Brittany, France

May 2010

Breton Flag

With the sandwich-making business sold, we needed a proper holiday.  Even though we had decided to leave Torquay and move to Kent, we thought that there would be quite a long time before we found a new home.  So we booked a crossing from Plymouth to Roscoff in Brittany for a two-week break.  As it happened things moved much quicker than we imagined, and we completed the purchase of our new house in Canterbury a week before we boarded the ferry.

South Coast

After a chilly six hours on deck, our first night was spent in our port of arrival - the pretty town of Roscoff.  But after our first French breakfast of croissants and chocolat chaud, we headed south to our first gte - a self-catering cottage.  It was situated in the small town of Locmariaquer on the Golfe du Morbihan.  Locmariaquer and neighbouring Carnac are famous for their prehistoric megalith alignments, which we duly visited.  But we were also impressed by the mediaeval streets in the centre of the nearby city of Vannes and, further along the coast the picturesque town of Pont Aven - where many famous artists stayed.

Locmariaquer itself was surrounded by beautiful beaches, which provided Benson and us with several enjoyable - if bracing (the weather was bright, but chilly) - walks.  And of course we had to take a boat trip around the islands of the gulf.  But after a week it was time to pack up again and head back north.

  Phil & Benson on the Ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff In a Valley of Giant Boulders in Huelgoat, Central Brittany The Gite at Locmariaquer
View of Locmariaquer The Prehistoric Megalith Allignments of Carnac The Prehistoric Megalith Allignments of Carnac
The Prehistoric Megalith Allignments of Carnac A Walk by the River Port at Le Bono The Old Town in the Nearby City of Vannes
The Old Town in the Nearby City of Vannes On the City Walls of the Nearby City of Vannes The Port Area of the Town of Auray
The Pretty Village of Pont Aven A Beach to the South of Locmariaquer A Fallen Prehistoric Standing Stone (Dolmen) in Locmariaquer
A Prehistoric Building in Locmariaquer Beach to the South of Locmariaquer Boat Tour of the Golfe du Morbihan
Walk at the Lac de Guerledan    


North Coast

Our second gte was on a farm, so no strolling into town each morning for our freshly-baked baguettes and pains au chocolat!  But the nearby coastline was just as good as that we had seen the previous week.  In fact, the natural rock formations of the 'Cte du Granit Rose' - to the west of our local town of Plougasnou - were stunning.  There were also some nearby chateaux; Kerjean (rubbish) and Trevarez (beautiful, with fabulous gardens full of rhododendrons and azaleas).  We also took a trip to the far western end of Brittany - first to the resort of Morgat, then to the Oceanopolis in Brest (a sea-life centre).

The nearest large town to where we were staying was Morlaix, but we were far more impressed with Saint Malo (which Phil had briefly visited when he was a student in Normandy in the seventies) and nearby Dinan.  Both were very touristy, but understandably so given their beautiful settings.  Too soon however it was time to drive aboard the ferry back to Devon - and our last few days living in Torquay.

  The Gite and Garden at Plougasnou The Beach at Plougasnou Beach Resort on the Cote du Granit Rose
Figuring Out How to Make Ice Cubes the French Way! Headland Near Plougasnou Chateau de Kerjean
Eating Artickokes Chateau de Trevarez Gardens at the Chateau de Trevarez
The Resort of Morgat The Town of Morlaix Estuary Near Plougasnou
Estuary Near Plougasnou On the Walls of Saint Malo View from the Walls of Saint Malo
The Streets of Dinan The River at Dinan Street in Dinan
Beach Near Plougasnou    

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