Write on the edge
French Property News|November 2020
When it comes to life in west Brittany, author Wendy Mewes has been there, done that, written the guidebook
Wendy Mewes

It’s the best part of two decades since I last wrote an article for French Property News, so no surprise that plenty has happened since then! I’ve moved house three times, got divorced, had a heart attack, written 14 more books about Brittany and generally enjoyed my life in the far west. I am now a French citizen and proud to promote my region in print, as well as working with many venues on their offering for English-speakers.

ON LOCATION

I live in an area of remarkable beauty in Finistère. The forest of Huelgoat and the craggy moorland of the Monts d’Arrée are within easy reach. Beyond is the western edge of France, the Celtic Sea and Atlantic Ocean, which can be seen from summits such as the majestic Menez-Hom on the Crozon peninsula. The atmospheric landscape has always been the great draw of the area for me. I like to spend time outdoors in all weathers and walking has been a major part of my working life. For many years I ran Brittany Walks, with hundreds of residents and visitors enjoying a programme of walks and visits all over the region, including island holidays and short town breaks.

Brittany is an exceptionally varied area for walkers and cyclists, and this sort of exploration is also a good way to learn more about Breton history and culture. Even if the language poses difficulties, gaining knowledge of your area can help you integrate. There are many associations for those committed to preserving local heritage and you will be warmly welcomed by taking this interest. French people often came to my events to speak English and make friends with British residents. Or you can join one of the many walking groups with mixed French and British membership for good social connections.

ON THE HOME FRONT

I’ve been incredibly lucky with my present place, but feel I deserve it after housing disasters in the past caused by hasty decisions.

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