Côtes: de Roscoff à Omaha Beach
Living in Paris can be surprisingly stressful. After many months without leaving the city, you need to get out into the country and breathe the open air. I’ve lived with my boyfriend, Vivien, in Paris since 2010, and Provence before that. After five years together, we took our very first road trip last summer and decided we would go to a place where we both hadn’t been before.
We rented a car and left Paris on Vivien’s birthday, August 24th. We had a loose idea for an itinerary, but mostly just wanted to wander and be free to stop wherever we liked. We settled on Roscoff, in the Finistère (“the End of the Earth”), and drove along the coast, taking photos of the beaches and beautiful landscapes changed by the tides.
We slept in a different place every night, typically little Marine-style hotels, but always on the move, traveling as many miles as we could in a day. We passed through the Côtes-d’Armor, the Emerald Coast, Saint-Malo, leaving Brittany to continue in Normandy, the Cotentin Peninsula, the Calvados, and ending our trip at Omaha Beach. Stefano Marchionini is an Italian artist and a photographer. He studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice. He now lives and works in Paris where he attends the École nationale supérieure des beauxarts de Paris. www.stefanomarchionini.com