Bretagne Travels

Bretagne, a natural jewel

Pointe du GrouinBretagne, a natural jewel

Bretagne (Brittany) is a region in the north-west part of France, known for its mythic forests, rural landscapes, marvellous coastline with beautiful beaches, turquoise sea, rugged cliffs…in short, a natural jewel. Breton food consists of galettes (buckwheat crêpes) and crêpes, seafood, cider, kouign amann the list can be made very long! The region also possesses a rich cultural and historic heritage, the Celtic heritage and they’ve got their own language. I will write more about that in another blogpost.

I’ve always been curious on Bretagne so together with Anna we made a short weekend trip to explore this for me unknown region. When we had arrived in the late afternoon to St Malo (approximately 4 hours drive by car from Paris) we checked in to our hotel and left as quickly as we had arrived. Sunsethunters, what else can I say? We had localized a lighthouse in the village Cancale, le phare de la Pierre-de-Herpin. While driving towards the lighthouse, we passed by Anse de Guesclin and couldn’t resist to stop. It turned out to be a great decision as we found ourselves in one of the most beautiful beaches of the Emerald coast and a small island where a privately owned fort, le Fort du Guesclin had been built on. After been capturing the beauty of this mysterious and beautiful place we continued to Cancale where we to our dissapointment found the lighthouse to be a little bit too far away in the sea, at least for our cameras. I better invest in a 70-200 mm lens very soon! However, we had arrived just in time for the blue hour and it was a magical moment watching the sunset on La Pointe du Gruein with its sublime panorama views! You could even see Mont Saint-Michel from there.

After a recommendation by a friend we had dinner at a restaurant situated in the heart of St Malo, La Duchesse Anne. Reputated for their fish and seafood I had been looking forward to dinner there. We both enjoyed their french cuisine, I had local St Jacques (scallops) as main dish and a Tarte Tatin served with crème fraîche as dessert. Delicious and very tasty! As my friend has said, IF there is one restaurant you will have to visit while in St Malo, it is La Duchesse Anne! I totally share her advice.

In the morning we skipped the hotel breakfast and stopped by a local boulangerie in St Malo and installed ourseleves at Le Café du Coin, a quirky and eccentric café with a collection of dolls, I believe there were several thousands of them there..even in the ceiling! The café/bistro dates back to 1820 and is also in the European Union’s list of cultural heritage sites. Definately worth a visit, even if it’s only for having a look on their dolls ;-) A unique experience, you will travel back in time, I guarantee you. And yes, it’s absolutely fine to bring something to eat as they do not serve anything else than beverages ;-)

Next stop for us was Ploumanac’h located in Côte de Granite Rose (the Pink Granite Coast), 2 hours drive from St Malo. A lighthouse built on pink granite rocks, surrounded by emerald coloured sea and violent waves, that itself makes it worth the long drive. It was very windy that day, and my tripod was useless, quite impossible to use it if I didn’t wanted it to blow away together with my camera…however I did manage to take a few photos while I was covered inbetween the giant rocks. In the afternoon we drove back to St Malo for a late lunch, we had galette and crêpe on our radar. That is what Bretagne is famous for. Crêperies can be found almost on every 10 metre in St Malo, so it makes it difficult to know what place serves the better ones? Luckily we passed by the Tea Salon Bergamote, which looked very welcoming with their homemade cakes in the vitrina and a menu with galettes and crêpes with local specialities as toppings. Quality tea from Mariage Frères, fresh products, kind and service minded staff, no wonder why this place is popular. It got crowded pretty fast, we had to wait for our table, but it was worth it, the galettes, crêpes and cider we had was a real treat.

Last but not the least Etretat, we passed by Normandie (Normandy) before returning to Paris. Famous for its white cliffs and archs..it was so cloudy that we couldn’t even see the sky. But it felt good beeing close to the sea and watching the waves for a while. Below you’ll find a selection of all photos I took during my weekend in Bretagne, when I got more time I will try to add some more ;-)

Photos taken with my Fujifilm x100s

Anse du Guesclin
The sandy beach of Anse du Guesclin, probably one of the most beautiful beaches of Côte d’Emeraude (Emerald Coast)?
Anse du Guesclin
Why they named it Côte d’Emeraude? Well, just look on the emerald and turquoise coloured sea <3 Anse du Guesclin
Anse du Guesclin
Anse du Guesclin, I could just sit here for hours and just inhaling the beauty, of the nature and the sea..
Anse du Guesclin
Not far from the beach of Anse du Guesclin is an island with a privately fort named Fort du Guesclin, when it’s low tide you can walk over there.
Anse du Guesclin
Anse du Guesclin
Pointe du Grouin
La Pointe du Grouin
Pointe du Grouin
La Pointe du Grouin
La Duchesse Anne in St Malo
La Duchesse Anne in St Malo
La Duchesse Anne in St Malo
La Duchesse Anne in St Malo
La Duchesse Anne in St Malo
La Duchesse Anne in St Malo
La Duchesse Anne in St Malo
I had delicious local St Jacques (scallops) at the restaurant La Duchesse Anne in St Malo. When in Bretagne (Brittany) you better try their local specialities!
La Duchesse Anne in St Malo
Look at this crème fraîche! The real stuff!
Tarte Tatin in St Malo
A perfect Tarte Tatin with some créme fraîche, served at the restaurant La Duchesse  Anne in St Malo

Café du Coin St MaloWarming hot chocolate and the typical Breton cake, kouign amann, from a local boulangerie
Café du Coin St Malo
Le Café du Coin with its collection of dolls
Côte granit rose phareThe Ploumanac’h lighthouse, in French le Phare de Ploumanac’h, and the official name Phare de Mean Ruz. Well, what can I say, a lighthouse Côte granit rose phare built on beautiful pink granite rocks deserves several names ;-)
Côte granit roseCôte granit rose, looks so tempting
Côte granit rose
Côte granit rose
Bergamote in St Malo
The Tea Salon Bergamote, located near the Cathedral Saint-Vincent in St Malo, with its delicious homemade cakes in their vitrina
Bergamote in St Malo
A galette (buckwheat crêpe) with local St Jacques (scallops) as topping…very tasty!
Bergamote in St Malo
Had a crêpe with homemade caramel au beurre salé at the Tea Salon Bergamote in St Malo. Very miam miam. An address to put in your notebook if you are looking for a good place in St Malo to have galettes and crêpes!
Bretagne, a natural jewel
Sunset in St Malo. Just magical. Sometimes the sea can be so wild that the waves reaches the walls..have a look on this video taken with a drone last year and you will see.
Bretagne, a natural jewel
Sunset in St Malo
Etretat sunrise
On our third day we visited Etretat with one of it’s famous and extraordinary arch
Etretat
Etretat. It was pretty cloudy, but still the beauty of this coastl line touched me very much. And the waves…pebble stones…pure music for the soul.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Parisbreakfast
    03 March 2016 at 6:41

    OMG I want to go!!! Food looks outrageous!

  • Reply
    Christine
    03 March 2016 at 10:42

    Gorgeous photos Solli! I’ve only been to St Malo once, but would love to return. If I do, I will reserve a table at La Duchesse Anne!

  • Reply
    Mahee Ferlini
    09 March 2016 at 21:42

    Gorgeous photos! I love St Malo!

    • Reply
      Solli Kanani
      09 March 2016 at 23:52

      Mahee- thanks! I fell in Love with St Malo and hope to go there soon again!

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