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Dinan, Ille-et-Vilaine, Tuesday 19th August 2014

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Charming Medieval Dinan

Charming Medieval Dinan

 

This is our second, and sadly, last day in Brittany, as there has been a slight change of plans and we are returning home a couple of days earlier than anticipated.

 

Soaking up the atmosphere in Dinan

Strolling on the cobblestone streets in old Dinan

 

We have enjoyed our short stay in this stunning region very much as it hasn’t been as crowded as we feared this time of year and neither has it been too hot to make it uncomfortable, so we’ll probably come back at some other time in the future and go further west, as I would have liked, as far as Finisterre, the most westerly point in France. Still, that leaves us with something to look forward to in the future.

 

Chateau Dinan

Chateau Dinan

 

Dinan is a beautiful medieval town with half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets as well as a very impressive castle, Château Dinan, which contains a collection of traditional Breton lace headdresses, but we preferred to walk around the charming old streets and have a drink at one of the many bars. I really enjoyed my Kir Breton, which contained cider, a very refreshing and delicious drink indeed.

 

The Chateau walls

The Chateau walls

 

We are staying at the Municipal Campsite for only 15.10 a day and I have to say that I’ve just had the worst ever shower on my travels (now on our 5th year): only a trickle of water reached me from the high shower head and perhaps I should have moved to the next cubicle, but not knowing if it would be any better, I stuck with it till the bitter end. The funny thing is that one of the reasons why we like to stay in campsites is to have the ‘luxury’ of hot showers without having to use up all our water in the van, so if these facilities are not good, there’s little point in coming. Well, I suppose we also have electricity and we can charge up our mobile phones and Kindle, so let’s look on the bright side!

 

Savouring the local flavours: Gorgeous and refreshing Kir Breton

Savouring the local flavours: Gorgeous and refreshing Kir Breton

 

Yesterday, we visited another charming medieval town with an impressive castle: Josselin, and again, we went for a long walk around the town, along the river Oust and the town’s gardens, with a trail for children to follow and stunning hydrangeas with conical flowers, the like of which I had never seen before. Funny how neither of us was in a mood for visiting the castle, but sometimes a gentle stroll getting lost in a new place is just as much fun and, after all, we have seen and visited our fair share of châteaux!

 

Josselin Chateau on the River Oise

Josselin Chateau on the River Oust

 

I love how these castles were built on natural rocks and cliffs

I love how these castles were built on natural rocks and cliffs

 

We stayed at the free motorhome aire by St Martin’s Church, which was a tad too busy for our liking, but still quiet at night and we both had a good night’s sleep.

 

The busy but free motorhome aire at Josselin by St Martin's Church

The busy but free motorhome aire at Josselin by St Martin’s Church

 

View of Josselin from the town bridge

View of Josselin from the town bridge

 

Half-timbered house in Josselin

Half-timbered house in Josselin

 

Josselin en Fete

Josselin en Fete

 

Amazing conical hydrangea flowers

Amazing conical hydrangea flowers

 

The gorgeous hydrangea bush with conical flowers

The gorgeous hydrangea bush with conical flowers

 

 

The day before that, we stayed at the motorhome aire at St Philbert de Grand Lieu by a lovely lake, around which we took Beano for a long walk. It had no electricity, but it did have free water, it was peaceful and on hard standing. There was a huge municipal campsite nearby which might be useful for future reference.

 

Motorhme aire at St Philbert de Grand Lieu by the lake

View of Motorhme aire at St Philbert de Grand Lieu by the lake

 

Wakling around lake

Walking around lake at St Philbert de Grand Lieu

 

Tomorrow, we’ll be heading east again to the lovely La Ferté-Macé before moving north again to Broglie and our usual visit to the vet.

We’ll be back on the road during the October half term!

La Ferté-Macé, Orne Department, Tuesday 29th October 2013

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The lovely beach on the lake at la Ferté-Macé

The lovely beach on the lake at la Ferté-Macé

 

We are at another beautiful aire at the Base de Loisirs of la Ferté-Macé as a one stop-over before the vet’s appointment at Broglie tomorrow.

 

The lake

The lake

 

We had originally planned to stop further south at Javron-les-Chapelles in the Mayenne department but, although it was pleasant enough, flat and in the middle of the town, it wasn’t really what we are attracted to to spend the day and we thought this would be a more attractive spot for the day. It certainly is charming, as most – if not all – Bases de Loisirs are, and it has the bonus of fishing and a long dog walk around the lake. It is free and it has 6 pitches, but the emptying facilities seem to be at Place de Needstadt in the town itself, not at Parking de la Brochardière, where we are at the moment.

 

Our parking spot at la Ferté-Macé Base de Loisirs

Our parking spot at la Ferté-Macé Base de Loisirs

 

This seems to be the perfect place to come with a young family in the summer, with plenty of facilities on offer like golf, parkour, kayaking, etc as well as a wonderful play area right on the beach for the young ones. It is popular even today, sunny and showery in late October, with quite a few people just coming for lunch and moving on again, perhaps to work, or walking their children and dogs.

 

The children's play area on the beach

The large and well equipped children’s play area on the beach

 

So Adonis’s been fishing and I’ve been walking Beano and crocheting and we are all happy.

 

Walking around the lake at Ferté-Macé

Walking around the lake at Ferté-Macé

 

We had a very easy drive this morning from Pont Réan at Guichen in Ile-et-Vilaine department, joining the D117 to south of Rennes and the N157/E50 due east to north of Laval, N165 to Mayenne and N12 north east to Javron-les-Chapelles. It was still early enough in the morning to try a different destination, so we went up north on D218 and D916 to just north of Bagnoles-de-l’Orne

 

Walking around the lake

Walking around the lake

 

I would certainly like to come back here in the summer months to enjoy that beach and a relaxing day in the sun.

So, it’s Broglie tomorrow and we might try the aire at Berck on Thursday, as John and Julie were quite impressed with it and highly recommended it.