Tuesday, July 9, 2013

St Malo to Chinon

    We left St Malo around 9 am  Wednesday morning June 19, with San Pedro Hotel proprietress, Mireille, waving us off.

    After only 35 km, we made a stop at Dinan, a beautiful medieval walled village on the River Rance, to see the village and drink some cafe au lait.

    The old walled city was built on the ridge top overlooking the river, a steep hike up this street from the river bridge.

    This gives a better idea of the steepness of the street.

    There were picturesque buildings and sights all along the street from the river to the town entrance.

    Finally, the entrance through the walls.

    Once inside the walls, the street leveled out somewhat.

    Toy soldiers in a shop window. I don't think you would buy these for a child to play with.

    This guy was playing an instrument like nothing I ever saw before.

    This is how it sounded.  Remember we are still in Brittany at this point, and the sound, to me, is reminiscent of the British Isles.

    On to Chinon in the Loire Valley.  The ride took about 5 hours with a stop for lunch, and of course we encountered rain along the way.  We arrived in Chinon about 5 pm, with the girls barely able to walk upright. Here is a video montage of the afternoon's ride.

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