It’s a pleasant surprise to wake to blue skies today after yesterday’s bad weather which confined us inside Bruce. Our sea view is much more appealing now. Our two hour walk around Roscoff began with petit dejeuner (breaky) at cafe Pierre’s overlooking the old harbour, whilst we devour our fresh bread and croissants.
Local economy is heavily based around the sea and we stroll along the long 400m stone jetty that abruptly plunges into deep rocky waters.
Roscoff is famous for its onions & its trade with England began in 1828! The story of the “Johnnies” – that classic French image of men in black berets with strings of onions over the handlebars of their bikes riding English streets (see Pic for whole story). We pass many onion fields on our walk. Crepes and artichokes are also a must here! Mark’s enjoyed a caramel crepe today and we’ve bought a large artichoke – now how do we cook it?
A supposedly quick stop at Le’Clerc for groceries turns out quite well for Bev!! Coming away with 2 pairs of red trousers and nautical tops . . . . now she almost blends in with the French (they love red anything) until she says “bonjour” or “merci” in her Aussie accent.
There is an amazing display of fish at the supermarket & the best variety of everything you could possibly eat or drink – making a quick shop impossible! . . . They even had a sign saying where to park your chariot!?
Our panoramic sea view from Bruce changes dramatically with the tides!!
Google translate has been useful for Mark with “Camping-Car” signs !
Our exploring continues at another seaside village of St Pol de Leon. These Norman buildings are built to withstand whatever the harsh weather throws their way and are quite appealing. Once again our overnight parking for Bruce is very scenic overlooking the seafront with it’s entertaining tidal movements. At low tide, two ocean pools and even a diving platform are revealed. Mark decides to take a dive – fully clothed??
Mark finds a sporty Renault 2CV that catches his attention – red of course! . . . . . . . meanwhile Bev’s excited to discover a swimming centre with exercise bikes in the water & gives it a go!?!? (see pic)
Mark surprises me with a delicious petite desert complete with chocolate flag of Brittany on top. How cool is that!! (see pic)
Driving North East along the Rose Granite Coast, through tiny villages along narrow roads. Stopping in Plougasnou for lunch we savour the local culinary delights! Wow! This is the way to serve fish soup and pork fillets! . . . tres elegant!
We discover interesting granite rocks & even a large house built into the side of a mound of large rocks.
In contrast, tonight our view is of an apple orchard, in Lanvollan. Using our France Passion card which allows us an overnight stay for free. Our hosts welcome us and we purchase a bottle of their delicious jus de pomme (apple juice).