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Gaia

How could the Earth, Gaia, with all her beauty and perfect conditions for us and for so many other forms of life to flourish, be anything but a living being … an angel? To come face to face with the Earth not as a conglomeration of physical facts but in the person of its Angel…
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brittany forest walks

Great Ideas For Forest Walks

If you are looking for a woodland walk, or maybe a mushroom gathering expedition, you will be spoilt for choice in Brittany’s many national forests. You can observe and be fascinated by the wildlife and the gorgeous woodland scents will be a tonic to recharge those batteries. Huelgoat Forest You will probably feel small up…
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top ten family attractions in brittany

Top Ten Family Attractions in Brittany

A land of myths and legends, Brittany is a region with a true spirit of adventure so there are plenty of attractions for active children, whether they like dinosaurs, the world under the sea, zoo animals or even far away into space. There are historical villages and a fairy-tale chateau to explore too, if the…
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explore vannes

Explore Vannes

On the south coast of Brittany, you will find Vannes. It is quite a sizeable town and is also Morbihan’s capital. When you visit Morbihan, Vannes is one of the highlights you won’t want to miss. There is a great deal to discover in this fascinating historical town, so I would recommend allowing plenty of…
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Cotes d’Armor

COTES-D’ARMOR

The Cotes d’Armor department is in northern Brittany. It is mainly visited for its stunning coastline including the coast of pink granite and many of its beaches. Alongside these are the attractive historical towns such as Dinan and Lannion which provide a fascinating insight into the long and colourful history of the region. The Cotes…
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Saint Nazaire

Saint Nazaire – The Harbour Saint Nazaire is a commune in the Loire-Atlantique department in western France. The town has a major harbour on the right bank of the Loire river estuary, which is near the Atlantic Ocean. The port has always been at the soul of Saint-Nazaires’ history , its very raison d’etre. These…
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dinard

Have You Visited Dinard?

Dinard is on the coast of north eastern Brittany just across the Rance estuary from Saint Malo. The beginning of Dinard as a fishing village were pushed aside at the end of the 19th century, when the wealthy and fashionable of that time built their luxury houses there. Dinard has an unexpectedly mild climate for…
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brest

Brest

Brest is Brittany’s second largest administrative centres and really does have a lot to offer. In 1944 Brest was heavily bombed however it was not this that was the towns most interesting feature. It has been rebuilt around a vision of the future, with incredible constructions like the Pont de l’Iroise bridge which crosses the…
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saint malo

Saint Malo

The stunning city of St Malo in Brittany curves out to the sea on a natural and beautiful harbour, that has created some of the best sandy beaches on the Emerald Coast. St Malo was built on a rock standing in a naturally defensive position at the mouth of the river Rance. The city’s roots…
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coastal walking in brittany

Coastal Walking in Brittany

Brittany’s coastline stretches to more than 1200kms. From Mont St Michel which goes just into Normandy and along to the Loire. It provides all you could possibly want in terms of sightseeing and gorgeous walks. The west and north coasts are the best areas to focus on. With the great expanse of wilderness which you…
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quimper

Quimper

Quimper is the administrative capital of the Finistere department and it is also regarded by many as the cultural heart of Brittany. The town is best known for its cathedral, the atmospheric old quarter and the wonderful museums but it is also well known for its annual festival which celebrates Breton culture. You will find…
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brittany and its heritage

Brittany and it’s Heritage

Brittany from its walled cities and glorious castles to magnificent churches, its built heritage look pretty appealing. Traditional farms and manors are liberally scattered across the beautiful countryside. The church commissioned both fine and modest buildings from major abbeys and cathedrals to the tiniest, quaintest chapels. Maritime Heritage Brittany has numerous traditional fishing ports and…
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advice on living in france

Advice on Living in France

If you want to live in France long term or even permanently, you may be eligible to apply for French permanent residence or French citizenship after five years of living in France, although this time is reduced in certain cases such as being married to or a parent of a French national. Whether you choose…
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code de granit rose

Cote De Granit Rose

The Cote de Granit Rose (pink granit coast) runs between Plestin Les Greves and Louannec in the Cotes d’Armor department of Brittany and is in fact one of the most beautiful and outstanding coastlines in Europe. This amazing thirty kilometre stretch of coast has an incredible pink colour which is edged with turquoise sea and…
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Domaine de Boutiguery

Domaine de Boutiguery

The Domain of Boutiguery is located on the left bank of the beautiful river Odet, which is in the locality of Pors-Mellou (port of mills) in the commune of Gouesnach in south Finistere. The Boutiguery estate bursts into flower every Spring, with an explosion of stunning colours, when its 400,00 Azaleas and Rhododendrons come into…
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a prehistory of brittany

A Prehistory of Brittany

Brittany or how it was known in antiquity, the Armorican peninsula, is famed for its numerous Neolithic monuments. Most of the great burial chambers here predate the Egyptian pyramids by a long time. They consisted of a dolmen or stone chamber, for the bodies, covered by a tumulus, an earth mound. As to the many…
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brehat island brittany

Brehat Island

Off the coast of Paimpol is Ile Brehat which is in fact one of Brittany’s loveliest island. It is a small island also affectionately known as the ‘Island of Flowers’. The setting of the trees and flowers against the beautiful backdrop of the pink granite of the island makes it a very attractive combination. Brehat…
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unusual places to stay in brittany

Unusual Places to Stay in Brittany

Want to try something new rather than the norm? Here is a few random ones we have picked which are a little on the unusual side but are great places to stay in wonderful Brittany. Time to unleash your wild side.   Roulotte du Patis de la Houssais In Guer, a perfect back to nature…
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brittany geology and landscapes

Brittany – Geology, Landscapes & the Natural Area

Brittany is a beautiful place to live and visit. Rich in agricultural landscapes and coastline, it has a little bit of everything for everyone. Brittany is very well known for its amazing rocks which are very wild in colour and form. The seascapes can be quite dramatic, the landscapes in land are quite gentle and…
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brittany wine - wine in brittany, france

Will You See Local Wine In Brittany?

Brittany is known for its seafood and amazing beaches but would you associate the region for its local wine? Probably not! Vineyards are beginning to appear all over France’s north western region. Soon you could find a bottle of Brittany white or red in your local shop. For many years wine growing in Brittany has…
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market day

Market Days

Markets and Market Days In Brittany, market day tends to be each community centre of activity and there is not a town or village that does not hold its own unique type of market. It is worth taking time to explore the markets of Brittany, with their varied seasonal sights, smells and sounds. Our Local…
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A Box of Memories

Guest post by Fruitcake @barjan Josie wandered tentatively down to the stream and sat down on the bank, shielding her eyes from the strong July sun, as it’s rays sent fingers of light through the trees on the other side. She watched as the warm breeze played with the top of the water, forming ever…
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Fruitcake’s French Adventure – Part 14

Guest blog by Fruitcake @barjan February brought the promise of Spring, days were getting longer and we were able to work longer outside. Besides our usual chores of loo emptying, lifting water from the well, soaking washing, rinsing and putting it through the mangle, ongoing rubbish clearing and burning, the fencing progressed well. A smart…
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Fruitcake’s French Adventure Part 13 – Early Days.

Guest blog by Fruitcake @barjan Eleven days after our arrival we finally managed to go to Saumur to organise the connection of a phone. It was bitterly cold and the heater in the van didn’t work because it was frozen! There were huge, thick ice floes floating down the river Loire as we crossed the…
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New Beginnings – A short story

By Fruitcake @barjan The bright yellow taxi pulled up outside Patsy’s flat and sounded the horn, she was rushing around grabbing her coat and baggage and then remembered that she hadn’t left her flatmate the note about the plumber coming tomorrow morning, she opened the door and yelled to the taxi driver “I’m just coming,…
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Tizzler’s Tale – The Journey So Far…

Guest blog by @tizzler Hi, my name is Chris, Tizzler on the UiB forum, Christopher to my mum when I’m in trouble, various other names have been used, none of which spring to mind or are not suitable for such a young audience as yourselves before the 9pm watershed. I’m a qualified engineer, did my…
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Fruitcake’s French Adventure – Part 12

Guest Blog by Fruitcake @barjan On the 11th December it was all systems go after hearing the news that we would complete on 13th. We had got the dog’s export certificates & sedatives for the journey from the vet’s, next it was to the solicitor’s to sign, the bank likewise and to say goodbye, travel…
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Is there a Cure?

Guest Blog by @cheekiweeki Driving in the car this morning and listened to 5Live. Very interesting. You can play it and listenat this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07z3z98 . Emma interviewed a lady in the studio who was diagnosed with cancer in May 2016 with Stage 4. She was offered palliative care by the NHS who told her…
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Dixie & Davies – A Mystery Story – Part 3

A story by Fruitcake @barjan (7) “I shall never get used to that part of the job” Josie said to Rob “It’s awful seeing the painful recognition on their faces” Rob suppressed his own dislike and said “Yup it’s no picnic, but all the more reason for us to get on and find the scumbag…
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Dixie & Davies – A Mystery Story – Part 2

A story by Fruitcake @barjan Part 2 -4-   Sarah got back at about 2.30pm, “Hi darling, I’m back!” she called out to Tom, he came out of the darkroom, “Hi honey, did you have a good lunch?” he said, grabbing her around the waist, she kissed him and said “Yes I did thank you,…
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Dixie & Davies – A Mystery Story – Part 1

A story by Fruitcake @barjan  Tom Dexter loaded his photographic material into his car, he’d had a busy week, but was pleased with today’s work, he thought he’d got some really good shots for the nature calendar that he’d been commissioned to do. He was glad it was the start of the weekend as he…
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Fruitcakes French Adventure – Part 11.

Guest blog by Fruitcake @barjan I was awake at 4am on our first morning back! I rang the agent for Paula, they assumed we’d sold to the Association so nothing had been done. I rang the agent for the Association to ask if they were in a hurry, they thought they might be, so rang…
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Fruitcake’s French Adventure – Part 10

Guest blog by Fruitcake @barjan When there was no news from either the agents or the buyer and as we’d gone multi agency, I instructed them to remove the sold sign from their board. I advertised everywhere that I could and made regular visits to every agency that we had it advertised with. We had…
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Fruitcake’s French Adventure – Part 14

Guest blog by Fruitcake @barjan February brought the promise of Spring, days were getting longer and we were able to work longer outside. Besides our usual chores of loo emptying, lifting water from the well, soaking washing, rinsing and putting it through the mangle, ongoing rubbish clearing and burning, the fencing progressed well. A smart…
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Fruitcake’s French Adventure – Part 14

Guest blog by Fruitcake @barjan February brought the promise of Spring, days were getting longer and we were able to work longer outside. Besides our usual chores of loo emptying, lifting water from the well, soaking washing, rinsing and putting it through the mangle, ongoing rubbish clearing and burning, the fencing progressed well. A smart…
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Fruitcake’s French Adventure – Part 14

Guest blog by Fruitcake @barjan February brought the promise of Spring, days were getting longer and we were able to work longer outside. Besides our usual chores of loo emptying, lifting water from the well, soaking washing, rinsing and putting it through the mangle, ongoing rubbish clearing and burning, the fencing progressed well. A smart…
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Fruitcake’s French Adventure – Part 14

Guest blog by Fruitcake @barjan February brought the promise of Spring, days were getting longer and we were able to work longer outside. Besides our usual chores of loo emptying, lifting water from the well, soaking washing, rinsing and putting it through the mangle, ongoing rubbish clearing and burning, the fencing progressed well. A smart…
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Fruitcake’s French Adventure – Part 14

Guest blog by Fruitcake @barjan February brought the promise of Spring, days were getting longer and we were able to work longer outside. Besides our usual chores of loo emptying, lifting water from the well, soaking washing, rinsing and putting it through the mangle, ongoing rubbish clearing and burning, the fencing progressed well. A smart…
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Fruitcake’s French Adventure – Part 14

Guest blog by Fruitcake @barjan February brought the promise of Spring, days were getting longer and we were able to work longer outside. Besides our usual chores of loo emptying, lifting water from the well, soaking washing, rinsing and putting it through the mangle, ongoing rubbish clearing and burning, the fencing progressed well. A smart…
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Fruitcake’s French Adventure – Part 14

Guest blog by Fruitcake @barjan February brought the promise of Spring, days were getting longer and we were able to work longer outside. Besides our usual chores of loo emptying, lifting water from the well, soaking washing, rinsing and putting it through the mangle, ongoing rubbish clearing and burning, the fencing progressed well. A smart…
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Fruitcake’s French Adventure – Part 14

Guest blog by Fruitcake @barjan February brought the promise of Spring, days were getting longer and we were able to work longer outside. Besides our usual chores of loo emptying, lifting water from the well, soaking washing, rinsing and putting it through the mangle, ongoing rubbish clearing and burning, the fencing progressed well. A smart…
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Fruitcake’s French Adventure – Part 14

Guest blog by Fruitcake @barjan February brought the promise of Spring, days were getting longer and we were able to work longer outside. Besides our usual chores of loo emptying, lifting water from the well, soaking washing, rinsing and putting it through the mangle, ongoing rubbish clearing and burning, the fencing progressed well. A smart…
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Fruitcake’s French Adventure – Part 14

Guest blog by Fruitcake @barjan February brought the promise of Spring, days were getting longer and we were able to work longer outside. Besides our usual chores of loo emptying, lifting water from the well, soaking washing, rinsing and putting it through the mangle, ongoing rubbish clearing and burning, the fencing progressed well. A smart…
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The Start of Our Adventure…

After our friends bought a holiday home in the Mayenne, we realised that it could be possible for us to realise our dream to renovate an old cottage and have a piece of land. Two years of saving every penny we could by working extra hours (7 days per week for hubby) selling all we…
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How to open a bank account in France

Opening a personal bank account for EU passport holder as a resident in France is not too difficult. There are eight retail high street banks in France, as follows: Crédit Agricole (CA) BNP Paribas. Société Générale. Caisse d’Epargne (CE) Banque Populaire (BP) Crédit Mutuel. La Banque Postale. LCL. Requirements are a Passport, occasionally a birth…
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Humour even in death

Over dinner last night we got to talking about all the people that had sadly died this year, and as often happens you pour another and start to reminisce of memories past, and remarkably how even in death humour can be found. When my lovely Mum passed away, Dad struggled to deal with where and…
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