After a month at the French farm, I wanted to go on a little solo holiday to have alone time (hello, one month of communal living!) and to get some things done. I spent a couple days traveling with a fellow farm volunteer and then took the train up to Roscoff on the Northwest tip of France. It’s a charming seaside town and a gateway to the UK (I took a ship over to Plymouth, England at the end of my stay) with rocky beaches and gorgeous vistas of the sea. It’s a bit touristy but I had a lovely few days eating mussels and taking in sea air. I can’t offer any type of a guide as I didn’t get to thoroughly scour the area but here are a few things I enjoyed immensely. Originally I thought I might go to Paris to get over to the UK but I started looking into taking a ship and I got my mind set on it. The thought of breathing in sea air for six hours instead of running like a hot mess around a city really appealed to me. I am so glad I did. On the ride over, some Breton bag pipe players stood at the front of the ship and played. Ahh! So lovely!
La Moule au Pot: Delicious food at a tiny family restaurant (with a greenhouse in the back you can dine in) and away from the tourist center of town (I had mussels with a seaweed cream sauce). They harvest seaweed right there in Roscoff for culinary purposes.
Chapelle Sainte Barbe: Hike up to this little church for incredible views of Isle De Batz and the surrounding areas.
Hotel D’Angleterre: I stayed at this totally charming hotel. It’s not for the high-maintenance travelers for sure. It’s a bit rough around the edges (two stars) but full to the brim with character, as it’s been in the same family for several generations now. I had an incredible view of a garden behind a stone wall, stone cottages, and a view of the sea! FYI, the WIFI doesn’t work in the rooms, just in the little lobby. It’s darling and you can walk everywhere from here.
Sunday Brocante: This market was amazing. I didn’t buy anything since I live from a backpack now but I wanted to take home vases, china, ceramics, vintage overalls in red and chambray, vintage children’s clothing, and pale blue linen sailor tops! I just followed the signs I found for it around town. It takes place near the harbor.
Brittany Ferries: Check out this ferry site for info on sailing between France to the UK. Don’t bother getting a seat, you’ll want to be outside on deck to thoroughly enjoy the ride.
All photos by Chelsea Fuss. See more on Instagram.
Chelsea, I’m so enjoying your adventures abroad and I envy your travels and the beauty you see…you capture it beautifully. So happy for you!
i’m loving your adventures …. and am drinking in the photos at instagram. can’t wait to see you! xx
This is all so wonderful. I really hope you write a memoir about your travels when all is said and done, I’ve loved seeing snippets of your adventures and would love to read about them more extensively!