Going around this beautiful country to spend time with family and friends.
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Europe20 days / July 2018
Highs & Lows
Swimming in the cold water of Bretagne
Delayed train to go and from Montpellier
The first location of this wonderful trip to my home country of France is a camping in the northwest region of France called Bretagne. The campground is located just outside a small port town named Loguivy-de-la-mer. There, you can either bring your tent or rent a mobile-home (you might want to make a reservation in advance because at some times during summer it can be full). If you have your own tent, it is very cheap to pay for your spot and you can pay a little extra to have access to electricity, which can be great to store food. 30 seconds away from the camping, you have access to a beautiful beach with a wonderful view of the bay. On the beach you can go for a swim in the clear ( and very cold) water, enjoy the sun (when it’s here) or go hunting for seashells. On tuesday evenings (it might change but the contact info is indicated in the bathroom of the camp) there is a food truck that comes to the beach and makes delicious hamburgers. Also in town, there is a nice little restaurant where you can eat divine Breton buckwheat pancakes.
Paimpol is a very nice port city as well, though it is much bigger than the first one. In the summer, one year out of two, there is a big sea shanties festival on the port and it is very lively. You can buy fresh fish and enjoy some local food in the small food stands that invade the port. I should also mention that most of the things to do are located near the port. You can enjoy delicious artisanal ice cream in various shops and there are also plenty of restaurants with fresh and delicious seafood, it can be quite expensive however. Just walking around the city is very enjoyable, the air is not too polluted, you get the fresh wind coming from the sea and you can appreciate the beautiful houses and architecture that is unique to that region. Sadly I don’t know of any hotels there since I stay with family when I go there.
Montpellier is an absolutely beautiful city. I go there to meet some childhood friends and I stay with them at their grandparents' apartment near the plaza called La Comedie. Near La Comedie, there are lots of restaurants of all kinds, from fast food to fancy restaurants. The architecture in that part of the city is absolutely beautiful and I am stunned by its beauty everytime I go there. There are beaches very close that you can access by taking the tramway, which is very simple to do and you can always ask people around you to help you if you are lost. If you enjoy nightclubs and nightlife, it is a great town for you as the high student population makes the city very lively. I highly recommend you go to a bar called Cubanito,it is mostly latin music and there is a great vibe to it. When I am in Montpellier I also go to the Cevennes, which is a mountain range very close where you can do hikes and swim in rivers.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I would have stayed longer in Montpellier with my friends, I had so much fun.
Anything go wrong during the trip?
The trains with the SNCF are very often late and this time was no exception.
How was the food?
Lots of kebab restaurants on the main street.
Bring some warm clothes for Bretagne, it can get quite chilly in the evening.
Buy a tramway card as soon as you can, it is a great way yo go around the city and to the beach.