Dinan Port

Dinan has a river port on the Rance River running inland from St Malo

the port has many restaurants along the quayside, together with a fantastic boulangerie where you can buy the local Kouign-amann (a sticky breton bun, that they once made as the technical challenge on the Bake-off!)

You can hire little motor boats for a river trip or go on an excursion on the Jaman V boat whose commentary explains a little history of the area and finishes off with accordian playing.

The Rue du Jerzual is a pedestrianised cobbled street which takes you up the hill into the town.

Thank you to my good friend Pete Tachauer for the beautiful photos of the port https://www.flickr.com/photos/pete_tachauer/

By |2019-01-29T15:51:06+01:00January 29th, 2019|Blog, Brittany, Family activities, Tourism|Comments Off on Dinan Port

Fraise Gite

Fraise is a gite for 6 people in three bedrooms,

it is also adapted for people with reduced mobility.  There is a kitchen/breakfast room and a large living room with exposed beams and stone walls.  There is a downstairs double bedroom with ensuite shower, wetroom and toilet.  Upstairs are two bedrooms, one large double with ensuite shower room and one twin room with ensuite bathroom.  The outside terrace looks out over the play area and pool complex.

By |2019-01-26T15:48:23+01:00January 26th, 2019|Blog, Brittany, Life at Brittany Gites, Tourism|Comments Off on Fraise Gite

Lait Ribot

Have you ever bought green-top milk in a French supermarket thinking that it was semi-skimmed?

Lait Ribot is either green or gold topped (semi-skimmed is blue) it is a breton speciality fermented milk.  I have had people in the gites tell me that they would not return to the supermarket because the milk is off ! 🙂  If you are not expected a fermented taste, then you would believe that your milk is off – it doesn’t go well with PG Tips!

Traditionally the bretons have their lait ribot in a bowl and drink it with a spoon (like soup) or dunk their galette (buckwheat pancake) into it for their Saturday lunch.

By |2019-01-22T13:32:39+01:00January 22nd, 2019|Blog, Brittany, Life at Brittany Gites, Tourism|Comments Off on Lait Ribot

Galette des Rois

Eating a galette des rois is a French tradition which lasts all of the month of January

You can buy Galettes des rois at the boulangerie or at the supermarket, but it is really easy and to make yourself.  Two discs of puff pastry with a rich frangipane filling (or stewed apple if you’re feeling that’s too buttery!) and don’t forget to hide the Feve inside.  When cutting the galette, the youngest must sit under the table to say who has which piece and the person who has the Feve (or favour – a porcelaine figurine) in his piece gets to wear the crown.

By |2019-01-13T18:00:08+01:00January 13th, 2019|Blog, Brittany, Family activities, Tourism|Comments Off on Galette des Rois


Winter is a great time of year to eat Oysters

The oyster capital of Brittany is Cancale – they serve oysters all year round – you can eat them straight from the producer sitting on the quay overlooking Mont St Michel

By |2018-12-18T14:59:55+01:00December 18th, 2018|Blog, Brittany, Tourism|Comments Off on Oysters