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Sep 12, 2015 - Pontorson, & Rennes France

Hi All We left Mont Saint-Mechel after a late breakfast, thankfully most of the rain happened while we slept , then back to Pontorson only a short ride - so had heaps of time to wander around. Forgot to mention we stayed in a little place called Ardevon, in a very nice hotel about 1.5 km from the parking area to Mont Saint -Mechel, the lady receptionist kept prattling on about sheep after 6.30pm & to be careful. We thought nothing of it, until just before heading for dinner I saw the herd of sheep straight outside our window, in the morning...

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Sep 10, 2015 - Saint Malo, France

Hi All, Lay day today no cycling, hanging in Saint Malo, slow and easy checking out the rest of the old city. One of the prettiest places we have seen so far, and so nice to smell the sea, must be in our blood. The tides here are amazing, must be up to 6m high tide to low tide, at low tide you need a packed lunch to get to the water, would be the widest beach we have ever seen, at high tide virtually no beach in places. Along some sections of the sea wall there are old tall tree trunks clustered together for over a kilometre, these are to...

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Sep 9, 2015 - Saint Malo, France

Hi All, WiFi is very poor here, photos of previous day in Dinan, now posted. Today is a shorter ride ~ 25km, thankfully to St Malo, riding to Dinard where we catch the ferry to St Malo. We headed back into Dinan old town centre after breakfast at our Chambre d'Hote ( B&B) to take some more photos without the crowded streets we met on our arrival. The old walled town is a real tourist attraction with lots of shops & cafes, and classic wooden buildings. Great place for wedding photos, we followed a newly wed couple at various locations...

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Sep 8, 2015 - Dinan, France

Hi All, Today was supposed to be a shorter ride to Dinan, we thought we would take a short cut, to give us more time to check out the old town. What can I say but it was a "Le grand Boo Boo"! We cycled an extra 3.5 hours further than we intended, all up 96km in stead of the proposed 32km (oops), should have turned right rather than turning left. This mistake was further compounded by a French Chap who assured us we were headed in the right direction to Dinan along the Canal d'Ille et Rance. Only after stopping for a coffee many hours later...

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Sep 7, 2015 - Combourg, France

Had a great breakfast, flogged some extra food for our journey, headed off about 9am. After about 10km we hit the big climb of the day up to the plateau, fantastic view back toward the sea with Mont Saint Michele just visible. For the next 40km many up and down sections dropping into valleys and then climbing back up, as per usual we seemed to be following water reservoir routes much to Marg's dismay. We went thru different landscapes from corn fields, apple orchards , and dark forests to milking Jersey cows grazing on top of the plateau.,...

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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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