Rochefort en Terre

Rochefort en Terre is a beautiful old town, a “Petite Cité de Caractére”, a “Plus Beaux Villages de France” in the Morbihan department of Brittany.  On a hot Sunday in May it was surprisingly quiet, it seems purpose-built for coach trips and cruise ship excursions – see the mice in their million hordes, from Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads.  It is just a little too well preserved.

The streets are “dotted with artists and craftspeople: potters, a candle maker, a toymaker” – all that was missing was a National Trust gift shop.

The Chateau up the hill is a little more ragged around the edges and all the better for it:

At the Chateau In the high street At the Chateau In the high street Head at the Chateau Door knocker at the Chateau In the back lanes The Chateau Chapel

 

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13 comments

  1. easyweimaraner · May 23, 2014

    it’s great :o) if you have the time, you should visit Concarneau and Pont Ave, it’s a beautiful place too :o)

    • northumbrianlight · May 23, 2014

      That’s a shame, we missed that – going back to the UK on Sunday (travelling to St Malo tomorrow)……but we will be back for sure 🙂

      • easyweimaraner · May 23, 2014

        and maybe next time you can visit my crib too? will you visit the Grand Aquarium de St. Malo?

  2. restlessjo · May 23, 2014

    You’re still selling France to me, Robin. 🙂 This looks lovely.

  3. LaVagabonde · May 23, 2014

    You’re really covering some ground over there. Love that last photo.

    • northumbrianlight · May 23, 2014

      Thanks Julie. It all ends tomorrow as we head north for the ferry 😦

  4. Mélanie · May 24, 2014

    There’s another Rochefort, 30kms away from wonderful La Rochelle… but this one is nicer! 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · May 24, 2014

      I think I might have been to that one – now heading home via St Malo 😦

  5. Cindi · May 24, 2014

    Stunning … and those blues in the last two images seemed to leap out of my computer screen.

    • northumbrianlight · May 24, 2014

      Many thanks – two days later the blue in the last was replaced by some nasty grey 😦

  6. elisa ruland · June 4, 2014

    I’ve been enjoying your travels through France. This series of photographs are so serene, and have an almost eerie quality….which is a compliment. You’ve captured the layers of history of the area in each of your shots. They’re really very beautiful.

    • northumbrianlight · June 6, 2014

      Many thanks Elisa – your generous comment prompted me to look at them again. It is a lovely area – mostly unspoilt and very quiet. I am sure we will be back.

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