By god it's hot.......... I'm not sure exactly how hot but certainly hot
enough to keep most of the people on the camp site in the shade, even the
kids can't be bothered to play...... except around the pool.
We moved on yesterday and are now about 4 miles outside Dol de Bretagne
(obviously you all know where that is :-) ) which is inland about 13 miles
from Le Mont St Micheal and a little further to St Malo. The area is
beautiful and the weather has started to warm up significantly.
Yesterday we drove down via Le Harve where we stopped for a spot of lunch.
That was a lot easier written than done becuase we couldn't find anywhere to park in Le Harve so it took us about 1 hour 45 mins to call in, park, find
somewhere to eat, order....... you get the picture. The toll roads we an
absolute nightmare in the afternoon as well, we spent about 45 minutes
queuing at 3 differents Peage stations which was quite frustrating - all I
can say is thank Land Rover for the air con, without it we would have been
Since the car was completely loaded up we decided to have a look for a roof
box while we were out and about - we spotted a "bargin" in a NorAuto (think
Halfords but better) for ?90 but they only had the display model and to order
one would have taken 5 days - so we decided to look elsewhere. That turned
out to be a good choice because on our way out of Dieppe (which the most
lovely little port town by the way) we had to drive through an industrial
park type area and on the way we spotted a better "Halfords on steroids" with some very cool trailers (If you have to ask me why trailers are cool you
don't know me very well!) outside so we decided to pop in and try out our
very limited French on the poor shop assistant....... Anyway, to cut a short
story even shorter we purchased a bargin roof box for £63 and then got them to fit it for free - try doing that in England!
Today being Sunday we expected everything to be closed - how wrong can you be. We decided to cycle to Dol de Bretagne have lunch, which we made and took with us so we wouldn't be caught out, have a quick look around at the town and ride back. It's a very flat route (Not quite Norfolk flat but not far
off) and it was only about 4.5miles but have I mentioned that it was hot? We
both drank just under 1 litre of water during the journey and we rode at a
very sedentary pace and even then I was leaking severely (nothing unusual
about that). The town was very pretty, and everything seemed to be open...... we spotted that there is a local market on on a Monday evening from 1700 to 2000 so we're going to see what that is like tomorrow afternoon.
I keep seeing buzzards and things and I can hear some hawk/buzzard screeching (it's unmistakable) from the tent (where I am sat writing this). Ah - the camp site, we are on a 4 star site and it shows, the facilities are
fantastic, the pitches are superb, there is even a security barrier on the
entrance/exit and everybody has there own unique code (well, probably but I'm not going to explain why :-) ) to open the barriers. I asked for a quite
pitch and they certainly gave us that, we are on the far corner of the site,
ours is the only touring pitch in this area and we are surrounded by static
caravans/wooden cabins and a few "rent-a-tent" pitches which seem to be
mostly occupied by the Dutch. No prblem with that as their kids all seem very
well behaved - and yes there is a marked difference between the kids from
Right, I've probably bored everyone sensless by now so I'll shut up and go
lie in the shade again. I've got my binoculars at the ready to see what the
bird is that keeps screeching........
Catch ya later.
Ian and Claire