200 posts and 15th Island out of 312.

We started this blog a little more than a year ago, and yesterday was the 200th post, a moment of reflection? It takes time energy and dedication to make it happen on a daily basis. Not only did we learn lots of tricks about blogging, from setting it up to getting the visual effects right, but also we are able to share our passion which on a daily basis makes it more enjoyable!

We only hope it will help others like us  realize their dream, learn from our mistakes and answer the questions one has when setting off for such an amazing adventure. Furthermore, as *V* says, it will keep our brain busy during those long passage, as well as enabling our family and close friends to follow us live. “Blogging” is also the new era of photo albums, a great way to preserve and cherish memories that we may forget as we grow older. Wait I can hear something :” We are already an old couple!…” According to our children…. arrgh you got to love them!

For that special post, I have chosen an island reminding me of my youth ( which was yesterday by the way!). Belle Ile translates in Beautiful Island, not arrogant at all, as a name must be the cultural difference. I spent some memorable holidays, looking at it from the mainland, escaping to it only by ferry a couple of time.

Belle Île was separated from the mainland about 6000 B.C., earlier than the neighbouring islands of Houat and Hœdic. Archaeological finds from the Bronze Age suggest that the island enjoyed a large increase in population in this time, probably due to improvements in seafaring.

The Roman name of the island seems to have been Vindilis, which in the Middle Ages became corrupted to Guedel. During the ninth century Belle-Île belonged to the county of Cornouaille. In 1572 the monks of the abbey of Ste Croix at Quimperlé ceded the island to the Retz family, in whose favour it was raised to a marquisate in the following year. It subsequently came into the hands of the family of Fouquet. The island’s fortifications were erected by Vauban on behalf of Nicolas Fouquet, prior to Fouquet incurring the displeasure of Louis XIV; the land was ceded to the crown in 1718.

Anybody for a late night arrival.