Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Excursion #3

The last few days we've been pretty busy. Over the weekend, several of the stagiaires joined Loïc and me on a trip to Océanopolis, the local aquarium.  It was a nice visit and the aquarium had a lot of information about sea life that one finds off of the coasts of Brittany as well as in tropical and arctic environments.  Many of the stagiaires enjoyed touching the giant ice wall on display in the Arctic Pavilion.

On Tuesday we had our final excursion in Brittany to la Pointe des Espagnols, la Pointe de Pen-Hir, Camaret-sur-mer and Quimper.

At la Pointe des Espagnols, the stagiaires were able to get a view of the city of Brest from the other side of the bay.

While at la Pointe de Pen-Hir, the stagiaires posed for photos on the rocks and admired the scenic view of the sea.

After exploring the rocks and admiring the ocean view, we headed to the town of Camaret-sur-mer for lunch.  After everyone had eaten, the stagaires played on the beach and explored the town.

Our final destination on this excursion was the city of Quimper.  We first visited the Regional Breton Museum (Musée Departmental Breton) so that the stagiaires could fully engage with the history of the region they are spending their summer in.  

The museum included artifacts dating from prehistoric times to modern day.  It provided glimpses into all aspects of Breton life including traditions, festivals, folklore, clothing, religion, etc.  Below are just a few of the artifacts found in the museum.

Textiles and fabrics used in traditional Breton clothing

A closed bed
After the museum, we headed to the Cathedral Saint Corentin, which was just next door. 

Waiting to walk to the cathedral

La Cathédrale Saint Corentin - View from the museum
After touring the cathedral, the stagiaires were free to explore the city of Quimper. We are still in the midst of "les soldes" (semi-annual sales) so many chose shopping as their activity of choice.

Overall it was a great excursion. The weather was warm and sunny and we were able to take advantage of it by being outdoors as much as possible. It was a great final excursion in Brittany.

The rest of the photos from the excursion can be viewed at the link below:

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