Sains and Ducey (Normandy Trip – Day 1)

All ready to leave home

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We set off from home at 7.45am, and arrived at St Helier Harbour about 5 minutes later as there were no queues of traffic being a Saturday. We certainly live conveniently for the ferry, which nowadays, bearing in mind our new lifestyle of working away whilst touring with the motorhome, is very convenient.

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Lovely smooth sea, good friends on board to chat to and while away much of the 1 hour and 20 minutes, so a great crossing!

St Malo!

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Called in at an Aldi for some extra provisions (having hauled everything out of my fridge!) as well as other bits from home. It’s always lovely to have a well stocked van, and particularly so it being Sunday tomorrow and shops shut generally.

Drove around 20/30 mins to ‘Sains’ to check out their Motorhome stop, but not up for paying 5 Euros when planty are free, but did see signs for their ‘l’etang’, (Etang du Pas Gérault), so thought we’d check it out for a lunch stop, and very nice too! Pretty, peaceful and barely anyone around. Just how we like it!

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Had our baguette lunch on board overlooking the lake and then took a walk around it.

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Got back on the road and next place we called in at was ‘Ducey’.

Arrived at Ducey and parked up and took a little walk to get a feel for the place.

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Fortuitously, (lovely word! – underused!), the old ‘Chateau des Montgommery’ at Ducey was open, with free entry to an art exhibition. Had it not been free we’d not have bothered!

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An intriguing property, and the story goes that it had belonged in 3 parts to 3 English brothers Montgommery. 2 lived side by side in the chateau, and the other in the additional property adjacent to it. Presumably just one brother would not/could not pay his window tax, and so as a forfeit, his half of the chateau was demolished!!! We don’t suppose he demolished it himself to avoid tax!

We were told this by 2 local artists at the chateau exhibition – presumably all true! Would love to know categorically! Certainly a fascinating tale, true or not! and whatever the reason, the chateau has indeed lost half of itself!!!

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We saw signs for the woods (Bois d’Ardennes) a few minutes drive on, so fitted in another half hour walk amongst the dapple lit trees.  That should help offset our baguette lunch and pizza supper!  Carbs and more carbs!!!

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Explored some more this afternoon in the van, (including to the barrage de Vezins)

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enjoying very much the Normandy countryside, before returning to Ducey’s free, spacious and functional aire, where we shall spend the night.

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