Last spring I spent some time on Belle Isle, in France. Belle Isle is an island off the coast in Brittany and it is absolutely delightful. There are no other words to describe it. My time here was heavenly. I stayed here at the Hotel La Grande Large. It was spectacular. The photos below were all taken within walking distance of the hotel if not just outside the hotel. Each evening I would walk along the path to watch the sunset. The sunrise was also a treat. There are very few cars on the island. My hotel had bicycles and I borrowed one to cycle around the island.
When Monet first came to the island he was only going to stay a short time. Given the light of the island he extended he stay and it is here that he painted his rock series on the savage coast of Belle Isle. I can see why he was so inspired.
In the mornings I would walk to the local corner store. There was a store and bar together. I would get a croissant and some yogurt and then sit down at the bar with a cup of tea. The lady at the store was very kind. She kept my yogurt in the fridge for me.
I honestly could have stayed here awhile. While I did not go into the water, I was here in May I would love to return in the summer months. I can just imagine how idyllic the island must be then.
Cooking is one of my passions in life. Enjoying good food, pastries, chocolate and everything the French have to savor is my other. This should come as a surprise given my father chose my name after reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
I am a voracious reader and collector of cookbooks. Little did I know that all my grade school French lessons would come in handy one day.