Brittany is Different

It is France but somehow it seems not. It is the same as Wales or Ireland but it is not. It often feels like an independent nation but it is not and has not been for several hundred years. Brittany (Breizh in Breton or Bretagne in French) is different! Lazy comparisons are too easy to cast about and a measured analysis would take a decade or more and still leave us scratching around for an agreeable descriptor. So, let us just agree to say that Brittany is unique.

The traveller to Brittany will see signs of this uniqueness all around, it is not just the (predominantly) bilingual road signs or the omnipresent bigoudène-adorned figure on the backs of cars that make Brittany different from the rest of Metropolitan France or elsewhere. Although both are probably the biggest public manifestation of that especial difference.

So, what else helps contribute to Brittany’s uniqueness? The Breton language certainly, although, for a variety of reasons, it’s quite unusual to hear anyone between the ages of 20 and 70 speaking it in the street. The spoken French, in terms of accent and tonality, is different too but, thanks to television, markedly less so nowadays in the younger generation. The culture is assuredly distinct and there is a strong sense of national identity entwined with this: a shared pride in the uniqueness of Brittany’s rich cultural heritage.

What has, despite the odds, fostered and nurtured a distinct and thriving Breton culture into the 21st century is a fascinating subject but probably unfit for the limited confines of a blog such as this. Instead, I hope to use this blog to highlight some of the noticeable things that, for me, make Brittany interestingly different from other places. You can therefore expect postings on cultural events, festivals, food and drink, folklore and legends, history, geography and landscapes.

I am no expert, so, please feel free to share your thoughts. Let us try and add some real colour to the Brittany travel guides and feature the best of Brittany for today’s inquisitive traveller.


Thank you!

Published by Bon Repos Gites

Enjoying life in Kalon Breizh - the Heart of Brittany.

24 thoughts on “Brittany is Different

  1. Thank you for creating this excellent blog! Due to your eloquent, detailed writing, I have discovered so many fascinating things about Brittany! It is now my greatest dream to visit this earthly Paradise. 😌

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  2. I think that’s what make it so unique. It isn’t exactly France, Wales nor Ireland. It’ has it own culture separate from these other places.

    P.S. You’re an expert. 🙂 You know far more about Brittany than most of us.

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      1. I learn something new with every article. Like I was curious about bigoudène-adorne on cars and what they looked like but came across bigoudène-adorne in clothing. The tall lacy headdress is quite interesting. I knew about the Spanish headdress similar to that but I didn’t know France had one too. I know John Snow is but who is Manuel in relation to Brittany?

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      2. Yes, that’s the one that I thought you were referring to. It’s a decal of a cartoon lady who is more hat than body. It’s actually a company logo but folks put it on their car as a bit of fun.


  3. I am sooo drawn to your blog, and to read every post! My husband and I visited Ireland, England, and Scotland last year (July and December 2019), and are in awe of the lands and folklore. Blessings! ❤️🦋🌀

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    1. It certainly is especially since its effective suppression since the Revolution. Banning the language in schools and church almost eventually did the trick but failed to eradicate it and now it’s enjoying a resurgence despite the govt’s ambivalence.

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