I’ve been armchair traveling to some of my favorite places in France, looking at my old photos. Auray is a pretty port town in southern Brittany that I visited in 2007. The port used to be commercially vital, in fact Benjamin Franklin landed here on December 3, 1776 in order to ask Louis XVI to lend his financial support to the American War of Independence. Today, the port is the playground of pleasure boaters. Auray is a great place to pass a quiet weekend, wandering the narrow, winding streets and taking a break in one of the many small restaurants.
Today’s expression, mignon à croquer (meeyawhn ah krawkay) means “cute to sketch.” We’d say “as pretty as a picture.” Auray is hardly the centre of the universe, but it certainly is pretty.