With Christmas over, and a brilliant time had in Manchester and the North East, we set off on the long journey, by car, back to Istria. Luckily, we’d planned ahead and scheduled in some great stops, the first being spending New Year with friends in Brittany.
The journey from Manchester to Portsmouth was pretty uneventful – apart from a stop off to buy a replacement headlight bulb, which proved to be a very expensive little detour! – especially as we were travelling on 30th December, and we made the south coast in good time. However, we didn’t get to experience the best that Portsmouth has to offer as we didn’t want to navigate the city centre and leave a car full of newly acquired goodies for the house, so we opted for an Italian restaurant, on, we think, the outskirts. And pretty bland it turned out to be. It’s been a long time since we’ve had pizzas quite so spectacularly awful 😉
By the time we were queueing for the ferry, the rain had started lashing down and the winds were howling – thank goodness for travel sickness tablets. It was an overnight Brittany Ferries crossing, and as the weather got more and more wild, we decided that the best option was to just try and sleep through it all. Easier said than done in a tiny cabin with bunkbeds and the ferry being thrown around in the waves – and literally crashing down, with alarming regularity…
A night with no sleep is a very long one, especially when you think the ferry will very definitely capsize, but we finally disembarked early on New Year’s Eve morning, to yet more rain 💦☔️, meaning that our scenic drive along the Brittany coast from St Malo didn’t quite turn out as we expected. Weather aside, it was lovely to catch up with our Didsbury friends in their holiday home in Plougasnou and see in 2018 with them.
New Year’s Day was blustery but sunny so a walk was taken around the headland at Locquirec, a beautiful traditional Breton village, full of ancient Malouinières houses, which first originated in the 17th and 18th century, usually constructed with high chimneys and slated roofs. Very, very pretty! Lots of people had the same idea as us, wrapped up and walking the coastal path – although a group of hardy French women were taking a different approach, and having a swim…
The coastal path was gorgeous – although very windy and very cold. Perfect for blowing away the cobwebs and getting refreshed for a new year.
Big thanks to Suz & Rich for their new year hospitality – and for one of the best roast dinners we’ve had in ages!