Ten miles west of Brittany’s shoreline is the island of ‘Belle Ile’. 11 miles long and 5 miles wide, it’s a beautiful island, unspoilt and very scenic. 8000 years ago, it was part of France’s mainland, but a gradual rise in sea levels led to its separation from the mainland.
The island once belonged to the English, who swapped it for Minorca! (No eBay in 1761 then!). The place is very green and dotted with potato farms. It’s a great place for touring by bike. Apart from that, it’s a really nice place! 🙂
According to Dumas’ book, Porthos of ‘The Three Musketeers’ died here. No doubt, he was run over by a tourist on a bike or hit by a potato masher!
Back to the ship for lunch on deck and a spot of sun-bathing afterwards – it’s hotter even than yesterday. Feels like 80 degrees plus
La Rochelle tomorrow…
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I got into blogging quite late in life, not publishing my first post until 2004 – well into my 40s!
My lifelong love of technology and communication (in all its forms), together with a fondness for the art of writing seemed to be the perfect combination to contribute a few words to the online community.
But I’m no Samuel Pepys! If you’re looking for deep and meaningful comments on a variety of subjects, then you’ve arrived at the wrong site! I only pen for pleasure!
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