Daoulas Abbey

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Legend says that there was a church on the site of the Abbey of Daoulas in the 6C, but the first records show it was founded in 1167 by the Canons Regular of the Order of St Augustine under the Viscount of … Continued

Sizun to Daoulas – France Day 3

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Today dawned unsettled, proceeded to pouring rain and low visibility, allowed a dry spell in the late afternoon, and then carried on raining in the evening! But on holiday you have to explore and so we set off for Daoulas. 


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Paimpol is an interesting little town where we stopped overnight at the end of Day 1 in France. Sadly we were only there a few hours – it would be a good base for exploring the north of Brittany.

Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne, France

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The Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne was the first stop for Day 1 in France. There will be more photographs on my gardening site, but you might like a hint of this astounding, magical, wonderful, exciting garden here.

France – Caen to Paimpol, Day 1

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The first day in France – sitting at a café in Ouistreham opposite the bakery early in the morning and enjoying coffee and croissants – lovely! The hotel was comfortable for a night and convenient for the ferry – I … Continued

Travelling to France!

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A relentlessly busy year has finally stopped and today we set off for France, travelling with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Caen.

Thames Tour – Waterloo Bridge, Bradshaw’s HandBook, no.111

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‘Waterloo Bridge’, says Mr Bradshaw, ‘was commenced in 1809 and opened with great state in 1817 on the anniversary of the battle from which it takes its name. A million of money was expended in this structure, which Canova has … Continued

Thames Tour – Blackfriars Bridge, Bradshaw’s HandBook, no.109

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‘Blackfriars Bridge, which is the next reached, has had its architectural beauty somewhat spoiled by the removal of the balustrades and the substitution of a plain parapet….There is a fine view here of St Paul’s…’ says Mr Bradshaw, but today … Continued