Saturday, July 16, 2005
Belle Ile en MerOn Bastille Day we took a ferry to Belle Ile en Mer. I believe it is the largest island (and there are many) off of the Brittany coast. It took an hour to get from port to port and the ride was perfect -- sun, warmth, sea, and breeze.
Belle Ile, pretty island, is as quaint and charming as the name implies. We arrived around noon and ate a crepe lunch (we've had a lot of crepes!) and then the six of us climbed to Citadelle Vauban. The original construction of this fort occured in 1549 . The fort was extended and reconstructed to form the Citadelle in the 1600s. In 1933, the Citdelle was listed as a National Monument.
After our climb we walked around the town and eventually came to rest in a nature reserve for an afternoon snack and to escape the sun. The kids were tired from the day and were actually quiet on the ride home. I just sat on the ferry with my head facing the sun and my hair blowing in the wind and thought about how happy I was to be there with my daughter sleeping on my lap.
-- said Auntie M in Paris