Whitchurch Wanderers French Wander 2019
Whitchurch Wanderers French Wander 2019 19th May – 23rd May
Ray & Anne, Grafton & Steve took their cars to France in May making a leisurely trip of Normandy and Brittany involving quite a bit of eating, drinking and walking. Taking the night Portsmouth Le Havre ferry and first travelling to Le Mans via the free ferry over the Seine and breaking the journey in the pretty town of Sees with an impressive Gothic Cathedral with 70m spires. Whilst in Le Mans they visited the pleasant town centre, taking coffee and people watching, followed by a visit to the Motor Museum and drive around most of the Lemans circuit.
It was then St Malo via Vitre a superb but simply heaving medieval town. Next to Brest along the north coast with great views and beaches and lunch at St.Michel-en-Greves. The Brest hotel was noisy but the town interesting with a visit to the Château de Brest castle housing the National Navy Museum, followed by an open top bus tour of the town.
The next stop was Vannes travelling via Lorient to visit the impressive WW11 submarine pens and onto Port Louis for lunch and a visit to the fort. Vannes has much to offer, a lovely town centre with super shops (hope Penny likes that bag Grafton) The group did lots of walking and took a boat trip around the large almost land locked bay with many islands. The following day they made a visit to Bono, now a sleepy village but previously a major oyster producing centre – butties were enjoyed by the river.
Next to Fougeres on route back to Cherbourg taking in a must do car museum - The Manor of the Automobile and Old Trades of Lohéac south of Rennes. It's mind blowing with around 400 cars and a complete F1 grid – entry 12 euros!
Travelling to Cherbourg on the last day for the evening ferry via an atmospheric Utah Beach where preparations were being made for 75 years since the D Day landings.