Farewell Falmouth and Bonjour Brittany!
We spent our last night in England exploring the delights of Falmouth where we went to buy gas and diesal. Of course we had to visit a pub (Or 2) for farewell fish and chips washed down with a fair amount of farewell beer and ale!
Which meant leaving the UK with a slight thick head and a farewell visit to the shops for paracetamol!
Our 120 mile Chanel crossing was a fast 20 hours and We dropped anchor just into the Rade de Brest at 05.30 Sunday 29 th July.
As a force 8 Gale was forecast on Monday we motored further into the Rade de Brest which is a huge loch like natural harbour with bays and rivers to explore. We spent 3 nights tied up in the marina at Brest which allowed 2 days of exploration around this interesting city. We walked miles and visited The castle and it’s museum, the spectacular modern cathedral built after the bombing of WW2 and took a cable car over the river!
When the weather improved we set off to explore the river L’Aulne and travelled 25 miles inland to a small market town called Chateaulin, where the river becomes Canalised to Nantes.
Here we tied up on the town quai for the night and the next day visited the local market for delicious French cheese, fruit and vegetables, before enjoying lunch at a local cafe.
Our journey up river was a delight. it took us through countryside,
through one lock and for a short while we drove alongside a dual carriage way! I wonder what the car drivers thought!
Due to tidal restrictions we travelled back down river on the evening ebb and anchored in a remote backwater creek before the river mouth. We completed our downstream passage Friday morning in thick fog . A few abandoned Naval vessels loomed out of the grey like ghosts
And We had to use our radar to navigate until the river widened into the Rade and the sun warmed the air.
The day cleared beautifully and actually got hot enough in the afternoon for Richard to take a bracing first swim off the boat before lunch!
We are spending the afternoon and night anchored near Cap de Chèvre exploring the coast before rounding Raz de SeIn And BISCAY!!