Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday, September 25th, Pontorson


Rick Steeves said that if you only had one day in Bretagne, you should spend it in Dinan. It’s cobblestone streets wind down a hill to the Rance River, which flows inland about 100 kilometers from Dinard/St.Malo. We not only visited, we took his walking tour and only got lost once (toward the end near the gardens of the Church). While the warm Ker-y-palm he recommended we buy at a local bakery was only so-so, the rest of Dinan lived well up to its billing. We’re going to spend a week in Bretagne, but this was a great introduction.

Most streets eventually lead downhill to the river, and we had lunch in a small park near the bridge built over it in 1547. Crossing after finishing, we took a trail along the river to Lehon. Asleep in almost every way, the image of this village which will stay in my mind is of a small group streamside around a bench having their French 2-hour lunch.

I have to tell you that last night we had one of the best dinners yet. In a small café, we enjoyed a sea salad (anchovies, shrimp, mussels, salmon), lamb with ratatouie, a salmon tagliatelle, and a local muscadet. We topped it off with coffee, chocolate mint, caramel, and blackberry current ice cream scoops. It was well-prepared and served, and we left feeling great about the end of our first week in France.

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Friday, September 25th

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