Category Archives: Brittany

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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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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Found: Murals and Signs in Brittany

  Brittany has a long tradition of special holidays and celebrations, often involving dancing and very distinctive costumes. Here’s a mural found in the Quimper train station—it looks like a happy occasion. The Bretons also have a long history involving … Continue reading

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Vannes: A Beautiful Town in Brittany

Vannes: A Picturesque, Walled Medieval Town in Brittany France has no shortage of beautiful small towns and villages—in fact, it’s really quite hard to find an ordinary or ugly one. Often, the main local road goes through the middle of … Continue reading

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Vannes: Tribute to Georges Wolinski

Vannes, June 2016: Hommage a Georges Wolinski (Tribute to Georges Wolinski) (1934-2015), Journalist, Author, Press designer, assassinated 7 January, 2015 at age 80. At 11:30am that day, two gunmen with assault rifles and other weapons forced their way into the … Continue reading

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Laennec and the Stethoscope

This is for my daughter, who is a nurse. The stethoscope is probably the most recognisable of all pieces of medical equipment, and even young children identify it as representing a doctor or a nurse. So, when we were in … Continue reading

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Honoring Breton Seamen and Their Families

As I mentioned before, Brittany has an extremely long, indented coastline and much of their history and economy has been tied to the sea—and still is in certain places, especially with fishing and oyster farms. Pont l’Abbé is a pretty … Continue reading

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