Ibis Laval Le Relais d'Armor
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Monday 09.05.2011 – happy birthday to Greg's baby sister Cathy BATEUP who lives in Canberra. The big five O (50) today. We sent her an SMS wishing her the best.
We rode north to the city of Laval and it was pretty ordinary scenery wise. Even though we avoided the Autoroute and stuck to country roads, is was rather unremarkable. …
... castle stands from the 12th century, really amazing and it's so much fun listening to Ella's take on it all (Why is it broken, HOW old, can we show Gma and Pa). Really beautiful and not a soul in sight! Got to a nice campsite...with a playground AND hot showers! We do have a shower in our van but trying to stretch out the gas means and in and out wash every few days! Lovely spot on the River although it has burst it ...
... which also explains why Le Mont St Michel can only be reached via the causeway in low tide, although a permanent higher causeway is currently being built - a bit disappointing as it takes away some of the mystique of the place. But I digress, as the advantage of such tides is that they make an ideal environment for growing oysters, so we bought 2 dozen to enjoy at the chateau, diverting first though to look at Dinan, another walled medieval town of the area. It was quite ...
... ring a number to get the code to let us in. The hotel was in a beautiful setting on the river Mayenne, so we walked along the riverbank to a restaurant which proved to be more expensive than planned.
I made another ordering mistake, getting a plate of veal kidneys, when I was expecting a serving of veal.
Still, we dined well here and had an early(ish) night. Tomorrow was to be the hardest day of all and we needed all the rest we could ...
Today we started our 4 day trip to Le Mans and back.
We got started at 11am local time having disembarked from the Jersey to St.Malo ferry.
We had lunch in Pontorson and one or two coffee breaks along the way.
We got to Ernee and out hotel at around 7pm French time, exhausted. About 75 miles covered today.
The hotel had messed up our room booking but they managed to put us all in one room. We went out to try and buy some food ...
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