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February 21, 2019

Germany: Fussen


A surviving picture of Neuschwanstein

Fussen Germany is the tourist base for exploring two of Mad King Ludwig’s castles, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. The castles, particularly the fanciful Neuschwanstein said to have been an inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, have been featured in numerous international travel shows. And it shows. When we visited in September, the later part of the tourist season, the area was full of tourists. (more…)

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February 18, 2019

Germany: Lindau (Bodensee)

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Lindau Germany

Due to circumstances not entirely within our control, 2018 turned out to be for us a year for European road journeys. In September we hit the highways for our fourth and final road long trip of the year. From our base in Saint Jean de Losne France we headed east. Our first stop was Lindau. (more…)

February 15, 2019

France: Rennes

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Art in Rennes

The capital of the modern region of Brittany, the city of Rennes is located about four hours by car to the west of Paris. It’s an historic place. The commune’s history goes back more than 2,000 years. (more…)

February 13, 2019

France: Cancale, Oysters and Tides

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Oysters being harvested in Cancale France.

Cancale is famous for its oysters. Indeed it’s a good bet that most of the many visitors to this commune of 5,300 people in northeastern Brittany have come primarily to consume shellfish. There may well be other good reasons to visit Cancale but they are easily lost to the attraction of the seafood. (more…)

February 12, 2019

France: Dinan

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Viaduct de Lanvallay crosses over the Rance.

Dinan is a walled town in the northeastern corner of Brittany France. The commune sits on the banks of the Rance River. Roughly 15 miles to the north near St. Malo is the river’s mouth. (more…)

February 11, 2019

France: Crêpes and Galettes in Brittany

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A crêpe with lemon, butter, and sugar

Crêpes, made with wheat flour and sugar, and their savory cousins Breton galettes, made with buckwheat flour, are commonly available throughout France. Galettes with a salade verte on the side and a bottle of cidre doux is often our go to meal when we want something comforting and easy in France. They are usually readily available and fast, at least on the French scale of quick meals. (more…)

France: Brittany, Cap Fréhel and Fort la Latte


 

Cap Fréhel’s current lighthouse, the third built in the area

Cap Fréhel is located on the rugged northern coast of Brittany. The Breton coastline is famous for its 148 lighthouses, 80 of which are still in operation. Cap Fréhel has had three. (more…)

February 10, 2019

France: Brittany, Josselin


Château de Josselin

Mostly we coast hopped as we toured Brittany in August of 2018. Brittany has a long shoreline, more than a 1000 miles in length. It’s quite easy to just visit the region’s idyllic seaside communes. But as we learned exploring Brittany’s interior is a worthy goal too. (more…)

February 7, 2019

France: Brittany, Abbaye de Beauport


Inside the ruins of the church at Abbaye de Beauport

A short drive from the port town of Paimpol in France’s Côtes-d’Armor department is the Abbaye de Beauport. Construction of the abbey at this spot began near the turn of the 13th Century, more than 800 years ago. (more…)

February 6, 2019

France: Roscoff and Paimpol

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When the tide in Roscoff is in it covers the walkway to the nearby lighthouse.

Before I arrived in Brittany I had a picture in my head of a quintessential Brittany village. In my mind the streets would be lined with gray stone cottages accented by flower boxes. Conscious or otherwise, finding a place that matched my mental picture became a quest. But the mental picture was proving to be a hard goal. Though we had seen many attractive places in Brittany they weren’t quite as I had imagined. It is a reality of travel: You never find exactly what you are expecting. And that’s a good thing. (more…)

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