Welcome to our 2019 “Aussie Bruce” blog where we shall explore Brittany in France for 3 weeks!
Our flights to UK this year were our most eventful yet! Having arrived very early at Brisbane airport after our PNG (Papua New Guinea) cruise, we were informed, seven hours later that our flight to Singapore was cancelled due to mechanical problems. They squeezed us into another flight after three and a half hours but this meant we missed two connecting flights in Singapore to London. We were then booked on another flight to London eight hours later! On both planes there were medical emergencies with crew and passengers running around – fortunately the passengers were OK after treatment.
So – 38 hours later, utterly exhausted, we touched down at Heathrow!!
…….. The joy of flying.!?!?!
“Bruce was ready & waiting eagerly for us in Basingstoke! Fingers crossed as Mark turns his car key . . . . phew . . Bruce comes alive straight away! This is a good sign!
We drive three hours South East to beautiful seaside village of Teignmouth where he has a full service and MOT (annual roadworthy) booked. We stay with Su and Pete and also visit Nettie in nearby Kingskerswell and enjoy their great hospitality. Bruce receives a “clean bill of health” and feeling refreshed after two nights sleep, we head to Plymouth early Friday morning for the five hour ferry crossing to Roscoff in Brittany, North West France!! Smooth sailing so far!!
Strolling along the promenade in Teignmouth we pass a lifeguard lookout, and notice the water temperature is only 14 degrees Celsius . . . . and there is a lady swimming!!!
The heavens open up and the wind wails as we disembark in Roscoff! The GPS takes over and soon we are heading down a narrow road to . . . who knows where!.! It continues to narrow and then a tractor blocks our way forcing Mark to reverse Bruce all the way back!. The weather deteriorates further and we try to find sanctuary not far away in an aire (free motorhome parking) and sit tight and hope that the wind and rain abate.
Meanwhile, back in Bruce, Bev is looking Tres Chic in here early birthday present from Mark – purchased on the French ship MV Armorique of Brittany Ferries.