Brittany

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From craggy islands to isolated menhirs and chapels tucked among the boulders, the Cadogan Guide to Brittany leads you into this distinctive region's calmest corners and out to its wildest limits. It uncovers great cities -- corsair St-Malo, timberframe Rennes, pottery-filled Quimper and slave-trading Nantes -- and gritty granite villages; and meanders round the endlessly dramatic Breton coast, finding sandy family resorts, wilder stretches of windswept beach, and exhilarating coastal paths. The author, himself ...
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Overview

From craggy islands to isolated menhirs and chapels tucked among the boulders, the Cadogan Guide to Brittany leads you into this distinctive region's calmest corners and out to its wildest limits. It uncovers great cities -- corsair St-Malo, timberframe Rennes, pottery-filled Quimper and slave-trading Nantes -- and gritty granite villages; and meanders round the endlessly dramatic Breton coast, finding sandy family resorts, wilder stretches of windswept beach, and exhilarating coastal paths. The author, himself half-Breton, entertains you on your travels with tales of dragon-slaying saints, daring explorers, wicked women, drowned cities and the home-life of mussels and oysters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566567657
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 964,436
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introducing
01 Brittany: a photo essay 01
02 Introduction 29
Choosing Where to Go 30
A Guide to the Guide 32
03 History, Art and Architecture 35
04 Topics 55
Strong Bonds Across the Breton Seas 56
Nutty Theories on the Neolithic 58
Stone Boats and Slain Dragons--the Breton Saints 59
The Web of Breton Arthurian Legend 62
The First Croissant in Sumatra 64
A Dying Language in Black Dog Shit 66
A Footnote on Asterix 70
05 Food and Drink 71
Guide
06 Travel 83
Getting There 84
Entry Formalities 86
Getting Around 86
Specialist Tour Operators/Self-catering in Brittany 88
07 Practical A-Z 93
08 Ille-et-Vilaine 101
The Northern Marches of Brittany 103
Rennes 115
The Purple Vilaine Valley: Rennes to Redon 124
The Foret de Paimpont, or Merlin's Forest of Broceliande 128
Romantic Chateaux and Artistic Villages North of Rennes 133
Mont-St-Michel 141
The Bay of Mont-St-Michel 148
St-Malo and the Clos Poulet 157
Dinard and the Coast to St-Briac-sur-Mer 177
09 Cotes d'Armor 183
Dinan and Around 186
The Cote d'Emeraude from Lancieux to Cap d'Erquy 195
The Bay of St-Brieuc from Erquy to St-Brieuc 203
The Ring of Historic Penthievre Towns Around St-Brieuc 207
Into Southwestern Cotes d'Armor 213
From St-Brieuc to St-Quay-Portrieux 218
The Northern Goelo Coast from Plouha to Paimpol 223
Ile de Brehat 228
From Pontrieux into Inland Tregor 230
The Presqu'ile Sauvage and Treguier 235
The Cote de Granit Rose 240
Tregastel to Plestin-les-Greves 246
10 Finistere 257
The Tregor Finisterien: Locquirec to Morlaix 260
To Morlaix and Around 263
Haut-Leon via Roscoff 267
The Pays des Abers 276
The Pays d'Iroise 282
The Islands of Molene and Ushant 285
Brest 290
Elorn Calvaries and Enclos Paroissiaux 298
Into the Monts d'Arree 306
Up the Aulne Valley 312
The Crozon Peninsula 316
The Eastern Bay of Douarnenez 323
Quimper 332
The Cap Sizun and the Island of Sein 339
The Pays Bigouden 346
From Benodet to Concarneau: The Pays Fouesnantais 358
Concarneau to Le Pouldu via Pont-Aven 363
11 Morbihan 371
Lorient and Around 374
The Island of Groix 380
From Lorient up the Scorff to Northwestern Morbihan 384
Inland from Lorient up the Blavet to Pontivy 387
The Etel Estuary and the Quiberon Peninsula 393
Belle-Ile 399
Mega Megalith Country: Erdeven via Carnac 406
The Western Golfe du Morbihan from Auray to Vannes 417
Vannes 424
The Eastern and Southern Golfe du Morbihan 431
Around the Vilaine Estuary 435
Central Morbihan Around Josselin 438
From Josselin down the Oust to Redon 441
12 Loire Atlantique 447
Northern Loire Atlantique 450
The Coast from La Vilaine to La Baule 452
The Briere, St-Nazaire and the Loire Estuary 459
Nantes 465
East from Nantes 479
To the Southern Loire Atlantique Coast 486
Reference
Language 489
Glossary 493
Further Reading 495
Index 497
Maps
Chapter Divisions 31
Ille-et-Vilaine 102
Rennes 116
St-Malo 158
Cotes d'Armor 184
The Cote d'Emeraude 196
Finistere 258
Northern Finistere 260
Brest Environs 292
Central Brest 294
Central Finistere 308
Quimper 336
Southern Finistere 348
Morbihan 372
The Quiberon Peninsula and the Golfe du Morbihan 394
Vannes 427
Loire Atlantique 448
The North Loire Atlantique Coast 452
Nantes 466
East from Nantes 479
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