Sunday, August 30, 2009

Brittany Blues

These aren't the sad Blues...These are the refreshing,
mysterious,
invigorating,
manmade
as well as natural
blues...
...of our week's holiday in Brittany, northern France.
The blues of nature and the sea are reflected in a love of blue on land.
You can imagine I was happy!
We spent a week in a gite (holiday cottage - not pictured!) with Ben's parents.
We enjoyed the sea and the river,
prehistory and history,
cider, galettes and and crepes.
The blue hydrangeas (different soil to down here, sigh...) are used in the colourful house numbers.
The blue of the sea inspires the others...


Incidental details on the houses are usually blue.
And windows and shutters are very nearly obliged to be blue!
Over time,
transport also seems to have been traditionally...
...blue!
I'll leave you with some beautiful blue windows...



... and I'll tell you more tomorrow!

18 comments:

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great photos - thanks for sharing your holiday with us.

Michela said...

Hi Floss, welcome back!
What a charming region! Thank you for sharing all these blues! I bet that you've brought back from your holiday a suitcase of ideas for your house and crafts!
Or are you thinking to move there?!

Sarah said...

What a georgous place to visit! Love the houses, all so sweet with those little windows. Very glad to hear all is well and you were just holidaying. Bet there were a few blue purchases too aye?!!

Florence and Mary said...

What wonderful photos!

Victoria xx

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hello Floss
What a lovely post! I went to britanny about 4 years ago with Alan. So beautiful there, lots of blue (one of my favourite colours) and lots of hydrangeas which I also like. I really like the photo of the tatched cottage with the little blue window. The blue shutters look sp pretty on a house. Glad that you had a good holiday.
Take care
Isabelle x

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Look at all those beautiful blues. It looks like everything there is blue. Wonderful and thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Pomona said...

Lovely pictures - we used to holiday in Brittany a lot, and it really brings back some wonderful memories. It is a beautiful place, and it's great to see it again.

Pomona x

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chandlerguera said...

Thanks for sharing all these lovely pictures, featuring dreamy shades of blue. I love it!

beck said...

Thank you so much for that heavenly experience! You have such a good eye for the beauty and take such glorious photos. I always enjoy your tours around France. And I LOVE blue so it made me doubly happy on a grey day. Hope you had a wonderful time xoxo

Elizabethd said...

You have taken the very best of Brittany to show. Blues are such a wonderful colour here, and it is lovely to see shutters, doors, flowers, all looking so beautiful.

jeannette stgermain said...

You like the soft blues, which are very pleasing to the eye. But for my paintings I use ultramarine blue with is a purple kind of blue, because it is an intense blue.
By the way, I prefer Bretagne, such a mysterious name.

Thecraftytrundler said...

Glad you all had a great holiday! I stayed in Brittany about 11 years ago, and loved it!! One place I remember visiting was a place called Pont Aven, it was gorgeous!!
As they say, 'Blue is the Colour'!! a lovely post, Floss!!

Sharon xx

juanitatortilla said...

I wonder why everything seems to be "coincidentally" blue. Might it be because it is a "watery" town?

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Ashley said...

I love these pictures. One of the things I love about hydrangeas is that the acidity of the soil changes the colour of the blooms, I think that is neat! However I planted 2 blue hydrangeas in my garden 2 years ago and the are pink this year. Since I feared they were dead last year I am happy enough with this outcome.

LissyLou said...

such gorgeous photos Floss xx

maryboys said...

floss...this is an incredibly beautiful post! thanks for taking and sharing these photos:)

mary