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Front door to our Brittany holiday homeDining room and stairs - Brittany GiteSplashing in the poolPlaying on the beach near St BrieucOur holiday home swimming poolEarly morning frost in BrittanyReady to do battle at the Moncontour Medieval FestivalRest and relax by the FountainBursting with flowers in front of a Pontivy ChurchJosselin's 12th Century ChateauBustling street market in JosselinFrench children dancing in Josselin town centreNarrow cobbled streets in PontivyLa Cheze town centreOur children in traditional Breton (Brittany) dressFormal gardens between the Vannes city wallsMedieval half-timbered houses in VannesTranquil stretch of the Nantes/Brest canalWindmills in BrittanyAutumn leavesVannes harbour runs right up to the old town wallsEnjoying a leisurely lunch beside the seaSun peeping over the trees beside the misty canalA beautiful misty morning on the road to PontivyDrive, pool and garden of our Brittany Holiday HomeThe 'old house' wing of our Brittany GiteSit out and dine or sun-bathe on the patioPatio, Pool and Garden at Les Vallees GitePlaying in the Pool at Les Vallees GiteThe West side of our Brittany Holiday Home - sans patioThe canal's often straight as an arrowCanal Lock near MalestroitOur Brittany Gite - see www.giteinbrittany.comPassageway between the two housesFront view of the Gite

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Front door to our Brittany holiday home

Part of the gravelled driveway in front of our holiday gite in rural Brittany, France.

We had the driveway re-gravelled in 2007 when the new septic tank was installed and it looks much better as a result. Unfortunately this hasn't stopped the weeds and we still the pesky blighter's growing through the membrane - bi-annual spraying with Sodium Chlorate required!

Notice my DIY handy-work with the new side gate and entrance gates!

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Dining room and stairs - Brittany Gite

Wide open sweeping stairs to the bedrooms of our Brittany Gite with the dining room table (for 6) underneath

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Splashing in the pool

Our sons, Toby and Jack, playing in the swimming pool at our French holiday rental home.

It took hours and hours to fill up the 15' pool but they couldn't wait that long!

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Playing on the beach near St Brieuc

Jack (aged 6) and Dexter the dog (aged 7) loved playing on the wide open beaches of Northern Brittany whilst holidaying at our vacaction holiday home.

Jack got much wetter than Dexter, charging in and out of the sea

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Our holiday home swimming pool

A rare moment of peace in the swimming pool at our Brittany Holiday Gite - no kids in the pool !

Our two boys love playing in the pool ... looks like the peace is about to be shattered as Jack (aged 6) is in the background on the patio.

Behind the pool can be seen the open barn where we store the bikes and outdoor kids toys

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Early morning frost in Brittany

Taken at 9am on a cold February morning in Brittany, this is the field directly opposite our Brittany vacation home, with the sun barely peeping up above the trees and the frost still lying on the ground

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Ready to do battle at the Moncontour Medieval Festival

Every two years the town of Moncontour in Brittany holds a medieval festival

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Rest and relax by the Fountain

Another photo of a quiet square in Pontivy, Brittany. The town was renamed 'Napoleonville' in 1804 in honour of Emperor Napoleon and many of the grid-iron roads and formal squares are as a result of his influence.

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Bursting with flowers in front of a Pontivy Church

Pontivy in the Morbihan region of Brittany has lots of tranquil areas such as this one to rest and spend some time in.
The flowers were in full bloom on April 1st when this photo was taken

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Josselin's 12th Century Chateau

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Bustling street market in Josselin

Every Saturday morning there's a street market held on the streets of Josselin, down the hill towards the Chateau. Lots of fruit, veg, cheese, roasted chickens, clothing, etc; and of course the French socialising at the same time!

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French children dancing in Josselin town centre

Quite by chance when we were walking around the centre of Josselin (Brittany, France) we saw a group of French school children aged maybe 3 or 4, dancing with their teachers.
Not quite sure what the occasion was (this was in early April) but they were all brightly dressed with outfits made out of plastic cups, bubble wrap, bottle-tops and plastic tray holders.
Delightful !

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Narrow cobbled streets in Pontivy

Pontivy (one of the seats of the Dukes of Rohan) has some quite old parts like this cobbled street, and some parts that show Napoleon's influence with straight roads and a massive marching ground (now used for the weekly market).

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La Cheze town centre

Central square in the pretty floral town of La Cheze in central Brittany. Even in November (2006) the beds are stuffed with flowers

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Our children in traditional Breton (Brittany) dress

Our boys couldn't resist having their photo taken in traditional Breton dress when we visited Vannes on the South Brittany coast

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Formal gardens between the Vannes city walls

In between the two sets of city walls in Vannes (southern Brittany) are these formal gardens. They're absolutely immaculate, the picture doesn't really do justice to how neat and tidy everything is!

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Medieval half-timbered houses in Vannes


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Tranquil stretch of the Nantes/Brest canal

A quiet stretch of the canal that runs through Brittany from Nantes to Brest. This shot was taken near to Pontivy, about 15 miles away from our rural holiday cottage

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Windmills in Brittany

At Gueltas just outside Noyal Pontivy (on the road to the napoleonic town of Pontivy) is a windfarm of 6 windmills.

Windfarms are springing up all over France as each commune 'does it's bit' for the environment

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Autumn leaves

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Vannes harbour runs right up to the old town walls

Harbour and start of the old town in Vannes, Brittany

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Enjoying a leisurely lunch beside the sea

A small cafe beside the sea near Vannes on the south Brittany coast

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Sun peeping over the trees beside the misty canal


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A beautiful misty morning on the road to Pontivy

On the way back from Pontivy in central Brittany one morning, trees silhouetted against the mist

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Drive, pool and garden of our Brittany Holiday Home

View from the west side of the Gite (with the barn to the right and the patio behind) looking across and up the garden.
On the opposite side of the gates is one of the other 4 houses in the hamlet.

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The 'old house' wing of our Brittany Gite


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Sit out and dine or sun-bathe on the patio

New for 2006 at our Brittany Holiday Home is a large patio that's situated on the west side to catch the afternoon and evening sun.
Perfect for dining or just lounging about in the sun !

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Patio, Pool and Garden at Les Vallees Gite

Sunny patio, pool and garden at Les Vallees Vacation Gite in central rural Brittany

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Playing in the Pool at Les Vallees Gite

Our children just love playing in the pool at our Brittany Family Holiday Gite

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The West side of our Brittany Holiday Home - sans patio

We were over at our Brittany holiday Gite last week for a holiday and for the building of the new patio.
Unfortunately the builder wasn't able to do the patio so we've just got the weeds to set the deck chairs out on instead !

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The canal's often straight as an arrow

The Nantes to Brest Canal runs close by our Brittany holiday gite, this photo shows a straight section at Malestroit

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Canal Lock near Malestroit

Another photo of a lock on the Nantes to Brest Canal at Malestroit about 10 miles away from our Brittany holiday home, this photo shows a straight section at Malestroit

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Our Brittany Gite - see www.giteinbrittany.com

This was I think the view of the Brittany house that sold it to us. It had everything we wanted, somewhere that with a bit of decorating could become our holiday home and Gite, and a "future project" to turn more of it into Gites.
Needless to say we fell in love with it and bought it in January 2004.
It's now our Brittany Holiday Gite and is available to rent all year round

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Passageway between the two houses

Our Gite actually comprises two houses in an L shape.
Between the two is this little passageway

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Front view of the Gite

Fantastic weather when we looked at the Gite I'm sure helped to sell it to us

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