Sunday, 22 January 2012

France beckons, yet again!

Our youngest daughter gave us the news that they had arranged their summer holiday for the family at a Holiday Park in Benodet, Southern Brittany, towards the end of July.

Now, for some perhaps obscure reason, they don't mind the old folks tagging along and we are delighted that they do. The thought of being with our daughter, husband and two of our lovely grandchildren again is great and always a delight. It's also a marvellous excuse to plan another trip to France in the Morgan.

So it wasn't long after hearing the news that I was on the computer trying to organise ferry crossings and accommodation close to Benodet.

Benodet area on our last trip in 2008
Of course, with one grandchild at school, we now have to get used to the fact that, if we are invited to join our offspring for some time during their  holidays, it is going to be at peak holiday times. As a consequence of this, it is always going to be extremely busy, so it was not surprising that although it is still only January and I was booking a ferry for the end of July, one of them, the Friday overnight sailing to St Malo had no accommodation available. This was not a situation that appealed to us, we are long passed 'slumming it', so a different strategy was called for.

 An alternative was the high speed ferry from Poole to Cherbourg, docking at around 10.30 am, not as close to Southern Brittany, but offering the prospect of a lovely drive south down the Cotentin Peninsular, then west across Brittany to Fouesnant where we have now booked an apartment with a company that we have used before.
Watch out for that seagull!!..Benodet 2008
The apartment is situated about four miles from the Holiday Park, a hundred metres or so from the beach and most importantly has very secure parking with security number access only. We have booked it for a week and hope that it could prove to be a useful alternative for the family, adding a convenient beach element to their holiday.

Our return ferry crossing is the 10.30am Saturday sailing from Cherbourg to Portsmouth, which docks at around 18.30 and then it is a relatively short drive for us to Camberley in Surrey, where we hope that we can stay one night with our eldest and her family before driving north.

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