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Since the beginning of mankind, the sky has been the first tool used to gain knowledge, and Albert Einstein is said to have referred to astrology as the mother of science. Just as Chinese astrology can differ from ‘ours’ – that is, the astrology we are familiar with in Europe, with the 12 signs of the zodiac, which in fact comes from Egypt – Celtic astrology is also distinct. It starts from the idea that each person’s life broadly follows a sort of storyline which is set out in their solar birth story or ‘myth’, itself associated with one of the 36 constellations of Celtic astrology. Each of the 36 signs has a myth or legend, in which a person must become immersed in order to fulfil their destiny... Knowledge, thousands of years old, first birthed by the megalith makers and later taken up by Celts, exclusively passed on through word of mouth, by the Druids and the initiated few.

15/05/2020 - Learn more...
Once you’ve arrived in Brittany, no doubt one of the first shops you will seek out is the bakery, ‘la boulangerie’. They are everywhere here, although there used to be more. Each village in the commune would have had their own bakery, so about 50 years ago there were no less than 17 in the commune of Moëlan sur Mer; nowadays I count five, three of which are in the town… and which are also patisseries, offering delicious cakes and pastries. Back in the day, many shops also operated as a ‘café’ alongside their principal activity, a practice which can still sometimes be seen today, so it is not uncommon in Brittany to come across a bistro which is also a hairdresser’s, a baker’s, a grocer’s, or a newsagent. This traditional style of village life does still endure in places, but of course is gradually disappearing. So, below are some of the tasty delights which you can find in ‘Les Gourmands Disent…’ and ‘La Boutique Gourmande’, the two boulangerie-pâtisseries on the square in Moëlan sur Mer, an area where many of our holiday rental properties are located.

03/02/2020 - Learn more...
A French three-masted boat, built in the 19th century in 1896, it is the oldest in Europe, and classed as a historic monument. It took us back in time, and into a Breton storm…

"Tonight the wind again blew hard on Brittany’s southern coastline. I was woken by the shutters banging against the walls of my studio on the second floor, so I went up to close them. When I opened the window, I breathed in a good lungful of the moist sea air as it whipped my face, the clouds raced by in the sky and I heard in the distance the lowing sound of the beacon commonly referred to as ‘the cow’, which sits at the entrance to Brigneau harbour. At that moment I felt a strong urge to find myself aboard the Bélem, where I had been two weeks before during stormy weather. The Bélem is a superb three-master, over 100 years old, a 19th century sailing ship which used to transport cocoa from Brazil. It was named after a town which sits at the mouth of the Amazon river, where it flows into the vast Atlantic Ocean. So, two weeks previously, I had been aboard this ship off the Breton coast heading for its home port, Nantes. We navigated day and night through spectacular weather, terrifying and sublime...

21/12/2019 - Learn more...
First prize for originality in the international competition for French-speaking writings about the travel and sea.

The head physician was an artist. The officer in charge of the crew was a “good fellow”, paternalistic and gruff, as is expected. And the petty officers were hard drinkers and didn’t try to hide it. And me, just a sailor. The “good fellow” called me “The Professor”. In civvy street, I was a painter and a drawing tutor. Clearly it was the title ‘Professor’ which most impressed the crew’s father figure. Not that this helped me in the least to get a rank, because after all what does one need with an artist on board a ship. But anyway, as I needed a speciality, I became a nurse. A sailor and a nurse – one could hardly dream of better at a time when France was defending its colonies in the Sahara or the Aures Mountains in Algeria. Naval forces were very rarely sent to these zones, apart from perhaps the odd marine commando, but to be one of these you have to be extremely sporty and not too “intellectual”. Sporty? Not me! Intellectual, I’m not sure, but probably not simple enough!

09/11/2019 - Learn more...
Paul Gauguin was born in Paris on 7th June 1848, and died at Atuona in the Marquesas Islands on 8th May 1903. This famous painter was at first an Impressionist, but although coming from this movement he reacted against it by moving on in his work to use large uniform areas of colour and a more abstract drawing style. He was striving for a simplification of shape, eliminating details in order to retain only the essential form, a simplification achieved through the use of bold outlines and flat colour. His paintings abound in warm colours and soft shapes, placing the same importance on the natural element as on the figurative. He also wanted, as a symbolist, to confer a spiritual meaning onto his paintings. As his creativity began to burgeon, he spent some time in Brittany in 1886 with the young Emile Bernard, a cultured young man, only 18 years old, whereas Paul Gauguin was 38. It was at this time that, along with a few others, he founded what would later be known as the Pont-Aven School, and synthetism was born.

04/10/2019 - Learn more...
Despite the continual development of technologies – radio beacons, radar, GPS – it is still lighthouses that illuminate our coastline and are the last resort for sailors when their sophisticated equipment is faulty. Let’s shine a spotlight on these structures which have dotted the French coast since the end of the 18th century.

The history of lighthouses most probably began in Antiquity, in the Mediterranean. At first they were simple wood fires set alight on clifftops in the open air, then later atop towers specially built for the purpose, such as the famous lighthouse of Alexandria on the isle of Pharos. Lighthouses evolved along with their means of lighting: charcoal replaced wood, the oil lamp replaced charcoal, and electricity replaced the oil lamp.

24/08/2019 - Learn more...
I grew up in Cornwall and whilst hordes of tourists descended on our region every summer our family would often drive down to Plymouth and get the ferry across to Roscoff in Brittany for our holidays. At first we stayed in the north, but over the years we explored quite a bit of the region. The beaches around Roscoff are gorgeous, a mix of amazingly fine white sand and rockpools to go foraging in. And Roscoff itself is more than just a ferry terminal. Venturing just to the east of Roscoff, we stayed near Perros-Guirec on the Pink Granite coast. The sandy beaches here are backed by distinctly rose-coloured rocky outcrops. We would often do a day trip to the huge Océanopolis aquarium in Brest, and further south, in the centre of Brittany, we’d go for long walks through some quite wild countryside. Then we finally got as far as the south coast… The area around Quimper and Pont-l’Abbé is quite traditional and strong in its Breton identity, and there are museums in this area dedicated to the local culture.

19/07/2019 - Learn more...
The langoustine, or Nephrops norvegicus, is a decapod crustacean, the only species in the genus Nephrops. As in French, it is sometimes known as ‘langoustine’ in English, but it will be more familiar to many in Britain as ‘scampi’. Other names for it are Norway lobster or Dublin Bay prawn, and whilst it looks like a shrimp, it is officially in the lobster family. Langoustine are found in the north-eastern Atlantic, from Iceland to southern Portugal, and in the North Sea. They are also present in the Mediterranean, particularly in the western Med. Langoustine is very popular in Brittany, and found in every seafood restaurant. The ‘capital’ of langoustine fishing is the area of Loctudy and Le Guilvinec, two neighbouring ports in Bigouden country, in the far southwest of Brittany. You can’t stay in Finistère (western Brittany) without tasting it, either in a restaurant or at home; fried, poached, grilled, flambéed, roasted or simply cooked, with a good homemade mayonnaise. Here is my recipe…

13/05/2019 - Learn more...
A megalith in the etymological sense is a large stone which has been set, on its own or with other stones, to create a manmade monument. There is nothing random about these monuments, they are positioned to face a certain direction, they use energy currents, and they are part of a larger whole on a regional, national or even continental scale. For example, if all the megaliths across Europe are seen as constellations, together they form a veritable star chart, a fact most non-initiates remain unaware of. Standing stones are found all over the world, and most were put in place between 5000 and 2000 BC, although in Western Europe their major development occurred in the third millennium BC. This was the Neolithic era, a prehistoric age when humans began to settle, construct villages, grow crops and raise animals. It was part of what we call the Stone Age, after which followed the Bronze Age and later still the Iron Age, which was the period when the Gauls arrived.

02/03/2019 - Learn more...
A great activity to enjoy on holiday in Brittany, foraging for shellfish will delight young and old alike. It is a well-known pastime among Bretons, as our rich and varied coastline offers up numerous species of shellfish, notably molluscs and crustaceans, and at low tide people of all ages can be seen milling along the shoreline and over boulders, turning over rocks and stones, foraging in the seaweed, or digging in the wet sand in search of a tasty morsel… Talk to a born and bred Breton of ‘la pêche à pied’ and a hundred childhood memories will surface, remembering exciting moments of discovery from nature’s bounty and, even when the pickings were slim, never going home empty-handed. They will tell of the pleasure of learning the techniques and the best spots from their grandfather, as well as a strong respect for nature.

20/01/2019 - Learn more...


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