Brest at Christmas time, marché de Noêl

Today was weekend opening day of the Christmas market or marché de Noêl at Brest and we were there right from the start at 11h.

It is a city I have written before ,last on April 11 2012. It is about 2 hrs from where I live now by car;and no tolls in Brittany! So we combine the trip to the city to do some shopping at the Christmas market, window shopping in city center,and lunch in one of our favorite hangouts here in Brittany.

We got up early and went by car following a new road from our new home, very country indeed and fast… Like I said, we arrive by 11h and decided to take a quick look at the place de la liberté where the marché de Noêl is held. The place was still trying to be open by the merchants so just did a walk around inspecting the différents chalets.

From there we went on a walk around town, into the train station, the pont de la recouvrance , the tour Tanguy, and the shopping center street of Rue du Siam.

Afterward ,we had our lunch at Au Bureau, right in 10 rue du siam.http://www.au-bureau.fr/restaurants.php  This is a pub with road signs of California USA,and a modern classic menu. I  had a toast on hot goat cheese, or toast au chévre chaud as entrée, then a huge hamburger curry, then a moelleux au chocolat, or chocolate cake with the center is melting hot ;at the end, two glasses of Leffe royale belgian beers, and all for 14,70€!!!

We got back to the marché de Noêl ,where we did some shopping in sausages, pan d’épices and one with chocolate; different cakes with Christmas motifs, vin chaud or hot wine drink, and a leather belt for me! For activities see the city site, http://www.brest.fr/culture/tous-les-ans-a-brest/noel-a-brest.html  it will last until 24 December 2013. Saturday 21 december there will be a teen party at the conference room of the Hotel de Ville! music by charles Dickens on Sundays December 8,22, Mondays 23 and Tuesday 24. Presentation of sister cities like Denver CO USA; different kiosks with music of several genres in city center ,concert on the 24Dec by Jean_Luc Roudaut; Choruses at salon Richelieu Hotel de Ville on each Saturdays and Sundays;revue from the 50’s,marionnettes for kids, and many more.

We then took a peek at the musée de la marine at the Château de Brest. We were there but very quickly and did not see the collection last time so this time we made up and saw the whole thing. Very nice welcome,and interesting story of marine;naval history of Brest and Brittany and France. Here is the official site in French, http://www.musee-marine.fr/brest  as well as the city of Brest info on it, http://www.brest.fr/culture/patrimoine/le-musee-de-la-marine.html

Its a museum on a laberinth of castle fortress rooms, towers, and dungeons, really neat to visit for only 6€ adults. After that we came home,and ready for another week of getting kids to their jobs in new location and me business trip to Madrid,Spain. Already thinking what to do next,and where lol!!! so difficult to choose in la belle France ::)

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One Comment to “Brest at Christmas time, marché de Noêl”

  1. I’d love to see that! Shame it’s the wrong time of year for us to go so far down south! Great pictures of market and Santa’s clothes hanging. I love the sense of humour!

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