I kept the highlight of our island hopping tour through Brittany (France) for my last post: Île de Sein, the best island to get drunk! You will ask: „Why exactly Île de Sein? You can perfectly get drunk on every island.“ Maybe. But you can do it even better on this one. See the 7 reasons below: 1. Even if the world seems to go down on the way to the island – as soon as you have passed a special point the sun always comes out. That´s what all the sailors and fishermen say who come over every day. And that´s what we have also experienced. So much luck must be celebrated! 2. In the sixties the island had 1000 inhabitans and 28 bars. Now there are only 150 inhabitans and 6 bars. No problem! Nearly the whole island is surrounded by a stone wall. When the sun shows up, peole come out and put their drinks on this wall. This is how the longest bar in the world has been established. By the way: I´m drinking Kir Breton (Kir Royal of Brittany). I´m not quite sure if you can remeber the recipe: take Cidre, put cassis inside.3. Most of the houses on Île de Sein are or have something colourful, which is pretty unusual for this part of France. The good thing about it: you will always find back to your house or your hotel even if you are drunk. You just have to remeber if it was pink or blue or yellow… No streets, no numbers.On the day I was visiting the island (end of April) they had spring tide. It only happens twice a year. The sea went back more than usual and you could pick all the sea treasures like oysters or crabs from the bottom. 4. The streets between the houses were built so narrow that you could roll a beer barrel between them but you would never fall down if you were drunk. One of the walls would always „catch“ you.5. If you compare it to the other two islands we have visited, Île de Sein is pretty far away from the continent. So it´s food stayed really traditional and you don´t have to look with a telescope on your plate to find it. I had a ray fish with pomegranate sauce and potatoes. A good base to order another 3 Kir Breton.Thank you, Christine, for showing me Brittany. And the drinks. Find here all her posts.6. If you get really brave after some drinks – no problem. People on this island will believe you.On the picture above you can see another tiny „beer“-street. The water was coming back by the time the ferry was leaving ( 4 p.m.). It was your own fault if you still haven´t picked up your dinner till then.7. If something goes wrong between you and the bottle, Sauvetage en Mer will save as soon as you come back to Audierne. Well, this one is a shitty reason. But the other 6 are really true!
On our island hopping tour through Brittany (3 islands on 3 days) we needed to find a hotel located in the middle of these islands (Ouessant, Glénan and Ile de Sein). The ferry was always crossing very early in the morning and the wine for dinner was to good to say goodbye at midnight – so we couldn´t lose any time on driving too long. The small town Douarnenez seemed to be a perfect stopover. When we were looking for our hotel I really felt in love with this charismatic city with an amazing harbour ending in the open sea. So once you are in Brittany, please don´t miss Douarnenez! Even if you are not looking for a hotel… just to see the sun going down.Our Hotel Ty Mad (from 110 Euro per night) was located near a tiny church. It was used to be a monastery long time ago. Now it is an amazing design hotel with a swimming pool, a sauna, a gourmet restaurant and a bar. And with a window view to miss your dinner aperitif for… I was seriously considering staying at this hotel when they brought me this dessert. Caramel au beurre salé (caramel made of salted butter) is something you can´t go without trying it. But in the next morning my dessert was history and we had to go on with our tour. Ile de Sein, the last island, was waiting for us. Read in the next post why it is the perfect place to get drunk.
800 inhabitans, 1000 tourist beds, 4 bars, 7 fishing boats, but no trees and no policemen (both perfect for my excelent driving skills): Ouessant was the first island on our island hopping tour (3 days, 3 island) across Brittany. And at the same time the most western point of France. Somehow it really felt like arriving at the very end of the world…The beautiful cliffs on the coast of Ouessant are not only the reason for the many visitors, but also for the many lighthouses on the island (5 directly on it, another 20 you can see on a clear day). Ouessant is maybe not the right place for swimming, but really perfect for walking around, cycling and eating.As there are no trees and no wood on the island, the traditional food was cooked on sods (a lamb dish takes 6 hours). Because of the strong wind the grass never grows very high and because of the mild temperature during the whole year it´s roots never get frozen. I´ve never walked on such a soft grass carpet before.Everything wooden on the island was made from the ship wreckage. As you can imagine, there are no many exciting things happening on the tiny Ouessant. But there are a lot of funny storries about things the waves sometimes bring to the coast. One morning a container ship full of rubber ducks sank and the water turned all yellow. Another day the waves brought many shoes and the people on the island had to get together in the evening after collecting them all in order to find the right pairs.TY Korn was the best pub (ground floor) and restaurant (first floor) on the island. I didn´t want to wait 6 hours for my lamb, so I just ordered a crab which I had to crack with a nutcracker.There is one thing I haven´t done since my last teenage school trip: a night walk (nobody kissed this time!). On Ouessant it really made sense to walk around in the night because it was the best way to admire all the lighthouses “at work”. We also passed by a mysterious looking house on the cliffs and walked around it (I guess it wouldn´t look half that mysterious during the day). Creach is the most powerful lighthouse in Europe. When I was lying in my bed after this really long day I saw it´s lights running across the hotel room and hypnotizing zzzzz…. haha.On the next day we had to catch the ferry back to Le Conquet in the early morning. The second island was waiting for us. Le Glenán was the total opposite of Ouessant – no cliffs and a caribbean looking beach.