Shearwin's in Europe 2015 travel blog

The harbour at Ploumana'h at high tide

Coastal walk from Hotel at "ICI"

Remote Chateau on island at Plage Saint-Guirec

Kaye holds aloft a granite rock

An exceptional salad on arrival at our hotel


Our 0700hrs rise from bed was our first early rise in quite a few days. We departed our hotel after a farewell to our French girl who had visited Adelaide and was most helpful to us. A quick coffee and pastry, a little shopping for hairspray and we were off for our 170 km drive to the seaside town of Ploumanac'h, north west of Saint Malo.

On the way, we decided on a quick look at the large township of Saint Brieuc, half way to Ploumanac'h and had no problem entering the old city, however, it did not have the feel that we have experienced elsewhere and quickly continued our journey.

We arrived at the Hotel des Rochers around 1200hrs and were able to occupy our room ahead of time. Kaye was more than happy with our very large timber panelled room with a magnificent view of the harbour - unfortunately, the port was at low tide and many of the smaller craft were beached.

Our first task was to retire to the restaurant for a light salad and a wine. The salads were less than light but very fresh and delightful. The breads which we didn't want to eat, but did, were also exceptional. As a consequence we ate more than we had planned on.

Weighed down with food we joined the throng of tourist walking the outer coastal track through the magnificent pink granite rocks forming the coastline. It is a two hour walk and has a multitude of diversionary tracks that offer views in every conceivable direction. People were dispersed from sun bathing on the rocks, wading in the water, picnicking on the slopes or just strolling along photographing any and everything. The sunny calm day was a big incentive.

We completed the greater part of the walk and returned to the hotel by 1630 hrs. As we had time before dinner, we drove to several of the coastal villages stopping at Perros Guirec for a wine. The area is absolutely lovely and we are pleased we have visited the area.

We were back in our room by 1830hrs for a quick shower before dinner in the hotel's restaurant. I had been contacted earlier in the week by the hotel staff to make an advance booking and did so without thinking that I may have closed off our dining options. Thankfully, I had booked as our dining experience was one of our all time best. Kaye had a Mussel parcel for entree and Hake on a bed of everything delightful for a main. I had a broccoli soup with bacon etc for entree and Brittany Rabbit for main - the best rabbit since mum's as a boy. We shared an apple, caramel and ice cream pudding. It was a great dinner that we earmarked as our 45th wedding anniversary celebration; due tomorrow.

After dinner we walked part of the coastal track to capture images of the setting sun on the granite - as usual, the camera couldn't capture what the eye could. We returned to the hotel, Kaye to bed while I walked into central to find an ice cream. After a lengthy walk, the ice cream was found next door to the hotel. We were both in bed, still broad daylight with the lightest of breezes coming through our balcony door at 2230hrs.

Another great day!!

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