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Etang du Korong

The vast lake at Glomel is an inland paradise for all manner of wildlife and has a lovely sandy beach from where you can hire canoes and sailboats or simply enjoy dipping your toes!

There are extensive fairly level trails around the lake, often peppered with local fishing enthusiasts, which provide the perfect landscape for bracing walks and are thoughtfully dotted with picnic tables at key locations.

Etang du korong, lac du Glomel Cotes d'Armor

There is a Municipal Campsite near the beach end of the lake, just a short stroll into the village where there is a small shop, bar and an amazing pizza restaurant, Tan Dezhi.

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A better way to Brittany…

On our first house hunting foray to the Côtes d’Armor one dreary December day a few years ago, we travelled by ferry from Dover to Calais and drove the 700km across to Brittany in what we then thought was the most appalling weather ever.  Little did we know, but more about the Brittany weather another time!

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Barrelling along the Autoroute in our little Smart car, its windscreen wipers valiantly sweeping aside the torrent unleashed on us by the menacing storm clouds, my first thought was ‘let’s just turn back, give it up and go home’, but having made it so far we decided to complete the journey and keep the rendezvous with Nick ‘meet me in the village square’ Tyrell, property agent extraodinaire.

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Our next trip was far better planned;  we discovered an overnight ferry service from Portsmouth to St Malo operated by Brittany Ferries.  We’d not heard of them before and I had hazy, distant memories of a not so great experience many years ago so my expectations were fairly low…

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From the moment we boarded (our first trip was on the rather lovely Brittany Ferries MV Bretagne), we were favourably surprised at the standard of ship, the compact but well equipped cabins and the excellent choice of restaurants, not to mention the super hospitality of the crew, it made us feel as though we’d started our holidays already.  Since then there’s been no turning back; we now make the journey once a month either to the stunning St Malo or on odd occasions Caen or Cherbourg and love every minute of our time on board.

The Bretagne… (contd)

 

A true craftsman…

It had been over 5 years since we’d installed our first woodburner at Kernolou at a time when there were stinging nettles still growing through the living room walls.  In those early days we really were at the first stages of refurbishment and at the mercy of the elements inside or out, which on occasion felt like pretty much the same thing.

Unsurprising then that the little woodburner that had served us so Continue reading “A true craftsman…”

Return to La Vallée des Saints… 

This quite spectacular sculpture park at Carnoët is a short drive from the sleepy Finistère town of Carhaix and less than an hour from the port of Roscoff.

The monumental statues, some over 3m high, are carved from local granite and arranged in a hundred acre park overlooking the picturesque Breton countryside.

We’d visited last year for the first time and were amazed by the sheer size and scale of this fledgling Breton ‘Easter Island’ and marvelled at the skills of the artists, (click for photos of this previous visit)

New statues are created regularly – we’d heard that seven had already been installed this year, so took a trip out to check out the new additions.

From the depths…

A late Easter meant we were treated to some lovely weather last week, so we took a break from renovations and headed over to Trégnanton to check out for ourselves what the excitement was all about…

Originally part of the Nantes-Brest canal, Lac de Guerlédan was created in 1930 by building a dam and flooding an area of about 4km sq to supply hydro-electric power for EDF.

Every 30 years or so the lake is drained to allow for inspections, however due to recent technological advances this is no longer required and  2015 will be the last opportunity in a generation to view the spectacle. During the summer over 3 million visitors are expected to view the empty lakebeds that reveal abandoned houses, ruins and 17 sunken locks..

Although not quite yet empty, the depth and scale of this once flooded valley are still amazing, Check-out my gallery of images taken on iPhone 6 here

The official website gives details of locations of the best viewpoints, parking and facilities together with how to book guided tours of the lakebed.

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