We had a magical, sunny day on the Ile de Batz, a small island a mile off the port of Roscoff in Brittany. No cars on the island, just walkers, cyclists and a few maturing tractors working the smallholdings producing cabbages, onions and artichokes. Beautiful white sand beaches and rocky headlands – delightful.
Then back to our comfortable hotel tucked behind the main street in Roscof prior to heading for our favourite creperie for an evening meal with local cider served in small, blue drinking bowls.
But before our meal we had to renew the parking ticket on the car. Rather novel – simply print a ticket from the machine in the large public car park once every 24 hours (no charge) and display in the car. Now that really does take the expense and hassle out of parking! Roscoff is so compact there is no need to use the car.
After supper we go and sit on the sea wall for a while and watch the fishing boats returning to port heavily laden with sea weed – yes, seaweed! Vive la difference!
And the Brittany Ferries ship to take us home sails from the harbour only a mile or so away. This is indeed a stress free and relaxing short break in France. J. and M.B.
For information on Brittany Ferries visit www.brittany-ferries.co.uk
Photography: Michael Bunning