Friday, 23 March 2012

bretagne, day 2.... after a long delay

I have an important essay outline due today for my cours magistral so what better time to post a million photos! I never seemed to get around to putting up the rest of my pictures from my weekend in Bretagne in February - now, a month later, here we go. 

On the second day we went straight to a market in the morning to pick up some fresh seafood for dinner and of course, the legendary Kouign Amann with a buttery reputation. How can you go wrong with caramelized salted butter? It definitely lived up to its promise when we enjoyed it after dinner. 
There was lots of fresh seafood and long lines of people picking up their dinner. Happily for us, the boys waited in line, so we could shop around at all the stalls.
There were a whole bunch of stalls selling all types of baskets/woven bags (from Madagascar, actually). Rose and I hung out with this guy for a long time while we made very important decisions regarding colour, size and agreed on a price. 
This place sold awesome (and expensive) bags made out of old sail material. Like Bretange's version of the Freitag bag! My favourite though, were the bags made out of nautical maps.
We continued on to check out the Carnac stones - a massive collection of rocks (more than 3,000 in total), in different arrangements in fields near the town of Carnac. These pictures are from the Kermario alignment, which has 10 columns of over 1000 stones. Pretty amazing! The stones aren't as large as the ones at Stonehenge, for the most part, but the sheer number and size of the arrangements are very impressive. Strange to think of the people that worked to bring them here over 5000 years ago...
In the afternoon we went back to the house for some lunch and tried this beer that we'd picked up along the way. It was made with local sea water. It was an interesting taste and not insanely salty, but not my favourite. 
In the afternoon we went out for a walk through the town and to visit the village of Aubray connected by  a bridge over the inlet. We went back later in the evening to visit a pub when the tide was out and the little boats you can see below were sitting on mud flats. It looked like a different place altogether.
I want that mailbox above when I grow up. Below is the beautiful home we stayed in for the weekend. Thanks so much to Thomas and Camille for hosting and guiding and cooking and driving for us! Couldn't have asked for a better weekend :)

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