ANTE SCRIPTUM Before we delve into the history of feudal families in Breizh, allow me to advise you of a grave error I committed in my previous post about the village Rochefort-en-Terre. In France, the television network France2 hosts a reality show each year titled Village Préféré de France [The favorite village in France], a program […]Read more "Les Seigneurs de Rochefort"
Rochefort-en-Terre is a village of about 700 inhabitants in the Morbihan department of Brittany. The village receives roughly half a million visitors each year because it is designated as a ‘Petites Cités de Caractère’ and as a ‘Villes et Villages Fleuris’ or flowering village. It also has a castle and it overlooks a river valley from an elevated […]Read more "Rochefort-en-Terre"
Our exchange home in Brittany was located in the department of Morbihan on the southern coast near the town of Vannes, as detailed in my previous post. If you continue in a westerly direction along the coast, you reach the department of Finistère forming the end of the Brittanic peninsula. Finistère means ‘end of the earth’. […]Read more "From Mor-Bihan to Penn-ar-Bed and back"
From the late 1960s through the mid-seventies I popped over from Germany to La Bretagne any number of times, either for family vacations or trips with friends, other times on study exchanges at a marine biology field station. My move to the US in the late seventies put a long break on trips to a part of France […]Read more "Returning to Brittany after 40 years!"
A very popular destination in the Plymouth area is Mount Edgcumbe House, in Cremyll, Cornwall, so on the spur of the moment, we decided to visit the ancient homestead of the Edgcumbe family. If you don’t have a car – and pardon my French, but who would want to drive in the UK ??? – […]Read more "A Cornwallian Excursion"
What a change! From Trafalgar Square to the Hoe. Who’s ever heard of The Hoe? According to Wikipedia, a hoe is either an agricultural implement, a Korean fish dish or a whore. In the city of Plymouth, the Hoe is a park on the limestone cliffs next to the Royal Citadel. The sloping ridge of the […]Read more "Plymouth and the Sea"
After a comfortable train journey down from London on Sunday afternoon, we began our exploration of Plymouth in Devon, the Devon of clotted cream fame, on Monday morning. We had already done a quick run to the supermarket and started to get to know our immediate neighborhood after our arrival. Even though our ever changing […]Read more "A Plymouth’ Monday"