At first, we thought we would take the side of South Finistère, one of the only places in Brittany where people have already seen the sun. And then, we said to ourselves that it was still a more interesting challenge to choose North Finistère, a country where life is good. In any case, it is obvious that Brittany is very different from the rest of France, we can even say that the Bretons are extra-terrestrials (you are not going to make me believe that it is normal to stay alive with 12g of alcohol in the blood).
1. Summer is still nicer when it’s under 20°C
- 1 1. Summer is still nicer when it’s under 20°C
- 2 2. Brest is a real city unlike Quimper
- 3 3. Simply Carhaix-Plouguer
- 4 4. News from Finistère Nord always begins with “Drunk, …”
- 5 5. Storms are invigorating
- 6 6. The villages have very pretty names
- 7 7. Surfing is overrated
- 8 8. The gastronomy here is second to none
Spending the summer at the beach under 35°C without a single cloud on the horizon is so mainstream… For real holidays that change from the cliché of the French Riviera, nothing beats a good week in Roscoff under driving rain.
2. Brest is a real city unlike Quimper
For those who don’t know anything about it, Brest is the sub-prefecture of Finistère. There are at least 140,000 people who have decided to live there (we don’t really know why but hey, the numbers don’t lie) which makes it the second largest city in this beautiful region of Brittany. In the south, the biggest city is Quimper but I don’t even want to talk about it because the place is so slammed.
3. Simply Carhaix-Plouguer
If the name “Carhaix” means nothing to you, you have clearly missed the best thing that could happen to you in life and that is the Vieilles Charrues festival. The biggest (and best) festival in France, the Vieilles Charrues pass is a must-have for any self-respecting Breton. Between concerts, drinking and sleeping in a field, you necessarily have the best time of your summer by going to this festival. Personally, I have been going there every year since I was 168 months old.
4. News from Finistère Nord always begins with “Drunk, …”
“Drunk, he sets fire to his trash can and throws it at his neighbour”, “Drunk, he gets his finger eaten by the circus tiger”, “Drunk, he gets arrested 3 times in the same day”… This kind of facts various Bretons, it is in the north of Finistère that they proliferate and more particularly in Brest, capital of alcoholism. It’s still cool to read funny headlines in the newspapers and to be able to say to yourself “oh, but this is my home”, isn’t it?
5. Storms are invigorating
So yes Concarneau is nice, but one thing is still missing: the icy wind that whips your face in summer and winter alike. In the north of Brittany, there is always wind and it is a rare pleasure that we love to rediscover. In addition, it’s ideal for pissing off your neighbors when you make a barbecue that smells of greasy!
6. The villages have very pretty names
Mengleuz, Ploudaniel, Trébabu and Lampaul-Plouarzel, only pretty names to designate charming villages in North Finistère. In the South, there is Quimper and Quimperlé, because people have no imagination there.
7. Surfing is overrated
Pointe de la Torche is a famous surf spot in Brittany, it is also the only place where people go surfing in this region. The real question everyone is asking is why go surfing in Brittany? We are not in Lacanau as far as I know. Brittany is the only place in France where you can go to the beach without stepping on each other and I would like that not to change, thank you very much.
8. The gastronomy here is second to none
I know that Kouign-Amann and Breton biscuits come from the South of Finistère but there are much better in the North. Pavement Morlaisien is a cake made from almonds and apples that comes from the pretty town of Morlaix and can compete with any pastry. Am I in bad faith? It’s possible.