Life and travel in France, 3 years & counting

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Brest, a quick visit


Brest is by far the furthest west I have been to in France.

Located in the Finistère department, it ranks third in population in Brittany, only behind Nantes and Rennes.

Sadly, there is not much historical architecture remains in Brest due to heavy bombing during the World War II.

Château de Brest


BrestBrestThe castle has over 1700 years and it is the oldest castle in the world that is still in use as a military fortress.

At the same time, it houses collections from the Musée national de la Marine, from ships models, paintings, to objects related to the military port and maritime life of Brest.


The most interesting exhibition for me is the 4 sculptures, Neptune, Mars, Amphitrite and Minerva, by Yves Collet (a French sculptor born in Brest).

Brest Brest

For those of you who have read Percy Jackson, you will know who these Gods and Goddesses are. And if you haven’t read the series yet, go and find a copy right now!

While we walked around the castle following the tour, we were in fact seeing all the exhibition. It took us quite a while just to have a glance at the museum.

Tour Tanguy

BrestRight on the other side of the river, there is Tour Tanguy.

It now houses the Museum of Old Brest, a museum with a collection of dioramas that depict the city of Brest on the eve of World War II.

Although the entry is free, there isn’t much to see here. Not only are you not allowed to take photo inside, to our great disappointment, you can’t even see the castle from the tower because all the windows are closed.

But don’t get me wrong, the dioramas are lovely! If you have time, there is nothing to lose to drop by and have a look. After all, it is free!

We didn’t stay long in Brest to fully explore the city nor did we visit the famous aquarium, Océanopolis. I hear it is one of the best aquariums in France. So til next time, Brest.


Bon voyage à tous 🙂

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