Two islands

Trip Start Apr 10, 2012
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Trip End Jul 13, 2012


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Flag of France  , Brittany,
Monday, June 18, 2012

Ile de Batz is a small island renowned for its vegetable growing industry. It seems the climate there is more temperate than inland so plants thrive.  Even before we reached Roscoff, from where we were catching the ferry, there were endless fields of artichokes.
 
   
 
The trip to the island only took 15 minutes. We were greeted by a now familiar scene in this area - a harbour with many boats lying in the mud while the tide was out. The scenery was very attractive - rocky outcrops, sand dunes with windswept grasses, moors and wetlands.  Wildflowers grow in abandon, and the cottages had well kept gardens. 
 
And then the vegetable fields - they seemed to be mainly potatoes and cauliflowers. The use of seaweed as a fertiliser allows two crops a year. Later in the day we saw trucks lined up in the port to take on board seaweed from boats. 

 After a walk to the far end of the island, we stopped for lunch. Today it was typical Breton food -the galette. This is a large thin crepe made from buckwheat flower. There are usually quite a few fillings on offer, but we chose the 'Galette complet', a traditional type with ham , cheese and topped with an egg. Accompanying this we had cider, also local and served in a pottery cup called a 'bol'.  But this was not all. For dessert we had to try a 'buerre-sucre' crepe. Delicious.

Then back in Roscoff. 
 
This area has a long history of farming, as before ferries for England left from here,  local farmers known as 'johnnies' would travel by boat across the channel, then load up their bikes with small onions and travel around the towns in the Uk selling them.   

We got a good view of the harbour from the Chapel of St Barbe, built in the 17th century to beg for safety for the local sailors.

A few days later we visited another island -the Ile de Brehat -actually two islands joined by a bridge.
We walked the first island only, first through the little village of le Bourg, and then along the beautiful western coastline. Everywhere at sea are more tiny islands or rock formations. Wild flowers were plentiful. Apparently the the island population grows significantly during the summer, and as we walked uphill to the Chapell St Michel, we were for the first time in this area together with many ore tourists.

After another 'galette' lunch and a last drink while we waited for the ferry, we decide It is a good place for a day visit.  
 
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