|Subject: Re: Brittany recommendations|
I found my notes from Oct, '96 and will give you the info. I have that we thought would be worth repeat visits: (I apologize for the lack of useful information, but this was way before my joining TheTravelzine.)
Les Sables d'Or les Pins (resort community) Inn was called: Manoir St. Michel - (I think) It's a lovely stone structure and we had a very comfortable room w/bath. Dinner that night in a very French restaurant - no tourists other than French called La Voille d'Or - excellent seafood platter. It's in a hotel - but there wasn't too much in town. (Get directions from the Inn)
A must see in the small hamlet of Kermaria is a 12th C Chapel --- you can get the key from the caretaker at the house to the left of the Chapel) It houses the famous fresco called the dance of the dead -- We gave the caretaker a few FF and she turned on the lights so we could get a better look!
In Audierne we stayed at the Le Goyen (Relais &Chateau - off-season) -- tel: 98-70-08-88. (may need county code in front of tel number) Adequate, not their best -- food was quite good, though.
The following day we drove to the Pt du Raz to see the famous lighthouse with the relentless, tumultuous, sea swirling around it. It's an amazing place.
We loved Pont-Aven even if all of the Gauguin's paintings are in Paris and elsewhere. The village in charming and the Trempalo Chapel outside of town is special You can either drive there or walk (through the Bois d'Amour) from Pont-Aven. Gauguin was inspired to paint his Yellow Christ while studying the Crucifix here)
Quimper has a wonderful folk museum and, of course, the Cathedral which was started in 1240 is fabulous -- the Nave is a bit askew but it took 300 yrs to build!
Another outstanding spot is Carnac where there are many, many alignments and dolmans. We stayed at the B&B called L'Alcyone - tel 97-52-78-11 - fax - 97-52-13-02. Dinner was wonderful at the L'Azimut in La Trinite-sur-Mer - tel: 02-97-55-71-88 this was one of the best restaurants we ate in in Brittany!!!
>From Carnac we took the early ferry to Belle Ile en Mer (get tickets ahead of time and if you go, take your car.) It is expensive to do this, but if you want a car, to rent one on this small island is even more expensive. You can rent bikes on the island, though. Sarah Bernhart spent summers here and Monet painted here. There are approximately 100-plus miles of hiking paths along the perimeter and elsewhere. It's truly beautiful - especially in the fall when the tourists have departed. The beaches are fantastic, too! We stayed at a terrific B&B in Port Halen near Le Palais and the Port. It's called Les Amis d'Annick and it's charming - especially the kitchen where you will have your breakfast.
In Rennes we stayed at an inexpensive businessmen's hotel - adequate - when arriving very, very late. We did eat at a terrific restaurant - bistro --- called: Le Coq en Pate - Rue dy Chapitra - tel: 02 99 79 45 68.
Al, all of the tourist places are in your travel books (Mont St Michel should be seen as early as possible as it's crowded all the time!!!) The Cloister is magnificent!
Regards, Susie Newton, MA