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

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Next morning we managed to cross a bridge (the new one not finished yet) circumvent various diversions and make our way downhill to the coast to the west of Brest proper, near the naval base. You can cycle along a cycling/walking road, which is boring enough and then you get to a view of a lovely lighthouse.

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You then climb and plunge down again to a small seaside place where I took this shot which impresses me at any rate.

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Then back up to the main road west. Is it worth going down to the coast to see what you can see. Not sure, as it's a lot of work.
Anyway we keep west on the D789 until we see the sign for Pointe St. Mathieu. An impressive place this and it was my third time there.

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A lighthouse, ruined church , etc., but fine sea views with rocks , etc. Lovely spot. Jeboil was again boiled. Then onto our noble horses and onwards to the lovely little, well bigger than little fishing village of Le Conquet.

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You can get a boat from this to Ile de Ouessant. I've not done it yet. Apparently every man of military age on this island fled to Britain when the Germans took France and they all joined the Free French, British Army , etc. We then cycled north through some nice scenery to Ploumoguer where we had great pizzas in La Maison de Jadis.
From there to the coast and along it as much as we could until we took a shortcut through Landunvez and thence to Portsall.

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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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