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Wow, Talk About Talent!

Friday, 21 Jul 2017 | Views [500] | Comments [1]

When we decided to enjoy breakfast by the water, we had no idea that we were also in for a special treat. The quai had been set up with tents, about twenty of them, for artisans to display their works of art. Turns out that this was a "By Invitation ... Read more >

If It Was Good Enough For Ben Franklin, It's Good Enough For Me!

Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 | Views [578] | Comments [1]

We visited St. Goustan today. One of its claims to fame is that Ben Franklin landed there during a bad storm. He was on his way to Nantes but the weather was so awful, the ship had to put in at St. Goustan instead. He landed in December of 1776 ... Read more >

The Chateau That WAS!

Wednesday, 19 Jul 2017 | Views [474]

Once upon a time there was a beautiful and grand chateau built on a huge rock outcrop and it was called Rochefort-en-Terre. Construction was actually begun in the 12th century, but history was unkind to the Chateau and it fell into disrepair as a ... Read more >

Facts are Facts, So, Let's Get This Straight!

Tuesday, 18 Jul 2017 | Views [564]

So, I learned something really important today! Well, maybe not that important if you consider certain things... Anyway, I was thrilled that we were going to visit another "Plus Beau Village" today. Although, I've never sat down and actually counted ... Read more >

Vannes: The Beautifully Timbered Old City and Roman Ruins

Monday, 17 Jul 2017 | Views [646] | Comments [2]

Entering the old town of Vannes through the Roman built gate into the city, is like stepping in to a time warp. The walls built by the Romans and the ramparts give testament to their phenomenal building skills so many hundreds and hundreds of years ago.... Read more >

American Tourist Takes Part in Annual French Festival in Vannes

Sunday, 16 Jul 2017 | Views [530] | Comments [1]

Vannes in Fete - 2017. Ed decided to rest for a few minutes before we moved on to the next event in our busy day. Unbeknownst to him, a group of actors were setting up for one of the Street Theater shows. I had taken the camera to shoot something that ... Read more >

Vannes en Fete

Saturday, 15 Jul 2017 | Views [588] | Comments [1]

Vannes has a long and rich history dating back to Roman conquest and in the oldest part of town, part of the wall that the Romans constructed is in remarkably good condition.  After Rome fell, Vannes changed hands many times. Even being controlled ... Read more >

Arrival in Locoal-Mendon

Friday, 14 Jul 2017 | Views [648]

After an over night in Clermont-Ferrand, home of Michelin Tires, we arrived in Bretagne - in a tiny little town called Locoal-Mendon (if you blink, you'll miss it.) But, it is very close to several more well known places like Carnac, Vannes, and Auray.... Read more >

La Grave Plus Beau Village in Alps

Friday, 14 Jul 2017 | Views [520] | Comments [1]

But, every cloud has a silver lining. As many of you know, a French Cultural Committee has selected 100 cities or villages as the most beautiful in France. Over the years we have visited many of them and every summer we try to visit at least one. Some ... Read more >

Snow in the Alps/ 98 on the road

Thursday, 13 Jul 2017 | Views [747] | Comments [1]

Unfortunately, our stay in Italy didn't work out quite the way we thought it would! We had planned a romantic weekend in Florence at a charming little resort to celebrate our anniversary (We found it when when we visited Florence for the first time .... Read more >


Sunday, 9 Jul 2017 | Views [558] | Comments [1]

Vernazza is considered by many to be the most picturesque of  the Cinque Terrs villages. For this reason, we decided to have lunch here. No surprise that hundreds and hundreds of other people had decided to do the same!  ... Read more >

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Sand Art Taken to a New Level

Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 | Views [233]

Last time we were here, I would find different drawings on the beach each morning, tide allowing, near the Yacht Club. Last week I spotted another one. However, the tide had started to come in and it had partially washed away the day's design. Then ... Read more >

"Stairway to Heaven"

Wednesday, 27 Jul 2016 | Views [271]

One of the most popular sites to visit in Lannion is a unique church built at the top of one of those steep hills that the old city is built on. Today we decided to visit it. The church sits majestically at the top of 144 steps. There is no road to ... Read more >

A Long and Rich History

Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016 | Views [258] | Comments [1]

The closest big town to us is Lannion and like most of the places around here, it is quite rich in HISTORY! Traces of early man have been found dating back to 10,000 B.C. During the Middle Ages, the British even controlled it for a period of time. Located ... Read more >

Awarding the Best “Baguette” Prize

Monday, 25 Jul 2016 | Views [212] | Comments [1]

We have decided, after sampling at least 30 different boulangeries since we have been in France, to present our “Award of Excellence” to our local bakery. First, they ask you how you like your baguette cooked. Then, they choose one they ... Read more >

Love Affair With the Sun

Sunday, 24 Jul 2016 | Views [235]

The whole country has warmed up, so much so that many of the departments have been placed in a canacule alert. This means that the temperature won't drop enough at night to cool off an area and offer relief. So, people are being warned to drink plenty ... Read more >

The Valley of Traouiero or “Oh My Gosh, I Can't Believe We Are Climbing in Here!”

Saturday, 23 Jul 2016 | Views [411]

It is another cloudless, sunny and warm day today. So, Ed had the idea to hike in the Valley of Traouiero because the entire valley is in deep shade provided by huge boulders and an abundance of different fauna and trees. The trail starts out relatively ... Read more >

Fun and Games

Friday, 22 Jul 2016 | Views [170]

On the promenade, next to the beach, there are games set up for kids and adults to play. And we waited our turn and had a go of rolling a metal ball through a maze to the center of the bulls-eye. The key, of course, is patience, so Ed and I were able ... Read more >

A Tough Crowd

Thursday, 21 Jul 2016 | Views [244]

Considering that the water temperature is a cool 61 degrees (on a good day), these people are tough! When we first arrived, most people in the water, especially the surfers, were wearing wet suits. The air temperature is a delightful 72-73. Of course, ... Read more >

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