When planning to visit Mont St Michel, I had to choose a place to stay. In my search I discovered a little B and B in the village of Saint Marcan. It was called Au Bon Acceuil, which means 'a good welcome' and it sounded perfect. For a start, there were English speaking hosts who would greet you with a cup of tea. That sounded good to me. Also they would pick me up from the train station and drive me to and from Mont St Michel, a short fifteen minute ride away.
This sounded too good to be true and I booked it up.
As it turns out, it was just as described. Paul met me at the station and drove me to Au Bon Acceuil, past the country fields and trees.
Jane was ready with a hot cup of tea when I arrived and we had a lovely chat about how they came to be in France.
My room was lovely.
The first night we all went up the hill to a pub called the Oyster Catcher. It was run by a man from Manchester. I could not believe all these English people in a tiny village in Brittany. It was very surprising to me.
There was a warm fire burning in the grate and we all had a hearty meal. I had cider with my dinner, and I discovered that drinks came in smaller glasses in France. Being in Europe really drove home to me how large the drinks are in Canada. In France the wine glasses were smaller, and the coffee cups were so much smaller that you get in Canada. Food for thought :-)
Here is The Oyster Catcher, which was a short walk up the hill. The clientele was all local and there was a very relaxed atmosphere. I actually came back here for supper the following night.
Back at Au Bon Acceuil, the dining room was so warm and welcoming the next morning for breakfast.
I went to Mont St Michel on the next day, and on the Wednesday, I had a 'taking care of business' day.' I did my washing by hand and updated my instagram. I also was busy uploading pictures onto facebook to make room on my phone for more pictures. This activity came to dominate much of my free time as I saw more wonderful sights and took more pictures. lol.
Thursday was my last day in the village of Saint Marcan and I wanted to go up the hill and experience the traditional foods of the region as served at the Telegraph restaurant.
Wlking up the hill I passed the river.
One reason I chose Saint Marcan was because I wanted a rural setting where I could walk the lanes of the countryside. This was just perfect, as I passed the fields and farmland.
I entered the cafe, and I was the only patron there. The owner was so gracious and welcoming. I ordered the set menu for ten euros.
However, she also gave me a free apperatif. Such kindness.
sprinkle on some sugar. This is also what they do in Brittany. You can choose other options, but I went for the citron choice.
Next came the coffee, and once again the tiny cups
Once outside I walked up to view the telegraph building.
Claude Chappe who lived from December 25, 1763 – January 23, 1805), was a French inventor who in 1792 created a semaphore system that eventually spanned all of Feance at the time of the French Revolution. This was the first example of a telecommunications system in the Industrial Age.
Walking back to the B and B I decided to take a detour and check out the church.
It is a sleepy little village in the countryside of Brittany and I just loved it.
I headed off back down the hill to Au Bon Acceuil.
Here is the front of the B and B.
I was off to Dol de Bretagne to catch the train to Paris and beyond,
But that my friends is another story.