Day 11, Thursday 4 July, travel to Quimper.
Trip Start Jun 23, 2013
19Trip End Jul 11, 2013
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Hi everyone - greetings from Quimper (pronounced Kim-purr)
We awoke to the usual grey skies, but it was obvious that it had been raining over night. At 7am there was just a misty drizzle. The weather has been so disappointing and today even more so as we wished to drive along the coast and walk along the beautiful sea shore. Our first stop for the morning was a park not far from our hotel. It contained many pink granite sculptures - very interesting. As we were walking around the park, the sun started to shine through the clouds. How fortunate we felt, as the sun has not come out until the afternoon, if at all, during our time in France. We continued on along the coast and mid morning we stopped for coffee and sat outside in the sunshine to drink it
11:00pm addition - We have just returned from dinner at a restaurant suggested to us by the receptionist here at the hotel. It was a 3 minute walk across the river and we were able to seated straight away at 8:15pm. There was something on the menu to suit us both and we thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Jane had just the main course but Brad went for the 3 course menu du jour. It was a delicious meal and we ended up chatting with the couple at the table next to us. They were locals enjoying a meal out with the wife speaking more English than her husband. We tried to speak in French but we must have terrible accents because when they repeated French words we had just spoken they sounded sooooo different! They had difficulty understanding us but with pen and paper as well as our little dictionary we had a decent conversation. It was a good night all round! Added just a few pictures of tonight's dinner!
We travel further down the west coast tomorrow before heading to the Loire Valley on Saturday
- In our little town of Perros-Guirec there are 2 sets of traffic lights. This is so unusual as they use round-a-bouts everywhere. As we have mentioned before, we love round-a-bouts and today when we were unsure of which road to take, we would just go around the round-a-bout a second time.
- At one place where we stopped to take in the beautiful sea side view we noticed a great deal of bracken growing and blackberries too. It looked so similar to what we see in Australia. On closer inspection we saw snails eating the plants - they looked just like Aussie snails too!
- We have been amazed at seeing so many council workers working in and out of the cities and towns, tending to garden beds, mowing grass on the sides of the roads, pruning trees and hedges, sweeping streets etc. At first we thought it may have been just in the towns where Le Tour de France is cycling through, but it is happening everywhere. So maybe they are getting ready for 14.7.13 or maybe they are just very proud of the appearance of their town.
- We are surprised to see so many hydrangeas being used as mass plantings in towns and on the town outskirts.
- We filled our car with petrol for a second time since we rented it. At this stage of our travels it has cost us about €90 to go 800 km. Petrol price today was €1.519 per litre.