It is early July. There is a heat wave in the Vendée. So we decide to go a bit more north, to Brittany where the temperatures would cool down a bit in the coming weeks. We arrive, early evening, after a very hot trip without airconditioning in the car, at the campsite Les Pins close to Crozon. https://www.camping-crozon-lespins.com/campsite-france-brit… Setting up camp takes us now about an hour. It's our aim to eat out as much as possible, but tired and have taken some leftovers from home we decide to eat at the campsite. Gives us all some time to stretch our legs, Henrietta, our pet chicken on her lead investigates the area for bugs and herbs and Pindy likes the protection of the tents.
The first day our first mission impossible is to find some vegan products in the nearby supermarkets. It is a Sunday. The only supermarket that is open is an E Leclerc Express in Tal ar Groas. There is nothing vegan at all, but there are some vegetarian products. Again what seems to be vegan, in french "végétale", does very often contain milk or egg products. So be careful and always read the labels. We come back with some essentials like carottes rappées, taboulé, and other salads etc.... The evening we eat out in a small beach village called Morgat, near to Crozon. Lovely ambiance. We end up in a restaurant called "La Flambée" https://www.facebook.com/laflambee29/ that serves vegetarian pizza's. They are mentioned on the menu, so we ask if it would be possible to leave off the cheese. Very friendly people and a very nice meal.
Day 2 It starts to rain. Everything is wet as we didn't really prepare for it to rain. However, our day isn't ruined. While things are drying we spend the day in the caravan with the animals and pamper ourselves with some gin and tonics.
Day 3 Time to do a proper shop. The E Leclerc in Crozon is very well equipped with vegan products. We buy the most important things to keep us going for the rest of the week. After a stroll over the rocks and on the beach at La Pointe de Dinan https://www.tripadvisor.fr/Attraction_Review-g1194610-d7040…, (we come back with a small plastic bag with rubbish found on the beach) we have a light lunch with plenty of veggies and bread. A red squirrel and a blue jay join us. We aim to eat out again in the nearby village of Camaret sur Mer. However, due to car problems we decide to stay in and eat our meal at the campsite.
Day 4 The car starts again. So that evening we make a second attempt to go out and find a restaurant in Camaret sur Mer. The Finistère is well known for its seafood. So not much of interest for vegans, unfortunately. So we end up in an Irish Pub called "the Donegan" https://www.facebook.com/The-Donegan-1495643490653172/ for a drink. Becoming peckish after one pint of beer we ask whether it would be possible to order a vegetarian pizza without cheese. Again pizza was our best option for that evening.
Day 5 After a lot of organization for getting a replacement car (read more about our car problems on our timeline https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=550364762026258&id=100011582169346 ) , we end up in Camaret sur Mer again. We visit our "local" pub again for a drink and to do some internetting. We were not very confident in finding another restaurant that serves vegan food. However, on the way back to the car, we see a sign on the pavement with the words "vegan welcome". With great enthusiasm, we enter the restaurant called "Bistro/crêperie La Marine" https://www.tripadvisor.fr/Restaurant_Review-g1087668-d6855… and order a vegan pancake and a salad. Very friendly staff who are really prepared to help. We have a little chat about veganism. They told us it is becoming more and more normal even in the Finistère .
Our last day before leaving for home, we go back to the E Leclerc in Crozon to do some last shopping, where we also end up eating a vegan pizza in their cafeteria for lunch.
Conclusion The Finistère is not (yet) really vegan-friendly although they are working on it because it is very touristy. Restaurants offer vegetarian pizza's. The main shops like E Leclerc do sell vegan meals and products, however, it is important to read the labels of the products as "végétale" in French does not always mean no eggs or milk products are added. A good side effect of our visit to the Finistère though was that we came back home and had both lost a little bit of weight after all these fat free pizza's and salads. You'll find more photos on our facebook page Vegan Tour de France