ROCHEFORT-EN-TERRE, A ‘PLUS BEAU VILLAGE DE FRANCE’

 

The main street of Rochefort-en-Terre. Photo, Paris + Plus

Sitting high on a rocky promontory above the valley of Gueuzon and the River Arz, Rochefort-en-Terre is a village in the countryside of the Morbihan departement of south-west Brittany. Not only classified as one of the ‘Plus Beau Villages de France’ it has also been designated a ‘Petite Cité de Caractére’ and a ‘Ville Fleurie’, making it one of the Brittany’s most visited sites.  As well as the charm of the village itself, there is also a medieval chateau on the edge of town.  It was not surprising that Rochefort-en-Terre was voted by the French themselves in 2016 as their favourite village of the year.

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ST MALO, GATEWAY TO BRITTANY

St Malo. Photo, Paris + Plus

The approach to the historic walled city of St Malo, on the coast of Brittany, is surely one of the most dramatic of any city in France.  The charming old town stands on a granite islet joined to the mainland by an ancient causeway.  It’s enclosed by high ramparts which are bordered by beautiful sandy beaches at the foot of its steep walls. 

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BEFORE VERSAILLES THERE WAS VAUX-LE-VICOMTE – TRAVELS WITH YOUR NAVIGO

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Photo, visitparisregion

As discussed in a recent blog, there are many exciting possibilities for exploring Paris and its regions if you’re armed with a Navigo travel pass.  The 17th century masterpiece Vaux-le-Vicomte is just one of 100 châteaux about an hour or less from Paris, many of which are open to the public.  A Navigo pass makes a visit to this magnificent château easy to achieve.

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