Thursday 27 April 2017

Poul-Fétan: a traditional Breton village

Hey guys! It's about time I show you some photos of our time off with Jason's family during Easter! Jason's parents and his brother with his girlfriend arrived on Easter Sunday at around lunchtime. By the time we drove back to our house and had some food, we thought it would be too late to do anything special and we went for a walk in Port-Louis (we loved it so much last time that we had to show them the area!).

But on Easter Monday, we wanted to have a proper day out with them and as we wanted to introduce them a little bit to the Breton culture, we thought it would be great to visit Poul-Fétan. It's so close to where we live that we didn't need to drive very far, which means that we could take our time in the morning (6 people waiting their turn for the shower can take a long time!).

Poul-Fétan is a traditional Breton village that has been restored thanks to the local council and many volunteers. It's all really well organised, and although the entry ticket is a little pricey, it's quite worth it with all the activities they have planned throughout the afternoon.

All the restored houses have a particular purpose like it was in the 19th century for the people living at the time. We enjoyed watching this young woman showing us how they would create candles made out of bee's wax and how the traditional galettes de blé noir (buckwheat pancakes) would be made. We could even try some pieces of it with some fresh butter! Yum :)

For the little anecdote, Jason's parents started to talk to her and when they mentioned the fact that they were from Anglesey, North Wales, she told them that she'd been there a few times and knew a bit of Welsh! Small world eh?

It's a lovely place to explore as there's plenty to do and see during the day. I didn't take photos of the traditional games Breton people would play during festivities but we had a lot of fun having a go at them. Also, they have a little farm that you can go around and at certain times of the day, you can watch some of the employees giving food to the few animals they have there.

Some of the highlights for me was to smell the delicious breads and cakes the baker had made fresh from the morning, and dancing a bit of Hanter-Dro, a traditional dance routine that I learned as a little girl!

It was a little bit overcast for a couple of hours and we were a bit cold having our picnic outside, but all in all, I would definitely recommend going there. Maybe more around Summer time ;)

We stopped in the town centre of Quistinic on the way back as Jason's mum had spotted the chapel and really wanted to go inside. Even though I'm not religious, I'm always fascinated with the history and the architecture of churches and chapels so I'm always happy to visit one. Plus, the sun was back and it gave us an excuse to take even more photos!

Stay tuned for the next adventure in Vannes! Photos coming soon :)

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