Channel Adventure

    Day 1

    Day 1 – Sunday, April 8, 2018 - Drive to Denver, CO; Flight to Heathrow Airport, London, England

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    Channel Challenge

    It was time to get back to venturing out on our own. As much as we have enjoyed traveling with small groups like Overseas Adventure Travel, there...

    Day 2

    Day 02 - Monday, April 9, 2018 – Fly in to Heathrow Airport; Visit Thames Neighborhood

    Our day began with breakfast about 90 minutes from London. The sky was so incredibly dense with clouds and rain that it was a wonder our pilot could see to land. Amazing how they...

    Day 3

    Day 03 - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – Thames River Cruise; London Eye; Fish & Chips Lunch; Explore Area of Westminster Abbey

    After an included breakfast at our hotel we set out to walk the historic South Bank of the Thames River. In our travels we have found that booking...

    Day 4

    Day 04 - Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Ride the Eurostar Through the Chunnel from London to Paris; Taxi Across Paris; Explore Montparnasse

    One of our dreams has always been to ride the Eurostar from London to Paris; today was the day! The temperature was 46 degrees and it was...

    Day 5

    Day 05 - Thursday, April 12, 2018 – Paris; Day Trip to Chartres; Visit the Cathedral and the Hamlet

    As frequent travelers and folks who love lists, we have studied Howard Hillman’s 100 Wonders of the World. Chartres Cathedral, Mont St. Michel, and Chateau De Chambord are three sites in...

    Day 6

    Day 06 - Friday, April 13, 2018 – Exploring Paris on the Metro

    Our Friday in Paris began with breakfast at the hotel. The temperature was 51 degrees with overcast skies. Because of the train strike, the city was very quiet – by now all of the Parisians know not...

    Day 7

    Day 07 - Saturday, April 14, 2018 – Pick up Rental Car; Drive from Paris to Beauvoir; Scenic Stops Along the Way

    After our breakfast in Hotel Mercure Montparnasse, we finished packing our bags and walked just a short distance to the rental car company, Auto Europe. All arrangements had...

    Day 8

    Day 08 - Sunday, April 15, 2018 – Hike to Mont St. Michel; Explore the Island; Afternoon Drive on Rue de Baie

    We had a great night’s sleep in our comfy Bread & Breakfast on the Bay of Mont St. Michel. There was more rain during the night. Our hostess...

    Day 9

    Day 09 - Monday, April 16, 2018 – Drive to Concale; Explore the Commune; Seafood Lunch

    We woke up to sunny skies and the temperature was 51 degrees. After our 9:00 breakfast we were off to explore more of the region of Brittany. We set our GPS for Cancale and...

    Day 10

    Day 10 - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – Drive to St. Malo; Walk the Ramparts; Visit Old City; Drive to Crehen for Lunch

    It was another beautiful sunny day in Brittany! The temperature was 46 degrees with just a little breeze. We talked with Danielle at breakfast about the possibility...

    Day 11

    Day 11 - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – Drive to Granville, Explore Fort; Journey to Nez de Jobourg, Hike the Granite Cliffs, Lunch at Cherbourg

    We began our day with clear skies and 51 degrees and a new adventure ahead. Lovely Danielle, our hostess took time to give us a...

    Day 12

    Day 12 - Thursday, April 19, 2018 – Drive to Dinan; Walk Local Weekly Street Market; Visit Dinan Port; Lunch in Beauvoir

    The breakfast room opened at 8:30 and we have usually been waiting until those who need to get on the road have finished. Today we were there just...

    Day 13

    Day 13 - Friday, April 20, 2018 – Drive to Saint Siliac, Explore the Harbor, Village, and Pointe du Puits; Drive to Dinard, Lunch on the Waterfront, Walk the Promenade du Clair de Lune, Climb to Pointe du Moulinet

    We slept in a bit this morning as it was foggy...

    Day 14

    Day 14 - Saturday, April 21, 2018 – Leave Beauvoir; Drive to Chambord; Lunch on A10; Return Rental Car; Hotel Novotel, Charles de Gaulle Airport

    We woke up to our last morning in Les Vieilles Digues B&B and ate breakfast. It was hard saying goodbye to Danielle and we thanked...

    Day 15

    Day 15 - Sunday, April 22, 2018 - Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris; Toronto, Canada, Denver, Colorado

    We had one more croissant and one more baguette for our breakfast at the Novotel at Terminal 3 at Charles de Gaulle in Paris and then rode the little shuttle train right to...

    Day 16


    Trip Evaluation

    For some time Gennie and I have been talking about returning to London, England to see a few sights we had not seen during previous visits. We would then take the Eurostar under the English Channel across northern France to Paris. We would stay in...

    Day 17


    Hotel Evaluations

    Novotel London Waterloo Hotel, London, England


    LOCATION: Well situated but not close to an Underground station. We could easily walk to the London Eye and see all the government buildings. Not many restaurants in the area.


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