My husband and I are lucky to live almost exactly in the middle of Brittany. Although we live in Côtes d’Armor, we are only a few minutes from Morbihan and less than half an hour from Ille-et-Vilaine. This wasn’t an accident or a coincidence. Brittany is a fantastic place to live and from our home we have access to so many diverse parts of the region, which is great for taking visitors to either coastal settings, such as the historic and beautiful towns of Dinan, Vannes, Mont St Michel and Saint-Brieuc, or the historic market towns of Josselin, Pontivy and Merdrignac, all within about an hour of home. In almost every direction, we are within minutes of lakes, castles, villes fleuries and towns which host specialist events such as the Loudéac Hippodrome (equestrian competitions/races) or more local events such as the Flea Market at La Chèze, all of which provide a wealth of cultural experiences. The good road network in our area means we are also within easy reach of international ports (Saint-Malo and Roscoff), airports (Rennes, Dinard and Nantes) and rail and bus services including the TGV. In addition to the proud culture, there is a rich language heritage here. Schools in some areas, such as Rostrenen, encourage the use of Breton in their delivery of the curriculum. Much of the Breton language is similar to Welsh - even the Breton anthem is sung to the same tune as the Welsh National Anthem!
As a teenager aged just 17, my first ever job was as a Bluebell Girl at the world-famous Lido de Paris on the Champs Elysées. During my time there, I fell in love with France and the French culture (and pâtisseries!). Around 20 years later, I spent some time in Caen (Normandy) with my daughter as part of my teacher training. She went to a French school for a few months while I worked in other schools teaching English. A fantastic opportunity and experience for both of us, In 2016, my husband and I decided the time was right to finally move here and make France our permanent home. We live with our dog and our growing flock of chickens in a quiet yet active village close to everything we need. My husband and I are keen motorcyclists and each have a classic cruiser bike. The local roads are wonderful to ride – not much traffic, plenty of sweeping curves and every few kilometres yet another lovely area to admire and explore. With so much to do and see, so many gastronomic pleasures to sample and a truly varied countryside and coast providing such tranquillity and beauty, who could fail to fall in love with Brittany?View Brittany Information Homepage
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