Welcome to the Breton tropics
We leave the little dock of Beg Meil aboard a boat from the ‘vedettes de l’Odet’ shuttle service under clear blue skies, and head for the isle of Saint-Nicolas des Glénan. It’s actually a large island covering 14 hectares, and is “the only one that’s open to the public” says Lulu, also known as Lucienne Moisan. As we make the crossing, the magic of the ocean casts its spell, and we enter the ‘chambre’ of the Glénan islands under a bright sun. This is a blue lagoon that really puts the Maldives into the shade. Lulu tells us “these are the clearest waters in Brittany,” and in fact many people say that the place name Glénan comes from the word ‘glen’, meaning ‘clear’ in the Breton language.