I’ve had a little break from blogging over the last couple of weeks, mainly due to spending a very relaxing 11 days in Brittany. The weather was a bit hit and miss..much like the UK, but we did manage to spend some time at the beach and do some exploring. Of course I had to pack a few Breton stripe tops and a classic navy jacket – I love the casual nautical fashion that’s so characteristic of this region of France…it’s so stylish and easy to wear. I may look the part but I don’t know the first thing about sailing!
Jacket: Zara, stripe top and jeans: Gap, shoes: M&S, sunglasses: Emilio Pucci.
The charming town of Paimpol is a lovely place to spend an afternoon, shopping for souvenirs, having a coffee and a crêpe, and walking around the harbour.
As a bit of a history buff, I love to learn more about where I’m staying, and the north coast of Brittany has plenty to discover. Luckily, as my dad and step-mother live there we had our very own tour guides! Bonaparte beach played an important role in World War II and has been listed as one of France’s most important sites for Resistance activities. During eight separate operations from January to August 1944, 135 British, Canadian and American airmen and agents were secretly evacuated from this beach by boat to the UK. We saw the site of the safe house (which was destroyed by the Nazis) and the path along the cliffs where the airmen were led before sailing for British shores. It’s a beautiful beach, one I’d like to revisit, ideally in better weather – the heavens opened just as we were heading back to the car!
I’m blaming the terrain and fickle weather on this “eclectic” outfit: jeans and trainers because we were walking my daughter on a pony around the country lanes; a sunhat because it was, well, sunny (sometimes); and a jumper because when the sun disappeared it was chilly. All bases covered!
Who doesn’t love the beach?!
It’s impossible not to relax when you’re staying somewhere as tranquil as this. One of the things I love the most is a simple evening walk along the cliff path with my dad and his dog Scampi, watching the sunset.
Have you visited Brittany? If so, what did you like most about it? Let me know in the comments!
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