Brittany, Breizh, Bretagne, An Bhriotáin, whatever! Roscoff, Quimper, Brest, Roscoff

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Had to avoid a couple of unsurfaced roads I'd mapped, but no bother. Hunger intervened but no cafe. No problem. I produced my Jetboil stove and we had coffee in three minutes with some of Mary's sublime fruitcake. My wife makes the best fruitcake you can imagine. The secret ingredient is Paddy Whiskey. Fortified with this nectar we proceeded to Plonevez-Porzay where we spotted a restaurant bar in a side street.


Plat du Jour. Taboule (Bulgar wheat), followed by meatballs and pasta, followed by ice-cream and coffee. Grand stuff. Back on the bikes, through the outskirts of Douarnenez


and took the D765 (having changed my mind when I saw we'd have to descend again if I took my planned route) but cut back cross country to Poullan-s-Mer


to get on the planned route. This was hard cycling as we were into a stiff breeze all the way out to Pointe du Van. From there to Baie des Trepasses where to hotel was closed (would've stayed there had it been open) and thence to see Pointe du Raz (pronounced Rah). This is a good view.



Then on bikes to Audierne.


There we went along quays to the beach and stayed in the Hotel Roi du Gradlon. Great restaurant. Superb high quality food and two bottles of Cotes du Rhone (naughty us!). Another hard day of about 78 miles and 3000 Ft. But tomorrow was to be easy.

Along the road to Plouhinec, then the coast


until we couldn't then inland via Pont l'Abbe. The day was dull but it did not rain. Had lunch in a lovely old pub in Pont l'Abbe


and thence to S.Martine with two small diversions on quiet roads to the South, for added interest. S.Martine is directly opposite Benodet and the view from the pier there is marvellous, looking across at Benodet and upriver at the big high bridge which spans the mouth of the Odet.




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10 comments on “Brittany, Breizh, Bretagne, An Bhriotáin, whatever! Roscoff, Quimper, Brest, Roscoff”

  1. Hilary wrote:

    Wonderful pics as always Garry.
    I've got unfinished business with that part of Brittany – that was the trip that was abandoned when Dennis' moped packed up. Moral – don't go cycle touring with someone on a moped!

    Jetboil (my latest stove, I have about 10) was really good.

    LOL Its my latest of about 10 too! Glad to hear it performed well, I've hardly used mine, I must dig it out altho a shiny blue bike with matching shiny blue stove could be a bit much even for me! 🙂

  2. Garry wrote:

    Mine is royal blue as well. My friend Mike Harris, who is set in his ways thinks that a bike should be red or black, not blue. Several of us have at least one blue bike and we poke endless fun at him over it. The blue stove would be the stove de grace!

  3. Mary wrote:

    What a fabulous tour Garry. I would LOVE to tour Brittany/France, every account of it, I have read/heard about has been positive.

    As usual your pictures taken along your ride are calendar quality! Love the green three wheeler car or is it a trike? I can fully empathise with your poor sleeping, I can never sleep when I am away from home either, the slightest sound wakens me.

  4. Garry Lee wrote:

    It's a three wheeler car. Brittany is not all beautful but in a way that's an advantage as you don't get scenery fatigue as you do in places that are all beautiful. The coast east of Roscoff as far as Paimpol is sensational. It has this marvellous pink granite. The first time you see it it'll amaze you, but I've seen it about 7 times. If you do a bit of research there are some lovely little towns inland, like Moncontour which we visited on our first ever Breton tour. St.Malo is fabulous, as are Dinan and Dinard, but I've not visited the latter two. Another fab place is the Phare du Paon on the Ile de Brehat. A Frenchman told me about it. I've seen it three times. Another lovely tour to do is a tour of the Parish Closes, of which Guimiliau and Lampaul-Guimiliau are the most famous, but there are loads of them. These are churches with churchyards and ossuaries.

  5. Kern wrote:

    Two great bottles of Alsatian Resiling, two good bottles of Cotes du Rhones, Mary's fruitcake and who knows what other treats in between – it has all the makings of a great tour. The weather at the start looks decidely Irish, i.e. "soft" :).

    How are the hills in Brittany? We're fishing around for a tour location for next year. I should get a map.

  6. Garry Lee wrote:

    It's very hilly but the hills aren't that steep. Very much rolling. Was in my lowest gear just once on a switchback. But you can see that the hills mounted up most days. It's not as pretty as Ireland or Scotland generally but has some fab places. There are also some dull boring bits.

  7. Mary wrote:

    "There are also some dull boring bits."

    All made the better for all that fab French food and wine though....

    I always thought Brittany was a bit like Norfolk and Suffolk in the UK as a hillyness comparison, it is a bit hillier then?

  8. Garry Lee wrote:

    Yes, it's pretty hilly. Not as hilly as the Peak District or the Yorkshire Dales but distinctly lacking in flat. You would need a triple there.

  9. Chris wrote:

    Lovely pictures as always, Garry. How incongruous is that Pirates of the Caribbean pin ball machine?

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