Wednesday, November 14, 2018

La Baule

La Baule is a completely charming and popular area that satisfies anyone's notion of a French getaway: top restaurants, an expansive beach, wonderful oceanside properties, and a boardwalk that is tailor-made for strolling.
The Castel Marie-Louis, nighttime

The Castel during the day

Sculpture in the garden of the Hotel Royal, home of Foquet's restaurant

Ahh...the beach

Sunsets are beautiful


We stayed at the Chateau de Locguernole in the Moriban--a truly fascinating region. The Chateau itself is beautiful and situated on an extensive property with several hiking trails and a view of a beautiful bay.

View from the Chateau 

The Chateau 

Evening view 

Only a short drive from the Chateau are the mysterious megaliths of Carnac. Several other areas in the region have similar monuments.

The French version of Stonehenge

Also worth a visit is Quiberon, a popular tourist area near the Cote Sauvage (wild coast). A ruggedly beautiful area.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Concarneau and the Ile de Saint-Cado

When we departed the Kervignac area, we headed south for a brief visit to the walled city of Concarneau. Still an important fishing port, the walled city was erected in the 14th century. Inside its mammoth walls, the streets are lined with shops, restaurants, and tourist attractions.

Along the way, we enjoyed a spectacular lunch at the isolated La Taupiniere restaurant: 

We visited the charming Ile de Saint-Cado, in the Etel River, and linked to the mainland by a narrow stone bridge.

            Interior of the 14th Century Chapel on St. Cado. The stained glass is from the 1960's. 

Near the chapel on Saint-Cado, this Calvary was erected in 1822 and is the site of a special ceremony each year on the day of forgiveness. 

The House of the Oyster was once surrounded by oyster beds and belonged to the keeper of the parks.

A Few Nights on the Beach

Near the village of St. Anne la Palud, on Brittany's western shore, we spent a few nights at the Hotel de la Plage and enjoyed the stunning scenery:

Most of these photos were taken during one long, morning walk. Simply beautiful. We enjoyed a fine dinner one evening at the L'Auberge des Glazicks in Plomodiern. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Roscoff, Brittany

Perched on Brittany's north coast, Roscoff is a popular tourist destination and fishing port. Many of the structures date from the 1500's, and the city center is perfect for a bit of strolling, shopping, and dining.

Boats in the harbor at low tide

The Gothic Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Croaz-Batz was completed in 1545. Note the striking lantern turrets in the belfry:

Market Day: popular with visitors and locals:

Aged lobster tanks have been replaced by new ones slightly to the east:

This beautiful little chapel is on a hilltop near the outskirts of town and provided some great panoramic views of Roscoff: