Guide Books for Brittany

Old May 12th, 2002, 04:29 AM
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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.

Fodor's Brittany Guide is on sale cheap and I wondered if anyone has used it and if so what they thought of it.

Have any of you used a guide book for Brittany that you thought was good? If so, which?
 
Old May 12th, 2002, 08:05 AM
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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.
 
Old May 12th, 2002, 11:40 AM
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Ron; thanks. I have the Sunflower book too.

I think they're great for "what to do" stuff; but not for serious history/knowledge.

It's just occurred to me:-is there a Blue Guide to Brittany? Must find out
 
Old May 12th, 2002, 11:56 AM
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Hi, Sheila..

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.
 
Old May 12th, 2002, 12:01 PM
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That's a good idea. I can get by in French, but one of my coleagues is fluent
 
Old May 12th, 2002, 12:20 PM
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Cadogan does a Brittany Guide. I like their guides very much and love their cheeky comments and historical gossip.
 
Old May 12th, 2002, 02:17 PM
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I think your choice of the green and red Michelin guide are perfect.
 
Old May 12th, 2002, 05:44 PM
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Sheila -

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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