Brittany Part Two

Church

Last October, I hiked a good part of the Sentier des Douaniers, the winding trail that traces the coast of Brittany.   Just last week I hiked another part of the trail, the eventual goal being to hike the entire Breton “peninsula”. The Sentier des Douaniers was once trod by customs agents on the alert […]

Flavors of Brittany

Breton Pork Stew

On the GR 34As an inveterate hiker, I think any season is a good one for taking to the trails, particularly as a break from intense work, when the mind needs a flush of fresh air, the body a period of intense activity.   Which is probably all of the time for most of us… […]

Mussels Oh Mussels Alive Alive Oh – An Eclade For You

Mussels cooking in pine needles

Many years ago I tasted the most amazing dish near Bordeaux – local mussels cooked in a nest of pine needles set over hot coals. THIS SPECIAL WAY OF COOKING MUSSELS IS CALLED ECLADE. Called Eclade, the origins of the dish sit with the mussel fishermen there who landed their boats.  They arranged the mussels […]

Concarneau – Brittany’s Best

Brittany. It’s a magic land.  I just returned from a few days respite in Concarneau, in the Finistere,  a bustling sea port of 20,000 settled around its crown jewel, the Bay of Concarneau. City planners long ago knew the beauty they held in their hands, and specified that houses on the coast could be of any […]