Friday, July 9, 2010

Goodbye Toulouse, Hello Brittany.

The temperature was 100+ when I left Toulouse last week. We're talking HOT, so hot that most of what I packed in my suitcase (skirts and t-shirts) wasn't even weather appropriate for my destination: Brittany. In ten days we covered Moëlan-sur-Mer, Rennes and Saint-Malo with many day trips in between.

Though just a quick trip from Toulouse by plane, I might as well have been in another country. And don't tell the French this, but parts of Brittany feel a little bit like England. I gladly traded red tile and stucco for gray slate and granite, faded pastels for vibrant blues and greens, occitan for breton, cacti and succulents for thriving hydrangeas.

Cool mornings, intermittent sun and drizzly afternoons, fresh seafood, regular naps, reading, lots of walking, bike riding, boats, museum visits, lighthouses, apéritifs on the patio and just general relaxation. Oddly enough my bathing suit remained in the suitcase. Watching other people swim in the 62 degree water was enough for me!

Over the next few weeks, I'll continue to post about Brittany. There are buttery pastries to describe, a memorable Bastille Day celebration to recount and lots of pictures to share. Enjoy!


  1. Sometimes I receive feedback via e-mail:

    Oh OH OH... you are making me yearn so for la belle France. I loved Brittany... second only to la Loire... the grays, greens, blues, breezes, etc are indeed soothing. I am waiting for your next post to transport me back in time... -C

    I absolutely love Brittany. Can’t wait to see more pictures —it sounds like a perfect vacation spot and with all the fun family and A! -H

  2. I miss Brittany so much! We spent half of our honeymoon in Carnac, walking the beach, biking through the standing stones, and eating the best seafood I've ever had in my entire life. Please continue the posts! Pictures!

  3. Brittany is so pretty!!! Charlie and I want to go there with y'all one day, okay? Will you post more Brittany pics or send me some -- I love, love, love them!!!!