dinsdag 31 juli 2018

Brittany 2018 - DAY 06 a day of leisure at the beach

amazing tides here 

Tuesday, 31 July 2018: sun, sand, sea, reading; i.e. a day of leisure

great breakfast at our hotel

large beach, the sea is getting further andfurther away

low tide 

sharing a salad

fish fish fish


drinks and candles and overlooking the harbour

maandag 30 juli 2018

Brittany 2018 - DAY 05

arrived in Port de Locquirec in Brittany; our home for the next 4 nites 

Monday, 30 July 2018; travelling to our next destination
Leaving James at the chateau 😭 where we felt really at home. James gave us hard copies of the photos he made of us in the dining room, as well as a plastified photo of the chateau lay out. Sooo kind. 

photo which James made of us and sent us by email. We are sitting in the room where the war reporters used to be in WW II (see black/white picture on the wall)

As we travel the exploring way, we stopped after one hour at Hambye Abbey. What a lovely zen place this former abbey, situated in the middle of nature is; restored with great taste. We both loved it.
Some photos:

what's left of the former church of the abbey

wooden sculpture dating back to the 15th century

what's left of a fresco

original ceiling

the abbey

the premises

Galette with ham/cheese

Mont St Michel from a distance

'Oyster stop' at Cancale

the port of Cancale : low tide

Around 6 pm we arrived at our new home for 4 nights; the Hotel du Port at Locquirec. This is a totally different place/surroundings than the past 4 days. The room is not as large, but very modern AND with a very comfy bed and bath room. Moreover, we have a balcony with a view on the port. 

the way they made churches here in Brittany

stylish plants and house

beach/port in front of our hotel

We decided to have dinner at the restaurant of our hotel. To our surprise it was superb, the best we had until now.

Finally chips after all these days of cold turkey ;-)

oysters and a great fish soup

entrecote and duck

caramel, apple and ....; oh well just yummie

our home 

final drinks sitting at our balcony with a view

Tomorrow we will have a day of leisure. So no blogging I guess.

zondag 29 juli 2018

Normandy 2018 - DAY 04 Rain and Cemeteries

The American Omaha Beach cemetery

Sunday, 29 July 2018
For a change no sunshine today, but rain and wind all day. An excellent day to visit graveyards. 
However, we started this morning with our usual breakfast with coffee, orange juice, yogurt, brique cheese, baguette and croissants.

halfway our breakfast 😏

in the breakfast room

We visted several graveyards: a British, an American and a German one.

the British War Cemetery in Bayeux


On our way to the next graveyard we passed several hayfields

The American War Cemetery near Omaha beach 

unlike at the British cemetery there are no names mentioned on the crosses here. All the names are engraved in a giant wall ranked by army unit and then alphabetic by name

the Omaha beach monument, situtated on the beach close to the American graveyard

 To cheer a bit we visited the lovely shop/tasting room of the cider/calvados producer 'Ferme de la Sapiniere', where we bought several rillettes, cider and pommeau de Normandie.

The last war graveyard we visited was the German one, which is situated at La Cambe

dark plaques on the ground and black crosses 

too young to die 

We decided to have bites and drinks at our room this evening; some remaining white wine, cider with rillettes and a piece of our favourite cheese donated by James.

 Tomorrow we will leave the Chateau and move on to Bretagne to our next home for 4 nights.