In the adjacent playground Louis met a Welsh girl who was on holiday at the home of her English grandparents who'd retired to the area. As, retirement in France is not outside the realm of possibility I got onto the subject of the variation in house prices in the region. The gentleman that I spoke to thought that this was largely due to the reluctance of the French to travel long distances to work. He thought that about 20km was the absolute limit so there is a premium on properties near the large connurbations such as Brest and Concarneau but this rapidly diminishes further afield. I have to say that, if this is true, I'm 100% in support of my French brethren.
What occurs to me though is that even smallish towns seem to have large industrial areas and I wondered if there is a better manufacturing base in the country than in the UK that secures work for the local population reducing reliance on exports. And naturally, to help me mull over this my thoughts turned to drinks and crisps.