July 5: We just returned from a splendid (I now speak British, love) region on the south-west coast of Brittany. We were significantly underwhelmed by the TGV to Vannes. Leg room was questionable and food can only be classified as plastic. We wondered why so many had brought along their own food as we made our way back to our seats. We hadn’t tried our meager choices yet. There is no seating in the dining car, only some stand-around tables so you eat with plastic forks on microwavable plates and try to balance on a speeding train. The speed will impress you.
They have a really lovely very old vacation home in Melrand, well, really not in town, which isn’t much of a town but in the country where nothing is nearby. A real change from Paris noise! Absolute quiet at night.
Signs in Brittany are in French and Breton but the one we saw most often was this one. Once following what we (make that David, after all he was the bloke that was driving) we actually ended up at some farmer’s barn! A quick turn-around put us right again, or at least on the right deviation. Doubly exciting was David was driving his car with the steering wheel on the British (right) side. Fortunately Pam was used to being his navigator and could alert him to oncoming traffic. Not even a close call, ever.
Mostly I want to post some of the most splendid images of this part of France. The day of arrival we had lunch at the port of Vannes . Brittany is known for its oysters, sweet crepes, savory buckwheat gallettes and cider, which we sampled amply. During our short trip we visited
Kerguehennec Chateau at Bignan
and the towns of Auray
You need to click on the images to enlarge them to appreciate these places. but as with visits with good friends, our best memories will be of our chats over wine or champagne, developing friendships and lasting images of their hospitality and scenes along the road. (this was not the farmer’s field we drove into.) Behind the scarecrow is the steeple of Chapelle Saint Niocodeme, a magnificent cathedral.
But here are some other images from the area.
It’s good to be back in Paris, but we will remember this remarkably different side of France.
Jan and Ed