France – Caen to Paimpol, Day 1

The first day in France – sitting at a café in Ouistreham opposite the bakery early in the morning and enjoying coffee and croissants – lovely!

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The hotel was comfortable for a night and convenient for the ferry – I loved the plants outside. Then we set off for the first stop – a botanical garden.

On the road from Caen to Le Chatellier

On the road from Caen to Le Chatellier

I knew the Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne was going to be special when the entrance was a tunnel of Hydrangea Paniculata and Cornus Controversa Variegata. And it was – spectacular – separate posts to follow!

The entrance to the Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne

The entrance to the Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne

Hydrangea Paniculata

Hydrangea Paniculata

After several hours in the gardens we needed a coffee stop in Combourg. 

The castle in Combourg

The castle in Combourg

The central square in Combourg

The central square in Combourg

On the road again there was a somewhat sobering half hour when we came across two accidents in quick succession, with at least one fatality judging by the state of the car in the middle of the road.

One of several on the road

One of several on the road

Finally we arrived in Paimpol and the Hotel de la Marne,  the destination for the night, with just enough time to see the sea before dinner.

Hotel de la Marne, Paimpol

Hotel de la Marne, Paimpol

Looking towards the Ile de Brehat

Looking towards the Ile de Brehat

The beach at L'Arcouest, north of Paimpol

The beach at L’Arcouest, north of Paimpol

The Ile de Brehat in the distance, & the landing stage for the ferry

The Ile de Brehat in the distance, & the landing stage for the ferry