After launching at the beginning of May and being promised that the rigging work discussed with the boat yard would be complete by the time we returned to Port La Forêt at the end of the month we discovered that the parts needed for the proposed alterations wouldn’t be arriving until the week beginning 19th June?…….
Not what we had planned but there was nothing to be done and so we busied ourselves with various little jobs on board while we waited! Alan had to return to UK for a week and so I stayed on board and remained as patient as is possible for me!
All history now as Alan returned to find everything complete and so, finally we could get on our way….
Monday 3rd July – Wednesday 5th July, Port Tudy, Île de Groix
Musetta is off again!
We had a very pleasant sail to Groix. The day started out in rather grey fashion but the clouds soon cleared and we then had beautiful weather all the way. No sooner had the sun appeared than a pod of dolphins did too – guaranteed to make my heart sing! We made good time to Port Tudy, and were very fortunate to find a place in the harbour, mooring between two buoys. The harbour is tiny and at this time of year VERY busy.
Tuesday 4th July – A bicycle tour of the island!
We were told that the best way to see the island is either on two feet or on two wheels and we have to agree! There are around 25 miles of cycle paths which enable holiday makers to tour the island.
Île de Groix is only 4.3 miles long and 1.8 miles wide and it is the second largest island in Brittany after Belle-Île. It was once a major centre for tuna fishing from 1870 – 1940 but is now more renowned for the beautiful beaches and coves and it’s minerals.
Bourg with it’s colourful houses and the church!
About half a mile uphill from the harbour is Groix’s main village known as Le Bourg. The church is, as usual, central within the community but, unusually whose bell tower has a tuna on top, a reminder of bygone days on the island!
Plages des Grandes Sables – Alan and I didn’t see this beach, we ran out of time (and probably energy too, it’s a very hilly island) but apparently Groix’s most famous stretch of sand is the Plages des Grandes Sables on the east side of the island. It is reputedly the only convex beach in Europe and its tip moves each year due to opposing currents.
We did, however, see some interesting sights:
We were not at all sure what this effigy was all about!
We had lunch at what was little more than a shack on the side of a small stone house in blistering heat! The shade was most welcome!
Lunch stop at this colourful ecurie at Kerland
We then cycled on and came across this majestic lighthouse on the west coast at Pen Men.
Next we came to this statue!
2017 marks the centenary of the death of Jean-Pierre Calloc’h killed in the field of honor. He was an ardent defender of Breton culture and was born on Île de Groix in July 1888
Our final port of call was the lovely little port of Port Lay on the island’s north coast. We cycled down a very steep lane to the harbour and were instantly charmed by it. If we could have anchored off this little inlet we definitely would have….
The tiny harbour at Port Lay
We wearily returned our hired bikes from whence they came and then headed back to Musetta having had a lovely day! We feel very lucky to have been able to visit Île de Groix on our travels down the Atlantic coast of France.