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Travel Blogs from Saint-Brieuc
... battles and the days of knights here in this great courtyard and up on the battlements, all dressed in their finery!
The rain suddenly poured down again outside as the black clouds rolled by, thunder rumbling. We sheltered in a doorway with a large Italian family of about 3 generations, and it was all still beautiful. The sun came out again and we continued on up the last tower - there were 5 in all - and across ...
... and red hot pokers, there were wild bits of meadow grass at the base of the tower, a vegetable garden, a parterre seen only from the tower, hedges of lavender, it was just all perfect.
We finally tore ourselves away and climbed back up a steep path to the car park and realised it was already nearly 5pm and we still had to get to our final destination. We ate our cakes in heart car park with a cold drink, and turned south. ...
... nothing to see much in Moncontour. The streets are packed with parked cars from all the church goers and just a few tourists with booklets are wandering aimlessly about. It all looks a little overgrown and messy and not particularly pretty. When we get to a vantage point and look down over the wall, a great modern shed to house the Sapeurs-pompiers draws the eye away from the more picturesque medieval buildings. We decide to head ...
... no, sandwiches were not available at this time! The same old trap - lunchtime is for lunch, and if you miss it you have to wait til dinner time to get food! We had a coffee which was very good and very welcome, and available any time, and crossed the square to a Carrefour (a supermarket chain, like IGA) where we bought a baguette and some tarts and other groceries to replenish stocks at home.
We chewed hunks of baguette and ate a slice of flan each ...
... about what to do other than signposts and a map on a board showing the tracks on the island (no cars, though there were a few tractors which squeezed past us on the narrow lanes from time to time). We set off up through the town and assumed the island would unfold.
But it didn't really. The tracks led on past very picturesque stone cottages, some quite modern and others quite ancient, most with well tended gardens but nobody in evidence ...
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