For our ruby wedding, John and I relived our honeymoon, visiting Brittany in September. As in the Seventies, we crossed from Newhaven to Dieppe, travelling via Paris (now in half the time by high-speed train!) and stayed in Rennes, the Breton capital, visiting numerous beaches and harbours.
What are the must-see places?
Brittany's rocky coastline is three times that of Cornwall's, so there's plenty to discover. We recommend the area west of Mont Saint Michel (an intriguing island), including sandy Dinard and the Cornouaille district where bagpipes are traditionally played! The Bay of Biscay is home to Douarnenez with its three lighthouses, and Vannes is so sheltered that there's a wealth of tropical flowers and foliage.
Did you revisit anywhere in particular?
For the second time, John and I walked the walls of Saint-Malo. It takes about an hour and some of the old canons are still intact. I also walked it in my school years!
Any local delicacies?
We ate mussels (oysters on our honeymoon) at a restaurant flying the flags of Wales, Cornwall, Scotland, Ireland and Isle of Man. We often enjoyed the regional speciality of pancakes - there are many savoury flavours, including Breton onions - washed down with ice-cold cider.
And for a rainy afternoon?
Try the maritime museum in Brest. Then, among the cobbled streets of Rennes, there's the Breton Museum. It's just a few euros to enter and displays a variety of folk-dress, including tall bonnets of white lace, and highlights connections with our own Arthurian legend.
Visit Roscoff, where Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie both once landed
- Brittany is France's most westerly region.
- The Burkes got a list of hotels from Rennes Tourism (www.tourisme-rennes.com/en/home.aspx) and followed Trip Advisor's recommendations (www.tripadvisor.co.uk).
- Enjoy a romantic stay in northern France's Carré d'Etoiles (Star Cube), near Saint-Quentin. Beautifully finished, it boasts a skylight, telescope and waterside decking. £112 per night, call 0203 608 0581 or visit www.wimdu.co.uk/offers/CMWQEGUK
- A ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe costs from £40 return foot passengers (two adults plus car from £78). Call 0844 576 8836, www.ldlines.co.uk. For trains, call 0844 848 5848 or visit www.raileurope.co.uk
- Disabled is access generally good but avoid Paris and Rennes' underground trains.
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