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Postcards: Saint Cado (FR)

Another month, another wedding to attend. While July’s wedding took us to Dijon for a weekend, August saw us heading to Morbihan (southern Brittany) for a handful few days to celebrate the marriage of one of my best friends from my Dublin days. While we were there, as you may have guessed – road trip!

One of our post-wedding sightseeing stops in the region was Saint Cado, a small islet just to the north of Belz. It is such an idyllic village, set with stone and whitewashed houses surrounding a chapel that was built in the 12th century on the site originally founded in the 6th century, and flat green fields that occupy the eastern half of the islet. It is also surrounded by structures that indicate oyster farming as the main economic activity off its immediate bay today. Between the islet and the mainland, a singular stone house is seen to sit on another small rock island in the middle of Ria d’Etel.

St Cado

St Cado

St Cado

St Cado

St Cado

St Cado

St Cado

St Cado

St Cado

St Cado

St Cado

A short stone bridge connects the mainland to this former sardine port, and this bridge comes with its own story. Legend has it, Saint Cado was at his wit’s end on the construction of a bridge between the islet and Belz, his work disrupted and destroyed by the tide of the channel. A deal was therefore struck with the Devil who would build the bridge overnight in exchange of the spirit of first living that cross the bridge. Cunningly, the good saint set a cat to lead the first crossing – can’t be a very good deal for the Devil who was hoping to keep the saint’s spirit and had a cat in return!

We were very glad that our hostess at the B&B recommended this detour to Saint Cado. We can also see how this place could be quite a chameleon, with its environs changing to factor in the tides, the time of the day, the weather, and the seasons. It doesn’t take long to visit, and we leisurely walked the encircling path of the islet in less than an hour, pausing often to admire the natural beauty of our surroundings. Definitely worth a stop.



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4 scribbles & notes

  1. Oh that looks lovely! I love those little Breton villages, they are very typical.

    (Also, it’s great to find a B&B owner who can tell you those little secrets! The loveliest beach I’ve ever been on, was one in Corsica that you couldn’t access by road, you had to cross two other beaches and a golf course to get there. And it was our hostess that told us!)

    • Lil says:

      I love exploring French villages and those in Brittany are really charming! Of course it’s always the good B&B owner that share the tips, and for that I’m always grateful :D

  2. med says:

    welcome back lil…lovely looking village ;) the cat has 9 lives eh…plenty to spare but its the spirit yah…hmmmm

    • Lil says:

      hehehe, i know, finally, right. have been so busy since coming back but i realise i need to get things back on track slowly and steadily, so here i am, writing again ;)

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