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Jun 19, 2016 - Rennes

Rennes is the capital of the Bretagne region, so we decided to pause here for the weekend, instead of just using it as a place to change trains. We are glad we made the decision. We had booked a room for two nights at a small hotel, with a super breakfast, a short walk from the old city, the train station, and the tourist office. The first stop, after the hotel, was the tourist office where they recommended a self guided walking tour with a map called, tourist circuit. The walk took us past 18 buildings of interest for a solid, general...

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Jun 19, 2016 - San Malo

Wednesday, time to travel to Saint malo, normally easily reached from pontorson by train, but today there is a SNCF strike. So we have arranged, thanks to the very friendly, helpful, tourist office staff in pontorson, to take a bus to Dol-Sur-Bretagne and have a taxi waiting for us at the bus station for a ride to our ibis budget on the rue de la Marne. I was briefly in Saint Malo about 18 years ago. We had made the overnight boat crossing from Portsmouth and arrived in Saint Malo on a cold rainy morning, getting lost leaving the boat...

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Jun 19, 2016 - Vannes

We booked an Airbnb for a one week stay in Vannes. The hostess very kindly picked us up at the train station and showed us around the flat. It would seem that I was a bit hasty when I made the booking. The flat was very conveniently located to walk everywhere, but no wifi and the only toilet was in the basement with a spiral half step staircase. In the middle of the night, this was just a bit uncomfortable to navigate. Vannes is a fortified city on the gulf of morbihan, with 2000 years of history, and 60% of its fortifications remain. We...

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Jun 19, 2016 - Sarzeau

The final leg of the Bretagne expedition was sarzeau (pronounced sarZOH). I first heard of sarzeau when my cousin Heidi emailed that she and Ted would be doing a home exchange next spring in sarzeau. I didn't realize that the commun of sarzeau is actually pretty big, extending east from banastere (where the home exchange is located) westward to Arzon. With a car the distance is comfortable, but we either walk or ride the bus, and that did limit our travels slightly, although we had more than enough to keep active. That said, our hotel was...

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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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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

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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