Roscoff’s old harbor is one of Brittany, France’s most charming. Renowned for its picturesque architecture, Roscoff, with a population of 3,500, has been labeled “petite cité de caractère de Bretagne” (small town of character in Brittany) since 2009. The region’s mild climate supports the growth of not only the famous “Onion Johnnies” onions and other common crops, but also over 3,000 species at Le Jardin Exotique. The Ile de Batz, a short ferry ride away, is known for its beaches and a botanic garden. Walking through town brings the aroma of Breton crepes prepared by street vendors and local creperies.
We were very pleasantly surprised when we returned to our apartment on the ship to find a bag of goodies from the Roscoff Tourist Council! In the bag, in addition to some brochures and postcards of the town, were a bag of three local onions and a bag of shallots. That night we cooked a quiche with the caramelized onions for breakfast over the next two days. Combining the onions with some Spanish Iberico jamon (ham) and local eggs and cream, the quiche was delicious.
Eglise Notre Dame de Croaz Batz (Our Lady of Croaz Batz Church) is located in the heart of Roscoff’s old town and dates from the 16th century. A Renaissance-style church was built upon the original Gothic church, resulting in an elaborate and unique structure, which is quite emblematic of the town’s culture heritage.