Bretagne Local Customs

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    natural tree by the chimney
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    the natural Christmas tree and the gifts
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Bretagne Local Customs

  • Breton language in Brittany France

    some breton practice before you arrive hehehe! tourist info on the region of Brittany=BretagneSome of the principal cities are, (french and gallo, then breton names) Nantes (Gallo: Naunnt, Breton: Naoned) Rennes (Gallo: Resnn, Breton: Roazhon) Brest (Breton...

  • small cities of character of Brittany

    This is a designation coming out of the European year of Architecture in 1975. It took off in Brittany, from the organism of the Union des Villes d'Art et d'Histoire et des Villes Historiques de Bretagne (long for the union of towns of art and history and the historical towns of Brittany) having about 20 or so Breton towns with inner city very old....

  • The Language of Brittany/Bretagne/Breizh

    The languages of BrittanyFavorite thing: Much discussed in the forums with lots of heart, I just received my first government magazine from the regional council in both French and Breton, Morbihan the Conseil General.According to the INSEE (statiscal office of France) and the Observatoire de la langue Bretonne, in 2007 there were 200 000 folks...

  • Pleasure marina and beaches at Guidel

    local custom here is the sea sailing, boating, fishing anything tie to the sea. At Guidel there is a nice port de plaisance or pleasure boat marina very nice with plenty of shops and especially resto bars around it and plenty of parking. All along the coastal road D152.It is a good way to come by boat and keep yours here, info on the resources no 3...

  • Kouign-amann – Buttery Cake

    Kouign-amann is a Breton cake that is round crusty and made with bread dough containing layers of salted butter and sugar folded in, the end result is a puff pastry where the sugar has caramelised. The name is from the Breton words for cake "kouign" and butter "amann", and originated around 1860. It is the local custom to serve with fillings of...

  • The circus

    a popular event await with great enthusiasm by locals and especially the children,all over Brittany, and France of course. The circus with many troops and companies going back to générations of families.They get on their colorful trucks cars, jeeps and go around the region bringing laughter and cheers to many. Here the circus is no exception. I...

  • weddings,anniversaries are big deal here

    This is one of the properties colleagues here used for their marriages and birthdays and we had seminars wow!! I have done many seminars and even in big locations like Fontainebleau and Versailles but the small quaint, river side ,beautiful setting of this one is neat. Château de Kérisper!the castle offers almost for any festivities. It has a...

  • Anne de Bretagne

    This duchess and later queen is very revered in this region. She is mentioned directly or indirectly in many buildings, schools, homes, monuments. I like to bring you closer into Breton history.In the ducal castle of Nantes (see tip here still visited), on January 25, 1477 a child girl was born at about 5h30 (am) .Daughter of Marguerite de Foix and...

  • The celtic tradition of language and...

    every year there is big festival in Bretagne yes it is at Lorient near me. There all the celtic background countries get together to showcase their language, music, food, and tradition. It is a big event and huge crowds come in.I saw on local TV last year,and I am planning to see this year in person with the family. A great way to know the area if...

  • Sailings, boating,that is...

    well Brittany is boat heaven, welcome to my new part of the world ::)Yes Brest is the Fetes Maritime in 2012. july 2012 you should check this site for morewww.festival-bretagne.frhope it helps and happy sails ::)

  • Seafood

    Mostly local people go to the beach when tide down for hunting seafood, many kind of seafood can be easily find it.

  • Where kisses on the cheeks come from

    Did you know that Bretagne is the homeland of the typical French and European gesture of kissing on the cheeks (se faire la bise)? It was introduced in the countryside of this region and then exported to the rest of France. Bretagne is probably also the region where the number of kisses to be exchanged vary the most and the most often. People...

  • What country is this car from?

    It's from the département Finistère (29) in Breizh. As you can see, this numberplate hasn't got the blue strip with the European flag and the letter "F" for France, but the symbol of Bretagne and the letters BZH for Breizh. This proves another confirmation that Bretagne belongs to France only politically.

  • The Calvary

    The Calvary, a form of cross in an outdoor site, is a testimonial to the plethora of granite stonecarvers in Brittany during the 16C-17C. There were at that time thousandsof them (to ward off the plague?). Most are just simple stone crosses set at intersections or sites of reverence, but a few are elaborately figured like this one. The elaborate...

  • The Fight Between St. Michel & Satan...

    The great fight between St. Michel and Satan began at Mount Dol (Dol Mound) a hill outside of Dolde Bretagne (see Tips there). Satan was thrown down compessing the rock; he scratched them heavily as he struggled to get up and away. Michel created a deep cleft with his sword and threw Satan into it. He disappeared there, but reappeared laughing on...

  • Breizh

    Breizh is the name of Bretagne in the Breton language or brezhoneg. Breton is a language belonging to the Celtic group, so it is close to Irish, Welsh and Scottish and has nothing in common with French, apart from the pronunciation.Breton is still very important unlike the other regional languages, since Breizh has been independent from France much...

  • Go to a Fest Noz

    The Festoù Noz was traditionally the feast which took place after a communal chore in Breton villages and towns as a means of relaxation after a hard day’s work. Nowadays it has become a great excuse to listen to traditional music, eat, dance and make merry!The Fest Noz dance, with it’s infectious music played on violins, flutes, guitars and drums,...

  • The peoples

    Peoples in Bretagne are mostly nice and helpful. But do not wait for one who would speak German or English language. You must understand French. Like we noted they WANT not speak English (only our guide in Keriolet did). They understand to celebrate, like we seen in Pont Aven during festival. And they have a pleasantly distance. Not like German...

  • Gwen-ha-Du

    The Breton flag is called Gwen-ha-Du ("White and Black"). It was created in 1925, so it is very recent. The eleven ermines refer to the kings and the dukes who governed independent Breizh. The strips represent the nine ancient bishoprics. The five black strips symbolize the dioceses of gallo (French) language: Dol, Nantes, Rennes, St-Malo and...

  • Songs, dances and religion

    These are the ways Bretons have kept their culture and language alive.During my visit of Côtes d'Armor and Finistère I've seen many folkloric performances, among which the traditional pardons, religious ceremonies organized around the 15th August in honour of Virgin Mary. If you can, you should attend one of these Breton events; there are plenty of...

  • Artichokes

    North Brittany is famous (yes it really is!!) for growing artichokes. Especially around the St Pol De Leon area. The artichokes are huge. I look this photo on out last visit to Bretagne in June, I imagine they are nearly ready for harvesting.A recipe with artichokes ARTICHOKE BOTTOMS WITH TOMATO 4 cooked Breton artichokes 4 tomatos 4 coffee spoons...

  • Seaweed Harvesting

    Waste not want not............................ For centuries the Breton people have collected seaweed for a variety of uses. It is either collected off the beaches at low tide, or as you can see in the photo dredging boats go off shore to bring it up. There was actually a man in the back of this lorry leveling the seaweed out as it was dropped in....

  • Cider

    Brittany is too cold and too wet to grow grapes but perfect to grow apple trees. Consequently, the traditional drink of Brittany is neither wine nor beer but cider. You will typically find three types of cider:Cidre Doux, sweet cider, is deep yellow, clear and fizzy, has 2% alcohol and is ideal for kids who want to have cider like the adults.Cidre...

  • Bretons are not Normands

    Bretons can be very touchy when it comes to mistaking them for who they are not. Never call them Normands. It'd be like calling Scots "English". The two regions share similarities. Both of them together form the North coast of France, Brittany in the West, Normandy in the East. Both of them have connections with England. Both of them produce cider...

  • A country as a dowry

    Until the XV Century, Brittany was an independant realm. At the end of the 1400's, Anne de Bretagne, Duchess of Brittany, born in Nantes in 1477, was to be wed and several kings and princes of Europe saw the opportunity to extend their realms. She was very shortly married to Maximilien of Austria in 1490. She was then married to the King of France,...

  • Sainte Anne

    Saint Ann, for Breton people, is the saint of sailors. If you walk along the coast, you are fairly likely to see small statues of the saint on top of a cliff or at the back of a beach facing the sea. They symbolise the saint watching over the sailors who have gone out to sea and wish them success and safe return.

  • Treffiagat

    It was just a lucky chance that we crossed through Treffiagat when there was a festival! Here a traditional dance!

  • traditional games

    There are some local festival! Look at the announciations in the towns. A lot of traditional games, traditional music, traditional food

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