Treguier and Lannion
Trip Start Apr 10, 2012
64Trip End Jul 13, 2012
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Today it was Treguier, built on the banks of the River Jaudy. Long before we entered the square we heard the tolling of the bells for a funeral. Always a moving sound. When I stayed with my grandparents in Holland, they would always know who the bells were for in their village.
The massive Cathedral of St Tugdual totally dominates the square. It has architectural style aplenty, and beside it a huge Bishop's House.
There are half timbered houses from the 15th century dotted over the old town, many of which have their lower area overhanging the street.. It was apparently trade in flax and hemp which brought wealth to this town in the Middle Ages. Trade was simplified by the harbour and easy access to the English Channel.
The town is also home to a couple of well known men. It is the birthplace of both St Yves, the patron saint of lawyers, and the writer and philosopher Ernest Renan. I had never heard of the latter, but the town makes a big deal about their favourite son.
The next day we headed to the market at Lannion. It was a miserable rainy day. The market here is huge - it winds over many streets. But there is a lot to see, so the rain seems insignificant. Cheeses, sausages, vegetables, strawberries, oysters, and more. Potatoes cooked with lardons and cider, paella with seafood arranged on top. All smelling divine and tempting us to buy.
But we are having lunch at a restaurant recommended by the owners of our house. Weare in great company, and we enjoy the dishes as they come. Even drips of rain that the umbrella doesn't save do not deter our enjoyment.
What a life!