After 4 nights near Bayeux we moved west to another Castels campsite not too far from St Malo. Great site but real hassles with the wifi – couldn’t connect more than one device each day. Gets expensive when they are charging 6 euro per device per day. Met more Kiwis who are basing themselves in the UK for several years so they can explore Europe in their caravan during the summer.
Saint Malo, which was extensively damaged in the war but has been carefully rebuilt to replicate what was there beforehand, was definitely worth a visit. Quite touristy but still an interesting visit. A walk around the walls of the town shows how many little islets and islands were made into forts, who knows how.
The coastal drive from St Malo to Cancale was impressive – also that the entire coast from somewhere east of St Malo to at least the area in Bretagne near Quimper is part of the GR34 long distance walk. It would take weeks.
After St Malo we called into the town of Dinan which wasn’t damaged in the war. The town council in the late 1930’s had the foresight to protect the medieval centre of the town which was impressive given that war was breaking out. The result is a charming city centre.
Loved the wonky floor beams! These places all date from 16th- 17th century at least.
Even though it was a longish drive I decided that on our last full day in the area we had to see Mont St Michel as it is one of those iconic French places to visit – up with the Eiffel Tower.
Despite the crowds of tourists at the lower levels of Mont St Michel the abbey, dating from the 11th Century was was much quieter and fascinating, especially thinking of the skill required to build multiple levels of stone building around the rocky outcrop that forms the island.
We are settling into our new lifestyle well. The Nespresso machine (yes the van has a special shelf that pulls down especially made for one) is sooo good to have. Bed is really comfortable and easy to use with the inserts in the middle. Haven’t used the bbq yet. Probably tonight. It is starting to warm up a bit but the evenings are still too cool to sit outside for us Southern Hemisphere softies. We notice the Brit’s and Dutch sitting outside quite comfortably.