A trip to Brest provided a rather startling contrast to our quiet country life in Lézargol. Just looking back at the pictures makes me tense up a little! On the plus side, there were lots of dining options and M got the burger he’d been craving. An American-style burger, no less, from a restaurant called Station Saint Louis. I suppose it’s a sign that the French think of New York when they think of America, as the American-style burgers at this “Saint Louis” restaurant were all named for New York City – the Manhattan, the Greenpoint, etc. They also served Breton-style burgers (named for neighborhoods in Brest) and Canadian-style poutine. Pretty much covering all the best things to eat with french fries!
The city is almost entirely new; it was heavily bombed during WWII. We had wondered if we would see any old buildings and to our surprise, we did see a few – right by the harbor, no less. Perhaps they were reconstructed after the war?
There are lots of ways to get across the river here – sky tram (seems like overkill), drawbridge, and low (removable) bridge. I’ve never seen one of these floating bridges before…
The harbor is very industrial. On the drive in we passed two large cruise ships under construction, a container port facility, and all kinds of other marine uses.