Thursday 27 July 2017

Birthday weekend in l'Île aux Moines!

As my birthday this year was on a Wednesday, we decided to celebrate it early during a little weekend getaway in l'Île aux Moines. I've explored parts of the island before but it was a long time ago and even though I knew it's a nice place to visit, I forgot how beautiful it was! Well, I guess the fact that it was hot and sunny during the whole weekend helped a lot ;)

Looking at hotels on the island, we realised how super expensive it was to stay for the night there, so we booked a lovely AirBnB only 10mins away from Port Blanc (the main port where you can get a really quick boat ride to the island). There's a massive free car park close to the port, and with a return ticket only costing 5€ per person, we knew it was the cheapest option!

We found it quite nice to get there by boat. It really felt like an adventure! We spent all Saturday on the island, with a picnic in hand for lunch, and we had a really nice birthday meal at La Ptite Souris in Vannes in the evening (20mins away from our AirBnB). It felt like such a long day!

We came back on Sunday quite early in the morning to beat the crowd and it was just SO lovely. We decided not to rent bikes as we like to just walk around at our own pace, taking as many photos as we feel like.

One thing I couldn't get over with is how beautiful and unique the houses are on the island and I couldn't help but dream about buying one of them one day! Also, there were colourful flowers everywhere and I just went a bit crazy with the photos. Don't worry, I'm not sharing even half of them with you :)

We walked a lot to get to different points of the island and we enjoyed every minute! We really liked stopping by the Pointe du Trec'h (far north) and we couldn't miss the Cromlech (neolithic site with remaining standing stones). We were helped with plenty of water and of course, a delicious meal at La Chaumière for lunch. My goodness, I could plan another trip to l'Île aux Moines JUST to eat more of their galettes and crêpes!

We used the coastal paths as much as we could and it's the best way to get around the island if you're looking for the best views!

Although we didn't have our swimsuits with us, the water was too inviting not to put our feet in to refresh ourselves a bit. We found a small beach that felt really private even though it was a bit crowded, but unfortunately, I can't remember its name!

Also, I had to include a photo of one of the painted mailboxes. So many people seem to paint theirs on the island and this one was the prettiest we found.

We've been quite stressed lately and this short weekend away was really needed. I felt relaxed and I was just enjoying the moment and going with the flow for once. And we're now getting ready for a week off in Dordogne with my family and I CANNOT wait! A weekend away was great but a week away, well, let's say it will be really really appreciated. Make sure to follow our adventures on my Instagram account!

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