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  • Thank you for the lovely virtual visit! Years ago I stayed on the Quiberon peninsula for a few days and this brings back fond memories of the Brittany Coast. My two most memorable memories of that trip was a day exploring on horseback and a trip to see the Alignements de Carnac.

    • I’m happy that you liked the virtual visit and that it brought back such lovely memories! 🙂 And I agree with you, Quiberon is really a gorgeous place and I have a thing for menhirs so I’m pretty fond of Carnac too!

  • Now on my post pandemic bucket list!!

    • Mine, too! I so want to go!

  • I look forward to being able to travel once again! And I will add in a LOT of Breton oysters!

    • Yes, Brittany is well known for its delicious seafood! But I’m the odd Breton who doesn’t like seafood (don’t tell the others though, it always gets me in trouble at big family gatherings ^^)

  • Ohh Brittany and the Bretons! I lived there in high school and eventually married one. Twenty years later, I still love our visits home and am missing seeing friends and family right now. Yarn wise – I like Les Toisons Bretonnes. Made a scarf from a gradient I picked up last Spring when we visited. (https://lestoisonsbretonnes.fr/) I tend to stay in southern and central Brittany (St. Nazaire, La Baule or Rennes) Based on family but love our time in the Morbihan in Crac’h. Feeling homesick for my adopted family now! ❤️

    • I can’t help wondering if you were in Rennes for SYA? My daughter was in that program as well and loved it. We’re still in touch with her French family 25 years later.

    • Thank you for sharing your lovely story! <3 And I agree on Les Toisons Bretonnes, they have really great yarn! I hope that you will be able to visit your breton family again soon.

  • Thank you for this tour to Brittany! We had a big family trip planned this month to Treguier in northern Brittany, but of course, had to cancel. I’ll save this for my Brittany file as I hope to eventually visit one day. It sounds as wonderful as we expected.

    • You’re very welcome! I do hope that you will be able to take that trip one day 🙂

  • Thank you Solène for this great list of places to visit. I’ve been living in Rennes for four years now, so the eastern part of Brittany, inland, and I’ve yet to discover Finistère and the islands. Brittany is a beautiful region indeed, people can seem a bit rough but they are really friendly. After spending years in Quebec, Brittany seemed like the most logical place to be, since people from the West are the ancestors of the majority of the Quebec families. They even share some idioms, so the transition was easier than if I had moved back to Paris. I did not know about the Bouclelaine yarns, I will check them out.

    • You’re very welcome! And thank you for sharing your story. I grew up near Rennes so I know this part of Brittany very well too (my whole family is from South Finistère). It has a pretty different feeling from the western part though, it’s like halfway between the Finistère and Paris, in distance as in culture (plus it’s a gallo and not celtic part of Brittany). The more you go west, the more the people can seem rough, but they are also very direct and truthful. They also like to gather a lot. Compared to other regions of France, Brittany is where you find the most pubs and the most village festivals where you can easily have a conversation with a stranger. I didn’t know that we shared idioms with Quebec, now I definitely want to look that up thank you for mentioning it!

  • I will definitely save this information. Thank you. These days I’ve been reading a wonderful series of mysteries set in Brittany written by Jean-Luc Bannalec. He mentions many of the places mentioned in this column.

    • Thank you for the book recommendation. I checked out an audio book By Mr. Bannalec from my library. Free audio book – yeah!!

  • I so appreciate this Delightful Respite to begin my Friday. Thank you very much. Looking forward to new adventures on the Brittany coast!!

  • I love the idea of a knitting retreat. Right now it is a virtual experience like today’s presentation. In my part of the world we were just notified that the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter’s Fair 2020 is cancelled. It is always our September Road trip destination from London ON.

  • Hope that I’m not to old at the end of this pandemic! I sure would love to take a walk in Brittany

  • I love Brittany and have visited several times. Although I’ve never been yarn shopping there. The campsites in France are really amazing so worth considering for visitors from the states. Solène is right about the crepes, but do also try Kouign Amann which is a buttery cake which defies description but is the yummiest thing you will ever eat and can only be bought in Brittany.

    • I second you with the Kouign Amann! Although I personnally prefer the Gâteau Breton which is a bit dryer but equally charged with delicious egg yolks and butter.

  • Oh, Bretagne is beautiful! When I go it is to visit friends who live in Montours, so east of where this is. We often go to Fougeres, and at least once to St. Malo for fantastic ice cream ( I always get Violette – we have nothing like it in the states).

  • Ahhh! We were supposed to travel to Paris, Brittany, and Normandy this summer. I am bookmarking this post for when we’re able to go. It looks so lovely. We’ve been working hard on learning to make crepes at home, but can’t wait to taste them in France!

    • Congratulations on learning to make your own crêpes! I don’t know if you use a pan or the traditional billig, I personnally find it easier on the billig because you can obtain a very thin crêpe which makes it even more delicious and slightly crisp (we use the word “kraz” in breton). I hope that you will be able to take this trip to Brittany maybe next year!

  • Wonderful. Thanks so much for the best vacation I will take this year! A retreat, you say….

  • And the tiny coastal village of Beg Meil is very beautiful. The hydrangeas there are the deepest blue/purple/indigo I’ve ever seen. Brittany is heaven! Merci beaucoup!!

    • De rien ! 😉 I completely agree with you with Beg Meil, I’ve been to the beach many times there, it’s beautiful. And the hydrangeas, yes! The only other place where I’ve seen such beautiful hydrangeas as in Brittany are on the portuguese island of Madera.

  • Oh my goodness, what a post! I was lucky enough to have eaten those crepes at an authentic Breton restaurant in Paris and feasted on spectacular mussels in St. Malo (as fresh as if just caught with the best butter) and never had better of those two foods anywhere else in the world. Now I want to visit All of Brittany. The churches and those picture postcard sheep!

  • Thank you for the virtual travel opportunity and wonderful photos.
    I LOVE the Bannalec audio books! I listened to them more than once, which is rare. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that the county/region of Brittany itself is one of the “characters.” I now see that there is a third book available in audio book format. Something to knit to this weekend.

  • Be sure to visit Rochefort-en-terre, named favorite village of the French in 2017 and favorite Christmas village and always on the lists of most beautiful villages in France. I live here In Rochefort much of the year, and was overjoyed to meet the owners of Bouclelaine last fall. Vannes is lovely. And Carnac is the largest megalithic site in the world. The Cote Sauvage is spectacular. Loved your roundup.

  • Not yarn related, my name is Sholeen and is irish in origin, wondering if you pronounce your name the same way. I know there are other Sholeens in the world but I have yet to meet one.

    • I had never heard of the name Sholeen, it’s pretty! The pronounciation is quite different as Solène is pronounced something like so-LEHN (although I know that most americans say it like so-LEEN). I don’t know if there is a common origin though, Solène is considered a breton name and it originally comes from latin.

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