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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 it is well deserved. We walked the streets ( limited to local vehicles only ) and...

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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 and her abruptness challenged our decision to visit....

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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 after which 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, capturing the earlier impressive images and more. Unfortunately, we were too early to enter the Cathedrals. One more day in Rouen would have been good! We returned to our hotel, which has a...

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May 12, 2015 - Dreams do come true

One of the highlights of our trip was a visit to the 1000 year old Bayeau tapestry. As exhibits go this one takes the cake. It is mounted inside a curving glass case and each of the panels has been numbered by the maker. Audio guides operate as soon as you stand in front of a number which means that no one stands in your way or moves ahead of you leaving you to enjoy each moment as the story of William the conqueror, a native of Bayeau, unfolds before you. The commentary highlights features you would never notice otherwise and people of all...

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Sep 29, 2014 - Bretagne/Brittany

Bretagne, or Brittany to all us English speakers, is the hidden secret of France. Very few Americans come here, many British do, and we're constantly asked if we're British - obviously our American accent is not giving us away, they're just not used to Americans. What a gem. We are cocooned in Tregestal, a small village surrounded by even smaller villages (we're actually in a place called "Le Bourg", next to Tregestal - on the Pink Granite Coast, spending our couple of days literally kicking back, relaxing, catching up on emails, internet,...

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Sep 26, 2014 - St Malo and the beginning of Bretagne

Our first day leaving our home exchange and we're off to Bretagne, heading straight to St Malo, a beautiful fishing port and an impressive old town and beaches. Toward the end of the day we headed down towards Dinan, and stayed in a wonderful Chambre d'Hote in Vilde-Guingalan, the Clos Saint Ange, about 10 km Dinan. Dominique, the wonderful host, recommended a restaurant in Lehon, which turned out to be a total delight. Great food, small menu, and a really fun owner/hostess. The restaurant, La Marmite, she informed us, was also written up...

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