Bretagne, Je t’aime

I love Bretagne (Brittany, for the anglophones). Where Paris is measured, even severe, Bretagne is untamed, free, running wild. It’s a land of legends and history: Megaliths, Fairies, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Bretagne first gave us crepes, galettes (savory crepes, made with buckwheat), and French apple cider. What’s not to love?

My husband’s family has a summer home in a small Breton village at the opening of the Golfe du Morbihan. When we visit them during the summer, we tend to escape to their home here rather than swelter in Paris. The last several trips we’ve enjoyed mostly sunny days, which last from 5 in the morning until 10 at night. We spend our days riding bikes through overgrown pastures and past flower covered rock walls that are hundreds of years old, dipping our toes into the Atlantic, and eating fresh oysters that the neighbor harvests. And, of course, crepes, galettes, and cider. Every time I suggest staying there and never returning to our “real” lives, my husband warns me that I’m not experiencing the “real” Brittany.

“There’s a reason everything here is so green and overgrown, Carol,” he tells me.

I tell him he can’t burst my bubble.

Here are a few photos:

Ile Aux Moines

My favorite spot on Ile Aux Moines, in the Golfe du Morbihan

Golfe du Morbihan

Golfe du Morbihan

Traditional home, looks straight out of a fairy tale to me

Traditional home, straight out of a fairy tale

Winner! Best French Mullet

Winner! Best French Mullet

Port de St. Goustan

Port de St. Goustan

My hubby and me, making crepes

My hubby and me, making crepes

Carnac

Carnac

Breton humor

Breton humor

On our bike ride

On our bike ride

A dolmen and a menhir (megaliths)

A dolmen and a menhir (megaliths)

17 thoughts on “Bretagne, Je t’aime

  1. I always love reading about Paris, but I’m glad to learn more about different regions of France as well. Thanks for the post!

    ~Mia
    macaronhoarder.wordpress.com

  2. I love Bretagne, aussi!!!! I studied for 3 semesters in Rennes at l’Université Haute-Bretagne! Later on when I was teaching with my Fulbright Scholarship at the l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, I took advantage of being at a close enough travelling distance to return and visit my French host family on several occasions. Took my husband to Bretagne when we visited Europe for three weeks…and now we are hoping to make another trip with the kids in a few years. It’ll be so good for the “Sunny Earth” kids to learn French in France! CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Loved Brittany – I agree a great place to escape Paris and the summer heat – my sister has a holiday home there and she even held her wedding there – Crepes and Cider were on the menu – I have very fond memories – am plotting a return hopefully sooner rather than later !

  4. I am going to Brittany for a week in July with my wife and kids (aged 4 and 6) and I was wondering if you could recommend any places to stay or see. We are on a modest budget, so we’ll be looking at small B&Bs or gites and youth hostels to stay. We will have a car (coming by ferry to Cherbourg). Thanks

    • Great time to go to Brittany – hopefully the weather treats you well! I’m not the best to consult on places to stay as I usually stay at my in-laws. I also haven’t spent a lot of time in northern Brittany. But St. Malo and Mont St. Michel are worth seeing. I’d advise staying coastal and visiting villages rather than visiting the bigger cities (like Nantes and Rennes). If you are a history buff, there’s Caen or Carnac. I am partial to the Golf du Morbihan and the nearby Trinite-sur-mer. Quimper and Concarneau are also beautiful, and I remember some beautiful scenery driving through those areas as well as some places to stop and hike to let the kiddos stretch their legs and burn some energy. I find the whole region wild and beautiful, and fun for kids because they can run around and explore.

  5. I’ve just seen this post and loved reading it as I’m also really keen on Brittany. My wife and I went there last month on our first holiday since becoming parents in April of this year. We were in the Golfe du Morbihan and saw some of the sites that you pictured, such as Carnac. We stayed at a campsite in the village of Le Bono, which I’m pretty sure is the one in your photo above that has the boats and the bridge isn’t it?

  6. Hey !! You know what ??? I’m from Morbihan, very close to the Golfe. I lived in Vannes during 17 years and now, my family is in Sarzeau, presqu’ile de Rhuys !!
    Quelle coïncidence !! (What is the word in english ???…).
    Julie

    • That is a crazy coincidence! In English, we say “what a coincidence” or “what are the chances?” 🙂 We just got back from 2 weeks in Locmariaquer, where my in-laws have a house, and we spent a few days in northern Bretagne – Rospez with my brother-in-law and his family. What a beautiful place!

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