Brittany, located in the north-west region of France is the one area which I had never visited, so my recent trip took me there but I only spent 6 days. Only 6 days in Brittany? It worked out well because I only did the central region and I was splitting my 18 day trip into two parts: Brittany and Provence. In this week’s post, I share my itinerary in Brittany and it covers some of my favourite hotels, sights and food finds.
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When I was in Gordes, Provence the very first time in 1978, the Château de Gordes had an art exhibit highlighting the work of Victor Vasarely, the father of “Op Art”. Op art is a form of abstract art where the illusion of movement is created by the combination of geometry, colours and patterns. What results are amazing optical illusions. I bought a print of one of his paintings but I gave it away many years later. I have always regretted this, which is why, I suppose, I returned to see those optical illusions at Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence.
Perhaps I wanted to feel the same joy and excitement that I had during my first trip. But sadly, it was a disappointing visit and not because of the art.
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Sure, you can stay in an ordinary hotel in France, but why not spend the night in a real French château instead? What French castle can you stay in? The good news is: there are many castle hotels to choose from and it won’t cost you and arm and a leg. While some can be very expensive, there are many that are not. Here are some I have stayed in (and paid for by me). [A map with the locations are at the end of this post] Continue reading →
Why should you travel to France more than once? Easy answer: It’s just incredibly beautiful and there is SO much to see and do that you can’t see everything you want in one trip. It is the world’s top tourist destination with over 84 million visitors and the country has diverse landscapes where you can see sand dunes, mountains, inviting coastlines, picturesque hilltop villages, sculptured gardens, and volcanoes. The list goes on and on. Continue reading →
If you’re in the area of southern Brittany, which is on the north-west coast of France, you might suddenly think you’ve been transported to England because you will see hundreds of stones that are over 7000 years old: Carnac’s megalithic alignments. They are France’s version of Stonehenge and there are many standing stones (menhirs) of Carnac to see within a 4 kilometre area. It is the largest collection of standing stones in the world. Continue reading →
[Yes, you’ve likely seen this photo many times, but here’s why.] When you are travelling and you return to a place that you love, do you take photos of your favourite spots again and again and again, even though you already have pictures of that place? I do. And where do I return? To this most beautiful hilltop village in Provence: Gordes. Let me share with you some reasons why I love the town so much and why I believe you will want to visit (and revisit) this Provencal town. Continue reading →