Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Train or car????


Wednesday, here we sit on a train from Rennes to Paris. Our plans changed a few times in the last few days because of the train strike. It started on Monday evening and was resolved, for the time being, yesterday. We had decided to drive to Paris and turn in the car there but just did not feel good about driving the 5 hours all the way to Paris and then dealing with the Paris traffic, but we hit the road anyway at about 9 this morning. When we saw the sign to Rennes, we remembered how easy that train station was to pick up the car, last Saturday, so we decided to take a chance and see if we could buy a ticket to Paris in Rennes and turn in the car where we originally picked it up. It was simple to purchase the ticket and turn in the car. So we are happy because arriving by train in Paris is easy and Paul thinks it is romantic. So Paris, here we come…

Yesterday, we went for a drive to see a “cite de charactere”, called Rochefort-en-Terre. AI had read about this city on It is supposed to be one of the most beautiful villages in France, and it did not disappoint. It really was a charming city and quite busy with tour buses, but we got there just as the buses were ready to leave. The little city is filled with artisinal shops of crafts, food and art. We watched a man making a Ker-y-Pom, which was the most delicious little apple pie. It had dough that tasted of brown butter and spices and was not flaky, like piecrust, but more of a cookie dough. Really good!

There was also a shop that makes bellows, those things you would use to stoke a fire. We thought that was such an unusual craft. We felt like we were at the Renaissance Fair.

After touring the little city, we continued on to Port Crouesty, another harbor village. We ate one of our best lunches there and had a nice walk along the harbor. But the sky started getting dark and we sure did not want to get stuck in a downpour. We got back to the car just as it started to rain really hard. We drove back to the B&B where we did our usual read, relax and plan for the next day. We packed our suitcases and got ready for our drive to Paris. We are so glad we only had to drive the hour to Rennes.

It seems all we do is eat on this vacation, but we have had some really good meals. Last night was no different. We went back to Villa Valencia, where we had eaten the night before and had a nice dinner then came back to get to bed a little earlier than our midnight routine.

So, here we sit on a train to Paris, Gare Montparnasse. To be continued……


Geri said...

I want that Ker-y-pom!!! The sign is so beautiful - was that an art gallery?

on vacation with di and Paul said...

that ker y pom was one of the best things I have ever tried.
yes, G, that sign is an art gallery.
glad u like the, di