01.09.2016 - 01.10.2016
Hi folks... sorry for the delay but we have spent a few days moving on every day, and with that and sight seeing no time to write to you.
OK so we moved from Locronan to a really nice aire on the side of the estuary at Audierne. We walked to the Atlantic and back. (we are trying our best to walk at least 3 miles a day... its killing me!!!! and this walk was around 4.5 miles... but very pleasant along through the town and on the way some info boards telling you bout the area.. IN ENGLISH...seems it was a big fishing port, then the sardines vanished from the coast in around the 18th century and so then they fished for crab etc. There are a few fishing boats but not as many as there used to be and I really don't know what the town now survives on.
From Audierne we moved to Concarneau... again a great aire that we walked (again about 4 miles in total... just call me FIT) along the costal path to where you could catch a little ferry for 1 euro, to save on the legs doing about another 2 miles around the naval dockyard.. It has an old walled city and also the town was occupied by the Germans in WW2 and they build a garrison that had a 45mm cannon..to stop the British invading this very useful port... thankfully they never used the cannon and we still won the war!!! The streets were very narrow in this part of the town and very quaint. Obviously a fortified town at some point and the port surrounds the fortifications, so any invader would have to come past the fortifications and the cannons. We, as usual got there just as the French shut for lunch. I am sure Graham is doing it, just so I cannot spend any money!!!!! We wandered around the old town but these shops although open are filled with your usual tourist crap.
So we left Cancarneau this morning ....OMG what a morning. The first aire we went to is now a Casino (we will have to invest in a new book, as the one we have is not up to date) Then we moved to another one and this said it was full....but it wasn't there were spaces.. then some French people came to help us..OMG total confusion...We spent the next half hour letting them trying to get us in...and trying to explain what was happening. I think what it was that it probably was full, but people had gone out for the day and so their spaces were reserved.. but the French were determined to get us in. Graham said there was another aire at the other side of town so we thanked them profusely and beat a hasty retreat....otherwise I think we would have been there forever... So we found the other aire (no beach view as the other one had, but is in the ramparts of Port Louis. It will do us fine till tomorrow and it has free electric... Winner... microwave in use tonight.. well its bangers and a spare pork chop we have, mash and cauliflower so I will do the onion gravy in the microwave. We didn't walk our 4 miles today (thank God) but around 2 miles as it was very windy here. We walked to what we thought was the centre of the village, following the sign for Centre Ville.... they 50 yards down a residential street there was another sign saying go back the way we had come for Centre Ville...We did find a few shops and bars in an old cobbled street, so there is not much to keep us here.... so the wheels will be moving again tomorrow. We have decided to find a site nr Vannes to do some washing and have a couple of nights with the facilities of a site... indoor swimming pool, bar etc...We are fine on the aire system and it is a very cheap way of stopping (think the most we have paid is 7 euros a night) but sometimes its nice just to have a few other little things around and our need for a washing machine is one of these things...