Visit to Cornouaille

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Margaret Schmidt

This past weekend we had an exciting overnight trip to the Cornouaille region of la Bretagne. We were deep in Breton culture, where all the street and road signs appeared in both French and Breton. We spent two lovely days exploring, including a stop in Pont Aven, famous because of the Impressionists who worked here, and Quimper, known for its porcelin. We enjoyed crêpes and kouign amann, and lots of salted caramel! Then, we headed to Concarneau, where we spent the night at an "auberge de jeunnesse", a youth hostel. We were literally right on the ocean! Some brave students went for a swim while others visited the fortified city. We fell asleep to the sound of waves, and woke to the call of sea gulls. A few students even got up to watch the sunrise! Finally, we headed back to Rennes, but stopped for lunch in Locronan, an ancien village named for an Irish saint. The Celtic influence is tangible in Locronan! Our final stop featured a visit to the Chateau de Trévarez, a "modern" estate inspired by Renaissance castles. This was indeed a memorable weekend! 

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