Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Nous sommes allés en France

....thank goodness for Google translate :   "We went to France"

Only for the day, a little jolly across to sea from Plymouth to Roscoff.  We took the car, so were able to drive on over to Brest on the western coast, then back again in time for the ferry home.   We did shopping, looked around, enjoyed the journey (on the ferry plus in the car), all in all it was a good visit.

I took photos along the way, so sit back and travel along with our journey...

Going over was a night sailing...here we are queueing to get off the ship

It took ages to get through the customs check-out line and a load of bicycles cheated, so we had to wait even longer!
but eventually we got underway.  Look, we're driving on the wrong side of the road.
(I have to admit my husband is very good at coping with that)

Difficult to see, but there were workers in the fields cutting and loading what looked like cabbages.  All seemed very labour intensive in our minds.
 open countryside

then we reached Brest - they have trams,  l👀k overhead wires

it was a bit of a wait to get a picture of one though, but one came along

the helicopter isn't used anymore, but guess it made a place to store it

They do have a cable car in the town, that crosses the river.  I so wanted to have a go on it, but unfortunately it was having an annual maintenance.  There's husband crossing the road to read the notice about it (think he was secretly relieved it wasn't going, he doesn't like them)

the arrow in the next picture shows where the cable car goes on the other side of the river, it actually goes into a building, very strange!

A metal tree and very realistic, considering it was made of metal 

difficult to see, but on the pillars of the bridge, you might be able to see some Art (I'm not inclined to call it graffiti as such, although obviously painted in that way)

and under the bridge you will see another small road bridge.  Yes, cars were crossing.  We didn't see it in action but it lifts up when boats need to go through.  Very unusual, never seen anything like that before.

We ventured to their supermarkets and I HAD to take a photo of the trolley-bay.
I think "Chariots" sounds so much nicer
Our day was nearly over as we had to get back to Roscoff for the ferry back home.
We drove through the town of Saint Pol-de-Leon (which has the highest church steeple in Brittany....
I knew you really wanted to know that!)

I did take the opportunity to sketch, mostly at the ferry terminal and on the boat itself....

waiting at the ferry terminal....we were there about an hour before sailing, so it gave me a chance to draw
Two French policemen....AND they had tazers and guns!!!!   
not a particularly good likeness, but this was a Morgan sports car...and I got it drawn/painted before we had to move onto the boat.

Prepare yourselves for a Rant....We had a cabin again on the return journey, which gave us some respite from People 🤪

but on any journey you have to Mingle and see what's going on. So we found a "Quiet area/Reading room" - NOT.  WHY DO PEOPLE NOT READ NOTICES AS THEY WALK INTO AN AREA.  We had a group of two couples chatting LOUDLY, and a family of ("edna's" as we refer to them) taking up space at the entrance, with kids spilling all over the place grrrrr!

Thank goodness for sketching....I could concentrate on that....

although most people were reasonable and looked out to sea, or read
some gave up and wandered off
this couple were quietly playing a game of cards
or dosing

this older gentleman read a book

and then

went to sleep

which by default gave me a good opportunity to draw him

then finally we were back in England

My summary:

Regardless of annoying fellow passengers, we had a really good visit to France and I would do it all again (not the annoying people part though)!!!

 ~ au revoir ~

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Christine said...

What a wonderful trip! Your sketches are lovely too.

Marilyn said...

It sounds like a wonderful trip.

Marilyn said...

And, yes. People can be annoying{:->

robin cox walsh said...

Hahaha! It took me a second to realize you were driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road…..even with the picture! Duh!
Ah yes, PEOPLE! I feel your pain…BUT you got some lovely sketches out of your discomfiture…..
(p.s. France isn’t as pretty as your UK!)

ann @ studiohyde said...

Thanks Christine, we did enjoy it. I liked seeing their supermarkets too, I know, but it was interesting to see what things on the shelves were the same as ours and what things were different.

ann @ studiohyde said...

I would go again and hope before long we will :)

ann @ studiohyde said...

......tell me about it! 😅

ann @ studiohyde said...

I think People are like it everywhere, lol. You're right, I think the UK is prettier (but hands up, I know areas differ - even here).

Eileen said...

What a wonderful trip. Shame you didn't manage a ride on the cable car, another time maybe? I agree about annoying people who make a journey memorable for the wrong reasons!

ann @ studiohyde said...

Thanks Eileen, yes, why is it other people can be soooo annoying, 😆 Still, in the end they are a small irritation and hopefully I will get to do the trip again AND get to go on that cable car 🚠

Shammickite said...

Whenever in a foreign country.... even on visits to the USA from Canada where you would think there would be many similarities.... I always check out the supermarkets! So interesting to see all the different foods and different packaging. I was amazed at the wine selections in the French markets... and so many different cheeses!!!!! WOW! And weird flavoured bacon in Britain.

ann @ studiohyde said...

Yes so true, I can be lost in a foreign supermarket for ages 🙂

Marie Smith said...

Your sketches added a wonderful dimension to your story of your trip. I really enjoyed it, Ann.

ann @ studiohyde said...

Thanks Marie, glad you enjoyed the trip :)

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