France: Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles

Since we are staying for a week in Bretagne, France and we have enough time to do side trips. We decided to finally try the very known boat trip that is given in the region. We first planned when to go since you have to or at least have a ticket reservation for the said trip.

It was a cold, sunny and somehow raining hail day. But we still decided to go on top of the boat so we can get a full view of the islands that we are going to visit. The trip consists of visiting the 7 islands around Brittany. The only thing that made me a bit annoyed  that the tour was spoken in French, so we have no idea on what the tour guide was talking about. The tour guide did not even bother that there are lots of non-French speakers during the tour, but we grasp on what we can somehow understand by making connection on what he says on the surroundings.

As we sailed our way to the 7 islands, we got hailed. I mean hail fell on us and just to include, I got a very funny video of us during the event.

Our 7 islands trip experience

Moving forward, one of the island is full of birds. There are lots of birds that are just chilling in the island. It stinks, it smells like birds! haha. But looking at the birds that are freely flying and resting made the trip worthy.

After visiting the other islands, we stopped in an island for half an hour and let us enjoy the serenity of the place. We got a very nice view of the whole sea with its islands.


The tour is good in other ways. It wasn’t the best sailing trip due to raining hail, but the experience it gives to be able to tour one of France’ island is enough to say that it is worth the trip. It is nice that they protected the bird island. It gives them a chance to fly freely and live.

France: Treguier, Bretagne

After our visit from the Cote de Granit Rose. We went driving around the region and ended up in this little town called Treguier. The place was calm even though there are people walking around and at the same time enjoying the sun. The main attraction of the place was the Cathedrale Saint-Tugdual de Treguier. We entered the said cathedral, it was majestic, big and nice from the inside to the outside. Spent some time and appreciate the beauty of the Cathedral. 
 

France: Port L’epine, Trelevern

Our next destination: Port L’epine. This is where we booked our chalet with sea view. It’s a camping site.

After spending our day visiting Mont Saint Michel and driving to our next stop, we arrived around 19:00 in Port L’epine. But since we were a bit late than the usual check-in time, we first called the camping to tell them that we are not going to make it on time. They told us that it would not be a problem because someone at their restaurant will still give our keys and allow us to enter the vicinity. We were relieved!

Arriving near where we are going to stay, we had a sneak peek of the wonderful sea. It was amazingly blue. It made us more excited to reach our home for the week.

Not far from where we were, we finally reached our destination, Port L’epine (name of our camping site). We were welcomed by the staff and after taking a quick look at the beautiful surroundings, we went to their restaurant and have our first meal.



Finishing our dinner, we searched for our chalet. we were happy to see that we got what we want, the seaview and the serenity of the place that made us feel that we are ready to settle for our little vacation trip.

Since the chalet is much more accommodated in the summer rather than in the middle of the pre-spring season, we must say that our chalet for a week was a bit chilly. We were glad that we had extra sheets and jackets to protect us from the cold. But we did not much care anymore because we were just grateful for the experience that it has offered.

Staying in a different environment, we prepared ourselves for the coming days. It is very handy to do, most especially if you are not familiar with the place. As we brought the car with us, we did not hesitate to bring enough stuffs to our chalet.

We went extreme, we are not going to be hungry! 😂

Port l’epine Website

 

23rd of April 2016

 

France: Mont Saint Michel

After spending a night in Honfleur, we continued our journey in reaching our destination which was in Bretagne (Brittany), France. But again, me and my husband did something we actually did not plan of going at all. On the way, I saw this island. From afar it looks like there’s a big castle in the middle of nowhere. I instantly looked at tripadvisor for “nearby places” it shows that we were 10kms away from the fortress that we saw. It was called Mont Saint Michel. I showed my puppy eyes at my husband and told him that I wanted to try and see the place. He said yes and our journey continues!

This view made me wonder, “what is that?!!!”.

Getting closer to the island clearly shows how beautiful the place was. It makes us more curious on what we can actually see and do in that island or if it is even available for public viewing. The closer we get, the more excited we’re to explore this wonderful island. To begin with, we first thought that we can just drive through the island, but instead, we were directed to their huge parking lot. After that, we walked near the reception area where there are free buses or the horse-drawn carriage for transport. You can also walk there, but we did not do it because it was too cold during our visit.

The bus ride

The bus tour was short and it was like touring you around their little village where it consists of hotels, restaurants and shops, and it was the fastest way to reach Mont Saint Michel.

After the short ride, we were brought to the bus stop and have to walk some meters to Saint Michel and finally reached our awesome destination! It looks even better when you are near the said island.


One thing that I have learned about this tourist spot was that, there are some seasons of the year or even in a day where it is inaccessible for public transportation because the sea level rises and Mont Saint Michel is again a floating island.

Upon entering the island, I would say that it felt like I’m walking at the Diagon Alley, or should I say the wizard world of Harry Potter. It welcomes you with a shopping street, restaurants and hotels. It is busy and alive even on a cold day, tourists can’t just get enough of this location.

 


The whole street will lead you to go up the Abbey. During the climb, you will be directed to different locations where you can get a panoramic view of the whole sea.

There are also people walking in the middle of the sea barefoot and in groups. We asked at the reception what is the reason for doing that, well they said that the visitors just liked it and for whatever reason it could be, it seems to be therapeutic.
There’s an entrance fee if you want to go further and see the inside of the Abbey. The line is crazy full that we have to wait at least 20-30 minutes before we can enter the whole place. But we would say that it was worth the wait.


Going inside the Abbey, it was actually what we’ve expected, it is majestic! Spacious, big and a lot of things to do and see.

Got lucky to be alone in this pic! It was a busy day 😊


Overall, if you come across this region, DON’T miss this out! It is a must see!

Last Day in Brugge, Belgium

Since we already toured around the beautiful city of Brugge the past days that we stayed there, we finally ended our day by going to the Belfort or the Belfry and their beer museum.

The first stop of our last day trip is at the beer museum. We were too early to drink beer during our visit, but we are happy enough to see their collection. I think that this is the biggest collection of beer we’ve ever seen. It has most of the European beers and most specially the Belgian beers. It was fun to visit and it’s free!

After our visit at the beer museum,we decided to go to the  Belfry. So without looking for any information about the Belfry, we dared to visit the said attraction. I used the word “dare” because we knew that we have to visit the top of the tower. We just did not know how far and how many steps would it take us to the top until we read the information by the reception that the tower is 83 meters high with 366 stairs that we have to climb.

We reached the top! We were glad that it was not that too busy during our visit. We got the chance to look and enjoy our panoramic view of Brugge and hear the loud ringing bells of the Belfry.

After our tiring climb of the tower, my husband treated ourselves to some waffle on a stick, Belgian style! Lovely waffle! They really have the best chocolate!