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May 31, 2017 - A leisurely day

Last day in this area and a more relaxed day starting with a short drive, then a walk down into a small fishing village - Doelan. It still functions as a fishing village but also seems to have many recreational fishermen whose boats are in the inlet. Judging by the houses in the area either fishing is quite a lucrative job or there are wealthy retired people living in Doelan. Many of the large and relatively new houses had lovely gardens with the roses entire as we wandered. On to Pont-Aven made famous because of the group of artists, one...

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May 30, 2017 - Submarines and standing stones

Off at eight this morning to travel to Lorient, think L'Orient then move to The Orient so why a place in France with this name. E reason is the French East India Company which operated out of this large harbour on the South coast of Brittany and the same harbour became an important harbour for othe trading including an involvement with the West African slave trade and the import of goods from the new colonies. And today the harbour has three marinas sheltering what look to be very expensive sailing yachts. But in WWII Germany wanted to...

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May 29, 2017 - A surprise day

Today was an easy start at 9:30 as we did not have large distances to travel. Bretagne (Brittany) only became part of France in the 15th century and still preserves much of its Bretange culture, sense of independence and language. Sign Post are in two languages so Concarneau is Konk Kerne and Quimper is Kemper. Our first stop was at a factory making traditional baked goods and we watched the crepe making and the traditional buttery cake of Bretagne being transferred from baking tin to packaging. The countryside in the area is lush with many...

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May 28, 2017 - Rennes to Concarneau

After one night in the Mercure in Rennes we packed and met with our guide for a walking tour of the city. Unfortunately this necessitated rain jackets and brollies but we managed as she took us around the city. Rennes is the capital,of Bretagne ( Brittany) and is a city of 70,000 people with a large university and a big student population, which gives it a certain feel and I can now better understand the bar/ cafe where we ate last night. Our guide showed us the various areas which have been walled at various times and then damaged by fire...

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Jun 14, 2014 - Oui, oui, Francais!

Hi Everyone After a week of rain the sun found us and the days are now warm and barmy. The hedgerows and along the road sides are speckled with white starry daisy’s, bright yellow buttercups with the creamy heads of bobbing cow parsley and standing tall and proud, purple fox gloves. We’ve even spied tiny wild orchids. We purchased a book called French Passion which gives us free camping in vineyards and farms across France. We choose a farm in the village of Viville and camped by the farms babbling stream and had a delightful afternoon...

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Aug 4, 2011 - Concarneau, France

Concarneau, France This is the last thing you want to hear if you are in the middle of a 30 day heat wave in Dallas, but in the spirit of “fair and balanced reporting”… our stop today was canceled because of bad weather! It was raining with temperatures in the high 50’s when we woke up this morning and the seas were too choppy for the small tender boats to take us ashore… so the captain canceled our stop. We are enjoying a sea day. It has continued to rain all day. Since we have had a port every day, this is a nice break… even though it was...

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