Have you ever been to the lovely central Brittany town of Carhaix Plouguer? Well you should go, as we did today to see our friends Peter and Penny Dinwiddie. Every summer there is a now famous music festival (rather like Glastonbury) and people flock from all over the world to be entertained. Hence the rather beautiful roundabout statues near to the site of the festival.
At other times of the year this is a great little town in the middle of Brittany, not too far from the charming Brest to Nantes canal and many other superb places to walk or fish. Like us Penny and Peter run a chambers d’hotes business in their old manoir house called Kerledan, on the southern extremity of Carhaix. They have a number of sumptuous bedrooms and Penny’s food is to die for. It is not the place for weight watchers mind you! Thank you for lunch Penny ~ no more to eat for me today! They have recently finished the construction of a new tower with staircase to give better access to their bedrooms and their garden planting continues and many a new hedge has appeared since we were last there. You should go and stay with them. See more on their web site by clicking here.
I have already commented briefly on the local all day trip from Morlaix called “A fer et a flots” Look at a my previous blogs dated 18 April and 1 May 2011. The trip has been documented by the French TV channel TF1 and is well worth looking at. If you cannot speak any French, please do not worry as I am sure you will get the gist of the whole thing, the pictures and the happy faces tell the story very well. Really it is a fabulous day out ~ to be recommended ~ It is rated with the Taylor’s **** stars!
Chateau de Taureau
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To recap on the day’s adventure:
You will leave Morlaix either by boat or by train, dependant upon the time and state of the tides.
You will go to Roscoff, a charming little town and well worth the visit on its own. Do not think this is just a ferry port and ignore it.
You will go to the Isle de Batz, a great place to walk around, to hire bicycles, to enjoy the eating places or just go to the beach.
You will pass the island bird sanctuaries, the super little light house called Isle Louet and the Chateau du Taureau. The chateau is a formidable fortress built especially to keep the English out ! Again this is a great visit in its own right. It has been renovated to a high standard.
You will come home after a very interesting, entertaining and super family day out, and maybe even a little tired.
The must haves are ~ warm clothes to wear on the boat (just in case) and sun tan cream.
Isle de Batz
Food is not included on the trip so be prepared with your own picnic or choose somewhere to eat on the Isle de Batz.
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A small fleet of about 30 classic cars from England began their Tour de Bretagne this morning Friday 24 June from the centre of St Pol de Leon in Finistere. The cars were all post second world war and varied in condition and type. I noted two early short wheel base Land Rovers, some MGA 1600s, a couple of Austin Healey 3000s, a Nissan Pau, a Volvo P1800, a more modern Aston Martin, A very unusual Royale Sabre (one of only 78 built). a Triumph Spitfire, and a lovely TR3. They were accompanied by a Brit Assist breakdown van ~ I hope that it is not needed.
Our guests with their immaculate TR3
A Royale Sabre
The event will be a fantastic way of taking your classic car on a little tour with like minded people and with some interesting cars . I was curious to see the tulip map routing used by the entrants. I guess that this is a standard method of rapid map reading on a rally of this sort. I have to say that I am a bit old fashioned and like a good old map! What happens when you get lost? Where do you stay on these little jaunts?
The tour will take in some lovely parts of Brittany and end up each day in Treguier, itself a great place to go. I must get switched onto events like this. It would be fun to join in with my Citroen 2CV. See more photos
MG A 1600 & Triumph Spitfire