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The Golden Oldies are on the road again

Cotentin by François M.
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To properly celebrate our friend JC’s 70th birthday, we wanted to come up with something outside of the box.

Cotentin by François M.

Retirees in their place

For a break from the usual parties of the previous decade, we opted to prepare a surprise at the house which was little different: his eight (self-proclaimed) best friends ‘wisely’ pulled up in a minibus, headed for the Cotentin Peninsula!

Cotentin by François M.

Our skiff

We were able to set off all together (without having to take other friends just outside of our close circle) to relive the kind of adventures we had in our schooldays with all the jokes and songs (not the radio). Our trip was dotted judiciously with great meals, for which one person was condemned to be the designated driver (definitely the BEST friend).

Cotentin by François M.

THE best friend

Exploring Cotentin, this region of France which is so unjustly misunderstood, offered us a real sense of getting away from it all: the moors take you to Scotland, the prairies and cliffs to Ireland, its charming little ports to Cornwall and the massive beaches lined with sand dunes to California.

Cotentin by François M.

The Cotentin peninsula of Ireland

Without forgetting the restaurants which keep you firmly in France. In the evening we stay in host rooms filled with charm and comfort in an old dairy (and yes, Cotentin is in Normandy).

Cotentin by François M.

Local

Before this experience, we had a preconception of minibuses as just done up trucks with wheezy performance and unpredictable reliability. The Volkswagen minibus that we rented completely blew away these preconceptions. The comfortable seats and the pleasure and simplicity of driving are just like in a saloon car, with the double advantage of being able to see more from high up and having a lot of space to put nine people’s baggage, including the big cooler boxes for our picnics.

We’d like to wish a big thanks to the We Van team, for giving us this opportunity to live these unforgettable moments of friendship. Their attentiveness and friendliness were most appreciated, especially towards clients who were old enough to be their parents.


The tip of the roadtrip :

The dairy of tocqueville, gîtes and chambres d’hôtes in Cotentin

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