Perros-Guirec in Brittany

5 September 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Hortensia, one of the symbols of Brittany at the local market © Marc Schuelper/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hortensia, one of the symbols of Brittany at the local market © Marc Schuelper/cc-by-sa-3.0

Perros-Guirec is a commune in the Côtes-d’Armor department in Brittany in northwestern France. It has been a seaside resort since the end of the 19th century and is located on the famous Côte de Granit Rose.   read more…

Saint-Brieuc in Brittany

24 March 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  5 minutes

Town hall © Presko(cc-by-sa-4.0

Town hall © Presko/cc-by-sa-4.0

Saint-Brieuc is a commune in the Côtes-d’Armor department in Brittany in northwestern France. The town is located by the English Channel, on the Bay of Saint-Brieuc. Two rivers flow through Saint-Brieuc: the Goued/Gouët and the Gouedig/Gouédic.   read more…

The Gulf of Morbihan

2 October 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Île-aux-Moines © Pinpin/cc-by-sa-3.0

Île-aux-Moines © Pinpin/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Gulf of Morbihan is a natural harbour on the coast of the Département of Morbihan in the south of Brittany. This English name is taken from the French version: le golfe du Morbihan. It is more accurately called ‘the Morbihan’ directly from its Breton name which is Ar Mor Bihan, meaning ‘the little sea’ (Compare the Welsh y môr bychan), as opposed to the Atlantic Ocean outside, (Ar Mor Bras). Legend says that there are as many islands in the Gulf as there are days of the year. However, this is untrue and the gulf has about 40, depending on the tide. Many islands are private property, except the largest two, l’Île-aux-Moines and l’Île-d’Arz.   read more…

Theme Week Brittany – Fougères

1 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

© S. Möller

© S. Möller

Fougères (Breton: Felger) is a commune and a sub-prefecture of the Ille-et-Vilaine department. Fougères’ major monument is a medieval stronghold built atop a granite ledge, which was part of the ultimately unsuccessful defence system of the Duchy of Brittany against French aggression, and part of a tripartate with Vitré   read more…

Theme Week Brittany – Concarneau

9 June 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Aerial view of Ville Close, harbour and town centre © Ronan Voltz

Aerial view of Ville Close, harbour and town centre © Ronan Voltz

Concarneau (Breton: Konk Kerne, meaning Bay of Cornwall) is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France.   read more…

Theme Week Brittany – Vannes

1 February 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Vannes and his wife © Myrabella

Vannes and his wife © Myrabella

Vannes (Breton: Gwened) is a commune in the Morbihan department in Brittany in north-western France. It was founded over 2000 years ago. Vannes is located on the Gulf of Morbihan at the mouth of two rivers, the Marle and the Vincin. It is around 100 km northwest of Nantes and 450 km south west of Paris. Vannes is a market town and often linked to the sea.   read more…

Penmarch in Brittany

20 December 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Pointe de Penmarch © Photographe

Pointe de Penmarch © Photographe

Penmarch is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France. It lies 18 km south-west of Quimper by road. Inhabitants of Penmarc’h are called in French Penmarchais.   read more…

The Lighthouse of Saint-Mathieu

13 December 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Abbay and lighthouse of Saint-Mathieu © Pline/cc-by-sa-3.0

Abbay and lighthouse of Saint-Mathieu © Pline/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Saint-Mathieu lighthouse is a lighthouse located on Pointe Saint-Mathieu in Plougonvelin, around Brest in Finistère. The lighthouse is open to the public. Saint-Mathieu was built in 1835 among the ruins of the ancient Abbaye Saint-Mathieu de Fine-Terre. It is a major lighthouse of the French coast, with a theoretical range of 29 nautical miles (around 55 km). It was classified as a monument historique on 23 May 2011.   read more…

Dinan in Brittany

21 November 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Chateau de Dinan © Luna04

Chateau de Dinan © Luna04

Dinan is a walled Breton town and a commune in the Côtes-d’Armor department in northwestern France. Its geographical setting is exceptional. Instead of nestling on the valley floor like Morlaix, most urban development has been on the hillside, overlooking the river Rance. The area alongside the River Rance is known as the port of Dinan and is connected to the town by the steep streets Rue Jerzual and its continuation outside the walls the Rue de Petit Fort.   read more…

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