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Home to Mont St Michael

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Well we could not sleep so we were up and at it at 4:30am, so decided to set off for Ashford early, due to the M20 being closed for repairs to the bridge where the lorry had bought it down. We had a brill journey down to The Drum Pub and a pleasant evening eating there. Graham was horrified at the price of a pint (£4.60) so went back to the van and as we were up early it did not take long to go to sleep...
Next morning up early again, so set out for the Tunnel terminal and as we were early were able to book on a train an hour and a half early, so 8.10am instead of 9.40... great result of us getting up early. 35 mins later we were in Belle France. Weather was dull....grrrr

We travelled to Honfleur and we pitched up on the Aire that we had to pay at the machine 11 euro's. We did have paper money but no change.. so Graham accosted some French people who changed our notes for the correct change. We took a walk into the town, as the aire is based by the marina and a short walk. Very pretty, even in the dull weather. We came back and I did roast beef dinner, which was very good, even if I do say it myself. Now don't go thinking I cooked the beef in the van. Did that at home before we came, but did do potatoes and veggies...We watched a video and went to sleep. Next morning we took another look around the town, more extended this time and realised how much of a tourist trap this is. There were two river cruise boats in port and the town was packed. Around 8pm we decided to go to a Tabac just up the road from the Aire.... it was closed, so we carried on into town. Having had a drink in the middle of the town at lunch we decided to look for another Tabac a bit further back from the main tourist area. We found one who told us they were closing in 5 mins....so no cheap wine or beer. So back to the van for the cheeky ones we had there.
Next morning we set of for Mont St Michael and our meeting with Kim and Barry (some wonderful people we met last year in Bennicassim) We had a good journey down and arrived around 12:30 at the camp site that had been recommended to us by some other friends from last years adventures. Camping Aux Pommiers http://www.camping-auxpommiers.com Very nice site and we told them Barry and Kim would be arriving soon and they reserved a pitch for them next to us. Barry and Kim arrived and as we had called and got a small amount of provisions (in the main wine and beer) at a supermarket we decided to have a barbie and let the world go by. But first we walked to Mont St Micheal.... phew what a walk about 5km. We decided to catch the free shuttle back part of the way and so we only had to do 2.5km. Next morning we walked to the bus and caught it into Mont St Michael and had a wander around the narrow streets. I did not make it up to the top, but sat and sent a text to Jan Melvin. The day was getting warmer and warmer.... by the time we called at the little bar at the bottom it was some 31 degrees. We caught the bus back and walked the 2.5km again. Our poor little dogs were knackered!!!! We showered and changed and then went to a local restaurant for a meal. Graham had his mussells en frites, that he said he wanted to try last year and enjoyed them... Not for me thought. We came back and it did not take too many glasses of wine for us to retire to bed. It had been hot and very tiring.
Today we have been looking at the next stop. Graham and I wanted to go to St Malo http://www.brittanytourism.com/discover-our-destinations/saint-malo-mont-saint-michel-bay/unmissable-sites/saint-malo and Kim and Barry were going inland.( they are here in France and Spain for 10 months and are heading down to Spain, where sites will be open, whereas here in France a lot shut down at the end of September) But on investigation of sites and aires we decided we would both go to a site nr to Dinard and catch the ferry into. So another few days of friends and laughter and of course WINE.......

Posted by Jansie 02:18 Archived in France

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A handy email alerted me just in time for my tea break!

I was wondering if you were OK, as I had been looking for news all week!! Lovely to hear that you are seeing friends made on your last holiday :-)

Are you drinking local wine, is it good?

by Claire

Try and take a pic of a seafood platt in St Malo -they are huge and look amazing x

by Linda

Platter , sorry x

by Linda

I've climbed Mont Saint Michael, it's quite a climb. I needed a drink afterwards. I had some great meals in restaurants around Dinars, often in rooms no bigger than a lounge. Enjoy the area.

by Christine Carling

Thanks ladies for your comments. Yes Linda I am drinking the wine....and yes it is good. Christine didn't get to Dinars...but am still enjoying the life.

by Jansie

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