Parmi les Carnacois

I’m back from a long, long weekend (five days) in Carnac and it was just wonderful – green and sandy and windy and warm.  And it’s only an hour and a half outside of Nantes.  En voiture, Poupou!

We feasted like kings (Poupou, too!) on fresh fish, breton lobsters, and sweet langoustines from the fish market in La Trinité-sur-Mer.  A big Saint-Pierre prepared simply, with olive oil, white wine and shallots; lobster and langoustines dunked in boiling water then served cold and eaten with your hands.  Oh!  And pretty little radishes, dipped in salt and eaten in between bites of baguette.

But there was much more to appreciate, far beyond my dinner plate.  Morbihan is incredibly beautiful, whether by the coast or inland.  Unique to the area are its hundreds of menhirs (upright standing stones) and dolmens (megalithic tombs) which dot the landscape.  They’re relics from the Celts…and hm, Wikipedia explains it all quite well, really.  I’m in no mood to synthesize that information; my brain is mush.  During those five days I did little more than sleep, eat, read, tune in for Questions pour un champion at 18h05, and me balader en plein campagne.  La Chapelle de Saint-Cado was a short walk away, surrounded by flowers newly in bloom and…a house on the property was for sale!  And…who has a birthday coming up? (me! me!)  I certainly wouldn’t mind spending a lot more time in Carnac.

(Would you believe that I almost titled this post: “Back to the ‘nac”??  Oh la vaaaache…)


Week-end à Carnac

Well, I never got around to talking about my weekend trip to Carnac back in…November, but as I’m heading back there tomorrow for the Easter holiday, I thought I’d introduce you to this pretty little town on le Golfe du Morbihan in Bretagne.  A good friend from UW and I were graciously invited to stay with Anne-Marie and André in their summer home, close to the beach but far from the main roads.

Breakfasts were simple – confitures with fresh brioche from the boulangerie in la Trinité-sur-Mer, juice and big mugs of tea.

We spent the early part of the morning exploring Plage Men Dû, where Poupou ran free and we ran to catch her.

We picked up lunch at the fish market in la Trinité-sur-Mer for a veritable feast of langoustines and crab (!!!).

Unfortunately, come dinnertime I ate a few raw oysters that did not agree with my stomach (why I decided to give oysters another go, I don’t know!).  I woke up early the following morning feeling perhaps as awful as I have ever felt, but took some medicine, made it back to Nantes in one piece and slept through my Monday classes.  But despite this little hiccup (ha!), I would still have to say that I enjoyed the trip, though I think it goes without saying that when I visit this weekend, I’ll pass on les huîtres!