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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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Jun 28, 2014 - Heading for Piriac today

Bonjour mes amis . We hope you are all ok.we have enjoyed a few days up the blissfully quiet river Vilaine and will head back to the Arzal lock today and then onto Piriac which gets a good write up in the book. I hope it won't be too busy to get into the marina being a Sunday. The last couple of nights we have been back on 2 buoys so no power or water supply. We are both looking a bit worse for wear so no close ups until we have a make-over. Geoff needs another hair cut so I may be let loose with hiss trimmer again to keep his good looks...

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Jun 27, 2014 - Arrival in Foleux further up the Vilaine River

It was one of Geoffs aims to get to La Roche-Bernard after reading about it in the Yaghting Monthly mag. He wasn't disappointed even though there was no beach. It was really pretty and well worth the hassle of getting through a very busy lock at Arzal to access the River Vilaine. We saw all sorts of dodgy boat handling going on in the lock and were just glad we have filled the boat with extra fenders so that we could avoid a collision. One couple almost ended up with the wife dangling from her boat hook as she got it caught in the long...

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Jun 25, 2014 - Belle Ile en Mer

We arrived yesterday at this lovely island called Belle Ile en Mer after a lovely sail and more unsuccessful fishing. We were surprised to get a place in the inner marina because many folk had told us it would be very busy and that we should expect to be on another buoy. We feel very lucky that we have had the luxury of electricity and available water supply. It has remained very warm throughout the day until around 10pm so we have enjoyed lots of dips in the sea despite the sudden appearance of loads of jelly fish everywhere since we left...

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Jun 20, 2014 - Arrival in Ile de Groix

The Ile de Groix lived up to expectations. A really pretty, quiet island but lots of hills if you are cycling. We have slept quite well for being on a bouncy buoy and ranted up left right and centre. On one evening we had 10 boats sharing the same buoy with us. We got to know our neighbours quite well ! Still hoping all the exercise will counteract all the drinks. We stayed 3 nights. The last evening it was like a mill pond and much quieter. We are now in Port Louis on a pontoon so we should be a bit more stable.mm

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Jun 19, 2014 - Day before departing Benodet

So we are getting ready to leave tomorrow having had a fab time here. We have done lots of cycling and lazing on the beach ,eaten too much and spent too much but never mind we will be at sea tomorrow and Geoff will be eating A La Vivian and the forecast is for more good weather. We had a lovely day on an organised boat trip to The Isles De Glennon yesterday which was lovely. Tomorrow we are heading for Port Tudy on The Isle De Groix which is recommended by many of the people we have met here. Fingers crossed that we can get a mooring...

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Jun 17, 2014 - Still chilling out in Benodet

The last few days has whizzed by because the weather has been great and we have spent most of the time chilling out on a beach. We have cycled quite a bit to get to the beaches so am hoping we are soon going to look slimmer in a swim suit. Tomorrow we may go on a boat trip to see the Isles of Glennon Where the water is very shallow but really turquoise . I don't suppose it will be any warmer though and the Atlantic is only for the brave or the Typsy to swim in. No pictures of us in the sea but that's because we don't take the I Pad and the...

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Jun 14, 2014 - Oui, oui, Francais!

Hi Everyone After a week of rain the sun found us and the days are now warm and barmy. The hedgerows and along the road sides are speckled with white starry daisy’s, bright yellow buttercups with the creamy heads of bobbing cow parsley and standing tall and proud, purple fox gloves. We’ve even spied tiny wild orchids. We purchased a book called French Passion which gives us free camping in vineyards and farms across France. We choose a farm in the village of Viville and camped by the farms babbling stream and had a delightful afternoon...

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Jun 13, 2014 - Arrived in Benodet

We left Morgat on the 11th after careful planning to get through the notorious Raz Du Sein .fortunately we were lucky and the Raz was in a good mood. The current was not too strong and we sailed. On up to Audierne. It was a bit tricky getting moored up there because all the recommended places away from the current had been taken. A friendly couple of Brits helped us tie up in a very short pontoon and we thanked them by sharing several bottles of red with them. The following day we went back down river and moored on a buoy in St Evette where...

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Jun 8, 2014 - Still in L aber Wrac h

just a quick catch up as signal is bad We are hoping to go to Cameret today at 1300 as the wind has dropped Previously 3rd in Treguier 4th sightseeing in Treguier 5th Roscoff had to tow a French boat in with failed engine 6th L Aber Wrach 7th bus to Brest sightseeing as too windy and stormy to sail

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