Here is a small sample of interesting Stories from Tour visits of interest in Brittany France.
Brittany’s countryside is pretty Wild, beautiful, with a touch of mystery 🙂 You are bumping everywhere into cairns, calvaries and chapels erected by Celtics and early Christians. The land is covered with moors, brooms and sharp gorse. There are beautiful wild streams. The coastal rivers have long estuaries deeply penetrating the earth in sorts of very scenic fjords. ( Wow, that Sounds terrific! and very well said!)
A great adventure that has been going on for more than 120 years now!
what first? without Tyres, a car is not going anywhere… right?
Early 1736, discovery of “Cahutchu” ; a natural rubber which is a renewable raw material extracted from the sap of the tropical rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), has been making automobile history a century later, introducing Tyres.
Charles Goodyear was an American self-taught chemist and manufacturing engineer who developed vulcanized rubber. Final manufacturing process was under control in 1839. After several tests, tyres were mounted the first time on a vehicle in 1895.
By adapting its know-how, started with Breton culinary tradition and French gastronomy to target new consumer trends, the Michel Caugant Company achieved a leading position in three main markets for fresh products, available pre-packed and at the Delicatessen Terroir Pate Tureens Caugant : charcuterie, ready to eat salads and Christmas products.
Innovating for 70 years! From 1927 until 1997
Breton Company was created by Laurent Caugant. Then, his son Michel joined company in 1955. A great opportunity for this local delicatessen shop that became soon an industrial concern. From 1970s until late 1990s, Caugant company supplied major hyper-market, super-market chains and caterings growth markets everywhere in France.
This popular carnival custom takes place at the end of winter, during Shrovetide – the period just before the Christian Lent… Carnival Les Gras comes from the latin “carnem levare” meaning “ remove meat”, but carnival takes another turn 😉 to people living in the wonderful seaside town called Douarnenez; as a Fishermen Village.
Indeed, the Carnival means a Great opportunity to celebrate the end of winter regarding hard working conditions for Fishermen during winter period.
Many processions, dances everywhere in town, and a big Carnival parade are in the limelight for no less than for Five days!
Dating of 1835 yet!:)
The “carnavaliers” have ever been disguised, ever used carnival masks, enjoyed a lot dressing up in Drag too! 😛
Crêpe is derived from the Latin crispus meaning “curled”. Crêpes originated from Brittany, West region of France. Crêpes were originally called Galettes, meaning flat cakes.
Around the 12th century, buckwheat ; Sarrasin was introduced in Brittany and came from Asia via the Crusaders during the 12th century. Buckwheat thrived on the desolate and rocky Breton moors and is called “sarrasin” or “blé noir” (black wheat) due to the dark specs that are often found in it. It is high in fiber and is an excellent plant source of easily digestive protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. Another benefit is that it is gluten free.
Breton galettes were invented by a particular “Chef Cook”, in the person of The Duchess Anne de Bretagne since early 16th century. As she knew of the fast and natural growth about this Cereal called Sarrasin ; also known as “ the Plant of 100 days growth” , she decided to sow the precious seeds across the Duchy of Brittany. That is the reason why, from that time, the “galette au blé noir” was born and became a Breton speciality.