Saturday, July 23, 2005
Pont AvenPont Aven was a surprise on our trip toward western Brittany. I'd never heard anything about the town, but as we were driving down the highway we saw some interesting signs about this town and we were on vacation -- and what are vacations for if you can't just stop when something or someplace looks interesting?
Apparently, since 1888, Pont Aven has been renowned as an international artists' colony. Pont Aven's best know artist in residence was Paul Gauguin. I believe this is Gauguin's bust in the center of town.
We parked the car and walked around town for a little while. It is such a charming town -- pots of flowers hang from a wooden bridge. Here is a picture I took from the bridge.
There are little stores lined along the main streets where you can buy local art. There are also many stores selling the famous Galettes de Pont Aven, delicious, rich and very buttery cookies. I was afraid they might charge us for all the "free" samples my daughter kept taking. We bought a few boxes to take back to the US.
I walked a bit more through the town while the kids played in the town park with their father. It was a nice break from our drive.
-- said Auntie M in Paris
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