day 26

Our 0700hrs rise from bed was our first early rise in quite a few days. We departed our hotel after a farewell to our French girl who had visited Adelaide and was most helpful to us. A quick coffee and pastry, a little shopping for hairspray and we were off for our 170 km drive to the seaside town of Ploumanac'h, north west of Saint Malo. On the way, we decided on a quick look at the large township of Saint Brieuc, half way to Ploumanac'h and had no problem entering the old city, however, it did not have the feel that we have experienced...

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Jun 18, 2015 - Saint Malo - Day 25

This morning was no different to the last three except our adopted Patisserie was closed and we were required to withdraw across the road to a cafe where we had two coffees and two coissants for 5€. We were the only ones in the cafe. We had decided earlier to visit Combourg Castle ( 42 km) on the way to Dinan and were at the castle at 1215hrs. We parked near the castle and walked to the ticket office where we met a less than helpful attendant. Our English probably turned her off us and her abruptness didn't help decide our next course of...

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Jun 17, 2015 - Saint Malo - Day 24

Another late start to the day but we are not concerned as we achieved a lot yesterday and felt we could do the same today. We departed the hotel at 1115hrs, for a coffee and pastry while Kaye had her fringe cut. We then drove to Saint Lunaire, 16 km west of Saint Malo to view this seaside village, reputed to be the resort location for French actors living in Paris. The village was of a good size but was very quiet and many of the homes were still closed from the winter months. We walked the promenade and side streets to the Pointe du...

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Jun 16, 2015 - Saint Malo - Day 23

This was our laziest of mornings and it was not until 1115 hrs that we emerged from our room. Breakfast in the hotel had come and gone and any cafe serving pastries had ceased selling them and were preparing for lunch. After a lengthy walk, we found a patisserie at the bottom of our road selling both coffee and pastries which we indulged in. On our return to our hotel, we immediately set off to drive the 56km to re-visit Mont Saint Michel ( last 2012 - no photo's as camera stolen). The trip was quick and parking proved no problem. We took...

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Jun 15, 2015 - Saint Malo - Day 22

We were up earlier this morning as I did not have my camera with me when walking the streets of Rouen last evening. While Kaye finished dressing, I photographed the area of the Hotel De Ville and the Cathedrals before joining Kaye for the usual morning coffee and pastries in the centre of town. We then completed our exploration of this impressive city, re-capturing the images and more. Unfortunately, we were too early to enter the Cathedrals. One more day would have been good! We returned to our hotel, which has a charm that has grown on...

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