Brittany

Brittany Travel Guide

The island is monopolized by normal, regular French people of average means in the normal, regular business of being on holiday: riding bikes, picnicking, swimming (even though the water never averages more than 64 degrees), buying honey at the market, wearing out the plastic cafe furniture.

Five miles northwest of Quimper, a first-generation cider maker produces top-notch brews and distilled lambigs.

This homey boutique makes stylish furnishings and tote bags out of recycled sailcloth.

To the modern visitor, the island offers a small but exquisite menu of simple pleasures: walking, cycling, birding, glancing over garden walls to dote on the hydrangeas, eating.

Pick up provisions from this esteemed shop and picnic on the St.-Malo seawall.

Among today's tourists, the most popular souvenir is a half-dozen cans of prized millimisée sardines (they're dated, like wine) from this La Belle-Îloise boutique.