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Sep 30, 2012 10:57 PM

Central/Upper Atlantic Coast & south Brittany - have searched

We're visiting France for the first time. Searches have unearthed just a few posts for these areas. We're driving from Bordeaux up the coast for a few days and to Brittany's south coast for a few days. Then taking the TGV to Paris (for only 3 1/2 days).

Any further help for suggested restos and their towns to stay in on the coasts would be appreciated.

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  1. Le Cape on the other side of the river in Bordeaux is very good and in Brittany:
    Les Carmes in Rennes
    Du Chateau in Josselin and two hotels/restaurants:
    Le Roi Arthur in Ploemel
    De la Plage in St Anne le Paulud.

    1. We thoroughly enjoyed Pont Aven. Here is what I wrote on Chowhound last year: On the south coast, Le Moulin de Rosmadec in Pont Aven. In a village that is almost too pretty, Le Moulin provides very comfortable riverside rooms (with guaranteed private parking, no small perk in such a destination village.) Choices of the formal Moulin restaurant or many village options. This was a sleeper. We were sure that we would hate the touristy atmosphere, but the natural beauty, fun shops, fabulous museum and very good food choices made us love this place. http://www.moulinderosmadec.com/

      Last month we stayed at Talvern, an excellent chambre d'hote 20km east of Lorient. Read what I wrote about it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/869188

      On the same visit we stayed at La Mare aux Oiseaux near St. Nazaire. And wrote about it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/869193 I'd like to add that this stay and meal have warmed in my recall. I was really rather ill when we were there and realize now how diminished my reactions to the experience were.

      I'd return to all of these places in a heartbeat.

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      1. re: mangeur

        Thank you both. My list of suggestions is finally growing.

        1. re: mangeur

          Oh, and mangeur, the bird may have been a crowned crane (African) at La Mare aux Oiseaux.

        2. Just outside Pont Aven is a Michelin * that was wonderful, La Cremaillere, langoustines l still dream about.

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          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            Thank you. We'll have to see what we think we can afford. :-]