Thursday, 15 March 2018

La Presqu'île de Gâvres

Hey guys! Last weekend we took advantage of the (kind of) nice weather to discover another place in Bretagne that we hadn't seen before! The Gâvres peninsula is super close to Port-Louis but we never thought about exploring it until last Saturday. I knew there was a pretty good walk to do all along the coast, and because we had plenty of food for lunch, we thought it wouldn't be so bad for us to be walking all afternoon ;)

It was super quiet but I assume it would be more touristy around Summer. We mostly met locals on their afternoon walk with their dogs so it was quite nice actually. The weather was very changing and as it was quite windy, clouds would move fast, resulting in photos with plenty of sun, and some not so much. Oh well! Nevermind if the photos aren't perfect, I just enjoyed taking it easy and walking at our own pace, stopping here and there to pick up washed up pieces of glass on the sand.

What we didn't realise is the fact that West of the peninsula, there were loads of German bunkers left from the Second World War when the North of France was occupied. Gâvres was a strategic place on the coast of Bretagne and they had clear views of the sea and sky. It was a bit strange as I'd never seen so many bunkers in such a small coastal area.

On the last photos, you can see the Porh Puns fortress built in the XVIIth Century that was then taken by the German troops and changed into some kind of base with two big domes on its side. It's a shame we didn't have much explanation on the site! Everything was very intriguing and a bit impressive. But more in a weird way obviously. I kept thinking about the fact that all this is still quite recent in history and people on the island must have gotten used to this sight, maybe forgetting what had happened here with time.

(PS: Am I the only one seeing an annoyed face on the last photo?!)

I spent a good while stalking that white stork, but I have the feeling he didn't like it so much as the closer I got, the more he would walk away from me! I decided to leave him alone so that he could eat in peace :)

By the time we reached the Marina, the sun was fully back on and we started to feel a bit tired and thirsty. The town that you can see on the other side is Port-Louis! We couldn't believe how close it was and how super fast it must be to go from there to Gâvres by boat, knowing that by car, you have a good 25 minute drive as you have to go aaaall the way around.

It was such a good day and we happily made our way back home, rested and content :)

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Life Lately...

Let's just start with saying that I certainly did not see the month of February going and I'm surely not going to realise when this month will be over too! I've been busy, and I still am! It's a great feeling because that's every freelance designer's dream, but at the same time, days are going so fast when you're concentrating on your work that you actually don't concentrate on anything else! Not complaining though :) Although I think Jason's a bit disappointed that I don't take the time to cook some nice meals like I used to haha.

Things have been happening! Professionally, I launched some new prints in my Etsy shop and I'm planning on launching some notebooks very soon too. I've also been working on some very exciting projects! You'll have to wait before seeing a few of them, but at the moment, one of my clients and I are working on a new children's book called The Contest to follow the previous book Quinn's Socks. Make sure to have a look on Q for Quinn!

ALSO, I can't not talk about the Café des Orfèvres opening next month in Vannes! You might have seen sneak peeks of the branding I worked on for Mathilde the past couple of months. I loved working on it and I can't wait to see the café open with all my designs displayed inside (and outside!). It already feels like such an achievement as the scale of this project is much bigger than what I'm used to. Mathilde is currently raising money for the activities she'll be offering in the café, so if you fancy participating, head right over here! (Eeek, I'm in the video!)

On a more personal level, Jason and I have been preparing our tiny wedding and it will be happening in September this year (Yay!). We've got our outfits (well, I'm only missing the shoes), the wedding rings and we've booked the restaurant for the meal we'll be sharing with our close families after the wedding. So exciting! Jason's parents and his brother with his girlfriend have booked their flight and accommodation so it's all good. We just can't wait for it! One of the best parts though was booking the few days of holiday we will have after the celebration. We decided to stay in the North of Bretagne and I'm sure we'll have a great time :). I love organising holidays so much that I could do that all the time if money wasn't an issue!

Actually, we're also off to North Wales next month for a whole week to pick up Jason's old Ford Capri! I'm SO looking forward to going back to North Wales. I haven't been there for more than a year now and I miss it! I miss our friends, family, and the beautiful landscapes. I'll enjoy this time off for sure.

Even if great things have been happening lately on many levels, I've felt a bit off these past couple of months and I can't quite understand why. This is a very personal feeling and although some days are completely fine, some days are definitely off ones. I think I've just been worried too much about the little things in life that don't go well, things that are not done or finished, things to come that I'm dreading... I keep telling myself that I should just concentrate on the GOOD things though. And this is why I've decided to pick this quote 'Always look on the bright side' for my artwork today. I let my head get filled up with stupid things sometimes but what really matters is that I'm happy with my life where it is, being with the man I love, keeping healthy, doing a job that I love and having family around me. I'm one of those people that will forget everything that is going well over ONE thing that is going wrong. Does that ring a bell to you?! Anyway, I'm working on it but my god it's hard sometimes. On top of this, I've been doubting myself a lot lately, which is not helping...!

Guys, I think I just need a holiday ha!

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Château de Keriolet & Concarneau

Isn't it beautiful?! I've got plenty of photos to share with you so I thought it would be best warning you now ;). Last Saturday, it was super sunny (but also super cold!) and we've been working so hard this month, that we knew we just needed a day out somewhere for a break. We decided to go further North West up the coast of Morbihan, and the area of Concarneau looked really promising, so we took the day off and went exploring! It did us really good and at the end of the day, I realised how much I needed that time to breathe a bit. Helps me keep a bit of sanity in my life!

We first stopped at the Château de Keriolet, just outside of Concarneau town centre. The castle is only open in the summer as it's still privately owned, but it was too beautiful and intriguing not to stop and take some photos of the outside!

Apparently, its appearance changed a lot when a Russian from the Imperial family decided to acquire this medieval manor in the XIVth Century. When you look closely, it's got a few Russian details still there and overall, you can tell that this castle has a very different style from the typical French Châteaux. I really loved it and I can't wait to go back this Summer to properly discover its history. I mean, have you seen that small tower built on the side of a bigger tower?! Almost looks like it's out of a fairytale.

Just before lunchtime, we made our way to the town centre of Concarneau and its dreamy coastal path. Honestly, if it wasn't so bloody cold, I would have removed my shoes and put my feet in this crystal clear water. The chilly wind made our cheeks and nose all rosy but the sun gave us a nice warm feel whilst walking around the town. It was so nice! I always laugh with Jason about this expression I invented years ago when living in North Wales that really sums up this type of weather to me: "Crispy Cold".

We spent most of the day in the stunning medieval fortress that is still pretty much intact. Jason was going crazy, snapping photos on his phone for 'reference' for his future projects haha. To be honest though, I'd never been to Concarneau before and I was so impressed by it! There's a little town inside the fortress with plenty of little shops, cafés and crêperies.

I shared the photo of the town square on Instagram and a fellow Instagrammer (it's MissKatyEnglish!) mentioned the fact that it looks like the town square from the movie Tangled, and you know what, it's so true! It feels so very traditional and typically Breton. I really loved the atmosphere there and the fact that it was so peaceful really helped.

We (of course) ate plenty of delicious food, starting with lunch at the crêperie Le Pennti. We almost didn't leave because it was so warm inside and we just wanted to eat more and more delicious crêpes! Just seeing the photos makes me want to go there again straight away. The dessert was the best though. The ice cream ball was inside the crêpe. Miam.

We also stopped by Maison Georges Larnicol, but this time, instead of getting some Kouignettes, we went for an assortment of chocolates that we took home with us (there was no risk of the chocolates melting in the afternoon with -2°C)! Our bellies were full from lunch but we couldn't resist some chocolatey treats ;)

It was hard to leave this amazing place! We carried on walking along the old fortress' walls in the afternoon (trying to burn some calories) and we went around a few shops to find some local goods for my mum's birthday. We found a really good one called Sentier Côtier where we found some lovely products handmade by two sisters, and their mum was sweet enough to keep the shop up and running whilst they were both at home, crafting away :)

Bretagne, we love you so much!