Travel by Ferry
03.08.2015 - 04.08.2015 28 °C
Our trip to Brittany finally finished. Raphael and Melanie's lovely country home on Love Home Swap turned out to be very central to lots of interesting places. It was a short drive to the train station to deliver the car back again, without any scratches. The person receiving the car had very little English. He said he was heading to America for 9 months to improve his English. We decided to have something to eat at the train station. Last time here one toilet out of action. This time both toilets out of action. Not very surprised, major train station and no toilets working. Geoff then decided because we had plenty of time we should walk to the Ferry terminal where our ferry would leave for Jersey. It was hot and we had to drag our bags all the way. I mainly pushed mine as found this easier. The best thing with my new bag is it has 4 wheels instead of 2. There seemed to be major road works everywhere so kept having to cross the road to avoid uneven ground, not always possible. I was pleased to see the finish line in site as wasn't feeling the best. Had a sore throat coming on and kept getting coughing fits. Had a cold drink on arrival. We talked to an Australian couple. The evening before they had been on a train derailment after the train hit a tractor. They had to sit on the train for a long time before being released. They then had to walk along the train track for 1/2 kilometer carrying their cases to catch a bus. They said they finally got to their destination at 2.00 am. Luckily they were staying in Jersey for 3 weeks so we're going to return to Saint Malo. Finally we were on the ferry and off, luckily the water wasn't too rough. Have heard all the stories of bad crossings. We got some dinner on board. A reasonable selection of food. Nothing flash but something to eat. It took over an hour to get there. It was a car ferry. We got off and collected a car. No automatic car here all the rentals are gears. We were a bit annoyed as no one there for the rental car they had to ring to get someone to come. The sailing before had been cancelled due to mechanical issues, so our sailing very full of people, lots of families, school holidays. Finally we headed off managed to find our accommodation, which was close to the shops and waterfront, quite easily. Parking was very tight, luckily we found a spot. We settled in to the large hotel with 2 swimming pools. We went for a walk down to the waterfront to get our bearings. The following morning after breakfast which was included I decided to go to the doctor, all arranged by the girl in reception. This was a short walk away. The doctor very chatty, I got some antibiotics and cough medicine, walked back. As soon as our room was serviced went to bed and slept for 6 hours, didn't even wake for lunch. Dragged myself out of bed for diner. First walked into a posh place then I decided I couldn't cope with that with how I was feeling, exited politely and found a more relaxed outside sitting place. Straight back to bed and another big sleep. When planning this trip found out we had a spare day in the middle so attached one more night to Jersey. Thank goodness we did, as would have not had time to look around Jersey. We found in this hotel the only place you could use WiFi was in reception or in the bars or restaurant. It wasn't advertised as that. The room was a good size and the hotel very centrally located. It was Apollo Hotel.