Wednesday, August 6, 2008
BONJOUR MES AMIS
Hi folks - I have just returned from the family holiday in Brittany I told you about in my Cambridge Blog on 20 July. Maybe the anonymous correspondent who asked why my Blogs had stopped did not read it?
Martin, my US brother wanted to celebrate his 40th Wedding Anniversary with a family reunion in Brittany. So 34 of us, including 15 children rented 8 Gites in a child friendly site called La Villeneuve,near Riec sur Belon, oyster capital of France. I travelled on Brittany Ferries with my daughter and 2 small grandchildren, Jessica, 5 and Oliver, 3, staying 2 nights in Cherbourg and 3 nights in Granville, a Normandy seaside resort on our way home. The Brittany Ferry was efficient and we landed early in Portsmouth. We even beat the M25 rush hour and reached Bedford in under 3 hours.
French public toilets have not yet achieved 21st Century standards so we had one gruesome experience with a 'hole in the ground' on a motorway site. However they do have great food and wine and are tolerant of small children. Also they require drivers to reduce their maxium speed by 20 km in wet weather on motorways - a rule the British could do well to copy.
Brittany is beautiful and we visited historic Pont Aven and Quimper and lots of beaches to build sandcastles and collect shells, while my brother organised sporting activities. The weather was mixed but we had lots of barbecues and family sports.
In Normandy we visited the superb Mont St. Michel while the tide was out and the children loved their Alligator Park visit and harbour boat trip in Cherbourg.
Now it's back to work with meetings today in Cambridge and Bedford and an escorted visit on Friday to London Luton Airport with some fellow councillors.