Handsome care dog and historic cities

One of the things I love about travelling is that you meet really interesting people along the way. Occasionally you also meet interesting animals and this was the case in Quimper, a beautiful cathedral city in Brittany, where we met a handsome and friendly Golden Retriever.

This is where we met our canine friend – by the pool in the camping grounds at Quimper. Sadly no photo of our new friend.

We had gone “upmarket” staying in the grounds of Le Chateau de Lanniron in Quimper – a beautiful spot on the River Odet on the outskirts of the city.

Le Chateau de Lanniron

The camping grounds were virtually empty so we had the place to ourselves. However, strolling through the grounds we came across said dog and a little while later, his owner, whose daughter was getting married that weekend in the Chateau’s L’Orangie.

A closer look at the Chateau

While we were being made a fuss of by this very engaging dog we had a long chat with his owner who had retired from having his own radio programme and was now working for a charity that supports young people who have been abused. His gorgeous dog worked with him giving comfort and unconditional affection to his young clients. No wonder our encounter was so heartwarming.

Bike repairs on the move in the Chateau grounds
The gardens were pretty

The large grounds of the Chateau were perfect for a leisurely bike ride before driving into Quimper, the ancient capital of Cornoualle – Brittany’s most traditionally Celtic region.

On one of the pedestrian bridges over the two rivers in Quimper

It was so interesting wandering through the pedestrian-only streets of Old Quimper passing the beautiful shops and cafes and the many half timbered houses.

The trees were wrapped in blankets – we weren’t sure why.
The medieval houses were very picturesque
More beautiful architecture
The twin towers of the Cathedral peeping between the medieval houses
So many buildings to look at!
There was some lovely window shopping – including these macaroons

The Musee des Beaux Artes stands in the Cathedral Square. It was built in the 1870s but has recently been fabulously renovated inside with ultra-modern design ideas, making the exhibition spaces light and airy and allowing great exposure of the 700 plus artworks on display.

The museum was in the Cathedral square
The first stone of this, the Western facade of the Cathedral was 26 July 1424

We particularly enjoyed a room dedicated to the playwright, poet, critic and artist Max Jacob. There many works by Jacob himself but of special interest were the portraits of him by his friends – famous artists including Cocteau, Picasso, Modigliani and Lascaux.

This painting of Le Chateau Lanniron was painted by Max Jacob

From Quimper we headed for Point de Raz, a promontory that extends into the Atlantic from western Brittany.

Wild Point de Raz was unusually calm the day we were there

We had a fabulous walk along the rugged cliffs which were reminiscent of Land’s End in Cornwall.

The cliffs were reminiscent of Land’s End in Cornwall
A beautiful vista
A tourist hotel commands great views of Point de Raz

Our next major stop was the lovely medieval town of Dinan, perched on a hilltop overlooking the River Rance.

Our camping spot on the way to Dinan
The medieval architecture in Dinan was outstanding

We loved seeing the many fine old buildings, some of which date from the 13th century and walking round the ancient city walls and enjoying the fabulous views. Lunch at a little restaurant up a side street was also very memorable.

The view from the Dinan city walls

Our lunch time restaurant was up this narrow street
The restaurant was cosy and the food delicious

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

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