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June 13 2011 - Guernsey to Stansted

STUCK IN GUERNSEY AIRPORT

overcast 15 °C

We haven't had best of luck over the last 10 days or so. This morning we are stuck in Guernsey Airport due to heavy fog. Our flight is due to leave at 11:45am (right now) and will not leave for at least a couple hours and unfortunately several earlier flights have actually been cancelled; this would be a real pain as there is only one flight a day to Stansted and we may not get on tomorrow's flight. We'll have to try for another destination as we don't won't stay another minute on this island

The Channel Islands are supposed to be one of the warmest places in the UK and here we are in the middle of June and the sun can't even burn off the fog. It's now 12:45pm and things are not looking good to get away today

Well the fog did lift a lttle and we were able to fly away at 3:30pm. Great flight with Aurigny Airlines, fairly low across the Channel and the Isle of Wight with the sun shining as soon as we cleared Guernsey. The weather is lovely in Suffolk

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June 11 and 12 2011 - Guernsey

FERRY FROM SAINT-MALO TO ST PETER PORT, GUERNSEY

semi-overcast 14 °C

We knew there had been technical problems with the Condorferries boat and that the departure had been brought forward to 11am, however when we arrived at the terminal it was obvious that the ferry wasn't leaving at 11am. Just after 11, it was announced by Condorferries (as all of their quayside crew walked out of the terminal) that "the ferry will not be leaving at 11, we do not know when it will leave and call Condorferries for information". I called their head-office in the UK and they knew nothing about this extra delay! We left at 12 on 3/4 engine power and the crossing was fine

All of the technical issues aside, Condorferries have somehow contrived to make the ferry departure and arrival even less enjoyable than an airport experience and all for only EU30 one-way

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A GBP5 taxi-ride took us to the Albany Apartments (GBP95 per night but it is a 2-bedroom and has a heated pool). We then strolled back down the hill into the old port area which is fine if unspectacular

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It rained all day long on Sunday with high winds and very cool temperatures - we were marooned in the apartment and even had to order a delivery of Indian food for the evening. We're both looking forward to the flight to Stansted in the very small Aurigny Airlines plane!

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June 10 2011 - Saint-Malo

SAINT-MALO

overcast 12 °C

An early departure from the gite to get the car back by 10am in Saint-Malo. There is a rental-car returns car-park at the ferry port but they don't want anyone (including their customers) to know about it. There are no signs anywhere on the road and it is only when you actually get to the car-park through the usual complicated one-way system, that a sign appears - hard to believe that we are talking about a large international company called Avis

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I'm sure there are more boring towns than Saint-Malo but I can't think of one at the moment. The town was almost completely destroyed during the 2nd World War and they decided to rebuild it and it is now just a French walled-city theme-park - a total waste of time. When the sun shines there are some pleasant enough views of the coast and some decent town beaches but for these you'd be much better going to Cancale nearby

We stayed at the Hotel du Louvre in Saint-Malo (EU61 per night) which was adequate and only a 15-minute walk to the ferry terminal

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June 9 2011 - Lamballe

LAMBALLE

overcast 14 °C

Yet another overcast and cool day. We went down to Grande Plage hoping that the sun would break through but it just wouldn't, so we took a quick drive inland to Lamballe. It's a pleasant enough town with a few 15th century houses and today was market-day where we chanced upon Le PASTY Cafe that sold all sorts of pasties including, a treat for us, vegetarians ones (and very good they are too). The Anglo-French David Connell runs the business and also has 3 large gites on the north coast. And, if you are in Rennes in the not too distant future you may find the pasties there as well

Just a bit too cold for swim:
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The Executioner's House in the Place de Guillotine:
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Early tomorrow, we're off to St Malo where we'll stay overnight before boarding the ferry to Guernsey

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June 8 2011 - Dinan

DINAN

rain 16 °C

Back to Dinan , this time with the sun shining (for not too long as it turned out)

The town has a really huge number of 14th and 15th century buildings most of which are in really good condition and still in use. We wandered down the very steep rue de Jerzual and rue du Petit Port to the very old river port but unfortunately it started raining heavily so we didn't get a chance to walk along the Rance river to the nearby village of Lehon - something to do another year

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