European Escapades

Archive for March, 2010

Concarneau – The Forgotton City

25

Mar

2010

The front gates of Concarneau The front gates of Concarneau

Well, with the Campsite in Brest really closed, their wifi not working that week and the fact it felt more like a long term travellers camp at the back of an industrial estate than a three star resort. As you looked around you, there were more tardy looking long term French caravans onsite than real campers and they left in the morning only to return at lunchtime and after work. Amazing what you can pick up in a day. So as we headed to ‘Oceanopolis’, the reason we were in Brest and then set our sights on the south coast of Brittany. The road from Brest to Quimper was motorway of sorts and the type we have managed to avoid for the most part, but it did take us through the ‘armorique national park’ which provided some beautiful scenery along the way. We were heading for a campsite in ‘Fouesnant’ just around the coast from ‘Concarneau’, where we could stay for the night ready for a visit to the forgotten city in the morning.

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TiTbiTs

24

Mar

2010

Frances has finally found a bottle of wine she is happy with

Frances has finally found a cheap bottle of wine she is happy with….

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Oceanopolis – Brest

24

Mar

2010

I'm sure this was the fish that attacked me in the Belize I’m sure this was the fish that attacked me in the Belize

Well we finally made it to Brest and another campsite after a long drive from Plemy. I was a little disappointed with the campsite. The usual I guess, all facilities closed and no working wifi, not this week anyway. But the feel of the site was not to my liking and I was happy to only stay for one night. So we booked in at reception and decided to organise our trip to Oceanopolis for first thing in the morning, and then head off to another campsite on the south coast of Brittany.

Oceanopolis opened in 1990 and was completely revamped in 2000. Its mission is one of education and is an exhibition dedicated exclusively to the sea, its economy, and its ecology. Housed within the site are three distinct areas. These are polar, temperate and tropical marine.

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TiTbiTs

23

Mar

2010

yet another cheap meal in the camper van

Yet another cheap meal in the camper van, because we have gone over budget for the week.

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TiTbiTs

21

Mar

2010

We are going to Breast today

‘We are going to Breast today’

‘I think you will find it’s called Brest’

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Nana P Diary Part 2

21

Mar

2010

One of the marine tanks with a picasso fish amongst many others
View of the tank with nana’s favorite fish, a picasso fish.

Hello again Jessica, and Mum, Dad and Slinky. Happy 6 weeks birthday for yesterday. I was trying to get this page written for you by then but Grumps was busy with his blogs yesterday (don’t ask me, but I know it’s not rude). Anyway now I can tell you my second story of our travels that you may like. I understand you’re into CBEEBIES with lots of pretty colours that you like. I do remember seeing an advert for a new program on CBEEBIES called Jessica’s Games. Has that started yet, ask Mummy, she’ll let you watch it if it’s on already and before your bedtime, which I hope is getting better for you.

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Road to Nowhere

21

Mar

2010

Our short stay at Plemy was not enough for one traveller Our short stay at Plemy was not enough for one traveller

As we leave the campsite in Plemy and start the long drive to Brest, I’m not in the best of moods. Problem is I quite liked the campsite in Plemy and I hadn’t even got into see the village properly. Which from the views I saw as we drove through to get onto the main road, with the picturesque narrow paved streets and tired and rustic buildings on either side, I would have enjoyed. This made my mood even bleaker. The issue I guess is that the road to nowhere, I wanted to get started on when we sold up in Cambridge at the end of January, now seems to be a road to somewhere.

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Dinan, The Walled City

19

Mar

2010

The timber framed houses of Dinan The timber framed houses of Dinan

Well after visiting ‘Le Mont Saint Michael’ it seems anything else would be pale and one dimensional. But we move on and our thoughts move to other places we can find beauty in many things, not just the spectacular. So to write about Dinan after ‘Le Mont’ does not detract from the beauty and wonderment of this walled city. The medieval town on the hilltop overlooking the river Rance the first impressions are one of age. Frances felt like it was walking through the familiar, with the traditional wooden framed wattle and daub buildings, reminiscent of the old towns and villages we so often see in England. It has many fine old buildings some as early as 13th century nestled within the still intact sections of the city walls, part of which we walked around as we admired the architecture and looked for a place for lunch. The establishment we chose was an odd one for the name and its connotations, but the lunch menu was light fare and they served a local bottled beer. The aspect was also on one of the old squares facing west, so we had the sun on our faces, warming us through as we supped the cold beer.

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Le Mont Saint Michael

18

Mar

2010

Le Mont Saint Michael Le Mont Saint Michael

He stood next to his horse looking northwards as the morning sun rose in the East. The dappled dew on the grass fighting for survival, as rays of heat bore down on them, creating a ghost like mist that shrouded the trees around him. On the horizon he could see the flat white sands and atop rising out of the flatness a granite outcrop, atop which perched an inspiring and majestic edifice. This was his destination and he knew that before long the high tide would depart, revealing the narrow causeway that linked the mainland to the fortified Island. Picking up his sword and strapping it to his back, he mounted his horse, eager to begin the last part of his journey to Le Mont Saint Michael.

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TiTbiTs

17

Mar

2010

“TomTom says we will hit a traffic jam in 16kms”

“That will be a nice change, we haven´t seen a car in front of us for ages”

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