La Mere Champlain Hotel Restaurant
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... most impressive; such a weight of stone atop a small mountain in an estuary.
There was a cruel machine in the shape of a winch which pulled a sled up the slopes to the abbey. The winch power was supplied by a wheel , much the same as the wheel we see mice running inside, only 3 or 4 metres in diameter. Perhaps after confession the monks got to work/walk inside the wheel in lieu of 3 Hail Marys.
The French Government is restoring the estuary with man ...
... ways a satnav can take you so I re-jigged it for 'shortest route'.
For once Garmin did itself proud, the roads were dry now it although it was cloudy, and we had some brilliant biking roads.
The only down side to picking 'shortest' is Garmin route planners will take you through some f**ker's front room if they could get away with it. So there was the occasional farm track and log pile but overall ...
Woke up at 6am to 'Two & half men' repeating opening titles "Men,men,men,men,menly men men men, ooohhh", laptop had been left on.
Went back to bed.
Next thing.....'Bing bong, ladies & gentlemen the boat will be docking in 15 minutes, please make your way to your vehicles'. But it's only 7am. The ticket says 8.15am.
Thanks Brittany Ferries, they don't say you board in English time but get off in French time who are an hour in front.
"Will, Will, wake up, ...
... hereabouts. Tonight, we can see the Mont lit up with the town lights and it's floodlights although Mike says we are not seeing it's best side from here. The only downside is that we are on a sideways slope and being on the public road we're not supposed to use our ramps. The French guy in front (there are only the two vans here) craftily waited until there was only the two of us before putting his on ramps. Trust a Frenchman to buck the ...
... feels and looks marooned. We also got extremely hot here, as the heatwave experienced in the UK hit France too. So we were able to be out on our bikes, for a balmy evening of being at the islands gated entrance when it flooded at high tide. A beautiful night.
Reading up our roguh guide we noted that Cancales is the home of the oyster on this stretch of coast and we headed there next. They weren't wrong, all sizes, ages and prices all grown locally just off the beaches edge- ...