June 11-17, 2017


Sunday, June 11, 2017

We will meet you at Charles de Gaulle Airport at the local Rail station and transport you by large private air conditioned van to your Brittany or longère “home for the week”.  Enjoy a meet-and-greet featuring locally produced beverages and hors d’oeurves.  Then relax until it is time for a Gourmet Welcome Dinner by Chef Walter and Artistic Gourmet Adventures. (The longère is one of the most typical French and Breton property types. It is predominantly a rural property type found in all departments of Brittany. It is traditionally built in a rectangular shape. The name means rectangular shape in French. Traditionally each longère was given a local Brittany name when it was built.)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Today we will start out with our first watercolor day painting castle ruins on the coast. We will enjoy a picnic lunch and then go on to visit a magnificent lighthouse on the rugged coast.  Dinner at our Brittany longère. (Breakfast and Picnic Lunch provided by chef Walter and Artistic Gourmet Adventures at the Villa.)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

After breakfast, we will visit Dinard, with its Belle Époque villas and blue and white striped beach tents, it is like taking a trip back to the 19th century.  Made popular by British and American visitors in the 19th century, Dinard was France’s top summer resort until the French Riviera took over in the 1930’s. The former fishing village attracted wealthy celebrities (such as Alfred Hitchcock) and businessmen as well as European royalty, some of whom built fabulous villas.  Tuesday is Market Day and we will wander around the vast outdoor and indoor market. *Purchase local foods and drink for your own picnic lunch to eat seaside. Painting in Dinard. (Breakfast and Dinner provided by chef Walter and Artistic Gourmet Adventures at the  Brittany longère.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Awake rested and ready to go. We will enjoy breakfast and head to Le Mont Saint Michel. This is not just a church on a rock; it is a whole medieval city, one of the few places in France to have preserved intact its medieval walls and defenses. The city, though small, has a mayor, and in addition to its religious monuments, has old houses, narrow streets, hotels, restaurants and shops. But on the way to Mont Saint Michel we will stop to enjoy Cancale known as the “Oyster Capital of Brittany”. Painting in Cancale. *Lunch here and here you will walk among the oyster beds and sample today’s fresh catch including crab, shrimp and fish. Don’t worry if you are not a fish lover, they also serve ‘turf with the surf’! *Dinner on Mont Saint Michel. Painting of Mont Saint Michel. (Breakfast provided by chef Walter and Artistic Gourmet Adventures at the Brittany longère.)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

After breakfast, we will begin our day by visiting an ancient Druid cemetery. Next, we will visit Dinan, without doubt one of the most attractive and best preserved small towns in Brittany. The quay is lined with old stone houses, many of which are now waterside restaurants and chandlers’ shops.  Wherever you are, you won’t miss the 131ft (40m)-high viaduct. Then make your way up the steep Rue du Petit-Fort, this cobbled hill with its half-timbered houses boasts arts and crafts shops. Dinan is filled with artists, sculptors, engravers, bookbinders, glassblowers and more. Dinan’s old town appears that time has stood still. To get your bearings, climb the 158 steps to the top of the 40m (132ft)-high Tour de l’Horloge for wonderful views over Dinan and the surrounding area – you can see as far as Mont St Michel on a clear day. The 13th-century castle now houses the town’s museum and this is the best place to start a tour of the magnificent ramparts, 8804ft long, which are the oldest and most impressive in Brittany. *Lunch in small gourmet restaurant in Dinan. Painting of medieval Dinan. (Breakfast and Dinner provided by chef Walter and Artistic Gourmet Adventures at the Brittany longère.)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Breakfast, then we will discover Saint-Malo which became notorious as the home of the corsairs, French privateers and sometimes pirates. The corsairs of Saint-Malo not only forced English ships passing up the Channel to pay tribute, but also brought wealth from further afield. Jacques Cartier, who sailed the Saint Lawrence River and visited the sites of Quebec City and Montreal, and is thus credited as the discoverer of Canada, lived in and sailed from Saint-Malo, as did the first colonists to settle the Falkland Islands.  *Lunch in St Malo. Painting in Saint Malo. (Breakfast and Dinner provided by chef Walter and Artistic Gourmet Adventures at the Brittany longère.)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Breakfast then transportation to a local train station for your return home or your next destination! (Breakfast provided by chef Walter and Artistic Gourmet Adventures at the Brittany longère.)

*Your Adventure covers meals at our accommodations.

Itinerary subject to change without notice.