Sep 29, 2016

~ arrival in brittany, le pouldu ~ port



I'm going back in time for this post. I've already shared some beautiful day trips in Brittany with you, but this post is from the day of our arrival. 
The train ride to Brittany was about four hours from Paris, and we were excited to get out and do some sightseeing, despite the dreary weather...


Our hosts took us on a walk through an enchanted forest which began with this little structure with a 4' front door. The home of an elf? A gnome?

I marveled at the use of stone, that pale green shutter, and the thatched roof in the distance...




Our nature walk...


If that doesn't look like an enchanted forest...















Not only were we feeling the effects of being in another country, but we also felt like we had gone back in time...

We ate dinner that night in Le Pouldu Port...

Remember I mentioned Paul Gauguin in Pont Aven? Well, after a stint in Tahiti, Paul Gauguin returned to Pont Aven in 1889 to find it crowded with new artists following in his footsteps. Seeking a more isolated environment, Gauguin relocated to Le Pouldu with a few of his colleagues.

Le Pouldu translates the muddy muck hole...









Gauguin was an incredible artist, but not an upstanding family man... He abandoned his wife and children and became notorious in the town of Le Pouldu. He and his entourage would create a ruckus late each night, partying and carrying on. In an effort to control Paul and his gang, the town fathers got together and changed local regulations, forcing all local bars to close at 10pm!

Gauguin's Landscape at Le Pouldu, 1890.

Remember I told you to look out for a featured painting in an upcoming post? Our friends own a painting by this same artist in their home... These gorgeous paintings were in a local restaurant, and our backdrop for dinner!

Here we enjoyed an incredible and very messy meal of langoustine, and other local seafood. A perfect start to our memorable visit to Brittany...



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Sep 26, 2016

~ inspired home: blake and monica


Our friends, Blake and Monica, have the most charming home on a petite port on the coast of Brittany. Their view is spectacular!

Let's take a tour... Keep in mind, I was especially intrigued with their paintings and artwork, so this inspired home might seem more like a visit to the museum :)

This painting by Bernard Buffet is really amazing.


Look at the basil and other herbs just outside on the terrace :)



You can see they have an extensive and diverse collection of interesting and beautiful objects from their travels and day trips...


So many of the paintings were painted by local artists, and depict scenes they see driving through their neighborhood...

Sardines are a popular theme...

LOVE.




The view from the terrace looks just like a painting!


On a sunnier day... I prefer blue skies!


Their backyard...

Another favorite :)



Their collection of ceramics, also found locally, is outstanding.

This was painted by an artist who has two large paintings in a local restaurant.. Keep your eyes open for them in an upcoming post...




I think this is my favorite... 


Loved this tiny Quimper snuff box!


Fresh herbs are ready for the chef!


Fresh flowers from the garden on the table... 

This painting is such a major part of the room. A strong statement piece that sets the stage for the rest of the room, but doesn't overpower. I love the color, I love the fish, and I love how the artist signs his name top and center.

One minute is was cloudy...

And the next, it was sunny...




More paintings upstairs :)

Wow.













My favorite!


View from upstairs...


Geraniums on steroids...




Just outside their backyard... 





To spend time in this beautiful setting, with these spectacular views was extraordinary. Blake and Monica were such gracious hosts, and took us on adventures everyday ~ each one better than the last! They truly made our trip to France an unforgettable one.




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