"The isles of France" Bretagne by gwened

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This is Brittany, the Duché de Bretagne

a bit of history and facts on my new region of residence.
Brittany (French: Bretagne ; Breton: Breizh, Gallo: Bertaèyn) is a cultural region in the north-west of France. Previously a kingdom and then a duchy, Brittany was united to the Kingdom of France in 1532 as a province. Brittany is considered one of the six Celtic nations.

It is bordered by the English Channel to the north, the Celtic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Bay of Biscay to the south.

The historical province of Brittany is divided into five departments: Finistère in the west, Côtes-d'Armor in the north, Ille-et-Vilaine in the north east, Loire-Atlantique in the south east and Morbihan in the south on the Bay of Biscay. There is a law from Petain in 1941 that is the root of the separation of the Loire-Atlantique from Brittany, officialise in 1956. However, the Nantaise considered themselves still as part of Brittany.

Some of the principal cities are, (french and gallo, then breton names)
Nantes (Gallo: Naunnt, Breton: Naoned)
Rennes (Gallo: Resnn, Breton: Roazhon)
Brest (Breton Brest)
Saint-Nazaire (Gallo: Saint-Nazère, Breton: Sant-Nazer).
Lorient (Breton: an Oriant)
Quimper (Breton: Kemper)
Vannes (Breton: Gwened, Gallo: Vann) My Breton alias in VT!!!whre I work
Saint-Brieuc (Gallo: Saint-Bérieu, Breton: Sant-Brieg)
Saint-Malo (Gallo: Saent-Malô, Breton: Sant-Maloù)
Redon (Gallo: Rdon, Breton: Redon)

The unique languages of the region are Breton, strongest in the west but to be seen all over Brittany, is a Celtic language most closely related to Cornish and Welsh. Gallo, which is spoken in the east, is one of the romance Langues d'oïl, more Latin based.
Some words in Breton, first the French ,then ,the Breton,then English
Beurre, Aman, butter
vent, Avel, Wind
bara, pain, bread
demat, bonjour, good morning
digemer mad, bienvenue, welcome
douar, terre, land
fest-noz, fête de nuit, night feast
gwenn, blanc, white
heol, soleil, sunshine
kaer, beau, beautiful
ne gomprenan ket, je ne comprend pas, I do not undertand
kenavo, au revoir, goodbye
ken ar c'hentan, a bientôt, see you soon
ker village, town
kig , viande, beef
kozh, vieux, old
mad, bon, good
mar plij, s'il vous plait, please
men pierre, stone
mont a ra, comment allez vous ,how are you
mor, mer, sea
nann, non, No
penn, tête, sommet, head , summit
plou , paroisse, parish
stivell ,fontaine, fountain
ti (ty) maison, house
trez, sable, sand
trugarez, merci, thank you
yar-mat! a votre santé, cheers

official site for Tourism in Brittany is at

and last but not least remember this lesson
a Breton saying "En bretagne la pluie ne mouille que les cons!" meaning In Brittany, the rain only wet the ...dummies

The isles the sea the seafood

I live in Bretagne, Brittany, Breizh now, and its really wonderful.

boats ,boats the sea its all around us

but of course Brittany is boat, and some of the best boaters,sailors in the world are from here

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:people,food,sights,and history
  • Cons:not enough public transport
  • In a nutshell:The isles of France
  • Last visit to Bretagne: Mar 2014
  • Intro Updated Mar 29, 2014
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  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    flooding in the Finistére, as much as 1,50 meter in Quimperlé.alert rouge red there and orange in the Morbihan lol!!!

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    Dec 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Celebrating 500 years of the death of Anne de Bretagne, twice queen of France and ,also, Duchess of Brittany.January 2014.

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    May 1, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Bretagne, Brittany or Breizh is awesome ::)

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    racking up on Bretagne, I will be back ::)

    • ranger49's Profile Photo
      Jan 26, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      When will you be back? I might need your advice :) Meanwhile have a good trip.

    • gwened's Profile Photo
      Feb 2, 2013 at 5:50 AM

      just back from Indonesia, just have another update left on Arradon. So much to see here in my new little corner....

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Dec 24, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    From Brittany with love Merry Christmas,and of course ,Nedeleg Laouen (breton).

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    More towns added and its just beginning lol!!!

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Some individual new entries on towns of Brittany,check them out they are hot.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    My most vivid memory of the Bretagne is how fast our clothes dried in the wind.

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