We spent a week showing my father the delights of Brittany, in particular Finistere, earlier this month. We are also trying to move house in the UK which has proved rather distracting, as anyone who has been through this protracted process will know, so blogging has been the last thing on my mind!
So, here is a quick update on our latest trip to Brittany. It started with a overnight trip from Portsmouth to Saint-Malo with Brittany Ferries. You can see a photo of the delicious sweet prawns that I had for dinner on the Bretagne, our favourite ferry.
It made sense to take Dad for a trip along the unmissable beautiful Pink Granite Coast (Cote de Granit Rose) as a slight detour on the way back to Ty Hir.
We stopped in Ploumanac'h for lunch, strolling along the Sentier des Douaniers or old customs footpath from the port to the village centre, each bend revealing spectacular views of the beautiful boulder strewn coast.
We discovered an old stone clapper bridge which crosses the sparkling river Argent. After a short but strenuous climb uphill we stopped for a picnic at the La Mare aux Sangliers (Wild Boar Pool). We sat munching our baguettes, mesmerized by a crystal stream dashing its way through huge boulders on its way to join the Argent. The only sound we heard was running water and we saw hardly a soul on the whole walk, not even the ghost of King Arthur!
Late in the afternoon we made the 15 minute drive to our closest chateau, Domaine de Trévarez which lies in the heavily wooded Montagnes Noire. Nicknamed the Pink Castle, for obvious reasons, only a small part of the property is open to the public. The chateau was bombed by the allies during the war and the interior has been left to wrack and ruin, though parts have been restored by the local authority. The main attraction here are the extensive gardens which are famous for their camellias and rhododendrons which were out in force.
We took a short easy scenic stroll from the port to the Georges Delaselle Garden. This exotic garden lies on the coast and give lovely views towards Roscoff over white sandy beaches. It was created in 1897 and contains a collection of rare palms as well as many plants from the Southern Hemisphere. It is quite small and easy to explore in an hour.
Well I hope that you enjoyed the highlights of my father's visit to Brittany, there is lots more that we did and saw but I will save that for a future post - bon week-end!