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About viviennemackie

Avid traveler, travel writer and photographer. In an earlier life I was a psychologist, but now am an ESL teacher. Very interested in multiculturalism, and how travel can expand one's horizons, understanding and tolerance.

Where to Eat in Vannes

Brasserie Les Halles et des Arts 9 rue des Halles, Vannes This brasserie is on a side street, just up from Les Halles (the Covered Market Hall, just inside the old walls on the east side of Old Vannes) and … Continue reading

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Eating Around Gare de Bercy

 Bercy Café On recent trips in France we have quite frequently traveled from, or to, Gare de Bercy—often on our way to Clermont-Ferrand. On a couple of occasions, we’ve arrived at Bercy with a number of hours to spare before our … Continue reading

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Jardins Éphémères, A First in France

In the summer of 2016, Vannes had a wonderful garden series, called Jardins Éphémères (Ephemeral Gardens). When we first walked into the old walled city from our hotel just outside the city walls, we noticed a pocket-sized patch of greenery … Continue reading

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Paris: A Restaurant Re-Visited

Les Petites Ecuries I wrote about this restaurant before (https://vivsfrenchadventures.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/and-testing-the-new-in-paris/ ) 40 Rue des Petites Ecuries, 10th arrondissement, not too far from Gare de l’Est. Closest Metro stop: Chateau d’Eau.  We remembered this place from a previous visit to the … Continue reading

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La Trinitaine and Breton Galette Cookies

Good marketing by Cows (on Parade), and What’s in a Name? Biscuits, Galettes, Palets? La Trinitaine: Located at Kerluesse, Saint-Phillbert, Morbihan Last summer we spent some time in Brittany. We used a few different towns as bases to explore the … Continue reading

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Running Race, and a Book on Africa

Another serendipitous find in Vannes. Two actually: a special running race and a photographic book exhibition. At the time we were there in June, Vannes was hosting a very special Trail Running event: the L’ultra marin, billed as a race … Continue reading

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A New Favorite Restaurant

L’Oustagou in Clermont-Ferrand 1 rue du Terrail (just off Place de la Victoire, overlooking the back of the Cathedral) This might be our new favorite place in Clermont-Ferrand and one of our best in France. It’s billed as a traditional … Continue reading

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