Moving on to Pontorson

Nantes was a great start to this trip.  We really enjoyed ourselves and only have good things to say and good memories.

We woke up early, cleaned up, went down for breakfast and then prepared to check-out.  We have a taxi scheduled for 11:00 am to take us to the train station.  Today’s travels are crazy due to scheduling.

We start by taking a train east to LeMans.  It’s only a hour trip, but we then have an hour wait for our next train.  That next train is also just an hour long and takes us back west to Rennes.  From there we catch a commuter train to take us to our final destination – Pontorson.

We had a couple little irritants along the way, but nothing significant.  We arrived in Pontorson right on time.

We are staying at the BW – Hotel Montgomery.  It dates back to the 1500’s and is a recognized landmark in the town.  Relatively speaking, our room is huge.  We have a king size bed, with a desk area and a sofa that also folds out into a bed.  The bathroom has double sinks, a large jacuzzi tub and a separate shower.  The room is in front of the hotel, so we get to oversee all the “action” in town.

While some may laugh, there actually was action this weekend.  The town is celebrating with a medieval festival.  Our hotel, being the oldest historical building is at the forefront of the activities.  It really is fun to see people dressed in period costumes doing things that would have been done in the past.  Music, dancing, jugglers, artisans demonstrating their crafts from wood-working to dress-making to bread-making and a beer chateau.  Lots of fun and it goes on through Sunday.

We walked around a little and took in the festivities.  They even had some games set up for people to play besides everybody’s favorite – “Watch where you’re stepping!” after the horses went by.  Some people were not good at the game! ::snicker::

We found a little restaurant that I had heard about called “Le Relais Gascon” and went in for dinner.  The owner was dressed in her jester costume for the festival and we had fun communicating with her.  Bottom line though, we had a wonderful meal and it was more than reasonably priced.  We shared a pizza as an entree and then we both had duck confit for our meal.  Oh, and there was a bottle of Rose wine that helped quench our thirsts.   I promised a TripAdvisor review to Isabella, she of the jingle hat.

A three minute walk back to the hotel left us plenty of time for a nightcap in the bar before heading up to the room to relax.  Tomorrow we’ll visit Mont Saint-Michel.

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