On our last day in Brittany, from Vannes, we drove to Josselin and Rochefort-en-Terre before heading to the airport in Nantes. But before that, we again decided to check out the local coffee shops in Vannes for breakfast again. Since it was a Sunday, we couldn’t find an open café that was close to our hotel. What we found out though was the market in Place des Lices was open. In that indoor market, we found a tiny coffee stand and other boulangerie et patisserie. So for breakfast, I had an impressively made caramel macchiato and a traditional butter cake. It was a surprise treat!
Still a part of Morbihan, Josselin is almost an hour drive from Vannes. Josselin is a medieval town famous for the beautiful Chateau de Josselin – a 10-century old castle of the Rohan family. Apparently, direct descents of the Rohan family still lives in the chateau. I wonder what it feels like to literally live in a castle? From what I got from the castle tour (the guided tour was in French), a part of the castle was constructed during the Gothic period and the Renaissance period. Therefore, if you’re into those things, you’re supposed to see the difference on its façade (I’m not, so didn’t see the difference 🙂 )
The cool thing about our visit was that it happened to be the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (European Heritage Days) in France that day. The European Heritages Days is an event celebrated by all the EU states (but I think EU countries celebrate it on different days) where buildings, monuments, historical sites, etc. that are not normally accessible to the public are opened. In our visit at the Chateau de Josselin, we got to meet the current owners of the castle, see the founding family in Renaissance attire, and toured inside the castle. I think they normally don’t do tours inside the castle. We paid a minimal entrance fee of like EUR 8. I must say, the whole thing, for some reason, reminded me of Ever After.
After Josselin, we drove for another hour (or maybe a little less than an hour) to one of France’s most beautiful town – Rochefort-en-Terre. Actually, Rochefort-en-Terre reminded me of Yvoire. In fact, I like Yvoire more than this town. But it is still really nice and if you haven’t been to Yvoire or any of the small flower towns in France, then I really think you’ll appreciate Rochefort-en-Terre. The town is colorful and quaint. We didn’t really do much in this town but walk around. Our highlight though was a visit to the Le Rucher Fleuri, a pain d’epices shop! What is a pain d’epices? Well, it tasted to me as some sort of a fruitcake – only, of different kinds. I particularly enjoyed the gingerbread and the traditional biscuit.
After Rochefort-en-Terre, we drove to the airport at Nantes for like an hour and a half.
That’s it for my adventure in Brittany, France!