Here are 10 beautiful towns in Brittany that you won’t want to miss!
From its Celtic heritage, to the striking stone monuments from early human settlement, to the site of the magical forest of Arthurian legend, the region exudes an ancient and mysterious aura.Not wanting to pay the surcharge, I resigned to the fact that I’d have to relearn driving a manual car again. Thankfully, after only a couple of freak-outs and switcheroos with my brother, I got my mojo back and it was smooth sailing for most of the trip. Normandy didn’t have as big of a crowd problem as Brittany did and we had a pleasant and leisurely time visiting the D-Day beaches and the medieval town of Fougeres. There were simply not enough parking spaces in town. So we learned our first lesson of traveling in France in August: If you don’t want to join them, beat them. Maybe this was too early because NOTHING was open that early. This was an important milestone because if there’s one thing you need to know about traveling in Brittany (or France) in August is this: a lot of places are closed.Fougeres was my first ‘real’ medieval town, it came complete with a castle and some intact half-timbered houses that have been converted to creperies and souvenir stores. It was the first indication of what was coming in the next few weeks. In the end, after spending a few hours in traffic jam we admitted defeat and turn around. Sunday in August turned even a town like Rennes (pop:200k) into a ghost town.Menhir is a word in Breton language that means long stone ( maen, "stone" and hir, "long.") Some 3,000 tall stones were erected 7,000 years ago at Carnac by the pre-Celtic people of Brittany.It is unclear why the story of Saint Cornelius turning pagan soldiers of Rome into stones, or why the wizard Merlin was also possibly responsible for entire Roman legions to be turned to stone, as both of these happenstances would have been no older than the first century. For those unfamiliar with Merlin, he was a good wizard in the Arthurian (from King Arthur) legend, and even though he was allegedly born in Britain (UK), he died and was buried in Brittany. The fog over Brittany will never reveal such a secret, but in the history of that part of France, Merlin was sometimes a holly tree, sometimes a wise man.The forest of Brocéliande in Brittany was often used as the site of magical happenings involving several legendary wizards and fairies, as well as some of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table working undercover to assure the pursuit of the Holy Grail and the preservation of the peace.