On May 22 we arrived in Quimper, Brittany, France at 8 PM. We had left Boston at 6 PM the previous night. Allowing for the 6 hour time difference, that is 20 hours of travel. Plane from Boston to Dublin, change to a plane for Paris, 3 hour layover in Paris, train to Rennes, one hour layover, train to Quimper. We could have driven to Audierne from Paris, but it is a 6 hour drive and I knew we would be exhausted. The cost for renting a car in Paris and dropping it off in Quimper (no car rentals in Audierne) was about the same as two first class tickets on the train. I was afraid I would fall asleep at the wheel while driving. As it was, I got at least three hours of napping on the trains.
We stayed at a nice small hotel for the night because the busses don’t run at that hour and we couldn’t get into our rental apartment until the next afternoon anyway. Here are some photos from Quimper the next day.
Quimper is a lovely medium sized town with a big old town pedestrian area. The stone and half-timbered buildings are very picturesque and therefore draw a lot of tourists. There were several tour groups from a cruise ship in town, but we managed to avoid them. Once you get away from the souvenir shops and principal historic sites, you have the town to yourself and the locals. Quimper is a 50 minute bus ride from Audierne, where we will be staying for the next seven weeks, so we plan to visit it again to sightsee and shop.
There is a large food hall, where there are several food stalls. There are shops selling fish, meat, cheese, sausage, chocolate, pastries, etc. Most of the produce is sourced locally and is usually marked where it came from. Below is a picture of one corner of the food hall.
One stall that you don’t see in the US is the horsemeat butcher:
That’s it for now. More from Audierne in a few days.