Arrondissement de Vannes

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  • Day113

    Now Onto Vannes

    October 6, 2017 in France ⋅

    Day 45 and 46 - Oct 4 and 5.
    Yesterday we somewhat sadly packed our bags and bade farewell to St Malo. We had a fabulous time there and watching the tides became an hypnotic part of each day's schedule. Unfortunately we were leaving before the tides reached their spectacular monthly maximum, so maybe we will have to take that into account in planning our dates for our possible next visit in 2019.

    Accompanied by the now familiar sound of rolling suitcase castors we walked the 1.4 km to the Gare St Malo and waited for our train to Rennes. Our tickets did not have allocated seats so we had a bit of a scramble to secure places for ourselves and our luggage. An hour later we had arrived at the impressive Rennes Station and looked for the next train that would take us the rest of the way to Vannes.

    This time we did have allocated seats, although for some reason the air conditioning in the carriage did not seem to be working. This meant that we had a somewhat uncomfortable time, but the high speed (over 200 kph) of the train and the superb scenery meant that the time went quite quickly.

    We arrived at Vannes at around 3.30 pm, the warmest time of the day. The sun had shone brightly all day and chose that moment to shine even more. Our hotel was situated about 1.5 km from the Vannes Station and we had a rather hot and bumpy walk to its front door. Fortunately we made it without losing a castor and the welcoming lady at the desk told us that our room was waiting for us. This is always a relief, especially when the booking had been made almost a year earlier.

    We had last visited Vannes back in 2013 and at that time we had been travelling with Paul and Jan Coutts. The following day was spent renewing our knowledge of the historic city and exploring many kilometres of its tiny roads and alleys. In the evening we had a pizza dinner at the same restaurant we had visited 4 years earlier. It is situated right at the top of the ramparts and gives an amazing view down to the manicured gardens below. The evening was warm and perfectly still and we even had the same friendly waiter who had served us four years ago. It was another magic end to a perfect day (and the pizzas were excellent too).

    It is also worth noting that I have noticed several Camino signs during our travels this year. These have special relevance to me now that I will be walking the Camino next year. I guess these signs have been here for a long time, but I have never looked out for them before.
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  • Day7

    Quiet day for sore bottoms

    August 6, 2016 in France ⋅

    Made it just 15km down the road via a supermarche to stock up for the weekend. Chamois cream and slow walking was the order of the day. Had a nice little canoe down the Nantes-Brest canal. Hope to be in Nantes and starting the Loire Valley in a few days time. For now a bottle of rose or two!

  • Day64

    Port Crouesty

    June 18, 2017 in France ⋅

    OK so I did wake up a couple of times in the night and have to remind myself that it couldn't be cats. Boat felt empty this morning decided to drive somewhere as car ours till Monday chose Rochefort en terre as good write ups good on Internet and in guide book. Took a while to get there as decided to try minor roads and encountered village fete and also market diversion. But village was beautiful peaceful and not to crowded bought stuff, as you do when miserable. John is bought unique glass will do photo once we are brave enough to unwrap. After returning car we hope to go to Isle Houat for a night or two as fore as the here is also for settled hot weather for rest of week.Read more

  • Day14

    Guer village fest

    August 9, 2016 in France ⋅

    So after returning home we were greeted by a village fest in full swing. We had to take a look at the happening (it is just 2 minutes walk from the house after all). So the dinner plan went down in flames when we got there. We had to have local food - Gallette (a sausage in a crepes pancake), a farmer style kebab and some crepes for desert. (Don't mind we ate it for breakfast) 😋

    There was also dancing to a bagpipe music (we just missed the girl playing on harfe) and a local sport competition (sort of a bowling played with small flat round pieces). Interesting how tradition remains. There were also few stands with local cyder, beer and food products that ofcourse we had to buy 😉
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  • Day13

    Home exchange, house #3

    August 8, 2016 in France ⋅

    What can we say but wow. We were greated with open arms by Thomas (son of Anna and Serge. Who are currently in our place in Ljubljana. Hi! Hope you have a great time there! :)) in this beautiful suburban style house. The kind of house you see in the movies and want to live in :). Garden for Thor is here and not just that nature is 3 meters away, so is everything else. Awesome! And thank you for the wine! :)Read more

  • Day17

    Week #2

    August 12, 2016 in France ⋅

    It's been two weeks on the road already! Wow!
    For me, Brittany is a house heaven(I love old stone fascades, as it really gives the charm to the village). I could walk around all day and just look at the houses😊 It really is a feast for the eyes, because all the properties are so neet with all the flowers upfront. Charming. We kinda fell for our adopted house here in Guer aswell. It's so peaceful and calm, but also located just 5min walking to the center of town. Maybe we shouldn't leave so soon..Read more

  • Day14

    Asterix & Obelix (historical site)

    August 9, 2016 in France ⋅

    Brittany, the home of Asterix and Obelix. That's right :) We went to see a historical site with all the stones Obelix used to carry with him. The site near Guer is actually pretty spectacular. The open air exhibition is well presented but sadly, as many other things in Brittany, lacks any english signs or explanations of what you are looking at. (Strange as a lot of UK visitors are present all around.) We took a walk around the site and Idefix (Thor) was quite happy to be in the woods.Read more

  • Day14

    La Gacilly, artistic village

    August 9, 2016 in France ⋅

    We listened to Thomas's advice and took a tour around this artistic village. Little stone houses with colorful doors and windows are really charming! And the flowers- they are everywhere(in all of the villages around the country actually)-so pretty!

    The outdoor photo exhibition of famous photographers is so big, we were blown away! We didn't expect such large thing in a such a small village. Some of the photos are so big and beautiful, they're even exhibited on a house fascades. Amazing. Some of the others were put in a spiral labirinth under the trees. Magical.

    The whole exhibition is strategicaly set through the whole village, so you have the time to really feel the vibe(of people, streets and photos-some of them really left an impact) It actually takes quite a walk if you want to see the whole thing. It took us three hours!(with short coffee break) Time well spent! 👍
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  • Day14

    The prettiest french village of 2016

    August 9, 2016 in France ⋅

    We just had to see the most beautiful village of France of 2016. It has that 'something', but it also has tourists. A lot of them. We liked Rochefort, but we weren't amazed by it. (Where is the river, where is the view from the castle?) A lit bit to busy for our quiet country souls. It is very pretty though. :)Read more

  • Day17

    Damgan seashells beach

    August 12, 2016 in France ⋅

    We ditched the Damgan's 'must see' sandy beach when we saw 'No dogs allowed' sign and just few miles away discovered beach with hardly any people. And wait for this - all the sand was covered in seashells. I know, right? We chilled and sunbathed for few hours (Thor was the brave one as he was the only one who was swimming in the ocean) and even had a picnic there. Perfect.Read more

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