I am Linda and along with my husband Richard and our dog Muffin we enjoy our summers on the UK's canal system

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Brittany - May 2018 (Part one)

Sunday 13th May

We are in France with our caravan.  We arrived on Thursday 10th having caught the overnight Brittany Ferry from Portsmouth to Le Havre - we choose this crossing as it is the only one that has dog friendly cabins.  We had a very smooth crossing and arrived in Le Havre at 8am. We had a wait to go through passport control, when it was our turn I handed the three passports to the Gendarme. He looked at mine and said Melinda (yes my real name is Melinda) - I smiled at him.  He then looked at Richard’s passport and said Reechard - Richard smiled at him.  He finally looked at Muffin’s passport and said Moofin, where is Moofin!!  Richard and I tried so hard not to laugh!!

We had a 295 mile journey to our destination in Brittany which passed quite quickly.  The whole trip was on at least a dual carriageway except for the last few miles - and there wasn’t a pot hole to be seen!  

The caravan site, La Raguènes Plage, is near to Nevez and very nice and we had soon had our camp set up which is to be home for 10 days.  We tried the campsite’s takeaway for dinner, I had a pizza which was OK but Richard had a lasagne which looked more like cheese sauce with sheets of pasta - it definitely got the thumbs down.

In the evening Richard and I took a walk on the local beach. The camp site has a special gate which leads to it and we found a lovely sandy beach but the waves were a bit big for Muffin who declined a swim!

Friday was a quiet day as I had been poorly with a very bad tummy upset the weekend before - it went on for 4 days!  I hadn’t really had chance to recover before having to pack up to come away.  We took a trip to Nevers to do some shopping and bought ready meals for the evening - that was the highlight of our day!

Penny and Jim arrived on Saturday and have a chalet just up from us.  Muffin was thrilled to see his “cousin” Freddie again and there was lots of dashing around in circles and play fighting!  We went out for a meal in the evening for an OK meal in a restaurant that had a great view of the sea.  I had a burger and the others had moules all of which were served with fries which were flat and, to my mind, weren’t cooked enough.  I was the designated driver so we drove on up the coast a bit to Pointe de Trevignon where we found an “old” fishing village which has been spoilt by making all the buildings into restaurants and bar however the little harbour is still there.  (I forgot to take any photos but will post some when we next go back).

Sunday was another quiet day to allow Penny and Jim to recover!  We decided to have lunch out and drove to Nevers but it was dead so we headed to the coast at Trevignon where we had seen a creperie the night before.  The crepes were amazing and we ended up by having a savoury one followed by a sweet one.  In the evening we had a bread and cheese supper in P & J’s chalet followed by Murder on the Orient Express on DVD.

Sightseeing starts tomorrow!!

This very old London bus towing a car  was on the ferry with us. 

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