Saint Emilion to Dinard

Here’s a map showing the distance we drove today from Saint Emilion to Dinard – it’s a distance of 320 miles.  We didn’t encounter any problems along the way but Marie (that’s what we named our Navigation voice) wasn’t cooperating too well.  I wasn’t sure what settings were in place but they definitely didn’t include the most direct route.  She sent us through tiny villages when we left Saint Emilion and it was raining on top of it all.  After about an hour or so, I told Marie that we were taking matters into our own hands.  We finally ended up on the autoroute and then were able to move fairly quickly.  The toll was about $32 for the entire length – a lot of money, but well worth it. We got to Dinard about 2:30pm.  Here are the pictures from our balcony:


Here’s the bay at low tide


Again at low tide


Side view from the hotel

Low tide


We couldn’t understand why all of the boats were sunk in mud when we arrived around mid afternoon.  I checked into the tides at Dinard and discovered that we were at the lowest point for the day and that high tide would arrive about 9:30pm and rise an incredible 36 feet!  It is really very hard to believe but take a look at the pictures of the same views later in the day:


View from our balcony at high tide


Notice that there’s very little ground now showing


Even less now


It’s unbelievable how quickly and how enormous the tides change.  Apparently this occurs twice or maybe even three times a day.  The last picture was taken somewhere around 10pm and it was still light.


This last picture is for Anette.  Anette, you asked for a watercolor and I had already determined that the watercolor would need to come from the northern part of France.  We were in luck today because we saw a young artist while at a seaside brasserie who was painting with water colors.  We asked him to paint a special picture just for you:


Watercolor scene


Isn’t  that a great scene?  Now we’re not done yet.  We asked him to superimpose both Rich’s and my faces down below somewhere.  And see that island with the castle in the background?  We asked him to paint a tiny Eiffel Tower on that island just for you.  Parfait, n’est-ce pas?


That’s it for tonight.  It’s been a long day and we’ll have more stories to tell tomorrow.



2 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    I’m sure it was a very long day for Marie, as well~~HA!
    Interesting tide pics.

    July 5, 2012 at 7:53 am

  2. Adrienne

    Great photos. We really loved Mont St. Michel as well. As for the GPS, we wound up needing real maps in the Scottish Highlands because our “Marle” got very confused and had us navigating in rivers and lakes!!!

    July 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm

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