• Brittany, France


The bulky peninsula of Brittany ("Bretagne" in French; "Breizh" in Breton) is windswept and rugged, with a well-discovered coast, a forgotten interior, strong Celtic ties, and a craving for crêpes. This region of independent-minded locals is linguistically, physically, and culturally different from neighboring Normandy — and, for that matter, the rest of France. Tradition is everything here, where farmers and fishermen still play a big part in the region's economy.