The last weekend in France

The weather was cold, cloudy with drizzle when I arrived to Vannes on Saturday. I checked in at my hotel and went out to explore the city. During the afternoon I crisscrossed the whole city center twice. Although I enjoyed the walk along the river, I decided to check if it was possible to change my train ticket for earlier departure on Sunday.

I was a little disappointed. One day even with the trip there and back would be enough. But it would cost me almost 20 Ä to change the ticket and I had nothing to do back in Paris anyway.

The next day morning I asked at the reception, while checking out, about some buses going somewhere next to the ocean. They told me it would be difficult since it was Sunday. I decided to walk and reach the half island Conleau in gulf Morbihan which didnít seem to be that far.

I breakfasted in the city port and started walking after. One hour later I reached my goal. I hoped to swim in the ocean, but it looked impossible there. It wasnít nice area for swimming. I discovered there, though, that a boat was going from there to some island called Arz. The flier said something about 20 Ä, but I decided to go anyway. I love islands. The weekend started to look better, even the weather was shiny and I had to remove my coat.

On the board of the boat, they asked 7.5 for the return ticket. I didnít complain. But I did complain when the batteries in my camera went dead. I wanted to bring along my second set but I couldn't find it back in Paris. I tried to buy some batteries on the island. I entered the restaurant there and asked if it was possible to buy some somewhere. It wasnít, so cell phone camera took the charge.

I asked them if they had some map of the island and the waiter understood that I wanted a menu. Well, I wanted to eat anyway and I already saved 12.5 on the boat, so it was almost free. There was a stand nearby with bicycles for rent, but there was no one to serve me by the time I finished my salmon with mussels. So I went by foot around the island. The map, the waiter gave me later when I asked again, said that it should take less than two hours.

It was really nice tour. I was looking for a place to swim, but it was a low tide and mud was everywhere and when I found a nice beach to enter the water there were people there and none of them was in their swimwear. I didn't understand why and I didn't want to be the only one to swim, so off I went to find some abandoned place where I wouldn't have to feel strange entering the water. Especially because besides my underwear I didn't have anything to swim in.

I found it not far away. It was under a small cliff. I left my laptop and one smaller bag with spare clothes on top of it, climbed down, stripped naked and jumped to the water. I understood why no one was swimming. I stayed in only couple of minutes, the water was freezing. As a proper narcissist I didnít forget to photograph myself topless. Most of the year in Paris I was regularly visiting a gym, compliments in your comments are expected.

After another hour of walking I managed to come back to the place where I started my tour around the whole island. I had one more hour to the departure of my boat so I rented a kayak and tried to physically exhaust myself. I returned with my jeans wet from knees down.

Back in the Conleau I noticed a bunch of people waiting at the bus station. I joined them and took the bus to the train station in Vannes. Shortly after 11 pm I arrived to Paris. I was happy that the change of the ticket would cost me 20 Ä and made me stay. It was a great Sunday, one of my best weekends in France. Next time I wonít try to give up so fast, one step leads to another and one just needs to act upon the opportunities that present themselves.

These are from the cell phone:


Comments:

Chris:
Every day for you is an adventure. Every story for us is an adventure. Keep writing! It is one of your gifts!

sue:
Very atmospheric pictures. And you look wonderful, comme d'abitude.

Milan Toma:
:o) thanks sue, i will pretend i didn't request the compliment...

Markus:
Milan, I wish you all well in your new scientific and live experience :)
Hope I could visit you for some weeks there.

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