There are so many amazing day trips in the vicinity of Brest. We don’t envision ourselves living in Brittany forever, so we are making the most of our time here to explore locally. I recently read a detective novel set in Brittany and learned that Pont-Aven, inspiration to painters such as Paul Gauguin and Émile Bernard, lies only an hour south of our home. These painters selected Pont-Aven as a way to escape the cities, in an area that was naturally beautiful yet without hordes of tourists.
Well, Pont-Aven remains beautiful, but droves of tourists come there on a summer weekend. No matter, we had a lovely day. The Aven is a river that flows through the town and once powered about a dozen mills.
We stopped for lunch and had some delicious escargots from Bourgogne. As with lobster, I’m still not sure whether it’s the snails or the hot melted butter that I find so delicious.
We happened to catch a festival while we were there. Dancers and musicians dressed in traditional Breton attire. We followed these young ladies through town to the festival site. They were lovely, stopping and smiling for a photo with anyone who asked.
Of course, the traditional dress doesn’t separate them entirely from the modern age. You can’t tell from this picture, but right now all three are on their phones.
We continued to stroll through town and enjoyed the beautiful setting.
We came upon these bagpipers, apparently exhausted after their performance.
We rounded out the day with a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. I mean, we were hungry after all that walking. V and I are like a couple of toddlers, as it turns out, and you can never get a great photo of the both of us at the same time. This was the best of the bunch with both of us looking average, I’d say.
Overall we had a lovely visit to Pont-Aven and would gladly take overnight guests there! (Cough, cough…)