The first was a restaurant we hadn't been to before. I wouldn't go again as I thought the food was dire but the others seemed to enjoy what they ordered. It was a nice setting beside the river Vilaine, in Cesson-Sévigné which is (or was) a separate town to the east of Rennes, but which has now been swallowed up by the metropolitan area. However the old bit of town around the river is very pleasant. I'm not sure if it is manmade or not, but there are areas where the river flows slowly around little islands of parkland with bridges linking them together.
|The terrace was a nice place to sit and watch the ducks.|
|Bro and mum get stuck in!|
We had a wander around a small public garden situated next to an old manor house which was in need of a new coat of paint!
|The church seen from the parc du Bourgchevreuil.|
|Le Manoir du Bourgchevreuil.|
|I found the planting rather samey. |
Too much Cleome which seems to be a favourite for town bedding!
|One of the islands in the river.|
|Someone was feeding the ducks and a lone seagull.|
|The ducks were getting rather annoyed at the seagull who could jump up for bread!|
|And of course there was a moorhen more tame than the ones at home!|
Another day we went to the coast to our favourite spot at Port Mer, just north of Cancale. The restaurant that we normally go to was shut, no doubt for their annual vacation, so we had to eat at the more expensive but less good restaurant, where there's an old boy (probably the owner) who reminds me of Julie Walters in that sketch with the soup. Luckily there was a younger guy serving as well, or else we would have been there all day.
|Low tide and very few sunbathers on the beach as most of the tourists have gone home.|
|Mum had the kiddy sized moules frites. |
I had the medium sized serving!
|The sea was incredibly warm and whilst my legs don't look tanned at all, |
I've got very stripy feet!
We then went around the corner to the headland at la Pointe du Grouin, which I featured in a post a little while back. This is the third time we've visited this place this summer. The last two times have been good for small butterflies even though there were few wildflowers left. Most of the insects I found were feeding on Yarrow (Achillea millefolium).
|Yarrow with Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) butterfly |
and a small bee that is probably a Plasterer Bee (Colletes sp.).
|A lovely dragonfly that I can't ID so it's driving me crazy!|
(Edit)..... I am pretty sure it is a female Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale).
|Top: Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).|
Bottom: a tatty looking female Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus).
|Sneaking this one in from the previous visit |
as I didn't manage to capture one this time -
a male Common Blue standing out against the dry grass.
|Finishing off a perfect day with an ice cream!|
This is our favourite (or rather, only!) Italian restaurant, Il Toscano. It's situated near a busy dual carriageway and is just off 'Furniture Road' (La Route du Meuble) where as you can imagine, there are furniture stores galore, yet is surrounded by fields making it seem very tranquil. It's always busy and the patron always remembers us even if we only come here once a year. He finds time to talk to his clients which makes this place all the more special. And the food and service are excellent! It is the only restaurant which we continue to go to year after year, as so many can seem good until they go downhill by the second or third visit.... to be visited never again. Or we try again after a few years break only to find it's become a pizza place. :-(
|Il Toscano at la Mézière.|
|It's very trendy and has funky garden furniture and the decor indoors is purple.|
|Yet round the back is an orchard with sheep, |
reminding you that you are in the countryside after all.
And now they have gone home and the weather has turned. I guess summer is over so it was great to get out and enjoy the last of it.