It seems that we have picked the “wrong” time to visit France. September & October are usually good months as it is off peak and children are back to school.
But Unions have decided to bring chaos to the country. Trains, planes, post offices, students, teachers are all in the streets to protest about retirement age and pensions.
Well, this is not going to stop us !
We have browsed the net during our free time and we have decided to head towards Brittany.
We hope to be able to discover some hidden places as hiking/trekking is a rather great activity in this region.
And of course, we can’t miss the real local produce : crêpes & cider.
There are apparently, different type of crêpes. Some are called galettes as they are made with a different kind of flour and is in fact a rich dish.
Galettes are crêpes made from buckwheat flour and stuffed with savoury fillings.
To close the “Loire Valley chapter”, you can check more details on a website regarding the Western France Tourist Board.
In this particular region people are welcoming but can be slightly…reluctant to converse (different culture – different attitude). If you start it is fine, but otherwise they will smile and shake their heads with nothing more.
Accommodations such as “gîte rural & chambre d’hôte” (guest house), are second to none – clean and warm. The breakfast buffet is a delight and the choice is just incredible – fresh baguettes, croissants, pains au chocolat…without forgetting the homemade jam and marmalade (no marmite though).
The Loire Valley is visually incredible…but there is more.
Loads of local producers : cheeses, wines, vegetables…endless list with varied flavours.
Some places are really incredible. Always warm welcome and so many things to try.
We advise not to eat lunchtime if you are planning to visit some cellars and vineyards, simply because there are so much to enjoy and the experience wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t follow the full circuit.
And as the French say “allez…un dernier verre pour la route”.