March 26, 2017

Whimsical Salzburg

One of Austria’s most popular cities is Salzburg. The city known for Mozart, the Sound of Music and marionettes has a fun and whimsical side that can be found at Hellbrunn Palace.

On my last visit to Mozart’s city I purchased a Salzburg card which included free use of the busses and many discounted or free entrances to Salzburg’s sights including Hellbrunn Palace and Trick Fountains.  So I hopped on the bus and a short ride later was at Hellbrunn.

Grotto Dining Table Hellbrunn Salzburg Austria

Hellbrunn Palace is a Baroque villa built by the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg as a summer house and a place to hold outrageous parties.  Built in 1612, in the Italian style of architecture, Hellbrunn is one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture north of the Alps. The beautiful grounds hold the Palace, park, gardens and the popular trick fountains.

Hellbrunn Fountain Salzburg Austria

Your ticket includes an audio tour of the palace which can be done either before or after you tour the trick fountains. While the palace is interesting, it is the trick fountains that attract most visitors!

Dining Table Hellbrunn Salzburg Austria

During your time at Hellbrunn you’ll see elaborate grottoes, sculptures, statues, ponds, fountains and the fabulous trick dining table.

Getting Wet at Dining Table Helbrunn Salzburg Austria

Touring the trick fountains you’ll come across a miniature theater and water.   Lots of water which will be coming at you from every direction even from the occasional deer head!  Keep this in mind, you will get wet!

Deer Head and Pond Hellbrunn Salzburg Austria

The whimsical trick fountains are funny and quite an architectural and engineering feat for the 1600’s!

Grotto Statue Hellbrunn Salzburg Austria

Upon exiting the fountain tour you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful gardens full of flowers, ponds and statues. They’re also a great place to enjoy an ice cream or picnic before getting back on that bus headed back to town.

Statue Hellbrunn Salzburg Austria

Hellbrunn is a fun and peaceful adventure not far from Salzburg’s Old Town and one that is enjoyed by young and old alike.


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A Summer Residence Fit for a King

Sitting just outside Berlin, Potsdam is the perfect place to escape the city, which is how Potsdam became the playground for the Prussian Royal family and explains why there are so many palaces in this one city!

Looking Back at Sanssouci Palace Potsdam Germany

Longing to get away from all the rigors of royal duties in Berlin, Frederick the Great had a beautiful Rococo palace built in Potsdam between 1745 – 1747. Sanssouci Palace became the kings summer residence and has been likened to Versailles outside of Paris.

South Side Sanssouci Palace Potsdam Germany

The Palace has 10 main rooms on one floor which are open to the public. The rooms are very beautiful and contain many memorabilia to Frederick including furniture and art.

Chandelier Gold Room Sanssuci Palace Potsdam Germany

The walls themselves are pieces of art!

Beautiful Room Sanssouci Palace Potsdam Germany

Amazingly, and luckily, the GDR maintained the Palace and grounds during their occupation. Once reunification happened many of the statues, books and art were returned to Sanssouci. Also at this time, Frederick’s wish to have his body interred on the grounds was granted.

Potato King Tomb Sanssouci Palace Potsdam Germany

The tomb of the “potato king” sits over looking the beautiful gardens. It is said Frederick the Great introduced potatoes to Germany. In fact, it seems he enjoyed them so much he served them at state dinners and handed them out when visiting other towns. True or not, people still adorn his tomb with potatoes!

View from park Sanssouci Palace Potsdam Germany

At the back of the palace there is a beautiful terraced hill leading down to a fountain and further into the park. The park is very colorful and beautiful as well as full of amazing views back up to the palace!

Fountain and Statue Sanssouci Palace Potsdam Germany

Sanssouci means “without concerns” and seems to be a very fitting name for this lovely palace. Even with the all the tourists, the palace and park feel peaceful and relaxing.

Flower Room Sanssuci Palace Potsdam Germany

Both the palace and the park have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1990.

Fountain Sanssouci Palace Potsdam Germany

As I’ve stated before, I love visiting castles and palaces and prior to leaving for Germany was very excited to visit Sanssouci. But it was the park that grabbed me. On my next visit, I will spend more time wandering the different gardens, statues and palaces that are inside the boundary of this wonderful park.

 

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Many thanks to Historic Highlights of Germany for organizing this trip and to the wonderful people at the PotsdamTourist Office!  For more information please contact either organization or visit their websites.  Even though my trip was paid for by these organizations, all opinions are my own.

Germany, Bavaria, Munich – Need I Say More?

If you’ve read many of the post here, you know how much I adore Germany and especially Bavaria!

I have shared with you how much I enjoy small Bavarian villages (like Mittenwald), Kind Ludwig’s Bavarian castles, beer and my joy at visiting Bamberg with all its breweries. Yes, I’ve probably bored you by going over the top in Bavaria, Bavaria How do I love Thee and if pushed to pick a favorite it would be Bavaria.

Munich Skyline Bavaria Germany

Munich Skyline by BAYERN TOURISMUS Marketing GmbH

In looking back, I realized I’ve never told you about one of my favorite cities in Bavaria – Munich. What is it about Bavaria’s capital city that makes it so wonderful and why should you visit?

Here are 11 reasons to visit Munich!

  1. Galleries full of European art, Bavarian sculptures and can be found in the many Pinakotheken (Picture Galleries) that call Munich home. The oldest is the Alte Pinakotheke and the newest is the Moderne Pinakotheke with the Neue Pinakotheke in the middle. Together these galleries hold so much of interest they will keep any art lover busy for days!
  2. Nymphenburg Palace was built in 1664 to celebrate the birth of a son to Ferdinand and Maria. The summer palace is gorgeous and famous for its Gallery of Beauties, the carriages and sleigh that belonged to Bavarian rulers and wonderful palace gardens.

    Nymphenburg Palace Munich Bavaria Germany

    Nymphenburg Palace Munich by www.schloesser.bayern.de - Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung

  3. The Olympic Stadium was built for the 1972 Olympic games that were held in Munich and include the pool where Mark Spitz won his 7 gold medals! The grounds were built on a former airfield that was transposed into a state of the art Olympic venue including a large hill made of rubble from WWII.
  4. The Residenz is the former residence of Bavarian Kings and the Wittelsbach Dynasty until 1918. Today you will be amazed at the Renaissance building with Rococo interiors. On display are the jewels and crowns of the Wittelsbach along with many silver and porcelain artifacts.
  5. The center and heart of Munich is the Marienplatz. This mostly pedestrian only area was created by Henry the Lion and is a fantastic place to sit and enjoy a beer and bratwurst! It is also home to the world famous Glockenspiel sitting on top of the Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus. Kids and adults of all ages will be charmed by the lovely chimes and dancing figurines retelling Bavarian stories.
  6. Churches have been the center of communities for eons and Munich has its fair share. The best known symbol of Munich is the Frauenkirche. Built in 1468, it is the largest Gothic basilica in Southern Germany and home to the tomb of Ludwig IV of Bavaria. For the grandest views over the city climb the tower of Munich’s oldest church, Peterskirche. The Baroque jewel, Asamkirche, houses a very ornamental grotto and wonderful ceiling frescoes while the largest Renaissance church in Munich, Michaelskirche, houses the crypt of Maximilian I and Ludwig II.

    Munich City Centre Bavaria Germany

    Munich`s city centre by BAYERN TOURISMUS Marketing GmbH

  7. Beer Halls and Beer Gardens are a staple in Munich and probably the first thing people think of when thinking of Munich. The passion for beer is definitely alive in Munich and there are many options for enjoying your favorite brew and singing along to Bavarian songs. But if you’re in Munich during the summer or warmer weather do not miss the Beer Gardens! This is where Munichers go after a busy day at the office and a great place to feel like a local.
  8. The Viktualienmarkt has been supplying fresh foods to residence since 1807 and is one of my favorite places to wander! This wonderful food market has over 140 stalls full of fresh fruit and produce, handmade jellies, bread, pastry, meats and more. Yes, there is even a beer garden!
  9. If you’d like something a little more relaxing maybe some time in one of Munich’s many Gardens & Parks is needed. Munich is home to palace gardens of Hofgarten and Nymphenburg palace as well as a wonderful Botanical garden. The largest and most popular garden, Englischer Garten, is the place to stroll, ride bikes, rent a paddle boat or even surf!

    Englischer garten Munich Bavaria Germany

    Englischer garten by LuxTonnerre

  10. Don’t even get me started on the Food! I can’t get enough wurst, frites, schnitzel, spatzle, pork knuckles, sauerkraut . . .
  11. Munich has many Museums to enjoy but the grand daddy of them all is the Deutsches Museum, the oldest and largest science and technology museum in the world. Sitting on an island in the Isar river is a huge museum that has amongst its displays an Enigma machine built during WWII and the first automobile. There are displays dedicated to transportation, aviation, mining, energy, physics . . .
  12. If this isn’t enough then go for the people. They are open, gregarious, smiling and the real heart of this wonderful Bavarian capital! 


    What’s your favorite thing to do in Munich?

European Travelista’s 7 Super Shots!

I have been enjoying reading everyone’s entries to HostelBookers 7 Super Shots!  As I don’t consider myself a good photographer I was secretly glad that I hadn’t been asked to participate.

Then it happened. . .

Both Sabrina from Country Skipper and Courtney of Haunt Jaunts asked me to participate.  Feeling good to be included, I now had to find some photographs that were worthy of the project.

I started by thinking what photos represent.  Photos keep our memories fresh and alive. All it takes is a glimpse and we are whisked back to that very day experiencing that trip, event or the fun as if we were there now.  The photos we take are snapshots of our life.

After getting over my initial angst, I wandered through my memories and found some photographs that represent each of the categories.

Here is a photo . . .

. . . that takes my breath away

It is no secret that I love mountains, lakes and small villages.  While I find them all remarkable in their own way, Gruyeres Switzerland just took my breath away.Bucolic Gruyeres Switzerland

. . . that makes me laugh or smile

I actually had a little trouble with this one but then it dawned on me that the one that made me smile every time was this shot taken on my very first trip to Europe.  In fact, this one is a lot of “firsts”.  My first time to Europe, Germany, Bavaria, Munich.  I smile each time I see this much younger me sitting by a lake in the Englischer Garten and, yes, I’m enjoying my first beer in Munich.

Englischer Garten Munich Germany

Enjoying a beer in Englisher Garten's Munich

. . . that makes me dream

This shot of the French Basque countryside makes me dream about all of the less traveled, peaceful places I have been and will go to.

Basque vista Southwest France

Basque Hills

. . . that makes me think

Looking down on the way up the Jungfraujoch is a tremendous sight!  This lovely village nestled at the foot of the mountain makes me think about how amazing Mother Nature is. . . The beauty of Switzerland isn’t too shabby either 🙂On the way up Jungfraujoch Interlaken Switzerland

. . . that makes my mouth water

As I look at this picture my mouth is literally watering.  I can still feel the relief as I sat down at this table at Klosterbrau Brewery in Bamberg Germany.  I can also remember how ravenous I was and how wonderful this schnitzel, potato salad, green salad and beer tasted!Schnitzel at Klosterbrau Bamberg Germany

. . . that tells a story

Visiting the D-day beaches in Normandy is a must see. This photo, taken at the American cemetery, tells the story of all the Americans that died during WWII.  More than that, it tells the story of all the lives lost from all countries involved.American Cemetery Normandy France

. . . that I’m most proud of

Gothic Royaumont Abbey gets the distinction of being my National Geographic moment!  The lovely Abbey and its grounds are a serene respite to busy Paris.Gothic Royaumount Abbey near Paris France

 

Now its my turn to nominate 5 bloggers to participate:

Eurotravelogue

EasyHiker

To Europe with Kids

This is My Happiness

Downtown Traveler

 

Rules

  1. Choose a photo for each of the 7 categories above.
  2. Write a short description for each image.
  3. Write somewhere in your blog post: I am taking part in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots.
  4. Tell HostelBookers that you have participated and tweet the hashtag #7SuperShots

Nominate 5 other bloggers by including a link to their blog in your post.

Moravia: Exploring the Czech Republic

In recent years, the Czech Republic has become a major tourist destination and rightly so!  Prague has become the number one stop for tourists to the republic but should you stop there?  That answer is No, there are many other areas to discover of equal interest.

One of these regions is Moravia.

Located in the eastern part of the country, Moravia is known as the quieter and more “real” Czech Republic.  The region is full of quaint villages, lush green vineyards, history, outdoor activities and has held on to its traditions.

Brno Cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul Moravia Czech Republic

Brno Cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul by Millenium187

Below are 5 reasons to include Moravia in your itinerary of the Czech Republic:

  • Castles & Chateaux

There are more than 2,000 Castles and Chateaux in the Czech Republic and Moravia has more than its fair share.  Among these are medieval Helfstyn Castle with its imposing walls and setting above the Becva river; gothic Buchlov Castle; lavish baroque Kromeriz Castle was built in 17th century and includes must see gardens ;  Slavkov Chateau was the site of a famous victory for Napoleon at Austerlitz; and gothic Lednice Chateau whose grounds include an English style park and a Temple of Apollo.

Lednice Chateau Moravia Czech Republic

Lednice Chateau by Zp

Kromeriz Castle and Gardens Moravia Czech Republic

Kromeriz Castle and Gardens courtesy of Czech Republic Tourist Bureau

  • Wine

Wine is up and coming in the Czech Republic and Moravia produces the vast majority of it.  Most notably known for its dry white wines the reds are coming up.  There are many wine festivals held during the harvest time with the largest held in Znojmo, Mikulov, Brno and Melnik.  Twelfth century Valtice Castle houses the Czech Republic’s National Wine Center where you can enjoy tasting some of the best wines produced in the country.

Valtice Castle Moravia Czech Republic

Valtice Castle courtesy of Czech Republic

 

  • Towns & Villages

The towns and villages of Moravia include thousand years of history and were once the stomping grounds of the Liechtenstein’s.  Visiting the towns and villages of Moravia will help you understand the long and varied history of the region.  One of the most ancient towns is Znojmo where you can see wall paintings in the Romanesque Chapel of St. Catherine.  Telc is known as one of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic and is listed on UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Olomouc has long been a cultural center and is full of cobblestoned streets, stately cathedrals and grand palaces.  Mikulov offers history, architectural wonders and nature.

Telc Moravia Czech Republic

Telc courtesy of Czech Republic Tourist Bureau

 

  • Tradition

The diverse folk customs can still be found in Moravia, in fact, they have seemed to flourish.  During travels, visitors will come across people in tradition clothing as well as many folk festivals including Easter, music, Gypsy Song and Kings Ride festivals.

Moravian Costumes Czech Republic

Moravian Costumes Czech Republic by Jialiang Gao

 

  • Outdoor Activities

Moravia is full of beautiful and varied natural wonders.  These include many trails for bikers or hikers, parks, gardens, lakes, rivers as well as caves and chasms. The Litovel Morava Natural Park is best explored by bike as its trails are smooth and wide.  In the Jesenik Mountains adventurers will find waterfalls and the eerie Hill of Crosses.  Those wanting to explore the underworld, sights include Javoricko caves and Karst caverns.

Moravian Karst Czech Republic

Moravian Karst courtesy of Czech Republic Tourist Bureau

 

Yes, there are a lot of reasons to visit Moravia! Whether you want history, architecture, wine, nature or castles and chateaux you will find it here.  The one thing you won’t find are the crowds of PragueLife is a little slower in Moravia.

 

Would you visit Moravia while in the Czech Republic?

Musical Mirabell Gardens

Traveling through Europe I am always amazed at the abundance of spectacular gardens there are to wander.  They are a great place to rest for a bit or just wander aimlessly admiring the beautiful flowers and plants.Mirabell Gardens with view of Hohensalzburg Salzburg

It is hard to find a garden that can beat Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg.Hedges in Mirabell Gardens Salzburg Austria

This beautiful and peaceful oasis is tucked between Mirabell Palace and Mozarteum University and is home to beautiful flower beds, hedges, fountains and statues that are sprinkled throughout the garden.  The aisles and arbors are great for strolling or finding a bit respite from the sun!Statues in Mirabell Gardens Salzburg Austria

Easily accessible from the Altstadt, Mirabell Gardens offers great views of Hohensalzburg Fortress off in the distance.Tree in Mirabell Gardens Salzburg Austria

And for you Sound of Music fans, yes this is also a spot where Maria and the children frolicked and sang! The afternoon I was wandering Mirabell, I was lucky to run into a local youth band playing. Take a listen to this short video – they were actually very good!

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Bavaria, Bavaria How do I Love Thee?

While I’m away I thought it would a good time to look back in the archives of European Travelista!  I’m sure by now, you all know that Bavaria is a very special place to me and since I will be in Bavaria for a few days, I thought it was a perfect time to share with you a post that is an attempt at putting into words the reasons  I love Bavaria!  I hope you enjoy it and know that I will have a few more Bavarian tales to tell when I return.

My first trip to Bavaria was in 1981 and I have been passionate about this area ever since. I fell in love with Bavaria then and nothing has changed since.  I get tingly looking at pictures of Bavaria and love telling people about this wondrous place. Pictures of Bavarian villages or mountains send a sense of peace, calm, joy and excitement coursing through me. For me, it is one of the most peaceful and fun places I have been.

Hohenschwangau Bavarian Castle

View from Hohenschwangau

A few years ago we took our 2 teenage children to Germany including Bavaria.  During our stay in Garmisch-Partenkirchen we spent time visiting the castles in the area – Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau and Linderhof.  As I was sitting in a village nearby I remember looking around at the beautiful village, majestic Neuschwanstein Castle high up on the hill, the cows meandering in the field and I thought “What could be better than this?”  To this day, I haven’t been able to come up with an answer.

Why do I love this area?  Let me see if I can put it into words.

  1. The Lakes. Who can pass up Starnbergersee, Chiemsee, Tegernsee or Konigsee?

    Bavarian Scenery Germany

    Beautiful Bavarian Scenery

  2. The Castles. Neuschwanstein, Linderhof, Nymphenberg Palace, Herrenchiemsee, Trausntz or the Imperial Castle in Nuremburg.
  3. The Beer. Sitting at a Bavarian beer garden is one of the most enjoyable things to do and if there are mountains in view, even better!
  4. The History.
  5. The People.
  6. Those Cows!! If you’re lucky you’ll be in time to witness the annual cattle drive.
  7. Peace and Tranquility.
  8. The Mountains.
  9. The Window Boxes teeming with geraniums.
  10. The cities and villages.  Make sure to visit Munich, Bamberg, Nuremberg and Coburg along with the smaller villages of Fussen, Inglostadt, Kempten and Rothenburg.

    Linderhof Palace Bavaria Germany

    Linderhof Palace

  11. The Food. Schnitzel, wursts and sauerkraut. Yum!!
  12. Tradition. Oompah bands, dancing and dirndls and lederhosen.
  13. The views!
Rothenburg Bavaria Germany

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

 

Take all these together and I think this must be the definition of “Gemutlichkeit”!

 

While I love Bavaria, I know you must have a country, region, city that evokes much the same for you. Tell me about it. . .

Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Linderhof Palace pictures courtesy of Bayern Tourismus Marketing GmbH All other pictures are personal ones taken by me.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Castle – Linderhof

Earlier this week I wrote a post about the Castles of King Ludwig II – Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee.

For Travel Photo Thursday, I am sharing a few pictures taken at my favorite of Ludwig’s castles, Linderhof.

To me, Linderhof is the most spectacular castle I have visited.  I even like it better than Versailles!  The architecture is amazing as is the interior design.  I love all the whimsical details both inside and out.  The Hall of Mirrors, gardens and Grotto just amaze me!  The opulence of it all tell us a lot about this indulgent King.

Linderhof Terrace with Statue of Venus at top

Linderhof Terrace with Statue of Venus at top

Grounds of Linderhof Castle Bavaria Germany

Grounds of Linderhof

Cascading Waterfall Linderhof Castle Bavaria Germany

Cascading Waterfall

 

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Mystery Picture Take 2!

Today’s entry into Travel Photo Thursday is actually a re-posting of a blog I wrote back in February.  I have a picture that I can not identify and am hoping someone out there can help me figure out where this is!  I’d post it in Budget Travel Adventures  “Where in the world am I?” but I don’t know where I am 🙂  So now it’s your turn, do you know where I am?

How many of you have gone on a trip, taken tons of pictures,  come home and are not able to identify one or more of them?  It seems that no matter how many times you go over them or retrace your every step, you still cannot figure out what or where that picture is.  Frustrating?  Very.  Happen often?  Unfortunately, too often!

I sure hope I am not the only that has this issue and I hope someone out there can help me with a dilemma.  Recently I was going through some pictures and found one that I just cannot identify.  I know it is in France, somewhere between Bordeaux and St. Jean de Luz.

Below is a picture of a lovely garden but I have no clue its name or the city it is in.  Can anyone out there help me out?

So did you figure it out?

 

 

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Brittany France – Sleeping in a Chateau

Thanks to “I’ll Never Be French” by Mark Greenside, Brittany has been on my mind these days.

Quite simply, Brittany is stunning.  This area southwest of Paris quite literally offers something for every person.  There are beaches, medieval villages, sailing, art, ceramic centers, prehistoric remains, castles, bicycling, botanical garden, Celtic history, cathedrals, walking, fishing . . . This landscape should not be missed and what could be better than spending your nights in lodging that offers a distinct ambiance?

Brittany France by cb_agulto, on Flickr

Brittany France by cb_agulto, on Flickr

There are quite a few great Chateaux turned B & B in Brittany each offering you the opportunity to lay your head for the night just like the nobility of yore!  The Chateau B & B’s are usually in rural areas near interesting tourist sites.  Your hosts offer guests insider tips on the museums and villages you simply must not miss as well as arrange horseback riding or golf or dinner reservations.  Or if you decide, you could just wander the land surrounding your Chateau.  It is really up to you.

Of the many choices you have for Chateau B & B’s, here are 3 to whet your appetite!

 

Chateau Le Guilguiffin Brittany France

Chateau Le Guilguiffin

Le Guilguiffin

Situated near Quimpers, the castle at Le Guilguiffin dates back to the 18th century and is classified as an historical monument. Tradition reigns here as the public rooms and bedrooms are tastefully decorated in a style befitting a building of this stature including antiques.   There are 4 rooms and 2 suites.  The property also offers the Gardeners House which is 2 stories, sleeps 5 and includes a fireplace, oozes charm and has a local flavor.  Guernevez cottage is another more rustic option that is a bit smaller – only 2 bedrooms. Another bonus, dogs are welcome!

Le Guilguiffin Room Brittany France

Courtesy of Le Guilguiffin

Room at Le Guilguiffin Brittany France

Courtesy of Le Guilguiffin

 

Chateau de Talhouet

This chateau dates back to the 16th century and is full of all the charm you’d expect while in Brittany.  As a special enticement, this B & B is near the glorious medieval village of Rochefort-en-Terre.  Set in its own private woods and gardens, Chateau de Talhouet has 8 rooms that are tastefully decorated in a comfortable but elegant fashion some include a fireplace but all have great views of the countryside, woods or garden.  There is a spectacular Grand salon and a Billiards salon where you may find yourself relaxing after a days sightseeing.

Coast line Brittany France

Coast line Brittany France by www.FranceHouseHunt.com, on Flickr

Chateau de La Ballue

This 17th century castle is known for its gardens but is also home to rolling hills, forests and the wild coastal landscape of Brittany.  Near the border of Normandy, Chateau de La Ballue’s gardens are done in the style of the 16th century and include a fernery, water trap, open air theater, maze and Temple of Diana among other treats.  This small B & B has 4 rooms and suite that are lovingly decorated in the style of the period and include antiques.  All rooms have canopy beds.  Famous guests of Chateau de La Ballue include Balzac, Victor Hugo and Chateaubriand.

Chateau de La Ballue Brittany France

Chateau de La Ballue

So there you have it, 3 outstanding Chateau B & B’s for your enjoyment.  Whether you come to Brittany for the scenery, history or its culinary delights this spirited region offers a great reward to all that explore its boundaries.

 

What do you think about staying in a Chateau B & B?