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Cancale, France

Written on: Sunday September 1st, 2013

A journal entry from: Europe 2013

A quick drive through southern England, with a stop in Winchester to see the cathedral and King Alfred's statue, brought us to Portsmouth. From there it was a 3 hour crossing on a fast ferry (yes the ones over here actually work) to Cherbourg in Normandy. We drove a couple of kilometers and instantly found a cute little campsite right on the beach. There was a coastal trail leading to some bluffs to the north of us so in the morning we put on our hiking boots to do a little walk. It was just so fabulous that we just kept on walking, counting on the fact that there would be some kind of a place to eat by lunchtime.

After a couple of hours on this desolate coast we began to get a little worried. At 12:45 (l'heure du déjeuner) we dragged ourselves into a fabulous auberge perched on one of the highest bluffs in France with fabulous views over to Britain and the English Channel. There we embarked on a three course seafood lunch in a style that only the French can accomplish. At the end our little walk turned into a 24 km hike, good training for the 28km plus days we will be doing on the Chemin de Compostella walk in a couple of weeks. From Normandy we zipped past the Mont St. Michel (too full of tour buses) and headed into Brittany. We ended up again camped next to the water and were again able to do a long hike to a beach called Port Briac.


From Linda and Ted on Sep 3rd, 2013

Happy First Day of Retirement! I'd love to go on your hike of beach after beach! Enjoy France!

From Carel on Sep 3rd, 2013

Now this sounds so much better than work.Enjoy your first day of retirement.

From Julie on Sep 3rd, 2013

Gorgeous scenery. And the food wasn't bad looking either!