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Friday 12th June

all seasons in one day 19 °C

We woke up to the sound of rain and when we looked outside it certainly looked like a grim morning. We had breakfast and decided that the best use of our time would be to start our packing.
We had lunch at the cottage making our final use of the contents of our fridge. After lunch the weather started to perk up and some blue sky reappeared. Grant and I decided to go for a long walk around the neighbouring countryside which took us about an hour and a half. When we got back we started to get ready for dinner.
For our last evening in Brittany we had booked the more casual sister restaurant of Michelin starred 'Ar Men Du' in Nevez called 'Maison le Guern'.
Our table was upstairs in a light and airy restaurant prettily decorated with artwork. We had kir royales to start and chose a very pleasant bottle of wine from the wine list.
To start, Grant and I chose a langoustine dish which was wonderful as the langoustine had been cooked in a crispy tagliatelle casing. Dad chose a seafood stew and it was delicious too. Our main dishes included turbot and scallops and again, all the dishes were perfectly presented and cooked. To finish we all chose café (or tea) gourmands. This was the perfect way to finish our meal and as far as we were all concerned, it was probably the food highlight of our holiday!

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Thursday 11th June

sunny 22 °C

After breakfast we drove to the outskirts of Chateauneuf and took a walk along the Nantes-Brest canal. It was the same circular route that Grant and I had walked previously one evening. It was a lovely, warm sunny morning and the 3 mile route through fields and finishing along the canal was thoroughly enjoyable.
After the walk we drove to Gourin and returned to la Table de Morvan for lunch. This time we picked a far superior main course option and our merlin dish was perfectly cooked and very tasty. Our desserts were wonderful and used seasonal ingredients such as cherries and strawberries.
After lunch we went to a local vet in Gourin so that Bobby could get his tapeworm treatment which is a legal requirement before returning to the UK. The vet was wonderful with Bobby and Bobby was remarkably calm for a vet visit!
Afterwards we returned to the giant Leclerc hypermarket at Quimperle so I could buy some more cosmetics.
When we got home we prepared a salad dinner and afterwards Grant and I went for a walk around the fields while Dad and Bobby relaxed at the cottage.
When we returned we played cards before going to bed.

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Wednesday 10th June

sunny 20 °C

We visited the local market at Chateauneuf de Faou which had a small number of stalls. We had a short walk around the town and decided to abandon our plan to have lunch by the river as it was rather windy.
Instead we drove to nearby Chateaulin and had lunch in a bistro overlooking the river. We sat inside in a back room and we managed to tuck Bobby into the corner. Our lunch (apart from a delicious chocolate mousse) was unremarkable with a vastly overcooked cod plat du jour.
After a short walk around the town we continued on and took a tour of the Crozon peninsula.
When we got back to the cottage we prepared a salad. After dinner Grant and I walked around the neighbouring countryside (3 miles). When we returned home we treated ourselves to a couple of cakes we had bought during the day and played cards

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Tuesday 9th June

sunny 20 °C

After breakfast we took a drive to Pont Aven, a very quaint artist town set by a river. It was market day and although only small, there were plenty of people out and about.
We took a wander along the river before lunch and then opted for a riverside creperie for lunch. It was a lovely sunny day but the high winds made it feel much cooler. Luckily our restaurant was screened so we were happy to sit outside with Bobby. We all had crepes and Grant's creamy fish crepe was definitely the highlight.
After lunch we had a wander around the shops and then slowly made our way back to the car.
We took a drive around the coast south of Pont Aven and called at some of the quaint harbour towns en route. On the way home we stopped at a giant Leclerc hypermarket at Quimperle with an amazing pharmacy that stocked a super selection of cosmetic products.
Once home we all took our time getting ready for our planned special dinner - an early father's day gift!
We had chosen a wonderful spot overlooking the sea at a restaurant called 'Ar Men Du' in Nevez.
We were greeted warmly and we all instantly felt at ease in the relaxed atmosphere at a table overlooking the coast. We started our meal with aperitifs while looking over the menu. We decided to make an event of the evening and we opted for their most expensive tasting menu at 89 euros. After a plateful of nibbles to go with our drinks, we received two separate amuse bouches. One of these included an oyster jelly and japanese style sea bass though the oyster jelly didn't really appeal to us. The following amuse bouche was a scallop based dish with peas cooked in various ways.
Dad and I had both opted for a langoustine dish for our starter and Grant chose a sea bass ceviche dish. Both dishes were beautifully presented but the langoustine dish really was amazing.
For our main course we all opted for the slow cooked turbot dish.
There then followed a strawberry sorbet dish with the most delicious sorbet I have ever tasted. This was further followed by a stunning chocolate dish which included a chocolate sorbet, tart and mousse - chocolate heaven!
We finished our meal with coffees and tea and some petit fours. Even though it was getting late when we left, it was still not dark and we could see the remnants of the sunset. All in all, it was a wonderful meal in the most perfect setting.

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Monday 8th June

sunny 22 °C

We relaxed after breakfast and then Grant and I used the bikes at the cottage to go for a trip to the boulangerie. It was about 11:30am and Grant plotted a 5 mile route through fields and minor roads to the neighbouring village of Trégourez.
I was on a bike more suited to a child and wearing clothing that quite frankly revealed more than I wanted to in the blustery conditions. The 5 mile journey should have taken us no time at all but instead we finally arrived at the boulangerie 20 mins after their lunch closure time!
We hopped back on our bikes and dejectedly started our journey back to the cottage. We decided to opt for a more direct route back and once home, we cooked some scrambled eggs and salad.
In the afternoon we made the most of the sunny weather and sat in the garden sunbathing and reading.
At 6pm we made our way to Rosporden and ordered two pizzas from d'Elise Pizza. We had been so impressed with our first visit there that we just ordered the same anchovy and vegetarian pizzas.
While we were waiting for our pizzas to be freshly cooked, we took a walk around a nearby lake with Bobby. At 7pm we returned to collect our pizzas along with some more of the lovely rose wine. The friendly girl serving us very kindly gave us a tiramisu dessert on the house.
Once back at the cottage we had our pizza dinner with wine and then played cards. Grant and I took Bobby for a short walk before going to bed.

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