Cruising down the Seine.
Next port of call Montoir-de - Bretagne. This was somewhat of a concrete jungle. I was told submarines were stored here during the war and once ashore it had a dreadful wasteland feel to it. I was with a passenger with mobility problems so it was difficult to get away from the concrete.
We persevered and at last found a sea shore and a café and then slowly returned to the ferry bus for our ship
A lovely tree in beautiful Bordeaux.
We spent 2 nights here and I was able to wander round the streets which reminded me of Paris.
A lovely little church near a delightful square for coffee. Such a relief to have Braemar in my sights. Impossible to get lost. Here we were cruising the Garonne and Gironde rivers.
On board alone it is very easy to get the days confused and as a result I missed one of my excursions.
It was 'leisurely Rochelle' in a pony and trap. Friends tod me it was very bumpy so I gave myself a talking to and won't do that again. Two of the best excursions I had already done and two were booked up by the time I had decided. However Trevarez Castle was a treat.
We drove through pleasant countryside from Lorient. There are really beautiful gardens in France but as the main plants here are rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and hydrangeas it was mainly the beauty of the woodland and surroundings that attracted. There are various exhibitions in the outbuildings
Here is our guide leading us up the garden path.
Trevarez Castle was built in the early 20th century and looks down over the scenic Aulne Valley
You can see why it is named the Pink castle. Alas on Sunday 30th July it was bombed by the RAF and subsequently partly destroyed. It was bought by the Finistere council and buildings and gardens have been beautifully restored. It is very much a work in progress and inside much of it is like an immaculate bomb site. One dreads to think how much it is costing and who is to pay? Not the RAF I'm fairly sure.
There is a fantastic drop from the castle to the Aulne Valley. These shots were taken from the terrace
Part of the ongoing restoration. Its going to be divine one day.
Finally we repaired to the Orangery and had tea or coffee with a cake which appeared a little dry but had a delicious filling of prune puree which saved its bacon.
Au revoir France. A bientot.