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Festival Photo La Gacilly 2015

By 6 August 2015 Travel

La Gacilly is a beautiful Breton town brimming with artists ateliers, cafes and pretty buildings. It’s also home to the largest outdoor photography festival in France. Over the last 11 summers, Festival Photo La Gacilly has attracted over 2 million visitors to this sleepy corner of Brittany.

Aside from the Festival Photo, La Gacilly is famous for being home to the Yves Rocher cosmetics company that makes botanical beauty products. Monsieur Rocher not only founded the company but he was the mayor of La Gacilly for over 40 years.

La Gacilly Photography Festival Places Yves Rocher

La Gacilly Photography Festival

La Gacilly Photography Festival photo tree

La Gacilly Photography Festival 2015 cafe with clock and poster on wall

La Gacilly Photography Festival 2015 Blue shutters

La Gacilly Photography Festival cafes in the village

La Gacilly Photography Festival passion flower in a garden

La Gacilly Photography Festival gallery in an old garage
[gdlr_box_icon icon=”icon-info-circle” icon_type=”circle” icon_color=”#ffffff” icon_background=”#B14A93” icon_position=”top” title=”Fact Box” ]This year’s Festival Photo La Gacilly runs until 30th September 2015.
Nearest airport: Nantes 49 miles – Fly from Liverpool or Gatwick to Nantes with EasyJet.
Nearest railway station: Redon 9 miles – Book rail tickets via Voyages-SNCF.com[/gdlr_box_icon]

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A Free Afternoon at the Park: Aquarev, Brittany

By 5 November 2012 France, Travel
Aquarev Loudeac leisure park map sign

Aquarev is a wonderful park just outside the small town of Loudeac in the centre of beautiful Brittany.  This 30 hectare green space is set around a lake and offers so many opportunities for exploring and relaxing while on your Brittany holiday.  My parents live just down the road and we went for a wander on a very grey afternoon in October.  There were approximately 4 other cars in the car park and we didn’t come across many other people in the park.

Aquarev lake and paths

The park is run by the local council and is immaculately maintained.  There’s a fantastic play area for kids and loads of other sports facilities, including archery and fishing.  The play area said it was for kids over 6.  There was no stated upper age limit so we took advantage of the fact that all the kids were are school and had a good play!  The slide was hard work though as the inside of the tower was designed for little ones to climb not me and Marc!

Pyramid tower with metal slides in the kids play area at Aquarev

I bet in the summer Aquarev would be packed.  It’s a lovely place to come while on holiday in Brittany.  It’s totally free to get in and parking is free too.  During the summer they have a tea room and you’ll be able to get ice creams and chill out on the permanent, metal sunbeds.  There wasn’t much call for either of those things during our visit!  We still managed to enjoy ourselves though.

Jeux aquatiques water games at AquarevRachel Lowe the Humble Tourist on the zip line at Aquarev

Aquarev doesn’t just have to be a day out.  It’s home to Loudeac’s municipal campsite.  This 90-pitch site offers camping emplacements for bringing your own tent or caravan and static caravans for those who like a few more creature comforts.  In low season, these holiday homes start at €270 per week, it works out much cheaper to stay for a week than a night or two.   At less than €40 a night it’s cheaper than a budget hotel and you can self-cater.  There are plenty of supermarkets within a 15 minute drive to make your self catering holiday easier.  The campsite is open from the beginning of April until the beginning of November.  If your French isn’t up to much you can also book the “cottages” on Hostelworld.

Aquarev makes for a relaxing afternoon in the fresh air with diversions-a-plenty for kids of all ages! Next time you go to Brittany and are staying near Loudeac you should pay a visit.
 

By Rachel Birchley

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