Monday, June 16, 2014

Léhon, Brittany

Wandering Around The Cottage - June 2014 Edition -  1


I've been missing for a while both on my blog and on yours. I'm sorry and I'm hoping to be really back next week. I've been busy marking the last papers of the year and filing in each of my pupils' files.Throw in the picture a few staff meetings on lunch breaks or in the evenings, some very sunny summer days and a brand new computer I need to master and you'll understand why I just can't find time to blog.

J'ai été absente de mon blog et aussi des vôtres ces derniers temps. J'en suis désolée et j'espère un retour à la normale la semaine prochaine. Mais là, c'est correction de copies, remplissage de bulletins, réunions sur l'heure de déjeuner ou le soir, nouvel ordinateur à maîtriser... Je garde donc les quelques minutes de libre que j'ai pour profiter des jours d'été dont nous bénéficions.

But maybe you don't deserve the same "end-of-the-school year" treatment as I. So, what would you say about wandering around my Cottage?

Mais il n'y a pas de raison que vous aussi soyez punis. Je vous propose donc une petite promenade.


You're going to that red spot on the above mark, just a little less than an hour East of the Cottage. I'm taking you to one of my favourite place, the little village of Léhon, which is near the town of Dinan, seen on the map below.

Nous nous rendons dans le petit village de Léhon, juste au sud de Dinan, à un peu moins d'une heure du Cottage.


I like to walk to this adorable village. So put on your walking shoes and follow me! We'll park the car on the Lanvallay harbour because I know a free parking lot there. I still have a few projects in the Cottage, so we'll save where we can!


Enfilez vos chaussures de marche car nous allons nous garer sur le port de Lanvallay pour rejoindre Léhon par un petit chemin. Derrière la Maison de la Rance, il y a un parking gratuit si cela intéresse quelqu'un...


Behind the harbour, you can see the city walls of Dinan. It's a lovely medieval town and I'll take you there some day. You can also see that most houses on the harbour are quite old.


Derrière le port, vous pouvez apercevoir les murs de la cité médiévale de Dinan. C'est promis, je vous y emmènerai un jour.


We'll follow the river from the harbour to the village of Léhon, which means walking by those kitchen gardens that always make me jealous.


En suivant la rivière pour rejoindre Léhon, on passe devant ces potagers qui me rendent toujours jalouse...


Then, we'll walk this path with the river on our left and the wood on our right. It's very quiet and serene, except for the occasional boats on sunny days.


Nous suivons la rivière à travers les bois, seulement dérangés par les bateaux à moteur, loués par les plaisanciers. 


It's such an idyllic place that you won't be surprised to learn that there have been settlements there for a very long time. An old Roman road crossed the river there.


C'est un lieu tellement idyllique que l'on comprend facilement qu'il ait été habité depuis très longtemps. Pendant l'occupation romaine, une route franchissait le fleuve à cet endroit.


Who else loves watching houses and imagining one-self living in each of them?


Dites-moi, je ne suis pas la seule à aimer rêver devant les maisons et à m'imaginer vivre dans toutes celles que je vois?


I wondered if the windows, the door and the shutters of this house hadn't been painted with the same paint as my kitchen walls...


Je me suis demandée si les boiseries de cette maison n'avaient pas été peintes avec la même teinte que j'ai utilisée sur les murs de ma cuisine...


Now, as much as I love drooling over houses, this is not the main reason why I love going to Léhon.


Même si j'adore admirer les vieilles maisons, ce n'est en fait pas la raison pour laquelle j'aime aller à Léhon.


Léhon's history is linked to its abbey from the 9th century. So if you're really nice, I'll take you to the abbey in my next post. Here's a sneak peek...


L'histoire de Léhon est liée à celle de son abbaye depuis le IXe siècle: je vous y emmène dans mon prochain article, si vous êtes sage!

See you soon, at the abbey!

A bientôt, rendez-vous devant l'abbaye!


PS1: The abbey post is asking me to dig a little in history to make it interesting, so please, be patient... I have a staff meeting on Monday evening and I'm pretty sure I'll go straight to bed after that!

PS2: Last Friday was a thirtheenth and my pupils asked me if I was afraid... I said that I was used to bad luck and that everyday felt like Friday the thirteenth when you were me!

Mes élèves m'ont demandé vendredi dernier si j'étais inquiète car c'était vendredi 13... J'ai répondu qu'avec mon manque de chance habituel, c'était tous les jours vendredi 13 pour moi!

PS3: I'll be sharing this post with a few blogging friends, if I manage to find time for it!

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38 comments:

  1. Les maisons font rêver en effet.
    Je trouve que chaque région a du charme pour ses maisons.
    Si tu savais à quel point j'aimerais être invisible pour rentrer dans tous les intérieurs afin de visiter, je suis une gloutonne en matière de déco, mais comme ce n'est pas possible, Alors j'imagine.
    Passe une belle semaine. Bises. Babette

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  2. It's been guite a while since I've stopped by, but I have to say that I like your new kitchen very much. I also enjoy in your new post, thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures with us.
    With best wishes, Nada

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    1. Thank you for visiting and thank you for your kind words, Nada.

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  3. How fabulous! I want to go there!!!! keep it on the list for when I visit you :)

    Have a great week Magali!

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  4. Eh oui, moi aussi, tu le sais, j'aime les maisons... on a passé de nombreux après-midi à admirer celles de Carnac plutôt que de rester allongées sur le sable... alors forcément... J'ai hâte de voir l'abbaye !

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  5. Glad to hear that you're okay - was starting to worry!
    Léhon looks beautiful! The only problem is that I'm now craving a holiday...

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    1. End of the school year for a substitute like me is just the busiest time with the usual end-of-year stuff plus trying to find a job for next year - this last part is exhausting...

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  6. What a beautiful place! I loved those houses!AriadnefromGreece!

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  7. Such a beautiful town. It is perhaps funny that you dream of life in one of the town's cottages and I dream of life in your cottage! Patty/NS

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  8. All those boats and stone cottages. I want to be there!!! Thanks for the little tour, Magali. And I love it that you included a map. I like to do that too!

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  9. Oh it's lovely to see you again! YOu always cheer and inspire! and what a lovely town! I can imagine living there for sure, a really old house made of stone is my dream. And right on the river that goes into the sea, what could be better? So glad you have a new computer now, hope that that is going well and you like it! Can't wait to see more, both of the Abby and of my favorite cottage!

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  10. Because of your blog I am able to go so many lovely places from the comfort of my desk chair. I'm glad you are back and wish for you a great end to the school year. Very much looking forward to further comuniques from the Cottage.

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  11. Houses and cottages in Bretagne are so beautiful ! But I also like the houses and particularly the cottages in Britain... People told me these properties used to be cold moist and damp... But I tend to think that nowadays most of them are warm, dry and cosy ! At least, I hope they are LOL. Anyway, I wish I had one to spend a nice holiday in :-) Marcy

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    1. If you've read my first posts, you may remember my own cottage was very damp indeed before the first renovation was done... But it's worth it if you ask me!
      Have a nice Sunday, Marcy.
      Magali

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  12. Beautiful village, Magali, and that kitchen garden is wonderful!

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  13. Thank you for taking us along on your wonderful walk around the village. I do love the stone houses and colorful doorways ( I have a fondness for the colors of the sea, too) and I do imagine living in the beautiful homes that I see. A very charming walk, indeed. xo Karen

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the walk... I'm working on a post about the main attraction in the village: the abbey.
      Magali

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  14. Oh my goodness. Is it possible to fall in love with a village? If so, I want to marry this place. xo Laura

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  15. I'm with Laura! It is just gorgeous. Thanks for the tour Magali! Hope your end of the year goes happy and quickly! Cheers.

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  16. I really enjoyed this little trip, Magali! I loved the photos of the oh-so-charming houses; just perfect! It was almost as good as being there for real...ok, I'd really rather be there in person, but thanks for taking us!

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  17. So pretty and charming! I love the photo of the sailboats with the stone cottages behind.

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  18. Si je connais Dinan, je ne connais pas du tout ce charmant village. Comme toi j'aime les maisons surtout celles qui ont du vécu et une histoire à me raconter!
    Bonne journée.

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  19. What a fabulous tour of this city. I love all the stone houses.
    Traci

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  20. Beautiful place! You are alright, the kitchen garden makes me jealous too.

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  21. Few things are more enchanting than stone cottages. Thank you for such lovely, inspiring photos Magali. Glad to hear you're ok!

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  22. Your blog posts about your travels around France are well written and really make me want to visit these places!

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  23. Thank you for the lovely tour, Lehon is so picturesque, no wonder you love to go visit.
    Sorry that you have so much work to do, but knowing other teachers, I know this is the busiest time of the year.

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  24. Hi Magali! Just dropping in to see how you are doing, my friend. This little town is picture perfect and I would love to live in any of those homes! I've finally picked a place to go in Normandie. We are going to La Glacerie. I am so very excited! Hope you and your kitties are doing well! :)

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  25. Beautiful photos! Thanks for the tour.

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  26. Gorgeous! My parents will be in Paris in about a week or so, I will be thoroughly green with envy. I need my daughters to get some French pen pals so they will invite us over to summer with them. Hook me up with some 6 to 9 year old girls, si'l vous plait.

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  27. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous homes! And lovely photos too, nice job.

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  28. I've been missing from the blog world too! I loved your tour...and I want that garden!!

    -andi

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