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A Fabulous Night Out in Cancale and a New Restaurant to Recommend

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A Fabulous Night Out in Cancale and a New Restaurant to Recommend

Last night was our wedding anniversary.  Unusually, it was also a night when we had no guests arriving.  With a free evening, we decided to go for a night out in Cancale.  We hadn’t been for over a year and I had found a restaurant that I wanted to try. Le Bout du Quai is at the opposite end of the Corniche to the lighthouse, and it is at the end of the road.  We had the foresight to book a table, which was wise as the restaurant is small and the opening hours are short.  We were tucked into a corner with a sweeping view of the bay.  The evening was feeling fabulous before we had even...

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Le Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne – a hidden gem.

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Le Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne – a hidden gem.

After 10 and a half years, I finally got around to visiting ‘le Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne’.  It’s on a slight detour from us to Fougeres in the middle of nowhere.  And it was lovely.  If I lived a bit closer, I would probably visit every week, but tumbling lawns, water features and themed gardens are just my cup of tea.  They even serve a cup of tea in the Chateau! I used to live in Chester, and I often visited Ness Gardens.  This garden has a similar feel… something different around every corner, a relaxed feel and even an invitation to walk on the grass....

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Breakfast at la Ferme de la Baie – petit déjeuner pour vous?

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Breakfast at la Ferme de la Baie – petit déjeuner pour vous?

In a Bed and Breakfast, breakfast is pretty important.   We serve a French continental breakfast.  As well as croissants and fresh bread, there is usually some homemade yoghurt, cheese and cold meats or saucisson.  We often offer a homemade cake or muffin.  Banana cake is pretty good at breakfast time, as is apple cake.  At this time of year the choice of fruit is greater… strawberries will soon be finished but nectarines and apricots are making an appearance.  I have spent many days replanting the raspberry patch, and I am hopeful that in a few weeks, we will be able to serve...

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Fete de la Bretagne

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Fete de la Bretagne

May is usually the month of bank holidays in France, but this month in between the bank holidays there is a cultural festival in Brittany. You can find more about what’s on at http://www.fetedelabretagne.bzh/.   For events happening near here, have a look at Ille et Vilaine… the closest place with events is Dol de Bretagne, which has lots going on on 13th and 14th May.  Find out more on the Dol Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/dpi.dolpaysdinitiatives/ Fougeres is only 40 minutes, with a programme of activities from 17 to 21 May.  Find out more...

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

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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 planning ahead and checking what’s going to be open....

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Inside Mont St Michel – my recent visit to the abbey

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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 just free, so if you visit the Mont on your bike,...

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