Ménez Hom, Locronan, Douarnenez
Friday 15th June
cross at Sainte Marie du Ménez Hom
Breakfast was coffee and croissants in a patisserie. Continuing from
the previous day, we had a mix of rain and sun, with rainbows.
We drove eastwards onto the Crozon peninsula, up to the little church of
Sainte Marie du Ménez Hom. It was very windy up on Menez Hom itself and
a bit cloudy and/or hazy, but the panoramic views were still impressive,
extending 360 degrees around the peninsula.
Our first megalith of the trip was a cute little mini-dolmen in a corn
field, found in the Brittany Walks book I had. It was very pleasant
with the sun coming and going.
Next stop was Argol, where there was a "Musée Vivant des Vieux Métiers",
a "living museum of old trades". Unfortunately this wasn't opening till
the afternoon, but Argol also had an "enclosed parish" and a boulangerie.
And Camilla got excited by a pottery workshop back on the main road.
We didn't have time to explore the Crozon peninsula, so we took back
roads southwards to the coast at Pentrez-Plage, where we had a coffee
so we could use the toilet. There were impressive looking blockhouses
set up to enfilade the beach, presumably part of the Atlantic Wall from
World War II.
It was sometime on this day that we realised we really needed a month
rather than twelve days to drive around Brittany!
We had a brief rainstorm driving to Locronan. This is a very pretty
little village, even in gloomy weather. It's also very touristy, but
wasn't crowded at this time of year — there were big car parks that were
nearly empty — and we looked around the craft and souvenir shops.
a fishing boat at Douarnenez
In Douarnenez most places to eat had shut at 2.30pm, so we had grilled
tuna and mussels from a sandwicherie and
then visited the Port Museum. This is an excellent museum, with lots of
boats — including a Sepik outrigger — videos on building a
dugout canoe and a Nigerian hippo hunt, an exhibition on sardine fishing
and the canning industry, and more. There's also a floating section of
the museum, where you can walk around boats moored in the harbour.
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