Beautiful Brittany

Trip Start Apr 10, 2012
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Trip End Jul 13, 2012


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Flag of France  , Brittany,
Saturday, June 16, 2012

We have found that each old town in Brittany has its own unique character. You could think they could be same-same, but that is not the case.
 
     
 
So when we saw Pontrieux, with the Trieux River winding through the town, we could see that the lavoirs or wash houses have become the focus for tourism in this area. 

The town prospered during the mediaeval period because of its position at the head of the estuary. Because trade was so successful, many large mansions were built. Each mansion had a washing area at the edge of the river where the laundry maid could do the washing.
 
   
 
Many of these wash houses remain. They have been restored and each year a festival is held to celebrate these relics of the past.  Like most of the towns here there are flowers in abundance and the wash houses are mostly flower-filled as well. Very pleasant town.
 
   
 
We visited the Chapel of St Gonery at Plougrescant, with its'  unusual crooked spire. Either a job gone wrong or Picasso inspired builder.
 
   
 
Then there was Le Gouffre. A beautiful area of rocks, blue -green water, crashing waves, and wild flowers. Gouffre means abyss, and the waves crash into a cleft on the rock. Here also a house built in between two huge granite rocks. Would love to know why this was built here in this way??
 
 
  
Another lovely spot was Porte Blanc. Again the bluest water, colourful boats, and on the a large rock a tiny chapel.

Scenically, this area is gorgeous, and it seems we could go on visiting towns and always finding something new.
   
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