European adventure 2016 – 10. Arès to St Malo

European adventure 2016
THE ROUTE
York, Hull, (P&O Ferry – Hull to Rotterdam), Cochem, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Prague, Passau, Salzburg, Lazise (lake Garda & Verona), Vicenza, Padua, Venice, Siena, San Gimignano, Piza, Antibes, (GNV ferry – Genoa to Barcelona), Barcelona, Sitges, Trèbes, A. Arès, B. Chataillon Plage, C. Guérande, D. St Malo, (Brittany ferry St Malo to Portsmouth)
25 June 2016
Travel north to Chataillon plage. Another change of site based on reviews. This was such a good move. There is a Celtic festival in the town and fireworks this evening. Amazing cycle along the front, you could see the îl de ré, îl d’Aix and île d’oléron, plus fort boyard then back to a lovely site. The fireworks were spectacular with thousands turning out for it.
26 June 2016
Sisters birthday today. Lazy day learning my part for the Edinburgh Fringe, ‘No Horizon’, but with a cycle along the front with strong westerly winds. Good one way lol. It’s hard to believe we’ve been away 11 weeks
27 June 2016
Travel to Guérande in Britany today. Temperature seems to be dropping and cloudy all the way up. The camp site is one of the cheapest on the holiday but one of the nicest. We get a full guided tour by the owner and provided with le map. First we stock up at the biggest leClerc’s ever and have a BBQ kebab and salad. Then it’s off to Guérande in the car for a walking tour of the old town. It’s really well looked after and quite beautiful. We spotted a restaurant which we may visit tomorrow evening?
28 June 2016
Today we are cycling – first heading to La Turballe and then to the salt marches we did 30km in total and needed a well earned rest before tonight. We encountered wildlife along our route – a large hawk standing a foot tall, red squirrel, various heron, butterflies of so many colours and markings. La Turballe is a small fishing town not unlike Scarborough or Filey but as with all things French it had style and was really well kept. We had drinks and nibbles on the front and to the left we could see the beautiful stretch of sandy beach curving away into the distance. We bought some of the salt from the exhibition building for use in le caravan (very posh). Cycled in for a posh meal in centre of Guérande. Faux gras pour moi (with delicious cinnamon toast) and mike had Camenbert with honey, we both had steaks and chocolate fondant washed down with a lovely bourgoile. Cycled back in light drizzle past the devil windmill in record time.
29 June 2016
Pack up and leave for 11am headed for St Malo. The bill for the Guérande site was €28.40 all in. The best value for whole holiday. Very nice site in St Malo with 5*. We check in and are charged €48.40. It niggled me bit as the ACSI was only €17 and I thought we had been charged for the pool. I go to reception and she had forgotten to charge the discount. So, worth asking as it came to €34 in the end. We had a quick drive to the old town which was very impressive and reminded us of Edinburgh with tall granite buildings. We’ll do a proper trip tomorrow. Spag bol by u know who and a night in. Getting tired now and ready for home.
30 June 2016
A trip into St Malo today. First a trip around the impressive walls then a short tour inside. We heard the most glorious singing coming from the church and investigating it was a choir from Midwest USA (salt lake city?) beautiful sound with an amazing stained glass window behind them.
We go for some lunch choosing Lion d’Or. I have the best moules frites with a glass of Merlot. The sauce was Stilton mmmm & €20, mike had steak haché frites and a beer. Seriously good.
Back to the site for a relax. We have the remaining Spag bol and wine for meal and then an early night to be up for 6.45am.
1 July 2016
Up and we get ready for the journey to the port to catch the ferry. Nice boat! and we have chairs booked. Leaving st Malo is very pretty as we go between all the islands with forts and buildings. Some have glorious beaches. Clocks go back 1 hour so 10 hours to Portsmouth.

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