The lovely city of Douarnenez France has become A home away from home for us. This magical waterside city is where we are keeping our wooden boat for the winter. I highly recommend it as a winter storage for any sailing boat on the Brittany coast. It is an exceptional place for wooden boats as there are so many around. Port Rhu has a lock and maintains a 4 meter depth. There are many chandleries, wood workers and repair specialists. 9 month storage coasts less then $1000 euros!

We love anchoring. That has been hard here in Brittany France. Sometimes the water is to deep and often rocky. More of the time the harbor dries completely out. Most often the places we are able to anchor are packed.

We loved Hoedic island. Here there are no cars, just a ferry to transport people from the main land. The houses are built well and strong from local rock. I like the tight compactness of the streets, which probably helps in the winter when the island must be wind strewn. There are restaurants and two food shops and a lovely camp ground with canvas bell tents. The camp grounds sit perched above two of the loveliest beaches we have been on so far.

The Anchorage is packed but there is plenty of room. We loved this stress free island that reminded us of the West Indies.

There is a lot more sand and less rocks here in the south part of Brittany. Many islands dot the coast and the land gently rolls into the ocean. There is also a lot of low water that drys out and becomes sandy beach. These beach’s fill up with sunbathers at low water. At high water there is no beach.

We are here in August. August in France is the holiday month. It is crowded in the marinas and at anchor. British sailors say the only way to get a spot is to move in the morning and arrive by 12- 1 so you get a mooring, dock or anchor space. Most French start there sail day at that time. The problem is the wind fills in at 1- 2 – 3 so you miss the best sailing. For me that has been horrible. There are a lack of good anchoring spots and the tide has to be contended with so finding a suitable spot for the night has been troublesom.

We have been sailing here for over a month but realistically two weeks will do you.

We never figured out when the island was settled and by whom but we sure loved this gem of a spot. It may actually be my favorite island on the whole darn trip.

We anchored off plage de Gored just below a Dolmen or burial cite from the Celtic civilization. The Morbihan is littered with them. We walked the coastal path which wraps the whole island, passing people’s homes and gardens.

I love the feel of this island as there are no cars just feet and bikes. Even with all the day trippers you could tell who lives on the island. They were st Barth’s laid back enjoying good sea, sun and air. The town had a half dozen cafes, a bake shop, pharmacy and tabac store. What more could you want.

The east side had lovely overgrown black berry trails which lead to beaches, wetlands and cedar tree groves. The whole island dotted with small stone homes nestled into nature’s bosom. No one clear cuts here. I think I’ll aux Moines is the nature island of Brittany.

This is the place to come to unwind ( like shelter island but with more privacy- parcels of land are bigger and the old stone houses are historic) for a week or two in an air B and B.

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