My dad took me to France for a one day trip when I was ten. We lived on the Channel Islands only 14 miles from the French coast, and to this day those memories are still fresh and amazing and I haven’t forgotten a minute out of it, every thing was special and bonding. So I thought I should take my daughter on this sort of journey since she is also ten,the same age I was during that brilliant get away.
Although we live a bit farther away now, in South Wales, we put all the things we needed in the back of our Audi A6 Allroad and headed for the road. I disregarded the bills for the quality time and the memories and took the overnight Brittany Ferry from Portsmouth to St.Malo. We had a fine meal and a comfortable cabin, nothing much but for the 10-year-old it was amazing, in her eyes the ferry could have been the ship Queen Mary itself. The ferry docked at 7 am and we planned for the busy day ahead of us.
It is nice to visit St Malo again, haven’t done this ever since I came here during the school summers. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and I used to take long walks here, then stop by and have a hot chocolate. I want my daughter to experience these beautiful memories and places that are part of my childhood so maybe they will also become her favourite places in time. So we drove south to Dinan and the other villages surrounding it. These places remind me of my teenage years when me and my buddies drove around the town in a Citroen 2CV, these places look unharmed by those years that passed by, these 30 years haven’t scared them at all and the way I see it with my grown man eyes, they seem even prettier than I remember.
We stopped to dine at La Cancalais restaurant, on the port of Cancale. The seafood here is just as good as I remember it to be and my daughter simply loved it. We had quite enough so we had a long walk on the beach before returning to our,Audi Allroad, the quiet and comfortable choice for the road. We skipped visiting Mont St. Michel but it was worth it. Our next stop was Bayeux, I haven’t seen this landscape since I was ten, but my daughter knew about this place since she studied about it in school.
Then we headed down to the Normandy beaches, places that always leave me at a lose of words. I thought I might cover these places in one day but they need weeks to be discovered thoroughly. These historical landmarks simply cannot be understood by those of us who lived in a time of peace and tranquility. The sacrifices , the lives that clashed here in 1944 and the stories behind them can’t be comprehended by us passers by, silly me I thought I could just pop up and take a look.
So we returned through Caen, skipped dinner since we were already full over lunch and went straight to bed after a day of intense visiting. All this time I haven’t even thought of the car, the Audi A6 Allroad. In these parts of France its powerful torque and vast boot weren’t needed and I think a Golf diesel would have sufficed but all in all the comfort and the way it blended in perfectly with this day, made it the perfect car for the road.