St Malo

Trip Start Jun 29, 2013
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Trip End Aug 30, 2013


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Flag of France  , Brittany,
Tuesday, July 9, 2013


I had hoped to be able to drive around a bit of the coast of Bretagne  ( Brittany) but you need at least 3 days, and we have just one to get to the first stage that we will watch.So we head off and drive thru Dinan, follow the signs to le Port  and end up in a back water small canal type yacht mooring port , not a beach in sight, narrow roads and beneath a viaduct 100s of  meters above us. Not what I imagined  for a "port" , anyway we drive following the signs for toute directions and end up on cobbles , (Janice tells me its the medieval part of town) very narrow roads and eventually wind our way back to the motorway and head for St Brieuc,  (Ted tells me he hates Dinan) he always gets lost there)
Anyway, St Brieuc , again on the coast but not on the coast, headed south then and towards Lorient and found a nice lac to park for lunch, near Pontivy,  kept heading south and then turned before Lorient as we run out of time and don't make it to St Gildas, but instead after Vannes start to head North again towards Paimpont and Les Forges where Janice and Ted had text to say they were not far from,  found them and then looked at another spot to park, that wasn't right and ended up at Forges.
It was alot of driving today and goes to show you can't really cover more than 200kms and see anything, the day is gone before you know it, it's tea time and with so many campers all vieing for a spot , it's important to get there early.
Our move in the morning was the right decision as we had a very good vantage point, and plenty of room.When the cops pulled their bikes up beside us I asked if I could take his photo, very obliging he was, there are so many cops following the tour, after the riders go thru, then the support vehicles, then the tour race organisers, then more cops,  then the clean up vehicles it makes you realise what a logistical nightmare it must be to make it work so well, and it seems to run to clockwork. By the end of the day you would hardly know that these small towns have been inundated with every nationality, type of motorhome and biker you can think of,  and they love it, some towns go to great lengths to decorate and beautify, Guer had nothing up when we drove thru.
Next was our day spent watching the tour from Forges, which I discovered was built in the 1600's and was used as a forge until mid 1950's, the buildings now are just a tourist attraction, I don't think there is anything that old in NZ.  All the houses around the area are made from the same stones, bricks, and look so cold and damp, but people still buy them and restore them and live in them.They are nice to look at, but give me modern anyday....
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