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Chemins du Patrimoine en Finistère 

Are you heading off to Brittany in France soon and a big lover of fascinating exhibitions, then the exhibitions at  Chemins du Patrimoine en Finistère shouldn’t be missed.

Gerla de Boer Abbaye de Daoulas
Impressions of Abbaye de Daoulas

In 2014 we visited two of the five of the Chemins du Patrimoine en Finistère exhibitions.  It was a pity that I didn’t have enough time to visit all of the exhibitions. Chemins du Patrimoine en Finistère had grouped together five of the region’s major sites of interest around a cultural project exploring the notion of cultural diversity. Every year, visitors are invited to discover the rich and varied programme of cultural activities on offer at each site ranging from temporary and permanent exhibitions, contemporary art, performing art and music. At the time of my visit, the cultural and artistic programme of all five sites explored ‘cooking and culture’.

Gerla de Boer Omo valley
Portraits of the people of the Omo valley by Hans Silvester in the gardens of Abbaye de Daoulas

Abbaye de Daoulas

The first exhibition I visited was very close to where we were staying, set in the grounds of the stunning Abbaye de Daoulas with an even more amazing kitchen garden. This exhibition took my breath away! The Omo Valley  has been on my bucket list for years. Here in the gardens of Abbaye de Daoulas, they were showcasing the stunning photos taken by the talented Hans Silvester.when he was visiting this part of the world. What an inventive way of putting an exhibition together.

Gerla de Boer Daoulas
Impressions of the village of Daoulas

Chateau de Kerjean

My second visit was to the Chateau de Kerjean, which was once one of the top Chateaus in France. Although Chateau de Kerjean was severely damaged after the French revolution, the grounds and the Chateau are still impressive. Do take your time here as the gardens, woodlands and the pond area are worth a visit too. 

Gerla de Boer Chateau de Kerjean
Impressions of Chateau de Kerjean, Saint-Vougay

The exhibition here was all about ‘Gourmet Humours’. From the kitchens to the formal rooms, visitors will be transported to the heart of the Renaissance culinary imagination and customs.

Gerla de Boer Chateau Kerjean exhibition
Gourmet Humours at Chateau Kerjean

My advice is to get up early and visit all five exhibitions in one day. You only have to buy 1 ticket so it is worth it.


p.s. Chemins du patrimoine en Finistère run similar exhibitions every year. To find out more check out their website.

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Chateau de Kerjean through a small window

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