Awakening to Quimper and French Fabrics

Bonjour mes amis,

Enter the fabulous French village of Quimper in the south west of beautiful Brittany. Being the artistic and cultural centre and the oldest city in Brittany, Quimper (pronounced cam pair) offers pleasant surprises for any shopper, quilter, pottery/earthenware  or gourmet food and history lover. Or perhaps you’re a little or a lot of all these- either way you’ll really like what Quimper has to offer!

There’s always a few surprises here and who doesn’t like surprises?

Like the odd pony or two greeting you on the cobbled street of the main thoroughfare in the Medieval Quarter…

Walk through the streets lined with medieval half timbered houses as Quimper has done a great job in preserving the city’s heritage. Keep going towards the cathedral and find the gorgeous modern carousel sprouting weird and wonderful sea creatures straight out of Jules Verne’s, ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea’ I’m sure…

I do love a carousel!!

Then there’s the Cathedral, the Cathedrale St Corentin built between the 13th and 15th centuries and is a fine example of Gothic architecture. Come see the beautiful stain glass windows commemorating Breton Saints. Why not take a virtual tour of this lovely cathedral while you’re sitting there? Go to:

http://www.360-degres-web.com/visite-virtuelle/cathedrale/index.html

Quimper has literally loads of shops including gourmet foods, chocolates and fab local produce, creperies, bars, many great restaurants, decorative craft shops and clothing boutiques.

Oh, you may decide to ditch your usual beautiful companion and take a like minded shopper at this point. (Are you nodding your head right now?…)

There are many galleries and art dealers selling paintings by local Bretons here as well and you’ll also find painters from the Pont Aven School in Quimper’s superb Musee des Beaux Arts. Take a look won’t you at:

http://www.musee-beauxarts.quimper.fr/

Also, being so close to two rivers (The Odet and The Steir), faience pottery is all the go here. Beautiful, hand made original pieces which are never duplicated are made just outside the town of Quimper in a nearby factory. It’s been making faience pottery for about three hundred years now, (having been commissioned by King Louis XIV himself)  so they really know what they’re doing! The faience pottery is world famous and it is sent to anticipated customers all around the world as we speak!

You could easily spend absorbingly brilliant hours here. And that doesn’t include treasure hunting at the Quimper markets (if you’re there on any day other than a Sunday) for bricolage, vintage treasures and sewing and quilting fabrics.

Did my quilting friends all just sit up?

Look what I found in the Quimper markets…

This floral number I used in my ‘La Vie En Rose Quilt’. For the pattern and more go to  http://www.quiltingthejourney.com

The second divine little number I’m using in a quilt yet to be revealed.

It was no wonder we visited Quimper on more than a few occasions that same holiday and we came away from this great town with an armful of gifts  for family and friends back home and quite a few metres of fabric!

On leaving Quimper, we looked up and guess what?…

Does this not say it all?

Go to Quimper on your next trip to France. You’ll learn and see heaps. You’ll love it!

Au Revoir,

Best Wishes, Therese Waddell

copyright@2010 Therese Waddell

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11 Responses to “Awakening to Quimper and French Fabrics”

  1. Come to visit my website to see more virtual tour of Quimper .

    Le musée des beaux arts, le musée départemental breton, l’église de locmaria, l’église saint Mathieu and some more place.

    http://www.360maville.com

  2. You can insert directly virtual tour from my website to your blog using the embed code below the virtual tour on my website feel free to drop me an e-mail if you have any question or need any help to do it thanks for the link to my virtual tour of the cathedrale .

    Nice blog

    Warm regards Benjamin Sergeant 360°WEB

  3. Absolutely fabulous! There’s so much in this post, I’m going to go back and really study it. Quimper looks fascinating! Thanks for stopping by my blog, it’s great to meet you and my mom wants to buy a quilt pattern so I have to go now and choose one!

    • Good morning Claudia, Thanks for visiting My French Awakening and quiltingthejourney. It’s an honour to have you and your mum liking it. You do such a fab job yourself! Looking forward to your mums quilt patten order! Best wishes, Therese

  4. South Finistère and Quimper are of my favorite holiday destinations! Thanks for this nice tour and photos 😉

  5. How can I get some samples of Quimper French fabrics and see their pottery?
    Thank you,
    Susan Batts

  6. monique Says:

    heyy miss

    hahaha this is really cool!!! u were so lucky to have gone to france

    lots of love
    Monique xx

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