A day out in Cancale and au revoir France

Trip Start May 23, 2013
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Trip End Jun 28, 2013


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Flag of France  , Brittany,
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Today is our last day in France. Tonight we board the overnight ferry to Portsmouth to begin  the next part of our trip - our Baltic Cruise.
The day started late with the largest 'cup' of coffee (more like a bowl) that we have ever had and toasted sweet bread to dip in it. Then it was off to Cancale with Michel driving us. Cancale is famous for its oysters so we thought it appropriate to visit there to do a comparison with our local Narooma ones. Unfortunately the weather was not kind to us for any sightseeing along the way although we tried! When we first arrived in Cancale it was raining and the tide was still in so we couldn't see where the oysters were grown. But by the time we left the sky had cleared a little, the rain had stopped and the tide had gone out, revealing the oyster beds.
In the meantime we met up with Michel's friend Martine, who is a French teacher at a local school. Martine joined us for a great seafood lunch, tasting the local specialties. Once again - see photos.
With clear skies we could just see Mont St Michel in the distant and could imagine how beautiful the scenery would be if the sun was shining.
Back to Michel's home for a little siesta before some more oyster tasting. Comparing two different types. There was a slight difference in the taste but both were most enjoyable. Washed down with a lovely Loire Valley wine - a Sauvignon Chardonnay blend - a blend I haven' t seen in Australia.
Michel then drove us to the Ferry Terminal where we waited about 45 mins before boarding our Brittany Ferries boat Bretagne for Portsmouth. I am writing this entry while on board enjoying a wine and taking in the scenery. Hopefully it will be a smooth crossing. It looks pretty flat at the moment and we are traveling quite slowly. We have a small cabin with ensuite and bunk beds - Col has 'volunteered' for the top bunk!
Due in Portsmouth at 7.30am - will let you know how the crossing went in tomorrow's entry.
Au revoir France! We have had a great time.
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