Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Doëlan, Brittany, France

Here's another postcard that Tiphaine sent me from Brittany, and equally lovely. I love the golden sunlight and how it reflects off the water and the houses. It all looks so peaceful and calm, like something out of a fairytale.

This card actually has a little bit more info on the back. So.. this is the harbour in Doëlan cove and the upstream lighthouse (yes, you can see it on the far right!).

From the Brittany Tourism website:

"Tucked into its estuary near famously arty Pont-Aven and Le Pouldu, Doëlan has remained the archetypal little Finistère fishing port. Normally, when separated by water, communities either side carry different names –here it’s simply Doëlan Rive Gauche or Rive Droite – Left or Right Bank, as in Paris!

On the eastern Rive Gauche, a green and white striped lighthouse signals the forward entrance to the main harbour. Towards the back of the estuary, on the western Rive Droite, it’s a red and white-striped lighthouse that pokes its head above the trees to help fishermen align themselves. Typically for the stretch of coast between Concarneau and Le Pouldu, the estuary is fairly narrow, but all manner of small boats anchor down it, or in the odd cove to the side. Pretty houses have bagged positions on the slopes on either side. Towards the back of the estuary, the Pont Du, or Black Bridge, enables you to cross from one bank to the other by road. Both sides of Doëlan have the odd café or restaurant at which to stop. There are also just one or two boutiques, but this place hasn’t been invaded by tourist shops to date."

Doesn't that sound like an ideal destination for a relaxed holiday?!

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