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The Brellie Way

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 Brellie
(brellie@mygoz2.com)

What are those numbers? The United States has states; France has departments, each with its own number.
See Brellie's picks for Where to Stay, What to See and Where to Eat in her favorite French departments!

EXCITEMENT IN 2018!!! Check out the Vendée (85) at the bottom of this page where Brellie features her own video driving across the Gois.
The Exit MyGoz2→ Tour de France, a famous bicycle race, starts by crossing the Gois in early July.

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Côtes-d'Armor-Position in France map of Cotes dArmor

Where to Stay

Brellie stays here when she wants to visit Mont St. Michel (one of the Wonders of the World), St. Malo (an ancient walled city on the water) and even Cancale, famous for oysters.

Where to Stay in Côtes d'Armor

photos of pond on hotel property

Exit MyGoz2→ Hotel Manoir de Rigouraine in Plouer-sur-Rance

Ideal location between Exit MyGoz2→ Saint Malo, Dinan and Exit MyGoz2→ Mont Saint Michel, overlooking the banks of the Rance River.

Room (Suite) 14 on the ground floor is a Brellie favorite. Run the slide show to see its comforts. Includes a private double bedroom, bathroom with shower, living/dining area with trundle bed, wet bar, small refrigerator, coat closet and a TV. Opens to its own terrace inviting outdoor dining. Enjoy views of fields, farm and the River Rance. Traveling with friends or family? Take Room 12 as well. Similar to Room 14. Together, these rooms have their own private entrance. And quietly located on the end!

collage of hotel and grounds photos
photos of breakfast table and Bourne Rollers, a golf club

A car is a MUST! Although only a short, scenic drive from so many beautiful places, the hotel is surrounded by farmland. A grocery store is nearby.

Brellie was thrilled to meet the Bourne Rollers, a golf club, at breakfast!

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Indre-et-Loire-Position in France map of Indre et Loire

Where to Stay | What to See

Visit some of the most famous Loire castles (chateaux). Summer can bring tourist crowds; budget some extra time and patience. Hire a driver who knows the area or drive your own car. Bike touring is also popular here.

Where to Stay in Indre et Loire

Hotel Novotel Amboise

Spectacular quiet setting with view of the Amboise Castle from rooms on the back of the Exit MyGoz2→ Novotel Amboise.

Ready for some comforts - like air conditioning and a truly hearty breakfast while visiting the Loire chateau country? This is the hotel for you! Enjoy Brellie's slide show of her Room with a View of the Amboise castle and hotel amenities. Swim in the outdoor pool, enjoy tennis and mini-golf. Perhaps the best buffet breakfast in France. Knowledgeable and friendly English-speaking reception staff. Room Service and free WiFi.

Be advised that this is NOT walkable to the town of Amboise or to the castle. A grocery store is a short drive away.

view of Amboise castle from hotel room

What to See in Indre et Loire

Visit the Castles

Use these links to English-language websites for castles (châteaux). Sites may be graphic-intensive and slow to load.
NOTE: You exit the MyGoz2.com site using these links.

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Loir-et-Cher-Position in France map of Loir and Cher

Sights

Visit Chambord and other famous Loire castles (chateaux). Summer can bring tourist crowds; budget some extra time and patience. Hire a driver who knows the area or drive your own car. Bike touring is also popular here.

Enjoy the famous Vouvray wines. Check out a winemaker and visit the cliffside caves they use for storage. Many are open for tastings.

What to See in Loir and Cher

Visit the Castles

Use these links to English-language websites for castles (châteaux). Sites may be graphic-intensive and slow to load.
NOTE: You exit the MyGoz2.com site using these links.

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Loire-Atlantique-Position in France map of Loire Atlantique

Where to Eat | What to See

Coastal oysters and inland vineyards. Tides go out for a mile or more. Watch the oystermen drive their tractors, yes tractors, across the sandy sea floor to reach their cultivated oyster beds. Tractors haul trailered Jon boats filled with the oyster harvest during the low tide (basse mer). Savor local white wines, muscadet and gros plant. Linger over a seafood platter (plateau de fruits de mer) brimming with shellfish, langoustines and more, or enjoy a lunch of mussels and frîtes!

Where to Eat in Loire Atlantique

What to See in Loire Atlantique

Carrelets, like this one, dot the Atlantic Coast. An Old Tradition and Still Used Fishing Method. You can even rent one to try it yourself.

photo of a carrelet dividing La Bernerie and Les Moutiers

Scenes from a Traditional French Market

Peruse the La Bernerie Market photo album!

jean-marc bonnin selling brioche at the market
Watch Brellie's favorite brioche baker, Brioche Bonnin, at work selling his delicious product at the La Bernerie market. Learn more about brioche at the Exit MyGoz2→ Brioche Bonnin website. (in French).
photo of man playing french accordion at La Bernerie market
Traditional music from the French accordion at a traditional market.

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Vendée-Position in France map of Vendee

Where to Eat | What to See

Truly off the beaten path and worth a visit. Regional wines rarely found elsewhere; sea salt; oysters; The Gois; Noirmoutier potatoes (the most expensive in the world); castles; landscapes of bucolic hills, rivers and the sea, and very friendly people. See their own Exit MyGoz2→ Vendée Tourism site for a comprehensive collection of things-to-do and beautiful, useful brochures.

Brellie enjoys amazing day-trips here. Cross the Gois between the Continent and Noirmoutier during low tide. Drive the corniche from St. Jean de Monts to St. Gilles Croix de Vie for breathtaking views from cliffs overlooking the sea.

Where to Eat in the Vendée

Le Genista - Poiré-sur-Vie

duck cassoulet, Serge's specialty cheese platter
Chef Serge's duck cassoulet. Béatrice's specially selected cheeses.

Poiré-sur-Vie is a quaint town in the heart of the Vendée. Think rolling hills, bucolic, and peaceful. The chef-owner and his wife, Serge and Béatrice, welcome you to their restaurant tucked away just down the hill from the center of town. Serge hails from the famous duck cassoulet region of Carcassonne and brings his talents to the Vendée. Savor Béatrice's love for cheese with special selections from her own Vendée region.


Exit MyGoz2→ La Villa - Saint Jean de Monts

Simple and elegant melon carpaccio
La Villa melon carpaccio

Just a block from the beautiful sand beach in St. Jean de Monts and on the main street near the tourist office.
This VERY popular restaurant features a 3-course 10 euro menu. Arrive early as tables go quickly - or - reserve in advance.

Visit the Brellie and Friends culinary experience at La Villa on the Learn About Travel album.


Exit MyGoz2→ L'Écume Gourmande - Bouin

A tasteful marriage of
local smoked eels and foie gras.
L'Ecume Smoked Eels with Foie Gras in ring display

Find this gem in tiny Bouin, a town near the Vendée border between Bourgneuf (Loire Atlantique) and Beavoir-sur-mer (Le Gois). Savor the skills of the chef-Master Restaurateur. Find the restaurant directly on this well-traveled road for vacationers heading toward the seaside. Make a leisurely stop here for a daily special or one of the exquisite fixed-price menus. Ample parking in rear. Terrace available for outdoor dining.

Visit the Brellie and Friends culinary experience at L'Écume Gourmande on the Learn About Travel album.


Exit MyGoz2→ Le Robinson - Saint Jean de Monts

One of many delectable dessert delights...
Le Robinson elaborate dessert

On the interior road through Saint Jean de Monts and worth a stop. Quality food at a fair price in a relaxing atmosphere. Professional service. Upscale décor. Outdoor dining available.

Visit the Brellie and Friends culinary experience at Le Robinson on the Learn About Travel album.


What to See in the Vendée

Enjoy BUT - Cross the Gois - ONLY at low tide!
Gois at Low and High Tides

Watch Brellie's own video and Drive across the Gois!

During low tide, people collect shells for dinner, bike, hike, tend to oyster beds with tractors, and climb escape towers for a grand photo opportunity.

Cross the Gois (hike, bike or drive)
from Beauvoir-sur-Mer to l'Île de Noirmoutier
- ONLY at low tide!

EXCITEMENT IN 2018!!! The Exit MyGoz2→ Tour de France, a famous bicycle race, starts by crossing the Gois in early July.