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What to do on a Monday … maybe visit St Malo or go for a walk

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | Comments Off on What to do on a Monday … maybe visit St Malo or go for a walk

What to do on a Monday … maybe visit St Malo or go for a walk

A recent guest was just heading out for the day, when I asked “What are your plans for today?”  “We are going to Fougères,” he replied.  “But the castle is closed on a Monday at this time of year”. Monday can sometimes be like another Sunday in France, as many shops are closed and some tourist sites are closed too, at least for some months of the year.  Fougères castle is closed on Mondays from October until April.  (It’s also closed for lunch time, between 12:30 and 14:00, so really in the tradition of French opening hours.) So it’s worth...

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Inside Mont St Michel – my recent visit to the abbey

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | Comments Off on Inside Mont St Michel – my recent visit to the abbey

Inside Mont St Michel – my recent visit to the abbey

Although I see Mont St Michel every day from a distance, it is very rare that I actually go inside the abbey.  My cousin visited me this week, so I decided to go and have a look inside Mont St Michel.  Perhaps something had changed…   A lot changed in 2012.  The parking is now about 2.5km away from the foot of the Mont St Michel, which is good, as cars left in the car park do not float away at high tide anymore.  The price of the parking includes transport on the Navette (shuttle bus) to the Mont St Michel.  Actually the navette is...

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Tripadvisor’s Top Beaches – St Malo number 3 in France

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | Comments Off on Tripadvisor’s Top Beaches – St Malo number 3 in France

Tripadvisor’s Top Beaches – St Malo number 3 in France

As Tripadvisor announces its view on the top beaches in the world, Le Sillon at St Malo comes in at number 3 in France. If you like a bit more seclusion, there are some lovely sandy bays near the Pointe de Grouin. You just need to take a picnic and your bathers Top Beaches in France   In fact the coastline changes dramatically travelling from Granville to St Malo, so you could visit a different kind of beach every day.  We are at the mid-point.  The beaches closest to us tend to be best for walking, sand yachting, flying kites and...

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Lambs – Very cute

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | Comments Off on Lambs – Very cute

Here is the official photo of Demelza 2, staying close to mum Constance.  She might be our only lamb this year, so we hope mum keeps her safe. And here’s an up-to-date photo of the father of the flock.  He actually isn’t the father of any of the flock, but he is the oldest sheep in the field.   And because it isn’t all about sheep, here is our survivor chicken.  Madame Blanche got fed-up of her friends being taken out by foxes, so she decided to leave the hen-house and sleep in trees.  She changes her sleeping perch...

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Sheep News from la Ferme de la Baie

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | Comments Off on Sheep News from la Ferme de la Baie

Sheep News from la Ferme de la Baie

Today we said goodbye to Demelza.  She was part of the package when we moved to La Ferme de la Baie, so she was probably 10 years old, which is a good age for a sheep.  The Ouessants are the smallest breed of sheep in the world and a very hardy.  She was very timid when we arrived, but got braver as she got older.  Big Steve is the last of the pure Ouessants, and he has the advantage of never having his body ravaged by childbirth, so he could be with us for a while yet. In a happier note, Constance kept the numbers up by giving birth to a...

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Food, Glorious Food – Restaurants We Love in the Bay of Mont St Michel

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | Comments Off on Food, Glorious Food – Restaurants We Love in the Bay of Mont St Michel

Food, Glorious Food – Restaurants We Love in the Bay of Mont St Michel

Finding great restaurants in a new place can be a challenge but can make a good holiday great.  Here are some of our favourite places to eat in La Baie du Mont St Michel.  To be fair, a favourite restaurant is not always just about the food. It’s worth noting that in the countryside restaurants tend to open at 7pm and if you want to eat later you need to be sitting down to eat before 9pm.  Many restaurants are closed on Sunday night and on Monday and others choose other days.  And some restaurants are closed altogether in the low...

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10 years in the Bay of Mont St Michel living at la Ferme de la Baie

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | Comments Off on 10 years in the Bay of Mont St Michel living at la Ferme de la Baie

10 years ago I arrived in France and picked up the keys to my new home in the bay of Mont St Michel.  Henry arrived a day later with all our possessions packed into 2 box vans, which would fit a tiny corner of our new home. We are still here 10 years later and there have been quite a few changes, including a few grey hairs and a lot of anecdotes.  Big Steve, our Ouessant ram, is still here too and if he could talk, I imagine he would have some tales to tell. Nursing new lambs Big Steve Pigs, chickens and teenagers Frodo, our friendly dog The...

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Fromage et Pommes de Terre (Cheese and Potatoes) – Winter dining in France

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | Comments Off on Fromage et Pommes de Terre (Cheese and Potatoes) – Winter dining in France

Fromage et Pommes de Terre (Cheese and Potatoes) – Winter dining in France

France has a reputation for fine dining, enhanced by the Michelin star system of rating top restaurants, but for every day dining winter is the time for cheese and potatoes or fromage et pommes de terre. This is the cuisine of the Alps and it gets a national airing at the start of the year. Raclette Fondue is perhaps the best known Alpine dish, but raclette is a very popular and very sociable eating experience. Raclette is basically melted cheese. It is served with boiled potatoes and cold meats plus a garnish of gherkins and pickled onions....

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La Grande Maree

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | Comments Off on La Grande Maree

La Grande Maree

The summer late night visits to Mont St Michel finished at the end of last week and we are heading into high tide season. The bay of Mont St Michel is famous for having one of the fastest rising tides in Europe.  ‘Faster than a galloping horse’.  The tides follow a fortnightly pattern and for a few days every couple of weeks the Mont is surrounded by water and appears to be an island.  For some of the highest tides, there is the chance of seeing a tidal bore rolling across the bay, though that does need the wind to be in the right...

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Teenagers on Holiday

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | Comments Off on Teenagers on Holiday

Teenagers on Holiday

I don’t have children so I borrowed a couple of teenagers for a few days!  Then I had to decide what we would do.  I had learnt on a previous day out that the teenagers I had borrowed tend not to come with ideas, so I wrote a list of possible things to do.   Of course I was still working.  We have people arriving and leaving almost every day in August and there are always chores.  Even teenagers can be a helpful pair of hands, though I am sworn to secrecy about what they did, in case they get asked to do it at home. Things that we did...

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Grimpant

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | Comments Off on Grimpant

Grimpant

We might not be up to a marathon, but today we achieved a first… climbing up and abseiling down Mont Dol.  It’s always a challenge for us to find something that we both want to do, and also to find time to do it.  So we closed for a couple of days and signed up for a climb. The day had started brightly, but by the time we were due to start the rain clouds threatened.  There was very little chat from the instructor.  We got our gear on, the instructor scooted up a cliff face, tied some rope to it, scooted back down and then it was...

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Le Marathon du Mont St Michel

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | Comments Off on Le Marathon du Mont St Michel

Le Marathon du Mont St Michel

  It was the marathon at the weekend.  26 miles of apparently flat terrain, with the destination in site for a lot of the time. The route criss-crosses the Polders to Mont St Michel, so I popped out to see what was happening at the 35km point, which is about 5 minutes from home. I arrived as the eighth runner went past....

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