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Is This La Rochelle or the Mall?

Saturday, 12 Aug 2017 | Views [391]

Having spent a few months in La Rochelle over the years, we were looking forward to spending a day checking out all our old haunts. Quelle surprise! First, it took us forever to actually enter the city because the traffic was so heavy. Then, finding ... Read more >

And So Another Baguette "WAR" Begins!

Friday, 11 Aug 2017 | Views [219]

Fouras, a town,  is much larger than Locoal, a village. In fact it has five boulangeries in town! So, selecting the best baguette is going to be a bit more difficult and the bakery owners will have to wait for our coveted award of the "Best Bakery ... Read more >

Paris Has the Eiffel Tower and Fouras Has Its Carrelets

Thursday, 10 Aug 2017 | Views [293]

I've never thought of fishing as a particularly active sport with the exception, perhaps, of deep sea fishing. However, baiting a hook and casting a line along the shore doesn't provide much exercise It is repetitive and perhaps allows the person fishing ... Read more >

New Digs!!!

Wednesday, 9 Aug 2017 | Views [386]

Nothing like leaving an old historic farmhouse built in the early 1700's, driving three and one half hours south, watching the scenery change and arriving at a beach house, obviously designed by an architect and having every conceivable modern feature! ... Read more >

The Role of Grandparents in France

Sunday, 6 Aug 2017 | Views [1082] | Comments [3]

Now, here comes a gross generalization and please let me know what you think. It seems to me that there are many grandparents entertaining their grandchildren without the parents. It is very common to deliver the grand-kids to their grandparents without ... Read more >

Serendipity Rules!!

Saturday, 5 Aug 2017 | Views [542] | Comments [1]

Never heard of La Gacilly, but we were told that their Photo Festival was really something to see. So, we decided to explore and wow did we stumble into a pot of yummy chocolate. We had to find a parking spot first and let me tell you, it wasn't easy;... Read more >

Bet You Have Never Seen This Sport Before!

Friday, 4 Aug 2017 | Views [453]

A few weeks ago when we were having brunch at Ben Franklin's resting place, we noticed a huge banner announcing that Auray would host a "Juting" competition today. So, of course we had to go. We were introduced to "Juting" in the south ... Read more >

Just What Is A "Little Town of Character"?

Thursday, 3 Aug 2017 | Views [468]

Off we went this morning to find one of the "Little Towns of Character" in Brittany. In 1975, Brittany decided to bestow this honor on some 22 communities in the region. Malestroit is one of them and it fits the name. The old town is really, really tiny.... Read more >

The Baguette War

Wednesday, 2 Aug 2017 | Views [499]

As I've mentioned, we are in a really little town called Locoal-Mendon pronounced Loqualle. The town itself is quite small. In five minutes you can walk through it twice. However, there are hundreds and hundreds of homes in this rural area. Town has ... Read more >

"You Call This A Walking Trail?"

Tuesday, 1 Aug 2017 | Views [445]

It was supposed to rain all day today and it started out true to form. However, by lunch, the sun was beginning to peek through the clouds even though the weather forecast was still for more rain. So, we decided to look for a nature trail that supposedly ... Read more >

If You Can't Find It Here, You Can't Find It Anywhere!

Monday, 31 Jul 2017 | Views [567] | Comments [1]

One of the things we enjoy, okay, I enjoy, is strolling around a good local market. Most towns have one, so they can consist of anywhere from a few vendors to more than 200 of them. For example, the town of Auray, and I do mean the entire central part ... Read more >

A Private Island, Only Accessible At Low Tide

Sunday, 30 Jul 2017 | Views [1001]

Our hosts at dinner the other night told us to make sure we visited the Island of Berder. Since we were granted another beautiful day, we decided to visit. It's not too far away and can only be reached at low tide before the footbridge is covered with ... Read more >

Fathers and Sons!!

Saturday, 29 Jul 2017 | Views [699]

It was a beautiful day this morning, partly sunny and in the 70's. So, we were out early, after 2 days of rain, with everyone else! Since we hadn't been able to hike the "Cote Sauvage" in the lightening, we headed there this morning. It didn't disappoint! ... Read more >

The Mystery Continues and Gets Even More Bizarre!

Friday, 28 Jul 2017 | Views [566] | Comments [3]

Not too far from here is the small town of Locmariaquer which has three important megaliths. We wanted to visit their museum and see the Neolithic constructions plus we were told that the explanation in English is very well done. Well, we were indeed ... Read more >

Can You Solve This Mystery?

Thursday, 27 Jul 2017 | Views [433] | Comments [1]

One of the truly unsolved mystery's in the world today has its beginning close to where we are in the very posh little town of Carnac. Close to 7,000 years B. C. a group of people began cutting and moving heavy pieces of granite around the area. Because ... Read more >

A Little Humble Pie Never Hurt Anyone!

Wednesday, 26 Jul 2017 | Views [291]

Last night we were invited to dinner by a family that we exchanged homes with six years ago. Their maison is lovely and quite large as well as being perfectly situated in the historical city of Carnac. The family has 4 children, 3 girls and the youngest ... Read more >

How Old Did You Say Your Family Tree Was? Well, I Know One Older!

Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 | Views [478]

We went off to the town of Josselin today to visit their acclaimed Chateau. It is in the town with the same name. Can you imagine that?  Actually, the Chateau is quite lovely. It doesn't compare in size to the really famous ones in the Loire valley, ... Read more >

So, What Do Think You'll Look Like When You Are 100?

Monday, 24 Jul 2017 | Views [393]

We found these photos very interesting. They were taken in Josselin and show several of their main streets as they looked 100 years ago and then after they were renovated. Didn't they do a great job! It's interesting that they really do resemble the ... Read more >

Better not Sleep Walk

Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 | Views [534]

There is a little town not too far from here that we visited yesterday. It's called St. Cado and its claim to fame is the quaint petite house that sits calmly on a tiny little island in the water with its welcoming blue shutters. Everyone who paints ... Read more >

Yikes, Is This The New Normal?"

Saturday, 22 Jul 2017 | Views [497]

Today, because of the really hot weather we have been experiencing we decided to start out early and hike by the Atlantic along the "Cote Sauvage". So much for the weather report that said the showers would be inland. Within 3 minutes of leaving the ... Read more >

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