One Ocean, Two Continents, 1,000 Connections

Brittany and French America: the two things I am passionate about. Born and raised in France, a proud “Brittany girl” and have lived in Quebec and North-East USA which used to be part of New France, I started to get very interested in the early colonial history of this region a few years ago. This…

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Newfoundland – “Terre aux Bretons”

I have to come to France to learn more about 15th century expeditions to North-America than I have while living in Canada or the US. I knew that Bretons and Basques (respectively people from Brittany, France and from the region between France and Spain) had been fishing and exploring the seawaters of Newfoundland and the…

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Brittany Wooden Shoes

I love playing history detective. It always takes you to places you could not expect! This time it starts with the story of an ordinary pair of painted Brittany wooden shoes seen at the Vermont Antique Show last week, and ends with Paul Gauguin’s carved wooden shoes which sold this week for nothing less than…

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Fireplace and “lit clos”

Photo: Courtesy of Gites de Meneham I love history! That our house might be 200 to 400 years old is fascinating me. Its large stone fireplace is impressive, and it was very exciting to realize that we could still imagine how people lived so long ago. The house still has its dirt floor and you…

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Interiors – Beach & Country

I discovered this website today. Really like the white beach style. Explore for yourself: www.abeachcottage.com I also found this article yesterday in the French magazine Coté Maison: “Sarah Lavoine ouvre les portes de sa maison de vacances“. I love that country house! With this, and also the French country store in Montreal called L’Atelier du…

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Rediscovering Brittany

Brittany is where I came from. I left. And here I am, having to rediscover the place I came from. I was born and raised in Brittany but left for America when I was 22. America was a place where everything was possible. But there is nothing like being back home. And Brittany is the…

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