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Old July 30th, 2006, 05:04 AM   #1
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South Brittany ( France )

I'm just coming back from a trip in South Brittany ( Morbihan and Loire Atlantique ) and here are some photos.



Vannes (Gwened in Breton ) is not as austere as it's rumored to be in France:



Near Vannes is Carnac ( Karnag ) known for ... some stones. I tried my best to find it fantastic:



Saint Cado ( Sant Kado ) is a charming little island. Its emblematic scenery is this oyster fisher house:



The island:



A Breton calvary:



The Rivière d'Etel:



Saint Cado is also a port with typical Breton houses:



Etel is the biggest town of the Rivière d'Etel gulf ( seen from the Barre d'Etel ):



Erdeven is a classic inland Breton village:



Quimper ( Kemper = Confluence in English ) is the terrestrial prefecture of Finistère ( Penn-ar-Bed ) and one of the few big cities of Britanny that didn't suffer from WWII bombings. It's known for its beautiful medieval center town and its bourgeois charm. You can see some Breton heraldry.











Quimper's walls:



St Corentin's Cathedral ( a spire being repaired : surprising isn't it ? ):





Quimper's roofs:





The Odet quays :



Concarneau ( Konk Kerne ~ Cornwall Port in English ) is a nice city with a fort surprisingly (...) arranged by Vauban:



Inside the fort lies ... a tourist trap, typical pan-flutists included:





The Fort:





Concarneau's seafront:



Coming back to Morbihan, here is Auray ( An Alre ) situated next to the Morbihan Gulf and which used to be Brittany's third port:



Auray's port : Saint Goustan.







Port Louis ( Porzh-Loeiz, named after Louis XIII ) is Lorient's seaside resort :



Victor Hugo used to think that Vauban's creations did spoil Nature's beauties. Fortunately, this fort is not by Vauban.







Port Louis' beaches, inside the fort:



Port Louis' streets :





Lorient ( An Oriant ) is just in front of Port Louis : this is the submarine basement:



Loire Atlantique ( Liger Atlantel ) is historically part of Brittany but was administratively separated from the region that is now known as Brittany by Pétain.

Guérande ( Gwen rann = White land ) is famous for its salt:



Salt marshes with Batz-sur-mer ( Bourc'h-Baz ) in the background:



Sea in Le Croisic ( Ar Groazig = Little Cross ):



A German gift to France:



Crossing the Loire estuary and going South:





Brittany's last Atlantic seaside reasort : Pornic ( Pornizh ):



Leaving Brittany and entering Bas-Poitou with the infamous Passage du Gois to join Noirmoutier ( gotta wait ):

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Old July 30th, 2006, 06:34 PM   #2
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What is the population of this town?I guess there are both rivers and sea around the town
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Old July 30th, 2006, 06:38 PM   #3
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I like it, Quimper especially looks good, i've never been to this part of France.
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Old July 30th, 2006, 06:43 PM   #4
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A part of France that I know very little about, only went a few times when I was small, anyways, nice photos!
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Old August 4th, 2006, 02:25 PM   #5
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Nice pics from Brittany I've been in St Malo and Dinant, nice cities!
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