Thursday, 29 July 2010

Saint-Suliac evening market

Every Tuesday night in July and August from 4 to 9pm there is an evening market in St Suliac. Fruit and veg, cheeses, flowers and plants, as well as local art and craft can be found there.

Life music is played there too.

St Suliac is about 20 minutes from our gite.

Le Moulin du Prat

The Moulin du Prat is a tidal-powered flour mill. It has recently been fully renovated and is unique on the river Rance. There are only 3 of this type of mill in Brittany.

It is fully functional but is also a museum where you can learn all about tidal-powered flour mill.

It is open in July and August from 10 to 12 and from 3 to 7pm. In March, April, May, June, September and October from 2.30 to 6pm Sundays only.

€3 per adult, free for children.

Visit this web site for more information.

Free car park.

Le Moulin du Prat is in La Vicomté-sur-Rance near Dinan, about 15 minutes from our gite, on the way to Pleudihen sur Rance.

Buy direct from the farm in St-Méloir-des-Ondes!

In July and August, every Monday from 5 to 8pm you can visit the “Ferme des Petits Fruits de la Baie” in St-Méloir-des-Ondes and buy straight from local producers and artists.

There are 19 different stalls selling fruit and veg, cheeses, fresh pastas, honey, moules, jam, meat and poultry, etc as well as craft.

Live Breton music and dances.

Free car park.

St -Méloir-des-Ondes is on the way to Cancale, near St Malo, about 30 minutes from our gite.

Whilst there you can visit the local glass blower based in the same village. See the post here.

Glassblowing in Saint-Méloir-des-Ondes

L’Atelier du Verre (glass-studio) is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 and to 12.30pm and from 2.30pm to 6pm in the summer.

The exhibition room is free to visit and you can also see Martine Durand-Grasselin work.

See her web site for more information here

St -Méloir-des-Ondes is on the way to Cancale, near St Malo, about 30 minutes from our gite.

The glass-studio is behind the church. Free car park.

Parc de la Higourdais

Yesterday, after visiting Epiniac mairie to drop round a planning permission for some clients, I noticed a sign for "Parc de la Higourdais".

Having some spare time, I followed the signs! I am always keen to discover new areas.

About 5 minutes later, I found the spot, a very peaceful corner of Brittany!
It was very easy to find. We just followed the main road.

Signs were showing a choice of 2 walks. One of 4km (1 hour) and one of 7km (1h45min).

Chris and I had a quick visit and took a few photos. We will be back wearing adapted shoes rather than flip-flops!

Epiniac is about 30 minutes from our gite.

The circuit is for walkers and cyclists.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Trevron evening market

Trévron evening market takes place every Friday from 5 to 9pm.

You will find all sorts there: bread, fruit and vegetables, cheeses, meat, art and craft, flowers and plants, etc, all from local producers and artists.

Live music is played the first Friday of each month.

Trevron is about 5 minutes from our gite in Evran.

Bowling alley and amuzement centre

Dinan bowling alley has all sorts of other entertainments to offer as well as bowling: football table, slippers, snooker tables, etc.

Perfect for rainy days to keep children and adults busy!

Drinks and snacks are available.

Dinan bowling alley is about 20 minutes from our gite.

See my previous posts for directions.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Dinard firework display 20th July 2010

Don’t miss Dinard firework display!! It is on Tuesday 20th July at 11pm.

Go early to find a parking space, wear a warm coat and enjoy it!

It goes on for about 45 minutes. It is worth it!

Dinan petit train

Every day from Easter to the end of September, Dinan Petit Train will take you round the town (old part, port, town centre, château, etc).

It starts from the port or Place Duclos (Théatre des Jacobins) from 9am to 7pm. They also do tours in English.

€6 for adult and €4 for children

For more information, visit this web site here.

Dinan is about 10 minutes from our gite in Brittany.

Dinan jousting competition (18 July 2010)

For the 8th year in a row, Kiwanis Club organized yesterday (18th July) a jousting competition (joutes nautiques) at Dinan port. 21 teams competed in a very enthusiastic spirit!

Each team had its own theme and dressed up hoping to win a price.
Although each game only lasted a couple of minutes, it was fun to see them!

I had never seen Dinan port so busy!
I didn't count them all myself , but apparently 4 000 people were there cheering the players!

Friday, 16 July 2010

Taden evening market Friday evening in July and August

Taden evening market (Marché estival au manoir) takes place in the manor court yard, every Friday evening from 5pm to 9pm in July and August.

You will find art and craft and local produces. Ideal to take back home as presents!

Taden is in Brittany near Dinan, about 20 minutes from our gite in Evran. The village of Taden is worth a visit too!

Dinan braderie on 16th and 17th July

Today and tomorrow, (Friday 16th and Saturday 17th July 2010), all the shops in Dinan are having a big clearance and have stalls outside their shop.

I have just been and found some bargains! Dinan looked really lively.

Dinan is about 10 minutes from our gite in Brittany.

Plancoët car boot sale

From 20th July to 10th August 2010, every Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm, there is a car-boot sale (les Puces de Plancoët) in Plancöet.

If you want to book a stall or have more information, please call 02 96 80 45 76 or 02 96 84 10 70.

Plancoët is about 30 minutes from our gite in Brittany.

Free entrance.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Evran firework display on Bastille Day

Another great fire work display in Evran last night on Bastille Day. This year the Bouquet Final was amazing.

If you missed it this year, make a note in your diary for next year. It is always on 14th July! Easy to remember!

Dinan art exhibition

Yesterday I visited an interesting and varied art exhibition in Dinan. About 20 artists were proud to show us their art. Photographers, painters and sculptors.

You will find them inside the Lycée des Cordeliers in the centre of Dinan. This exhibition is on all summer.

Free entrance.

If you enjoy art exhibition, I will advise you to visit Robert Doiseau exhibition. See this link here.

Dinan is about 10 minutes from our gite in Brittany.

Robert Doisneau exhibition

This morning I visited Robert Doisneau exhibition in Dinan. 120 black and white photos. I thought I would recognize most of them (I have 4 at home!) but it was not the case. To my surprise, I only knew less than a third of them!

We arrived at the right time, just before 11am, on time for the guided tour! Every day they have a guided tour at 11am. They don’t charge extra for the tour.

It took us about 1 hour to walk round it.

The 3D picture was amazing. It was done especially for this exhibition. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos!

If you like black and white photos, go and see this exhibition. It is on until 30th September 2010.

It is at the back of the theatre at the Centre de rencontres économiques et culturelles. It is very well-sign posted. Just follow the signs!

Entrance fee: €5

Friday, 2 July 2010

Learning to fish with lures

La Maison de la Pêche organizes half days out learning to fish with lures.

You will be able to catch perches (perches), pikes (brochet) and sanders (sander).

Anyone can take part from the age of 12.

It is €9 per child and €11 per adult.

For more information, you can call 02 96 50 60 04. If you are staying in our gite, I will be pleased to book it for you.