kousaku and i have less than a month in France. we're coming back next year but i'm especially sad to be leaving now that the whole country has exploded into summer. brittany is notoriously rainy but the clouds have finally lifted. i try to keep the windows open as long as i can because the air is so fragrant with flowers. oh france.
the weather this weekend was especially incredible.
our neighbor nancy invited us to join her, her boss and a friend for a little birthday celebration in the countryside. there wasn't a cloud in the sky and we sat outside garden eating lunch and talking. it was so nice. then gerard, nancy's boss, took us to see some megalith formations nearby. brittany has a deep celtic heritage and in some regions there are this massive stonehenge-esque rock formations. neat! the landscape was beautiful and reminded me a lot of saskatchewan but everytime i notice the sky and a field i'm reminded of saskatchewan.
since this weekend was another long weekend (every weekend in may has been a long weekend), kousaku and i decided to go camping in saint malo. we waited for the bus but the driver wouldn't let us on because it was full. we booted it to the station to try and catch a train and got there with just enough time to catch the next train out. when we got on, the conductor announced the stops and we realised we weren't on the right train. instead of heading north to saint malo, we were going south to quimper. we could have gotten off at the next stop and transferred trains but it would have taken the whole afternoon so instead we decided to see what vannes, an ocean side city along the way, had to offer. we got off at the station and walked 5 km to the campground, stopping at an arts fair. then we spent the whole afternoon reading and bathing at the beach. it was beautiful. we walked back into town for dinner and ate the best galettes and crepes i've had so far in france. i met a nice cat. once we were back at the campsite, we bumped into a super friendly parisien we met earlier that day and he invited us back to his camper trailer to have a drink with his wife. we drank the champagne they reserve for guests. they were so precious. we talked about all kinds of things and ended the evening with an intensive training session on the correct pronunciation of "roux" and "rue" at 3am. best misadventure to date.
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