Over the weekend, we had our second CIEE excursion. This time, we explored the south-western part of Brittany known as Finistere. Finistere has many large cities in Brittany, including Brest, Quimper, and Concarneau. It also has many historical places of interest, including many monolithic relics. During our two-day excursion, we visited Pont-Aven, Concarneau, Quimper, the Pointe du Raz, and Locronan.
Pont-Aven is a small town right near Concarneau and Quimperle. Pont-Aven was apparently popular among various artists since it is such a peaceful town. As such, scattered about the town, you can find many statues and other works of art. We had a couple of hours to eat lunch and walk around the picturesque city, so Alex, Stella, and I walked downtown and then along a nearby river. It was so pretty!
Our second destination on our weekend excursion was to Concarneau. Concarneau is a small port town in the southern part of Bretagne, not a far drive from Pont-Aven. We spent one night in this charming town at a hostel right by the water. The most interesting part of the town, is the old town which has a section of the fortification walls that nearly every town in France used to have. What's unique about this walled area is that it has a clock tower.
After an evening in Concarneau, we went up to Quimper for a morning tour of the city. Quimper reminded me a bit of Chester when I was studying at Harlaxton College in England in that it still had much of the "old world charm." Though there weren't as many half-timber buildings here as in Chester, it was still clear that the majority were not built recently. Our main place for visiting was the cathedral in the city center. We had a nice tour of the cathedral, and then had a picnic lunch in a park across the river before a bit north to visit the westernmost point in France, the Pointe du Raz, and also a small town called Locronan before returning to Rennes.
We stopped at the small town of Locronan briefly on our way to the Pointe du Raz. The town is super small, but one interesting thing is that all the buildings were made from stone.
Pointe du Raz
Our final stop during the Finistere excursion was the Pointe du Raz. The Pointe du Raz is the westernmost point in France, and is also a pretty popular tourist place.
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