Running a French Holiday Gite in Rural Brittany

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Back from a great Easter break

Following the problems with Toby's expired passport and then the last minute problem with the passport photo and loosing the French house keys everything went OK after that, I went to Peterborough passport office and collected the new passport on Saturday 4th April, and we were on the 7:30am Condor ferry from Weymouth to St Malo with a couple of hours stop off in Guernsey enroute.

After all the problems with getting the new passport it was quite galling to note that nowhere on our trip, booking in to the two ferries, or embarking in France, did anyone even look at our passports at all. I might have well have not bothered!! Of course coming back to the UK on Sunday they were a bit more stringent and they we did need them then so it wasn't an entirely wasted £94 for the passport renewal.

We had a really nice time over in our Brittany Gite. The weather was a bit mixed, we had some days of sun, then some days of rain, then finished off with some days of sun.

And when it was warm and sunny we were able to sit outside on the patio and eat both our lunchtime and evening meals there, something I don't think we'd be able to do in the UK in April.

For a number of reasons including too much work, going to the South of France for our August 2008 holiday and moving home in the UK in September 2008, it's been nearly 9 months since I was last over at the Gite in June 2008. This has been the longest gap we've had since we first bought the Gite in 2004 so there were plenty of the "little jobs" to do when we got over there - I'll write about some of them in later blog postings.

Like the last time I was over the French fishermen were on strike and blockading the ports. Unfortunately (despite my hopes otherwise) the strike was over all too quickly and so we had no problems coming back on Sunday. I rather hoped the strike would have left us isolated in France for another week or so!

Looking forward to going to Brittany again in August, this time for 3 weeks break- yipee!

PS: We've still got late holiday availability for April and May 2009 so if you fancy a break I can thoroughly recommend our Gite!!

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