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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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May 30, 2017 - Submarines and standing stones

Off at eight this morning to travel to Lorient, think L'Orient then move to The Orient so why a place in France with this name. E reason is the French East India Company which operated out of this large harbour on the South coast of Brittany and the same harbour became an important harbour for othe trading including an involvement with the West African slave trade and the import of goods from the new colonies. And today the harbour has three marinas sheltering what look to be very expensive sailing yachts. But in WWII Germany wanted to...

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May 29, 2017 - A surprise day

Today was an easy start at 9:30 as we did not have large distances to travel. Bretagne (Brittany) only became part of France in the 15th century and still preserves much of its Bretange culture, sense of independence and language. Sign Post are in two languages so Concarneau is Konk Kerne and Quimper is Kemper. Our first stop was at a factory making traditional baked goods and we watched the crepe making and the traditional buttery cake of Bretagne being transferred from baking tin to packaging. The countryside in the area is lush with many...

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May 28, 2017 - Rennes to Concarneau

After one night in the Mercure in Rennes we packed and met with our guide for a walking tour of the city. Unfortunately this necessitated rain jackets and brollies but we managed as she took us around the city. Rennes is the capital,of Bretagne ( Brittany) and is a city of 70,000 people with a large university and a big student population, which gives it a certain feel and I can now better understand the bar/ cafe where we ate last night. Our guide showed us the various areas which have been walled at various times and then damaged by fire...

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May 27, 2017 - Mont St-Michel

An early start today with all on the bus and off by eight o'clock. Travelling is hard work sometimes. We were headed to Mt St Michel the Abbey ser atop a small rock,island off the coast of France in a bay which has Normandy at one end and Brittany at the other. Our first distant view of the island came at a confront stop after about an hour and a half and it gradually came into view as we drove as did the lines of traffic heading in the same direction. A shuttle bus took us across the bridge to the island where a huge sweeper was clearing...

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Sep 16, 2016 - More of Brittany

September 15-16 Brittany explorations Thursday morning was overcast, but I headed out for the market day in Dinan. I took my laundry with me in hopes of finding a place to do it. I spotted a place on the way in to town, and dropped it off. Hooray! My lodging has a washing machine, but it looks hopelessly complicated, and I’m not sure what it does in terms of drying. The market is held on the squares that normally provide a lot of parking for the old city, so I knew parking could be a challenge. Much to my joy, I found a place near the...

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Sep 14, 2016 - Exploring Brittany

September 13-14 Arrival in Brittany Tuesday I headed out to see the Carnac area. (Every time I see the name, I think of Johnny Carson playing ‘Carnac the magnificent’). I slept well in my holiday home. I had to improvise, since it doesn’t come with sheets or towels! I always travel with a backpacker towel, but the sheets had be stumped for a minute. They had given me a disposable cover for the mattress, my new tablecloth purchased in Aix made a great top sheet, and a T shirt worked for a pillowcase. I came here for two reasons; first I...

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Sep 12, 2016 - Loire to Atlantic

September 11-12 Loire days Sunday came cool and cloudy—it was a treat! I strolled up the street from the hotel to the chateau here in Azey le Rideau. It is lovely, despite the scaffolding covering one of the towers. That’s the first time this trip that that has happened. It is par for the course to have something under restoration during a trip. The chateau is built on an island in the river, giving it a natural moat, although it wasn’t needed. The chateaux in the Loire valley have long been luxury country homes rather than military...

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France Road Trip Two

Aug 14, 2016 - the last post

I wrote this post on the flight home, then the iPad stopped working... Got it fixed now so we can post again. We are in Cape Breton now and getting ready to make our way back to Halifax to catch a flight in the morning and go visit Grandmas and Grandpas before driving back home. We went to Louisbourg on Friday, and the girls said it was the best museum/historic site they've been to. I would have to agree. We went into a house where a woman was spinning wool by hand (because this colony was not allowed to have a spinning wheel). She told us...

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Aug 6, 2016 - Italia!

Italia! Florence and now Cinque Terre Nice was nice (sorry!) but we were only there for one night as a transfer point from France to Italy...to drop off the car and take the train to Florence. This involved a couple of transfers, first at Ventimiglia and then in Milan, and of course we missed one connection. Although we were only delayed an hour, it did mean we had no assigned seats on a full train from Milan to Florence. So we spent part of that leg in the bar car (had to have a nice craft beer in there to justify occupying the seats) and...

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