23 people enjoyed a recent visit to our twin town of Gouesnou, Brittany, writes Margaret Edwards of Brecon - Gouesnou Twinning Association.

After an easy ferry crossing from Plymouth we were welcomed at Roscoff by our friends and transported to Gouesnou (45 mins) where coffee and croissants were waiting.

The following days saw visits to the coast at Portsall and Brest and the ‘pink’ chateau of Tregarez and its parkland. A walk in Portsall took us to the cross which overlooks the village. Further along the coast we came across the anchor of the Amoco Cadiz oil tanker which sank in 1978, leaving a huge oil slick which damaged the marine life.               

Whilst in Brest we were guided around the Chateau, crossed the Penfeld River by cablecar, explored the Garden of Explorers and had time to shop!

Another day without rain followed on Friday! With our friends we were ably guided around the ‘pink’ Chateau of Trevarez and park and after a picnic lunch travelled to explore the lovely town of Landerneau. That evening we gathered with members of the Gouesnou Committee and friends to enjoy a delicious meal prepared for us by local caterers. Entertainment was provided by a Breton choral group singing traditional sea shanties. Thanks were expressed by our Chairperson Lyn Thomas who presented sets of sports bibs suitably adorned with the twinning logos.

Brecon twinning visit 2024
The group was entertained by traditional sea shanties (.)

The following day was a day with hosts when our group was entertained individually by the people who had been looking after them during the week. One group was taken to Les Abers on the north-west coast where they enjoyed the delights of a local crêperie. A walk along the coast followed to walk off the calories!

Our journey home the following day was easy, -the ferry crossing very calm and our Williams driver was waiting for us in Plymouth port. We cannot thank the Gouesnou Committee and friends enough for their help, generosity, kindness and friendship throughout the week.  We can’t wait for 2026.

If you are interested in more information please contact [email protected]

Twinning is for everyone.