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Europe » France » Brittany October 7th 2009

After we leave Mont St. Michel we drive southwest to Rennes (the capitol of Brittany). On the way we see old style windmills that are built on the reclaimed fields overlooking the bay where Mont St. Michel is located, and our first Menhir (standing stone) . Our next home exchange is in St. Jacques-de-la-Lande, a suburb of Rennes. This home will be our base for the next few days. Over the next few days we visit Rennes and the medieval towns of Dinan and St. Malo. ... read more
Windmill in Brittany
Dean, Jeff and Jackie at Menhir du Champ-Dolent
Cyndi in Rennes, the capital of Brittany

Europe » France » Brittany » Dinan September 2nd 2009

Day 6 (Wednesday, September 2, 2009) We headed out of Mont. St. Michel early this morning in order to get a head start on our day. I was hoping to possibly see blue skies, but, unfortunately, that was not the case so my mostly cloudy and gray photos of the Mont from the day prior would have to suffice. Our first stop of the day was in the seaside town of Cancale. This small town of about 6,000 residents is famous for its many oyster beds, but we came to simply stroll the quiet backstreets and to enjoy the gorgeous water views. We also stopped in at a bakery to purchase our daily ration of croissants and Mike picked out a flan tart, which was very good. From Cancale, we drove over to a gorgeous ... read more
Cancale
Oysters for sale in Cancale
Pointe du Grouin

Europe » France » Brittany » Côtes-d'Armor » Ploubazlanec August 2nd 2009

Ploubazlanec on the Cote d'Armor was one of the places I looked forward to visiting purely because of its name and the towns you have to pass through to get there. PLOO-BAZ-LAN-ECK. PLOUBAZLANEC. On the way and surrounding are Le Cabaret, Pleudaniel, Squiffiec, Ploumagoar, Lezardrieux, Plouagat, Plouisy, Plouadis and Plouadat. Way to name your bourgs Bretons! Diving into the life of a bonvivant began with dinner at the Ferme du Kerroc'h. Nathalie was expecting a meal in ramshackle rural farmhouse. The ferme Kerroc'h however was a farm which had long ago been converted into a cosy local eatery and therefore wasn't set in a patchwork of fields but plonked on the side of the main road into town. We were not disappointed by our welcome. One host, one bar lady, one waitress: all in rolled into ... read more
Agapanthe from the hotel
Pink rock rocking
Brehat

Europe » France » Brittany » Lorient August 2nd 2009

Thursday, July 30-Fougeres, and the Forest of Paimpont (Brocliande) Today is our last day in St Jacques. When Dean returns from the pool, we pack a lunch and drive to Fougeres, another walled city, but this one with the chateau/castle restored. From the tourist info center, we walk past the points of interest to the church of St Leonard. Behind the church are amazing public gardens that cover the entire hill leading down into the old city to the chateau. One stairway is made of stone carved to look like logs, and the gardens are more wild/natural than manicured. It is beautiful, but I am glad we are walking down the hill, not up. The chateau itself is very well restored, but the English audio guide tour is a bit cheesy. It is interesting going through ... read more

Europe » France » Brittany » Morbihan July 29th 2009

Sunday, July 26 Mont St. Michel, Menhir du Champ-Dolent, and St. Jacques-de-la-Lande When we returned at night to our room, we are assailed by the fragrance of the cheese we had bought at the market in Bayeux. Since we have a wide windowsill, we promptly left the bag outside on the sill for the night. Breakfast is served from 8:15-9:30. Again, our hosts have been thoughtful for Jackie, and have fresh fruit, soft farmer cheese and yogurt for her. The cheese and yogurt was actually “artisian” made by their neighbor who has a dairy farm. We have baguettes, homemade brioche, and homemade apple and apricot jams, too. We have a table for four to ourselves. The other guests are all down for breakfast by the time we return to our room. The French conversation is lively. ... read more

Europe » France » Brittany July 27th 2009

Saturday, July 25 We wake to a French breakfast of croissants, baguette, and 4 kinds of confit (jam- strawberry, strawberry-rhubarb, apricot, and currant) that our host, Michel and Marie, made themselves from their garden. Marie also bought some gluten-free rolls for Jackie, so we begin our day with a good breakfast. We have everything packed up, and will return for our luggage in the afternoon. Our plan is to see the Bayeux Tapestry. This tapestry is 70 yards long, and is made of linen. It was embroidered sometime after 1066, and tells the story of how William becomes the conqueror, besting Harold in battle for the throne of England and France. It is amazing that it has survived all these years despite being used during the revolution as a drape for a wagon (one of the ... read more

Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Malo July 25th 2009

The second day in St. Malo, we visited all other places which we couldn't visit on our first day. We wondered around the city wall and spend most of the time window shopping and taking photos. There were a lot of visitors compared to the previous rainy day. Whenever we felt hungry, we ate mussels and chip, then gallets and caramel crepes to the end. During our meal time, we tossed our glasses up filled with cider glasses. The time ran faster than we expected. We headed back to the train station 30 minutes before our departure but we forgot to get our tickets checked only last five minutes before the departure. I ran like a lunatic on the platform and reach the ticket checker to realise that I had the wrong ticket in my hands. ... read more
The Lady at the Indian clothes shop
Photo 9
Maison du Quebec

Europe » France » Brittany » Morbihan July 24th 2009

South Brittany - Concarneau to Belle Ille Well we ended up staying much, much longer in Concarneau than we had anticipated; simple reason was that we enjoyed the place so much. We were able to enjoy the Bastille Day Eve Celebrations, Nikki wanted to have her birthday here and we were finally able to catch up with John and Sue Allison from Swagman. We heard from the Tourist Info Office that the Concarnians (for want of a better word) always celebrate Bastille Day on the evening of the 13th of July and there were going to be bands and fireworks so that sounded pretty good to us so we decided to stay on for a bit longer. We had been making daily sojourns into the old town to listen to the buskers, buy ice creams and ... read more
Lunch Feast
The fisherman
Music in the old town

Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Malo July 22nd 2009

It was a short escape from the heat in Paris. There were a lot of interesting discoveries to be found in the city of corsairs and somehow we managed to discover most of them by squeezing ourselves into a busy schedule. During this short two days city break, we visited - La Ville Intra-Muros - The château of Saint-Malo, part of which is now the town museum - The Solidor Tower in Saint-Servan is a fourteenth century building which holds a collection tracing the history of voyages around Cape Horn. Many scale models, nautical instruments and objects made by the sailors during their crossing or brought back from foreign ports invoke thoughts of travel aboard extraordinary tall ships at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. - The tomb of the ... read more
Nuns heading to St. Malo
View from the rampart - The Petit Be & the Ile du Grand Be
High Tide view

Europe » France » Brittany July 21st 2009

hey there everybody! im back in france! i love it so much here. it feels like france. right now i am at my fourth farm for a week before i head to merlins forest for a day or two and then up to paris for the rest of next week. where i am right now has the most new development that i have seen in my whole journey. it is kind of sad. the buildings have the shape of beautiful french homes but they are so quickly and poorly thrown together, they remind me too much of the houses at home. there is no real love and life to them. but the countryside is just beautiful. the past two farms that i have been on as well as the farm that charly was at (that i ... read more




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