Ibis Laval Le Relais d'Armor
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We drove on through the seaside to see some more of the D-Day beaches...namely Sword and Juno. Very moving and hard to imagine the bloodshed occurring on the beaches and peaceful villages. Where reading memorials and looking at the first house captured from the Germans by the Canadians and when on French Gentlemen rode past, stopped and in his broken English explained he was there and saw the armada come in. He is ...
... sure if it was an omen but it was very wet and cold there but we did get some photos. It’s a farming area and a very, very, very quiet place!!!
This time we had booked a B&B just outside Fougeres for a few nights but can you image our excitement as we drove up to see a real French Chateau, the Château de Montbrault – see the photo please. We were even more amazed when we went inside and saw the rooms including our bedroom. The owners only purchased it ...
... 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 ...
... not made easy by the lack of English spoken in this sleepy town. In a fast food joint, I ordered chicken nuggets but got a sort of chicken kebab instead!
The lady who ran the hotel did not speak any English but when I explained we had cycled from St.Malo she looked at us like we were mad. When we came down in the morning dressed again in cycling clothes she asked where we were going. I said Le Mans, and she simply shook her head in ...
... the photos are not the best.
Back to Nelly's about 6pm to help prepare dinner - moules and frites ie mussels and chips. Col helped with the chips as the mussels recipe is a secret. When the meal began we had mini quiches as the 'aperitif', then a selection of cold seafood including prawns, sea snails and crab claws. Then the mussels and chips, followed by a cheese platter and salad and then lemon meringue pie and ice-cream! Nelly had ...