Bordeaux and Rennes- One night stands

Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
Trip End May 18, 2013

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Friday, February 15, 2013

We quickly found our way over the French border – following the road suddenly all the signs were in French- talk about the EU having open boarders!

It was a long drive to Bordeaux but along the way we went through towns with familiar names such as Biarritz. This area of the French coast is renowned for its surf beaches and we saw glimpses of these as we travelled.

Coming into Bordeaux we were expecting to see miles of vineyards and Chateau's only to be disappointed. Obviously they don’t grow grapes on the south side of town!

Once again the skies opened up when we arrived but being hungry we went in search of food and drink. We went into one Thai restaurant, completely empty except for the chef and the waiter having their own dinner at one of the tables. They asked if we had a reservation and when we replied that we did not, the waiter (with a wave of his hand) said that they were fully booked (there was no one in the restaurant and it was 8.00pm by this time). Welcome to French hospitality!

Fortunately the sun was up the next day and we took a quick walk around the old town and has been the case a number of times when we have been hampered by rain the town showed us how impressive it was. It had great walkways, a large river flowing through the middle and huge churches dominated the sky line. We ventured around the old town picking up some supplies for our trip to Rennes which was to be the next stop on our journey.

Now this part of the road trip is exactly what you would expect of French country side, rolling hills Chateau’s and villas with a scattering of animals making a truly memorable picture.

Rennes is a big city and is the capital of Brittany. We decided to spend a couple of days here as we wanted to explore the city and its surrounds. Having remembered a story about a place called Mont Saint Michel we decided to head that way for the day. We have seen some stunning sights on this and other trips but the Abbey of Mont Saint Michel is - well –brilliant! It is a walled city with the Abbey perched at the top of a tall hill which sits in the middle of a delta made up of three rivers. The waters are tidal and almost surround the island except for a man made road that has taken visitors to the site since the 1800’s.

From the town of Mont Saint Michel some two kilometres away the Abbey stands out like a beacon. We spent the day exploring the Abbey and the walled town that sits below it and could only marvel at how something as spectacular as this and surrounded by water could be built as far back as 700 AD.

If you are coming to France Mont Saint Michel Abbey is a must see.

Sometimes a trip has to be broken up because of the distance involved and personal choice as to time spent on the road. The chosen places to stop can sometimes be a hit or miss affair. In relation to both of these towns –Bordeaux and Renne - we considered that they were winners and could easily have spent more time exploring them.
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Kerrie Lane on

We must have stood in the exact same spot for a photo - only difference is the Red Triumph that was in our shot. An amazing place to visit and one of those places that was always on our travel wish list. Tick that box!

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