Tuesday, 2 November 2010

The Best View in Brittany (Probably)...and More!

I wrote about my favourite stopovers for motorhomes and camper vans in a previous post, Aire pas Chere, and thought it was time for an update. We visited a couple of old favourites that I've mentioned previously on our trip last week and again I'd like to extoll the virtues of the overnight 'Aire de Camping Car' at Le Mont St Michel. Really the muddy quagmire depicted in the otherwise excellent 'All the Aires' guide does not do justice to this wonderful spot. It now costs 10 Euros per night to stay here but this is still cheap at the price for one of the best views in the whole of France.

It was then onto Le Port de Dinan for two nights. The aire is situated on the side of the canal under a viaduct. It's a brisk ten minute walk uphill to the lovely historic city, the port area itself has some lovely characterful restaurants and there is a network of cycle paths and walking tracks to explore that started right outside the door of the van. A word of warning. If you are over forty and have a child with a scooter, don't try to relive your youth and ride it down the slope from the top of the carpark. I have very bruised knees and a grazed tummy as a result of biting off more than an old girl can chew!

Our longest stay on this trip was three nights at Plouha, an idyllic spot with everything a family could want from a quiet uncommercialised seaside location. Those in search of retail therapy might disagree as it's an hour to the nearest shops. But there's three restaurants (we can vouch for the Creperie) and two playgrounds which as you can see,from Louis' picture are within a whisker of the motorhome parking. There's also a volley ball court and boulodrome, a beautiful beach and lovely coast path walks in each direction.

The weather was kind for most of our trip. But luckily the rain fell during our visit to Cosmopolis, a telecommunications museum. In spite of only having a French language website most of the signs in this highly interactive museum are in English so it makes a great day out for Anglophones as well as the native French. The museum is the site of a Radome, a large inflatable ball housing the gubbins that received the first signals in France from across the Atlantic using the Telstar satellite.   Now it has outspent its original useful life, it has been transformed into the venue for one of those bizarre yet enjoyable 'Son et Lumiere' shows at which the French excel.  I'm not sure whether I was supposed to take photos but ho hum! Here's my attempt at an arty take on the show!

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