Côtes: de Roscoff à Omaha Beach

Hello Mr. Magazine - - LOVE AND LET GO - By Ste­fano Mar­chion­ini

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

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