Brittany: A change of pace

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.

Our British friends David and Pam, whom we met on the Trans-American rally last year, met us in Vannes. David and Pam

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.   Quillivro

gardens at Quillivro

gardens at Quillivro

Their pond at Quillivro

Their pond at Quillivro

Signs in Brittany are in French and Breton but the one we saw most often was this one. 076 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.

Vannes, old city

Vannes, old city

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 Chateau Kerguehennec 045



and the towns of Auray

and Josselin. Josslin



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.049


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

About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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4 Responses to Brittany: A change of pace

  1. Carla says:

    Wow, beautiful. What an attractive region! I don’t know that part of France, but will definitely go there some day. You guys really get the hang of photography as well, LOVE the pictures!

  2. TBC says:

    What fun. I always loved Bretagne, and it is fun to see images from a part of this province I have not yet visited.

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