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Whilst Cornwall in the summer leaves a strong mark in our itineraries there is something just a bit more reliable and romantic about crossing the channel and turning right for a few miles at St Malo. The coast is more interesting, with a lack of bungalows and caravan parks, the food more succulent and less commercial, and this adds to the general relaxation and enjoyment of a more reliable time on holiday.The children were in bliss and occasionally sat and painted revealing colourful expressions  of a time that we all agreed was just a little better than Cornwall. and the sunsets were memorable but that ...

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On the emerald coast of Brittany going west from St Malo I met Jack in a garden of a house in which I was passing a few days. Often in the morning in between activities with the other other children Jack took to his bike and hurtled around the long dry paths bathed in sunlight and darting in and out of the shadows, quite content, alone and all at great speed - everything a free and easy ten year old would want. Then without warning he stopped and looked at me scribbling on my pad. With the bike thrown down in ...

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