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Europe » France » Brittany » Guipry-Messac June 22nd 2019

Saturday 15th June Today was a scenery building day for another upcoming festival. About half a dozen or so helpers came and went throughout the day, and I lended a hand too. There was an artistic director present, who was the scenery designer, and told us all what to do. Sunday 16th June Today was a day trip to the house of the parents of my host, near Vannes on the south coast of Brittany. There were a number of her family members present for an excellent lunch. Several aunts spoke English quite well, and were keen to practice, so I had conversations in both French and English during the day. In the afternoon my host drove me down to Carnac to see the incredible alignments of megaliths. The lines run east-west and extend for over ... read more
Artist – Vannes
Vilaine Riverbank at Rennes
Evening at St Senoux

Europe » France » Brittany » Guipry-Messac June 15th 2019

Saturday 15th June My sixth week in Brittany was taken up with the road trip, so now we find ourselves at the end of the seventh week, with only one more week remaining before my placement as a language assistant ends, and I move on. Last weekend, straight after my road trip, here in Guipry-Messac was the Happy Days Festival (Les Jours Heureux), a 1950's rock'n'roll music festival. It was held over three days (Fri-Sun) and included many bands, food and bar stalls, merchandise stalls, classic car display, drag races (at nearby Lohéac raceway), and more. My host family was very involved with the event, being members of the organising committee too. We spent many hours there, setting up, manning the ticket booth, and also packing up and cleaning the venue afterwards. A number of consecutive ... read more
Cloisters of the Abbaye Saint-Sauveur de Redon
Les Mégalithes de Saint-Just
Stunning Buick Eight Coupe

Europe » France » Brittany » Guipry-Messac June 6th 2019

Thursday 6th June Today was the last day of my road trip, and I had to be at the station in Rennes by 1pm to return the rental car. According to my calculations, I had time to head down to Roche aux Fées, south-east of Rennes, along the way. My research had shown there was another megalith site along the way, Les Mégalithes de Lampouy, so I headed off to find them. Driving along minor roads through the beautiful farming countryside, I saw some signs for the Mémorial du 29 Mai 1943, which I soon spotted due to the American and French flags flying. I stopped to see what it was about, and it commemorates the loss of eleven members of a US Army Air Corps bomber crew, whose plane crashed into the adjoining field on ... read more
Mémorial du 29 Mai 1943
Menhir de la Pierre Longue
La Roche aux Fées

Europe » France » Brittany » Guipry-Messac May 28th 2019

Sunday 19th May – Friday 24th May I was sick for this period. Most likely a gluten response due to accidental intake. This is the longest period of time I have been sick following gluten intake. The trials and tribulations of having Coeliac Disease. Saturday 25th May I was nearly better today with just some stomach pains remaining. I decided to get out and about a bit again. In the afternoon I went for a riverside bike ride for about an hour. It's always very pleasant along the river. This weekend in Guipry-Messac was a junior soccer extravaganza. There were plenty of teams from around France and greater Europe in attendance, they had three reduced-size fields going, and lots of games sere played. They also had rides and sideshows, as well as a disco and fireworks ... read more
Écluse Gailieu
The Lock and Mill at La Bouëxière
Flowers in the Stone Work – Lock at La Bouëxière

Europe » France » Brittany » Guipry-Messac May 13th 2019

Sunday 12th May This morning I went to Mass at the church in Guipry. There was a choir but the hymns were not very bright – they seemed heavy rather than uplifting. At the house I helped with some gardening – planting tomatoes and zucchini in the vegetable garden, which is a few doors down, behind the big old house I've mentioned before. I have also started the planning of my trip in southern Germany, for about a week before I fly home, and this took up a lot of time today – trying to devise an itinerary and book hotels. I have decided to do part by train as I travel towards Munich, and part by rental car from Munich. I have planned the driving days (about 4 days) along the German Alpine Road, and ... read more
Lock Macaire
Charming Lockside House at Macaire
Bicycle Path Along the River

Europe » France » Brittany » Guipry-Messac May 8th 2019

Sunday 5th May Today was the Festival du Port in Guipry. Guipry was in former times a salt port – Breton salt was exported to the rest of France, and a tax had to be paid as it left Brittany. Guipry was a tax collection port on the River Vilaine. Part of the festival was boat rides on pleasure craft from the port of Messac, across the river. We went at 10 o'clock to have a boat ride. The organisers put us (me & hosts) on the boat of an Englishman and his wife. They put no-one else on that boat, so we had a private cruise with English conversation! This retired English couple spends a couple of months each year on their boat idling round the French rivers and canals – very nice. The weather ... read more
Cycle Path (Voie Verte)
Lamborghini Muira at the Lohéac Auto Museum
Citroëns Traction Avant

Europe » France » Brittany » Guipry-Messac May 3rd 2019

Sunday 28th April Arrived at the home of my host family. Their house was built around 1750, and they have nicely restored it. As you will see in the photo, it looks very French. Monday 29th April This morning I went bicycle-riding downstream along the river as far as the next lock at Malon, and return (4km each way). There is a cycle path all along the river, this having previously been the haulage path for horses dragging barges along the river. It is very quiet and pleasant beside the river – their is a beautiful caravan park just adjacent to Guipry, beside the river. In the afternoon I took a walk across the bridge into Messac, and explored the town on foot, as far as the town church, which has a tall spire. There was ... read more
Along the Riverbank of the Vilaine
Church at St Senoux
Riverside Scene

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