We decided this year to have a return trip to Southern Brittany, however staying in a new area, Guidel-Plage. Although we usually book a gite or house this seafront apartment on Home & Away caught our eye with it's spectacular view.
Getting to France is part of our holiday fun and a Portsmouth to Caen crossing seemed to be the best option. We have used this route before, first in 1992 with my Dad and our 20 month old son, and again in 2000 with my Dad and our two children, then 10 and 6. It was lovely to retrace our steps.
Amazingly when we checked old photos back home we had actually sailed on the same boat - Normandie - in 1992 it was a new vessel.
|My Dad's photo from 1992|
|Sunny but a breezy day as we left Portsmouth|
Saying I get excited I did tweet Brittany Ferries as part of my holiday countdown (am I really turning 50 soon??) - to our surprise at check in we were given an envelope with this very thoughtful gesture inside - thank you :)
|Such a kind gesture from the |
Brittany Ferries Twitter Team
|Long Island Tea Cocktails - thank you Twitter Team|
|We love driving through France|
|Mont St Michel in the distance|
|Our panoramic view|
|View from inside the apartment|
|The bars below us|
Les Roches des Diablo (Devil's Rock) was a beautiful ravine, quite a story and amazing rocks balancing on each other. Quimperlé was previously the harbour for our river inlet, it's hard to imagine how the boats got all the way inland.
|Les Roches des Diablo|
|King of the rocks|
|Bridge at Quimperlé|
|Pont Aven old water mill courses|
|Pont Aven harbour|
|Need to 'spend a penny?' - Original WC|
|The four of us in 2000|
|Concarneau in 2015|
|The Giant (the stone not me!!)|
|Rows of menhirs|
|The Tor in 2015|
|On top of the Tor in 2000|
|Calvados and beer|
|Lunch on the terasse|
|Oysters and prawns|
After a final french meal out we sat outside with a glass of wine to watch the International Space Station fly over and suddenly fireworks went off directly opposite our hotel. It was Fete de La Nautisme (festival of the sea) over the weekend hence the fireworks.
Sunday morning arrived and so did the Normandie to take us back to Portsmouth. Such a great holiday with many people and businesses playing a part but as always y biggest thanks goes to my lovely Hubby Nick :)
Now we have more memories of Brittany, it was great to share some and look at the old photos with Michael and Philippa once we returned home, bit a little sad we can't tell my Dad.
|My Dad and a very young Michael|
|A final glass of Calvados|
|Fantastic holiday - thank you Nick x x|