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Sheila May 12th, 2002 04:29 AM

Guide Books for Brittany
 
We're going back to Brittany this summer. Last year we had with us the Green Michelin and the Rough Guide to Brittany and Normandy and were thoroughly underwhelmed by both of them.<BR><BR>Fodor's Brittany Guide is on sale cheap and I wondered if anyone has used it and if so what they thought of it.<BR><BR>Have any of you used a guide book for Brittany that you thought was good? If so, which?

ron May 12th, 2002 08:05 AM

Sheila, this doesn't quite answer your question (but it does bring it to the top). If you don't need a book full of accommodation and restaurant listings, look for 'Landscapes of Brittany - a Countryside Guide' by Rodney Ansell. It contains 7 car tours, 42 long and short walks and 22 picnic suggestions. I believe it is out of print, but still available in some book shops. Published by Sunflower Books, London, ISBN 1-85691-025-3. I have not used it, but it is the only guide book I am taking when we leave later this week.

Sheila May 12th, 2002 11:40 AM

Ron; thanks. I have the Sunflower book too.<BR><BR>I think they're great for "what to do" stuff; but not for serious history/knowledge.<BR><BR>It's just occurred to me:-is there a Blue Guide to Brittany? Must find out

StCirq May 12th, 2002 11:56 AM

Hi, Sheila..<BR><BR>Do you by any chance read French? If so, the book to get is Le Nouveau Guide de Bretagne by Michel Renouard, one of the most comprehensive guidebooks on any area I've ever come across. I'm afraid I don't have any suggestions for books in English, as my Brittany library is limited to the one mentioned above and the Guide Vert.

Sheila May 12th, 2002 12:01 PM

That's a good idea. I can get by in French, but one of my coleagues is fluent

Julie May 12th, 2002 12:20 PM

Cadogan does a Brittany Guide. I like their guides very much and love their cheeky comments and historical gossip.

Gaia May 12th, 2002 02:17 PM

I think your choice of the green and red Michelin guide are perfect.

Jo May 12th, 2002 05:44 PM

Sheila -<BR><BR>Here's another vote for the Cadogan guide on Brittany. Philippe Barbour wrote this one in the series, and it's terrific - full of history, anecdotes, and excellent reviews of hotels and restaurants. Have used it several times and never been disappointed.


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