When we are on holiday we tend to prefer the countryside rather than the cities. Obviously there are exceptions but for the majority of our stay in France we remained in the countryside.
We were very fortunate to be staying close to the Nantes-Brest Canal and this provided some wonderful opportunities for walks.
Sections of the canal were built by convict labour. You can practise your French translating the following sign! You will need to enlarge it to see it clearly.
There is little or no gradient on the tow path so it makes for easy walking.
We were lucky to be there when the water irises were in bloom.
The couple who owned the house behind the chapel were the caretakers for the chapel and opened the chapel for us to have a look inside.
We did several walks along different sections of the canal and the scenery was delightful. At most of the locks there is a lock-keeper’s cottage, some in a better state of repair than others.
Many of the old cottages have been renovated and are now rented to holiday makers. The locks no longer operate in this section of the canal and it is used mainly for canoeing.