It is such a long time since I blogged about the beautiful Brittany countryside, sad to say our experience at St Lunaire made us very cautious about new places, but now I think it is time to move on and get back to exploring our lovely surroundings!
So - let me tell you about our Saturday visit to l'Isle de St Cado, and one of the most photographed cottages in Brittany!
St Cado (or St Cadoc) was a Welsh monk who, during the 6th century , founded an oratory and later built a monastery on a small island in the River Etel. Local folklore also has it that he was responsible for the small bridge that joins the island to the mainland -and this was done by striking a deal with the Devil!
The agreement was that, in exchange for building the bridge, the Devil would claim the soul of the first living creature to cross it, St Cado agreed to this and overnight the bridge was duly built. However, St Cado (being a very clever Welshman!!) rose early next morning and sent his cat, Lacha, across the bridge , thus cheating the Devil out of his payment !! Well - that's the story anyway!
The island from the river bank, you can just see the bridge far left of the photo if you enlarge it.
Over the centuries the original buildings have disappeared and were eventually replaced in 1832 by a church and a 'Calvaire' or 'Crucifixion'
There is also a small 'fountain' or well on the beach that is only usable at low tide!
This island is a mini paradise of winding streets with street signs in Breton
and pretty cottages painted in traditional colours
Some of them complete with statues if the Saint himself !
and if proof was needed as to his origins - well, this says it all !!
Ooops!! Almost forgot! The most photographed cottage in Brittany !!
Now that's what you call a seaside home !!!!!
You cannot buy a multi-view postcard or calender in Brittany that doesn't show this little cottage, and easy to understand why !
Our day at l'Isle de St Cado was really worth the effort and one that I am sure we'll be repeating over and over with our friends and family! Unfortunately, the afternoon became very overcast and the photos are a little dark because of this, but if you can bear to look at more (including some of inside of the church) try this link