I am Linda and along with my husband Richard and our dog Muffin we enjoy our summers on the UK's canal system

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Brittany - May 2018 (Part three)

Tuesday 15th May

Tuesday we went off to Pont Aven - well known as home to the artist Paul Gaugin or so we were told, however there seems to be very little in the town that connects the two.  Gaugin made his first visit in 1886 and in 1888 he met Emile Bernard and they formed the Ecole de Pont-Aven art movement, which focussed on colour and symbolism.

Pont Aven is a nice little town sitting on the River Aven and was, in its day, a big centre for flour milling and as a port.  

Today Pont Aven is better known as a stop for tourists from all over the world.  There are some amazing houses lining the river today.

We walked up into the town square, it had been market day and all the stalls had either closed or were closing.  We were on the lookout for a lunch spot and discovered that one of the local hostelries was starting to put out their tables and chairs were the stalls had been so we waited for a while and then sat down in the lovely warm sunshine.  (Of course I forgot to take any photos of the square!)

We decided that after lunch we would follow the river down to the sea, or as close as we could by car.  As we were walking back to the car I noticed that there was a trip boat preparing to go which would take us down the river so we could see it all.  We duly bought our tickets and queued up with about 10 other people to get on the boat.  Suddenly a coach appeared and a whole hoard of elderly seniors debussed and embarked the boat.  By the time they had all got on there were hardly any seats left so we asked for our money back and were pretty peeved to say the least!!

The next place we wanted to visit was a small place further down the river called Henan but the road was closed - in fact all the roads to the place appeared to be closed!  More by chance than judgement we arrived in Kerdruc - a very pretty place and so reminiscent of Devon and Cornwall.

From Kerdruc we drove to the mouth of the river at Port Manec’h.  A very pretty, but dog free beach.

We also found this little place and wondered what it is.

There wasn’t very much to see in Port Manec’h itself but I took this photo looking back to the beach with an amazing house.

It was then back to the site and a quiet evening.

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