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I used this author's walking guide to Brittany when we were there this summer (see my reviews), so I was interested to see what this `bumping about' was.
I haven't really come across anything like it before, a mixture of travelogue, practical guidebook, and essay, but I must say, it works. The print's a bit small, the pictures, too, but it's an entertaining and informative read featuring the sort of obscure facts and diverting anecdotes that you would never come across as a casual visitor. Haven't, of course, had the occasion to try following in the author's footsteps, but there's enough tempting material to persuade me we really must go back again. Combined with the Walk! Brittany book, you've got enough material here for several complete holidays.
A great example is 'peche a pied' - I'd heard of these low tide shellfish gathering expeditions but after reading the Tideland chapter, my six year old and I went out the next day (to Plage de Moulin near Etables sur Mer) and managed successfully to dig for cockles, bring them back to our gite in a bucket of sea water and cook them in garlic and wine for supper. And they much more delicious than the English pickled variety you get in our seaside towns!
Thank you Charles Davis for a great book. The Kindle edition is a ridiculous bargain - I hope you are getting enough royalties to keep enjoying the artisan beer and for the dogs to be well fed!
His passion and knowledge for the place is impressive.
Also all sites in the book just as described.
There is too much slightly grating half-baked & cliched anti-nationalistic / sneering rhetoric and his prose can be a bit over chatty, drifting into tediousness.
But otherwise good.
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