Monday, 11 April 2016

Grand Day Out in Pont-Aven

Saturday 9th April 

Today we drove to Pont-Aven. It's a beautiful town near the south coast where the River Aven opens out into a tidal estuary. We parked the car and took Spencer for a good walk on the path that ran along side of the estuary. 





We had hoped it was a circular walk that led back to the town but the path seemed to continue forever following various forks of the estuary so we turned around and headed back the way we had come. 





The weather had been cold and drizzly when we had started our walk but by the time we had returned to the town, it had warmed up with gorgeous blue skies. 


We treated ourselves to a delicious lunch at a crêperie. We both chose the forestière crêpe which was made with mushrooms, bacon and cheese. I tried a Kir Breton for an apéritif which is cassis with Breton cider....very nice!


After lunch, we took a stroll around the town. In the past there were 14 mills and we could see the remains of some of the waterwheels. 






The town was made famous when the artists Paul Gauguin, Maurice Denis, Emile Bernard and some other artists formed the Pont-Aven school in the mid 19th century. 




  
The town is also famous for its galettes or butter cookies. Of course I had to pop into one of the biscuit shops to buy a few of their specialities!

We really enjoyed our visit to Pont-Aven and will definitely return here again. 

It's been lovely to have your company!

Maggie xx

5 comments:

  1. The houses are so beautiful. It looks like fun (I'm glad you are bundled up in warm clothes!)

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  2. It looks like a really pretty place and I bet as always in France there is masses of history. Good day out by the sound of it. Diane

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  3. You are so attentive to the special beauty of the place - the rushing water, delicate spring flowers and the settled buildings. Thank you for taking us there!

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  4. It sounds as though you had a lovely day out. I'm glad you're not working ALL the time!!

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  5. What a beautiful spot on earth! I love all those stones in the water and the houses overlooking. I would take picnic lunch next time and hike that trail some more....I am always so curious to see what's around the next bend. I can't imagine how good the pastries taste and butter cookies? Yum!

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