The dishes made in Quimper in Brittany are very famous. I have a plate myself. We didn’t make it to Quimper but it is on my list for next time.

Brittany is known for its rocky coast. There are a few sandy beaches as well. When the tide is out, people are out with rakes and buckets looking for shell fish probably for their next meal. Looks like fun.

These two figures were on the side of a building in the old walled section of a very interesting city called Vannes. It was well worth the stop. I think we would had driven right past if I hadn’t done a little research and learned about it.

A look at some of the half timbered buildings in Vannes.

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  1. I love the old half-timbered buildings you see throughout parts of France and in Germany. I was visiting Germany once and a friend told me the reaason that the upper floors jut out into the street farther than the ground floor: it’s because they had to pay property taxes based on the measurements of the building at ground-floor level. So they built smaller at the ground floor and then for the upper floors they added on a bit to get some additional living space up there. Very clever tax dodge, don’t you think?

  2. The tiered buildings look like something out of a story book! There is a skyscraper in Atlanta built like that, and when you drive by it creates an optical illusion that makes you think its about to topple over.

  3. I’ve seen the Quimper china before. It’s really lovely.Great photo of the figures and a pay off for checking out the city of Vannes before traveling there.
    Thanks for sharing these photos.

  4. I treasure my Quimper pottery, but my spoonrest has a small chip out of it. Sigh. I guess I’ll have to go back and replace it.
    I think I have some very similar photos from Vannes, too. Do you have many of the moat?

  5. Aww, you went to my town (vannes). I lived there for five years and absolutely loved it. Did you see the ramparts? They’re so easy to miss if you don’t know where you’re going! I also highly recommend a boat tour of the Golf du Morbihan.

  6. I love the dishes. I’ve seen something similar in our local France store, but I don’t think it’s Quimper — I’m going to have to check it out

  7. I have a perfect miniature set of Quimper. It has a tea pot and cups and a soup tureen with a ladle. They are hand made and very very tiny.

  8. Linda, as always I really enjoying touring France via your eyes and words. Thank you for these lovely posts. Been having some issues here, but today it was nice to get away and enjoy France. πŸ™‚

    Love the salt mines!!

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