Out came the sunshine

Trip Start Jun 28, 2014
Trip End Jul 12, 2014

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Flag of France  , Brittany,
Sunday, July 6, 2014

As we headed north the sun came out, and it was very pleasant as we stopped in Matignon for lunch.  A car boot sale was underway in the covered market and we did a lap - nothing inspiring, though Jonathan did find another corkscrew for his growing collection. From a Dutch couple who have a summer residence in Brittany, and bring some old stuff to sell while they are here!  

Across from the market was a creperie, seeming to be the only establishment open, so crepes were on the menu again.  Service was a bit slow, and we found it strange that when my crepe arrived, Jonathan was told his selection wasn't available, so what would he like instead.  Consequently, I was nearly finished before his arrived.  It took well over an hour to just have a crepe for lunch!  On the way in I'd spotted a patisserie and bought a couple of cakes for afternoon tea, something chocolatey for Jonathan, and a millefeuille for me.  Stowed in the car for later we were on the road again for the coast and Fort la Latte.  

I had seen it on the next headland to Cap Frehel on Thursday and put it "on the list" as it looked interesting - a walled fort up on a cliff above the sea with a little bridge across from the mainland.  And so we arrived and the sun was now well and truly shining and the clouds well away to the south.  We walked with many family groups down a track and there was the fort on its little headland/island with the blue sky above and that sparkling emerald sea below.  There were little paddocks cleared in the scrub with donkeys, goats, peacocks and a Highland cow - some sort of mini zoo?  All was very neat and well kept, a big difference from Moncontour.  We paid our Cinq Vingt and in the gate we went.  

Now this is where it gets hard to describe.  It was picture perfect, our photos from the top of the tower look like pictures of a miniature village with perfect miniature people; the stonework, paths , and gardens all well maintained. The first drawbridge went through a stone archway into a courtyard with a trebuchet built by local high school students, and from here another archway led out onto a second drawbridge across  a fissure in the rocky cliff so that the main part of the fort was on an almost island - probably at high tides.  Inside this walled area were a great 3 story residence with a tower and a battlements, a small chapel, small towers at intervals around the walls, complete with arrow slits and cannon holes.  In the centre was the largest tower, at the top of a great rock.  Paths led around all of the little buildings and finally it was possible to climb the big tower.  Once on top, the final ascension was over the outside of the roof to a small platform, where a flag snapped in the stiff breeze.  It was probably clearer today, with the wind there was none of the blue haze of Thursday, and the lighthouses of Cap Frehel looked quite close and clear.  

Below in the clear water yachts were moored - on one a party of four were sitting at a table having lunch on deck.  A tour cruise from St Malo came by with people looking up (jealously?!) at us on our fort.  In the distance a ferry from England headed to St Malo port.  Inland the dark clouds were rolling closer to the coast. 

So of course we walked around the whole site and climbed to the top of the tower, and it was magnificent!  Looking down it was like a perfect miniature fort, even the people looked unreal, everything was so neat and sharp in the sun.  The gardens were planted with flanders poppies and red hot pokers, there were wild bits of meadow grass at the base of the tower, a vegetable garden, a parterre seen only from the tower, hedges of lavender, it was just all perfect.  

We finally tore ourselves away and climbed back up a steep path to the car park and realised it was already nearly 5pm and we still had to get to our final destination.  We ate our cakes in heart car park with a cold drink, and turned south. 
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