Thursday, 28 April 2011

Carboot sale in St Helen - 1st May 2011

Well, the 1st May is a busy day for Vide grenier lovers!

I have found another Vide Grenier in St Helen for this Sunday.

St Helen is 15min East of Dinan.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Brocante in Dinard

40 antique dealers will be at the Esplanade de la Halle in Dinard from 9 am to 7pm this Sunday 1st May 2011.

Free admission.

Whilst in Dinard, visit the Parc de Port-Breton. It is also free to visit.

See my post about the Parc. You will find it under "Places to visit", "Childrens corner".

If you don't know the promenade du Clair de Lune, do it!
It is the coastal path all around Dinard. It is so colorful in the summer. They splash out on flowers!

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Plant exchange in Dinan this Easter Sunday

Dinan plant exchange is taking place this Sunday (24th April 2011) in Dinan. Ste Anne area.

From Dinan centre, go up to McDonalds, turn right at the round about and right again at the next round about. Go to the bottom of the hill and you should find us.

I must say I have never been to this plant exchange before, so I can't tell you more about it for now but I will definitely go this Sunday - tomorrow.
It is from 10 to 12 only.

Bring plants, seeds, gardening magazines, and anything to do with gardening.

Pleudihen Vide Grenier on 24th April 2011

Pleudihen is having a Vide grenier this Easter Sunday.
Pleudihen is a quint village Est of Dinan. Visit the seal at Mordreuc beach if you go there!

See my other post about it under Beaches in Brittany and Childrens corner.

Vide Grenier on 24th April 2011

Borseul is having a Vide grenier this Easter Sunday.
Borseul is a small village North West of Dinan.

No doubt you will find a bargain!

Rare butterfly and insect exhibition this weekend 17th April 2011

Private exhibition of rare Tropical butterflies and insects in the 'Manoir de la Grand'Cour' in Taden.
Taden is next to Dinan!
The exhibition is on from 23rd to 26th April 2011.

Something unusual to do for this weekend!

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Vide gernier in St Pern 24th April 2011

Vide grenier in St Pern Sunday 24th April.

St Pern is near Bécherel, 25 min South of Dinan

Becherel is a lovely place.
Famous for books. There are over 10 book shops, some serving tea and cakes.

There is also a chateau there, called le Petit Versailles. You can only visit the garden.

You could spend a great afternoon in this area if you have never been!

Of course, visit our village of Evran whilst there! Have a picnic at Betineuc lake or near the canal!!

Vide Grenier in Trélat - 15 May 2011

Another date for your diary...

Trélat vide grenier (car boot sale) is on 15th May 2011.

Trélat is a small village North of Dinan.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

2 great web sites

If you have unwanted items, too good to take to the déchetterie, and too big to take to a car boot sale, you can give them away using the following web sites:

I would advise to put a photo to go with the text.

I have recently put an advert on both web site and within 48 hours I had 2 persons interested!
As it is a settee and 2 huge armchairs, they have to find a transport. Hopefully the items will be cleared from my garage soon and useful to somebody else.

It is free to use both web sites. And you never know you might find something you need yourself that someone is clearing!

Vide grenier in Treverien

Well another date for your diary...

Sunday 24th July
Vide grenier in Treverien

Treverien is near Evran, about 20 min South East of Dinan.

Free stall.

i have a leaflet but there is no phone number on it to book a stall.
I guess we just turn up on the day?!

Monday, 11 April 2011

Tour de France 2011 going through Dinan!

Once again this year, the Tour de France is passing through our area.

On Thursday 7th July 2011, the cyclists will be departing from Dinan in Brittany on their way to Lisieux, 226 km further.

The 'Caravane' will start at 10am and the cyclists won't come til 11.45am. It is a long time to wait but don't worry the 'Caravane' will entertain you! The best place to stand is near the Post office in Dinan to see the cyclists closely or from the Jardin Anglais you will have a great view when they go over the viaduct.

Parking your car in Dinan that day will be a nightmare! It is best to go early or watch the Tour from another village ie St Helen!

If you have never seen the Tour de France, make sure you don't miss it this year. You have to see it once for real!

If you are looking for an accommodation in Brittany, visit this site here. Our gite is only 10 minutes away from Dinan.

If you are a keen cyclist, you can even cycle to Dinan from our gite in Evran using either the old rail way track or the canal path.

Record sunshine in Brittany

Spring temperature records were broken last week in Brittany. The temperature hit 26 degrees. It was very unusual for this time of the year.

I had a lot to catch up in the garden so I thoroughly enjoyed it! I planted my French beans, potatoes, runner beans, broad beans, shallots, onions, etc. Any excuse to be outside!

I caught up with the office work (translations) in the evening. I had to enjoy the weather while it lasted!

Plant exchange in St Carné

I have just picked up a leaflet showing various events around Dinan and i was surprised to see there is a plant exchange (Troc aux plantes) on 17th April from 2 to 6pm in St Carné. It must be their first one.

It will take place in the Salle des Fêtes.

St Carné is 5 min South of Dinan.

On the same day you will also find a Vide Grenier in Plesder, see my other post about it. Plesder is only a short drive away from St Carné.

Plesder car boot sale this Sunday

Plesder car boot sale (vide grenier) is on this Sunday (17th April 2011). It is usually a great car boot sale. You will find the usual: books, DVDs, furniture, cloths, etc.

I will no doubt pop in and see if I can something interesting there! I did buy a lot of DVDs last year - all in English and French - for 2 or 3 euros each.