Honfleur, paradise for painters
With its colourful fishing boats and soaring timbered houses, Honfleur offers visitors a truly picturesque setting. The enchanting little port is considered the cradle of impressionism – Eugène Boudin, Monet, Renoir and Cézanne met here to paint. In addition to enjoying the abounding art, don’t miss out on Normandy’s culinary masterpieces: cider, calvados and camembert.
The most British town of Brittany: Roscoff
On the outermost northwestern end of Brittany, Roscoff is leaning into the Atlantic as though it wanted to reach across the British Channel for Cornwall. The charming seaside town with its pretty granite houses is considered the most British among the Breton ports. Not surprising, because for hundreds of years, the old corsair town was trading with Great Britain exporting salt, wood, cloth and onions.
Tresco – a British island
with a Mediterranean heart It is hardly surprising that Tresco, the second largest of the Scilly Islands, has been populated since the Neolithic period. Thanks to its mild climate, the island is as lush and green as most Mediterranean coastlines. Abbey Garden is a veritable paradise, bursting with exotic flowers, bamboo thickets, palm and pine trees. It is one of the world’s most spectacular botanical gardens.