Manoir des Portes
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Well it was a shame to have to leave our lovely campsite at Pontorson but we needed to hit the road. We headed about 45 mins west to the ancient walled city of St Malo where we were going to stay on an 'aire'. Aires are places where motorhomes are allowed to stop over for a night at very little cost (sometimes free) and can range from a supermarket car park to a basic campsite. I had yet to win Paul over on the merits ...
... We waited in the car hoping for a break in the weather to provide us an opportunity to walk to the busses that ferry punters to the island. No break came and after quarter of an hour we decided to settle on the long distance view and the pleasant country drive to reach the destination.
We retraced part of the journey and continued to our final destination in France, the port city of St Malo.
St Malo has an old walled city of its own but outside this ...
... the improbably steep lane, little studios either side provided windows into the workings of painters, sculptures, and jewelry makers.
The Hotel was worth noting too. A modern renovation within a historic building run by a terribly efficient and frenetic English woman.
We enjoyed a delicious meal in a restaurant down by the river, which necessitated another trip down the improbably steep lane and of course back again. No risk of input exceeding output today!
Despite yesterday's forecast we awoke to high winds and after breakfast and showers for everyone except Frances it started to drizzle, then rain hard. So we lingered in the office whilst Pat made small talk with owner. In a break in the weather we set off for Cancale to have one last seafood lunch. We got there just in time to shelter in a bar for coffee. We took our ...
... we found it, and we found it at a very attractive little restaurant on the road through the forest. We sat outside under a shady pergola, and enjoyed our food & beer immensely.
The road rejoined the coast and gave us great views over the beaches of the Emerald Coast, and particularly the one of the very aptly named Sables d’Or (Golden Sands). We had a long walk on the beach (too sandy for ...