One Week in Cancale, the Oyster Capital of Brittany

Cancale, a small fishing village situated on the Emerald Coast, can also claim the title for being the Oyster Capital of Brittany.

Through booking.com, we had booked a small apartment for two adults near the sea. We arrived after an eleven-hour drive from Oberursel a bit before 9pm. After we had checked in, we were lucky to find a restaurant around 9:45 to still serve us on a Saturday night. And we were starving by then.

We were happy to arrive at last.

Cancale

This shows the other side of the same vacation apartment we had booked (top floor in the red building).

Cancale

I’m an early riser, and my better half is a late sleeper. He appreciates it when I let him sleep, while I sneak out of the house early in the morning. I always have my iPad camera, my journal, and a book. All I need to find is a bench to read or update my journal.

This was my impression on my first morning in Cancale.

Early morning in Cancale

A bit later in the morning, I went to look for a bakery in the center of Cancale, which lies a bit up the hill (a good ten-minute walk from the sea). I found a bakery, and got to practice my rusty French. But you can’t really do much damage to ‘Bonjour!’ and ‘Deux croissants, s’il vous plait.’

Later, we took a walk together and discovered the meaning of Emerald Coast.

Cancale on the Emerald Coast

Every morning during that week, I checked the weather forecast and it called for 19°C. There was something wrong with the forecast, because we had 30°C weather e-v-e-r-y day.

Where to find Ocean Glass in West Cork, Ireland

On each trip to the sea, I always look for ocean glass (a.k.a. sea glass, Mermaids’ Tears). In County Cork, I got lucky in the town of Schull.

Schull, Ireland

Schull, Ireland

Right next to the ferry port, there is a tiny beach area, and there was a lot of ocean glass among the rocks and pebbles.

A large group of Spaniards, I suppose they were students of English, were lounging around. Then one of the young men helped me in my search. He brought me a new glass shard – he probably thought I was cleaning up the beach area. I politely accepted it.

Ocean glass from Schull, Ireland

Ocean glass from Schull, Ireland

This was the only place, where I could find any ocean glass in West Cork.

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