The Brittany Expert!

Written by on 24th June 2015 in Blog with 1 Comment

Its nice when your expertise really comes into use. Janine Marsh who writes and edits The Good Life France blog and magazine (  is writing an article on Brittany for the next edition and wanted to use the following picture, but was unable to identify its location.

beach brittany


There she was left scratching her head until she remembered meeting me at an awards event last year, where we chatted about my long association with Brittany both as a tourist and as the owner of Brittany Travel. She also remembered that I was walking the coast of Brittany (a 1500 mile walk!), so she decided to test my local knowledge and ask if I could identify the pic.

A quick email last weekend unfortunately left me a little bemused as I could not remember passing this port on my walk. A few hours spent with the detailed maps and some searching on Google could still not solve the problem. So many little ports look the same, yet the tower on the hill was very distinctive. However, if you have walked past this port you were unlikely to have spotted the tower as it is only seen from the sea!

Not wanting to be beaten, after all I am the ‘Brittany Expert’! I then reverted to my library of Brittany books. One of my favourites is La Bretagne vue du Ciel (Brittany from the Air). Success! there was a picture of Cancale, the little port not far from St Malo, famous for its oysters. A quick further check on Google and its now confirmed.

Oyster beds 2 cap

I can remember now that when I passed Cancale on my walk in 2010, I commented that this was the start of the ‘real’ Brittany, having spent the previous two days strolling along the polders of the Bay of St Michel as I had started the walk at the top of Mont St Michel itself. Happy memories.

11 Mt St Michel from footpath





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  1. Cannot tell you how impressed I was that that the Brittany Expert worked this one out! Such a gorgeous place, I don’t think it is possible to have too much Brittany, every visit leads to new discoveries & favourite places!

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