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Some landmarks to see in Brittany

 

Brittany (in French la Bretagne) is a region in the north-west of France. Covering the western part of Armorica, as it was known during the period of Roman occupation, Brittany  then became an independent kingdom before being united with the Kingdom of France in 1532. It has retained a strong cultural identity ever since.

There are many interesting things to see in this beautiful region. First I will begin with the city I am living in: Brest. Brest is located in the north-western end of Brittany near the sea, not far from the English Channel.

Brest is best known for its Pont de Recouvrance (Recouvrance Bridge which is a massive drawbridge) and the rue de Siam (Siam Street) is the main arterial street of the city and where many stores and cafés are. They are both difficult to miss.

The castle and the Tanguy tower are the city’s oldest monuments. Nowadays, they both became museums: the Musée National de la Marine and the Musée de la Tour Tanguy respectively. Both deserve to be visited.

While in Brest, do not forget to go to Océanopolis aquarium to observe marine life coming from polar, temperate and tropical regions. There are a lot of interactive areas that young children can enjoy. It is the perfect place to visit on a rainy day.

As for the food, I would recommend going to a créperie. I think the best one in Brest is La Créperie du Roi Gradlon. You can eat crepes both sugary and salty and they have a large choice for the toppings. The price is not that high to eat local cuisine. The menu is also child-friendly so it is a good choice to eat as a family.

Huelgoat Forest is located halfway between Morlaix and Carhaix. The forest covers 10 square kilometres and can be accessed from Huelgoat village. Its enchanting atmosphere comes from its caves, moss-covered boulders and strange rock formations, such as “the mushroom” and “the trembling rock” . It is also steeped in Arthurian legend. You can explore Arthur’s camp, or visit Arthur’s cave which is said to be the final resting place of the legendary King. You can explore the forest either by following the marked trails, or by going on your own.

The town of Carnac is home to around 2000 standing stones which stretch for over 4 kilometres to the north of the village. The Carnac Stones (or alignments, as they are known) make up the most important prehistoric site in Europe. They even pre-date the Pyramids, Stonehenge and the great Egyptian temples of the same name at Karnak. Over the centuries, the sea has withdrawn, leaving the Carnac Stones a few kilometres inland, which means you can combine a visit to the stone alignments with a stay in the seaside resort of Carnac Plage.

 

There are a lot of other places worth visiting in Brittany but this article would be very long if I enumerate each of them. When you are in Brittany, take some time to immerse yourself in the Breton atmosphere and enjoy your discovery of the local culture and customs.

 

Kenavo!

 

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