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November 12, 2017

Guérande, Batz-sur-Mer, and Le Croisic ; can 3 be a charm!

Hi dear travelers, we went out on Sunday ,rare for us as usually this is family time at home. Today was rainy cool 11C and cloudy, but we had some friends in Guérande inviting us for lunch and we could not resist. We went to three wonderful towns where a lot more time is in order and we should be back next month; these are Guérande, Batz-sur-Mer, and Le Croisic.

We visited before at Guérande on our own and had pleasant surprises of the town and its ramparts.

The tourist office for each of them are here for easy reference.

Guérande :

Batz-sur-Mer :

Le Croisic :

We took the expressway N165 to the exit 17 La Baule, La Roche Bernard, and took the D774 direction Herbignac/Guérande. As we got earlier we walked a bit before meeting our friends in their house.

At Guérande, we walked around the ramparts and the wonderful Porte Vannetais, Porte Saint Michel, and Tour de la Gaudinais walking into the old town to take a look again at the Church Saint Aubin.

On our way out to Batz-sur-Mer we passed by the museum of salt marshes or Musée des Marais Salants and the wonderful salt marshes you see along the road is wonderful. This is the famous salt of Guérande, world famous. More here:

We continue our journey with our friends into the harbor area and saw the nice Church and tower of Saint-Guénolé built in the 13C of gothic Breton style with a tower 70 meters high and nice views of the ocean. We went to the harbor port Saint Michel where we had our lunch at the Café de la  Plage, wonderful family service, where I had a cassoulet de la mer or sea casserole of shrimp, scallops and fish with a nice vegetable lettuce and a bottle of Kerisec cider, the others had different servings from mussels with Roquefort cheese , tagliatelles bolognaise, and four cheeses pizzas, desserts from bounty coconuts ice cream to banana splits , and of course another bottle of Kerisec cider brut.  The price we could not know as our friendly friends lol!! went ahead and pay for all five of us the bill !!! yes nice friends. However, no pictures as rather keep them private.

We went on by car to Le Croisic the end of the peninsula where the sea is king and we just the servants.  There was an exposition going on at the house of the rescue or Maison du Sauvetage right by the harbor. The fishing harbor and the pleasure boat harbor are sublime picturesques beautiful. More here only in French :

And the colorful train station or gare du Croisic right by the harbor! More here:

We found for a Sunday plenty of parking for free in all the towns.  In all, a short but pleasant trip to the beautiful old Brittany now Pays de la Loire region dept 44 Loire Atlantique. We will be back !!!

Enjoy your Sunday and happy travels to all my readers and friends/family. Cheers!!


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