France: St. Brieuc

Since we deprived ourselves to big cities in France for almost a week, we kinda craved of the city feeling. We decided to go to St. Brieuc which is an hour drive from our place of stay which is in Trelevern. 

Arriving at the city center, you can really say that you are in a big city. There are more people and lots of buildings to see. To be honest, we did not find St. Brieuc that much amazing. It is a nice little side trip when you want to have a city feeling after a week of country side (at least for us) 

Some of the shops are closed during our visit, but we were glad to be able to roam around St. Brieuc for a change. 

You will find:

Nice shopping places.

Churches

And we went center where we ate our lunch and they were all friendly. 


 

France: Perros-Guirec

Ok, so we don’t have any idea what to see in this area. We just took a chance and roam around the place and looked at the net for ideas.

We ended up in Perros-Guirec.

We decided to eat our breakfast at Cafe du Bourg which is also a bar. They have this typical french breakfast which includes croissants, baguette and jam with coffee. This place is just right across Eglise St- Jacques, so eating breakfast was a luxury with this view.

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After our breakfast, we decided to walk around the town.The town is charming and have their own styles. It is alive and we literally saw lots of french holding their baguettes. Just be reminded that french have their lunch break that will last at least an hour, this means that their establishments may be closed.

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Eglise St. Jacques

We did not have a chance to go inside the said church for there was an important ceremony going on. But seeing it from the outside was enough for me to appreciate the beauty of this church.

Walking around the town, you will see some cute buildings and the smell of bread being baked are very strong. It’s lovely!

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From the little town, we decided to walk further and saw the view of the gorgeous sea.

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On the way we saw some unique buildings.

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Hotel Ker Mor

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Palais des Congres

After walking up and down the hill for 2 kilometers, we finally reached the pretty beach that we saw from afar, it’s called Plage de Trestraou. It is¬†a big beach with beautiful sea. It’s a shame that we we’re not able to swim and experience the beach since we visited during the winter season.

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Plage de Trestraou

Along their boulevard, there are lots of restaurants and places where you can stay and relax. It was not busy during our visit, so we we’re glad that we had the time to appreciate every little details of this little town.

 

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! ūüėā

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 ūüėä


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

France: Honfleur

It’s vacation time!

After days of thinking of what to do for my coming vacation, we finally decided to spend our time in France.

We wanted to go to¬†Bretagne (Brittany), it’s in the west of France.

The destination is about a 10-12 hours drive from The Netherlands. Instead of going straight to our destination, we did a little detour.

Our first stop was Honfleur, France. It is located in the lower Normandy region where you can see the Seine River. When my husband told me that we are going to Honfleur, I really did not know what to expect. It was the first time I heard about the place and I promised not to search in advance as to what it had to offer.

So upon entering the Harbor of Honfleur or what they call Le Pont de Normandie, ¬†we were welcomed with this very tall, majestic bridge. It is the biggest bridge I’ve ever seen! By the looks of it, I was already very excited¬†about what to see in Honfleur.


Upon arriving in Honfleur, we decided to go straight to our hotel. We chose Campanile Honfleur – La Riviere Saint Sauveur. The room was comfortable, clean and a bit small, but it had all of the¬†necessities for a night stay. It¬†wasn’t expensive and they served¬†a big variety of lovely breakfast. Staff were also very friendly, they tried their best to speak english and they even let us check in earlier than the normal times.


After resting from our more than 600km drive,  we decided to immediately walk around the city center of Honfleur.

It was a half raining or I must say drizzle and sunny day during our visit to the city center of Honfleur. Parking may be a bit tricky to find in the center most especially when it is busy, but that day, the city was not that hectic.

We loved that Honfleur actually looked beautiful even when it was¬†raining. The streets were shining and we’re happy that they kept the pretty streets as they were. The houses looked cute, it’s almost like you are in a fairy tale.

There are lots of places to see in Honfleur and here are the following things we did:

We went to Mont-Joli. Here you can see the whole Honfleur from the top.

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Visited Notre Dame de Grace (It was closed during our visit), it has a big park where you can sit and relax and also view the Seine Riviere.

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Paid a visit to¬†Saint Catherine’s Church.

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Explored Le Vieux Bassin.

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Came to see the famous Carousel a Honfleur.

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Looked up at their tower.

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Ate dinner at Salon de the La Trinquette and tried their popular mussel dish.

And enjoyed the streets of Honfleur.

 

 

22nd of April 2016