We enjoyed taking the slightly downhill walk in to town, past the memorial. See photo on http://randomwritingsofagrasshopper.blogspot.com
also the stroll along the River Odet. There are some seats just as you reach the outskirts of the town near a children's playround, where we would often sit to admire the view. If you walk this way you may notice ''deux ou trois mesdames gentilles (du troisième âge)''. They were there each time we passed and to our pleasure responded avec plaisir when we wished them ''Bonjour mesdames''.
|Physic Plants in the Priory Garden|
On the opposite side of the little square is the shop, pottery and museum of HB Henriot. We looked in the shop and loved the brightly painted designs, but didn't buy anything because even the seconds were ''trop cher pour nous''.
At the first bridge, some men were playing a spirited game of pétanque. They were happy to share a joke with us when I was taking photos.
|A Jovial Game of Pétanque|
The Cathédral St.Corentin with its tall, ornate spires and glorious stained glass windows is not to be missed.
|St. Corentin Catherdral in Quimper|
|We wait excitedly for crepes.|
Seeing the number of hat shops (three) in Quimper it is tempting to think that the local population are enthusiastic chapeau wearers.
We finally got in to see the excellent l'exposition of Breton Art - featururing Turner (2 paintings) and Monet (3 paintings). I particularly loved Turner's ''Le Port De Brest, le quai et le chateau''. Warm colours I could live with. Although these big name attractions were in short supply, the other artists' work was incredible. The painted detail of the rocks, sea, people and their lives was superb. In some it was difficult to see that they were paint not photographs.
I realise that some modern art is stimulating and thought provoking (although ''the emperor's new clothes'' can come to mind), but I so admire the talent of those who can paint so skillfully that silk looks like silk and rock looks like rock and everything is in perspective. We didn't have enough time to linger and there was so much to see, that I regret I can't give names and examples of the paintings I loved - I just urge you to visit if you can.
|Having fun in the Catherdral Square, Quimper|
So if you like condescending treatment and paying through the nose for mediocre coffee and contemptuous service go to the Le Finistère Café (orange décor) at the edge of the square. As you might guess we will not be going back.
I must emphasise that this person has been the exception. Everyone else we have met has been friendly, welcoming and charming.