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Oct 27, 2017 - Mont Saint Michel

AHHH! Mont Saint Michel! Awesome!! Magical!! Mont St. Michel is an island in Normandy, France. It is located about one 0.6 miles off the country's northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches and is 247 acres in size. As of 2009, the island has a population of 44. The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it: on...

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Oct 26, 2017 - St. Malo, St. Suliac, Dinan

Time is getting short!! We'll be home soon. So we're hurrying on to see as much as we can. Yesterday we arrived in Saint Malo in the Brittany district of France. They call it Bretagne district. It was nice and sunny with that touch of fall in the air. Brittany is a Celtic-flavored region nestled between the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay. It was once its own kingdom. It has long inspired painters and poets with its pink granite coast and lush countryside studded with manors, chateaux and fortified villages. Our hotel is an old...

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Oct 1, 2017 - Chateau Letard, St. Erblon, Rennes, France

Oh such a lovely night sleep. For the second night, I was nestled under three blankets, a thick douvet, and playing footsie with the foxy fur hot water bottle. I got up, dressed quickly, and went downstairs to a warmly heated kitchen, and took my place at the table infront of the fire place. God bless Marina, I was greeted with a beautiful smiling face and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. "Good morning, Robin. How did you sleep? Sorry about the power problems.... when I could sit quietly, and think, and not be bothered by the...

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Sep 30, 2017 - Chateau Letard, St. Erblon, Rennes, France. (Day #1/2)

We are leaving Milena and Greece this morning and heading to France, to Marina and Jacques home in St. Erblon, to drop Nelson off, and Monday morning we leave Rennes on the TGV (french fast train) to Paris then the Eurostar from Paris to London -- but I am getting way ahead of myself -- this is Saturday, and we are only going as far as St. Erblon, in Rennes, today..... so back to the here and now. Alarms going off -- and Milena is fully engaged in trying to awaken her inhabitants at 3:`15a.m. . Oh golly, looking at the clock on Milena,...

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Jul 5, 2017 - Dinan part 2

Dinan part 2. My second day in Dinan my train did not leave until late in the afternoon so I explored some more. You can get up on the ramparts and walk pretty much around the whole city. Beautiful views over the roof tops. I noticed this one Boulangerie that twice now had a line out the door. It was early Sunday morning so maybe because they close early. But after looking in the window I suspect that they're bread is really good. The Brittany region is famous for their crepes. It's a big part of what they eat. I figured out the difference...

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Jul 4, 2017 - Standing stones, part 2

The day after our dinner conversation, we walked along the stone alignments. Direct access without a guide in high season is not allowed. English speaking guides start work next seek. We could ride the white tourist trolley/train for an overview of Carnac and the alignments. The trolley offers minimal commentary about the stones over the multiple-language audio guides. That's because next to nothing is known about the alignments. Never mind. Anyone with interest in prehistory would be mesmerized. The neolithic alignments are at least 6,000...

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Jul 3, 2017 - Standing stones

I'm fairly certain the following dialogue captures the essence of actual conversation. Over dinner..... Mo: do you think we could go there? Jim: Mount son Mitchell, sure. Mo: what did you say? Jim: Mount some Michell. Mo: no, you said Jean Valjean. Jim: no, I didn't. That's the guy in Le Miz. Mo: I know it's the guy in Le Miz. That's what you said. Jim: I was trying to say Mount Saint Michelle. Mo: you said Jean Vanjean. Jim: I didn't say Jean Vanjean. Maybe I said the other guy's name. Mo: what other guy? You mean the police guy chasing...

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Jul 1, 2017 - Dinan and Dinard

I want to talk a little about the train situation. Of course, everyone knows that trains are a huge source of travel in Europe both by tourists and locals. It's commonly ok to just go to the station and get a ticket and get on. But in the summer, some of the popular routes are quite crowded so a ticket ahead of time is a good idea. Where to get the ticket online? There are lots of websites but many charge a fee or don't tell you they're charging a fee but jack up the ticket price. I've found that in Italy trenitalia.com was good and...

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Jun 3, 2017 - Dinan to St Malo and then Jersey

Have added a couple of photos from Dinan which is said to have one of the best preserved old town centres in Brittany. Certainly all the buildings on our steep walk to the river were in good condition. This morning we travelled on to St Malo a town badly bombed by the allies and not eventually freed until 1945. Some will recognise this as the town in the book "All the light we cannot see".St Malo has a large port and as in all the coastal inlets large numbers of yachts of all sizes moored or out at sea enjoying the sunny warm weather. St...

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Jun 2, 2017 - Birds, seals and other sea life

We certainly have plenty of variety on this trip and today we headed off fora boat ride around islands off the "Pink granite coast" an area where even the kerbs are made from the local pink granite. Vivienne, David and I opted for the top uncovered section of the boat and were very pleased as we had a great view. You need to look at the photos but doubt that they do justice to seeing the flights of birds that came over and the magnificence of the gannets as they came close to the boat so that we were viewing them from underneath. As we came...

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Jun 1, 2017 - Churches and Calveries

Some quick notes as I wasn't able to send yesterday. Visited three Bretagne churches. Which are quite different but have in common a close proximity, a sense of the Baroque in the interior, a baptistery within the church, and a Calvery outside. Both the calveries and the the inside of the church are directed at teaching. The calveries have the scenes of the Passion with the figures in granite, while inside the paintings especially around the side altars show scenes from both the new and old testaments, Adam and Eve always featuring in some...

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May 31, 2017 - A leisurely day

Last day in this area and a more relaxed day starting with a short drive, then a walk down into a small fishing village - Doelan. It still functions as a fishing village but also seems to have many recreational fishermen whose boats are in the inlet. Judging by the houses in the area either fishing is quite a lucrative job or there are wealthy retired people living in Doelan. Many of the large and relatively new houses had lovely gardens with the roses entire as we wandered. On to Pont-Aven made famous because of the group of artists, one...

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