Quimper: New Wine in Old Bottles


Quimper is the capital of a department (state) called Finistiere – Latin for “land’s end.” It’s been occupied since before the Romans arrived. Today it’s an active city, filled with shops, restaurants and all the other services a busy, modern city requires. Join me for a short walk through this old but modern city.


When I arrived on Sunday a decathlon for both men and women was going on, and the streets in the oldest part of town were closed to make way for the runners. Hundreds of people gathered to cheer on their friends. These women have just crossed the finish line.


The town is filled with old buildings and young people.


Shops fill the ground floor spaces of ancient half-timbered buildings.


There are many boutiques offering fashionable clothing. Clearly this is the place for shopping for everyone in southwestern Brittany. Although there are chain stores such as Monoprix and H&M, most of the businesses are small and appear to be locally owned.


I’ve never seen so many shoe stores! There must be one for every 100 people. I think this shoe’s cute.


The city is still centered where it has been for ages – around the gothic cathedral …


but it has a number of modern building that indicate how busy and progressive it is, such as the library shown here, If you ever studied French you learned that a library is called a “biblioteque.” Not anymore! Today a library in France is called a “mediateque.”


I have a lovely apartment this week. It’s located on “market street” (Rue de la Halle), just a few feet from the modern indoor daily market (entrance shown here). I love being right in the center of the city. (You can see the AirBnB ad for my apartment here.)


About Libbie Griffin

For several months recently I've been traveling around Europe. Write to me at in.my.suitcase.too@gmail.com if you would like to receive a very short email each time I post new words and pictures here. I would love for you to tell your friends who love to travel about this blog. And I would be very happy to read about your experiences, your suggestions and your questions in the comments section. Let's make this blog a conversation! Thanks! Libbie Griffin
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5 Responses to Quimper: New Wine in Old Bottles

  1. Carter Ann says:

    Really enjoying traveling “along with you” on your trip! Very inspiring to me to take a similar trip when I retire. Love the pictures and especially the links to where you are staying.


    • Hi Carter Ann,
      You are the reason I’m blogging. When you’re ready to start planning let me know. I’m retired now — no longer working as a travel agent — so my advice is free. And that might be what it’s worth!


      • Carter Ann says:

        Well, you have succeeded with your blogging.. I am hooked. Looking forward to talking with you when you return from this marvelous adventure. You advise will be priceless!
        Safe travels…


  2. Marie says:

    I wish I could come join you for some shopping! It looks charming there.


    • Hi Marie,
      I wish you could too! There are so many small boutiques in France selling fashionable women’s clothing and accessories. The styles are much as they were when I was young. Floral prints are very popular here this year. Are they showing up at home?


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