- From the big city to the lighthouse
- A technical marvel
- For love of the sea?
- At the end of the world, but not quite
- All a question of consideration
- The end, which is a beginning
- An hour to buy a bread
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From the big city to the lighthouse
Cuijvers-Van Kesteren comes from Antwerp in Belgium. Then she decided to move with her family from the stressful city to Finistère, to the end of the World, to emigrate, where the clocks still tick a little differently and where everything is a matter of perspective – and Chantal became a guide at the St. Mathieu lighthouse in the Breton village of Le Conquet.
"Do you know Antwerp?" answer the question why she lives in Brittany today. “This is air pollution. This traffic - every day it took me almost an hour and a half for 20 KM to work. And here .. "she says and takes a deep breath" you can drive freely. "
Previously, Chantal was a secretary in a shipping company in Antwerp, today she receives tourists in a lighthouse. Lighthouses are one of the landmarks of Brittany and given the many cliffs and rough seas a necessity.
A technical marvel
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Many ships are already known off the coast, as Chantal reports. At the same time, however, St. Mathieu is a technical marvel: the lamp on Leuchtturm has just 52 Watt, but 55 KM can shine far.
"Spiegelthat reflect and bundle the light make this possible, ”reports Chantal. Until 2006 there was a lighthouse keeper in St. Mathieu, today the lighthouse is fully automated.
For love of the sea?
The love of the sea seems to run like a thread through Chantal's life. "Oh nonsense, that's a coincidence," Chantal dismisses. She owes the fact that she lives in Brittany today to her husband's job.
He worked at an international Corporate with different factory locations: The family therefore lived in England for two years and in Salzgitter for two years, which is why she and her family speak several languages – for the job for sure helpful. And just two years in Brittany, where the family returned when her husband moved seven years ago pension went.
At the end of the world, but not quite
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The family fell in love with Finistère, the westernmost department of the French region of Brittany. “People are friendly, there is none Stress, but instead the ocean and a great landscape," reports Chantal and raves about the long walks with the family: "You can do that particularly well here on the many hiking trails along the cliffs."
The fact that it sometimes storms and rains, she says, doesn't bother her, that's just part of it here. But then she admits that the weather can sometimes put a spanner in the works on account makes: For the first four years in Brittany, the family lived in Le Conquet by the sea. "But the wind was unbearable, we could practically never go out in the garden, so we ended up moving."
All a question of consideration
For her two daughters, the 15 and 8, when the family emigrated, Brittany was the most beautiful place to live: there was no aggression as in the big city, but there were plenty of recreational possibilities like cinema, bowling or different youth organizations.
“For that we had to drive the two of them everywhere by car. There's always one negative side,” admits Chantal with a smile. In the end it's all a matter of perspective.
The end, which is a beginning
The name Finistère comes from the Latin "Finis terrae" and literally means "the end of the world" and at least here is the end of the European continent. In Breton, however, the department is called “Penn ar bed” and that means “beginning of the world”. So everything here is always a question of consideration.
And so at the very end of the world, St. Mathieu is also not: 28.000 tourists visit the lighthouse every year, there is a car park for buses and a four-star hotel directly opposite.
An hour to buy a bread
Chantal likes that, she needs him Contact To the People. In winter, she says, it's almost a little too quiet here for her. In this case, she even regrets not living directly in the city but in the small community of Saint Renan, 20 minutes north-west of Brest. But her husband says she has horses - "and then you have to make compromises!"
After all, there are advantages: “In such a small town you meet the same people again and again,” says Chantal. For example, on Tuesdays there is a market - “and then it takes me an hour to buy bread because I constantly drink and chat with people,” she shows that the clocks tick a little differently here at the end of the world. "That wouldn't work in a big city."
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