Monday, June 08, 2015

Le Jerzual, Dinan, Brittany

Wandering Around The (Messy) Cottage - June 2015 Edition


Hi everybody! I've missed you... But last week was just too crazy to find time blogging - be it reading or writing.

Bonjour à tous ! Eh non, je ne vous ai pas oubliés, mais la semaine dernière était trop chargée pour pouvoir s'occuper des blogs - les lire ou les écrire.


Among the many, many things that filled my last week was a trip to a doctor. Nothing worrying, so no need to talk about the doctor, but I think you may be interested in the trip.

Parmi les très nombreuses choses qui ont rempli cette semaine, il y avait un petit rendez-vous chez un docteur. Un contrôle de routine, ce n'est pas ça qui va vous intéresser.


See, the doctor's office is in Dinan, a lovely medieval town located three quarters of an hour from Cottage. I've been marking papers, putting things away in boxes and painting all day long lately and a doctor appointment isn't really the "most funnest" way to have a break from it all. So I decided to leave a little early, to park on the harbour and to walk all the way up to the medieval town where the office is.

Mais le cabinet de ce médecin est situé à Dinan, une très belle ville médiévale à trois quarts d'heure de Cottage. Ces derniers temps, je n'ai pas fait autre chose que corriger des copies, faire des cartons et préparer les travaux qui commencent dans quelques jours. Faire un break pour aller chez le docteur n'étant pas le projet le plus excitant, j'ai décidé de partir en avance et de m'accorder un peu (vraiment un peu) de temps dans la ville.


Would you like to join me?

Vous vous joignez à moi ?


Let's park on the harbour down the river and walk all the way to the city walls you can see in the above picture, because that's where the doctor's office is.


On se gare sur le port le long de la rivière et on remonte jusqu'aux remparts de la vieille ville où se situe le cabinet médical, d'accord?


This street is probably the most famous in Dinan, so you'll excuse the unknown tourists photo-bombing in nearly each picture. I didn't have time to wait for them to walk away or I would have been late to my appointment!


C'est une des rues les plus célèbres de Dinan et vous verrez de nombreux touristes inconnus sur mes photos. Si j'avais dû attendre pour les prendre de n'avoir personne dans le viseur, je n'aurais jamais été à l'heure à mon rendez-vous.


The street is a cobbled one and is pretty steep, so I advise you to have good walking shoes... Of course, I didn't follow my own advise and I had darling little flats that I know you're dying to see...


La rue est pavée et bien pentue, je vous conseille donc de mettre de bonnes chaussures... Evidemment, comme Alice au pays des merveilles, je ne suis jamais mes propres conseils...


The street is full of adorable houses with shops downstairs. One of the house was transformed to become a tanner house at the end of the 19th century and you can see the "plantation looking shutters" upstairs where the leather was dried.


Si la plupart des maisons de cette rue possédaient une boutique au rez-de-chaussée, la maison aux fenêtres rouges a été transformée à la fin du XIXe siècle en tannerie et on voit encore les pans de bois à clairevoie au dernier étage où l'on faisait sécher le cuir.


I think this is the oldest house in the street.



Je crois que c'est là la plus vieille maison de la rue.


You can see here how steep the street is.

Je crois qu'on voit bien là combien la rue est en pente. Aie ! Les mollets !


In the middle of the street, we need to walk through that gorgeous tower that marks the former entrance of the city.

A mi-rue, il faut passer cette magnifique porte qui marque l'entrée de l'ancienne ville.


Climbing roses and old building are a perfect match.


Those special shutters means this house was a shop in the Medieval times: the merchandise was displayed on the open shutters... Imagine hot cakes there...

Les volets étaient utilisés pour étaler la marchandise au Moyen Age. Imaginez les petits pains chauds alignés ici...


Phew! We made it to the top the street and here we are in the town. We'll visit it an other day if you want, because now I need to run to my appointement!

Voilà ! Nous sommes arrivés en centre ville... que nous visiterons un autre jour si vous le voulez bien, car là, je vais être en retard à mon rendez-vous.


I didn't take any picture in the doctor's office, but I'll sum up the meeting for you "I need to wear my sun hats even more than I already do!" Maybe I should buy an other one, I'm not sure I have enough of them in my collection. Too bad, he didn't say anything about the shoes...

Now let's walk down the street, shall we?





Bon, je ne vous ai pas pris de photo du cabinet médical, mais laissez-moi moi vous résumer la situation : je dois porter mes chapeaux de soleil encore plus souvent que je ne le fais. Je me demande si je ne devrais pas m'en acheter un de plus... Il n'y en a pas assez dans ma collection... Quel dommage que le docteur n'ait rien dit à propos des chaussures !

Bon, eh bien, maintenant, il faut redescendre la rue vers le port.


I hope you enjoyed that walk and that your legs aren't hurting too bad. I need to go back packing now as the renovation project starts next Monday. I'll take lots of pictures and I'll post them when the Internet is back working...

J'espère que vous n'avez pas trop mal aux mollets... Je retourne à mes cartons car le projet "destruction de l'étage" commence lundi prochain. Je prendrai des photos et les posterai quand/si Internet fonctionne...

See you soon,

A bientôt,


PS1: I may or may not have noticed when I undressed at the doctor's that my knees were all blue from spending so much time on them while packing.

PS1 : Il se pourrait que j'aie montré des genoux complètement bleus au docteur... C'est ce qui arrive quand on passe toutes ses soirées à genoux... à faire des cartons, bien sûr !

PS2 : I may or may not have had to cut a full lock of my hair yesterday evening after noticing it was full of white paint and I hadn't noticed it before when I was painting in the afternoon... It was dry and there was really nothing else to do... Blue knees and uneven locks... No wonder Prince Charming can't find me!

PS2 : Il se pourrait qu'une longue mèche de cheveux se soit vue sacrifier hier soir... Je l'avais apparemment fait tremper dans mon pot de peinture blanche sans m'en rendre compte. Le soir, c'était bien sec et il n'y avait rien d'autre à faire que d'utiliser sauvagement les ciseaux... Genoux bleus et mèches inégales... Pas étonnant que Prince Charmant ne me trouve pas !

PS3 : I'm linking with some of my favourite parties.

http://www.cozylittlehouse.com/2015/06/tweak-it-tuesday-145.html    My Show and Share Party               Inspire Me Monday Link Party Linky Party          http://theenchantingrose.blogspot.fr/2015/06/roses-of-inspiration-linkup-23.html               repurposed and upcycled


60 comments:

  1. Thank you for the wonderful visit!!! Love this town & all the historic buildings. AND you've given me a fresh idea...

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  2. What a charming town! Thanks for the visit. I hope your school year finishes soon. Our graduation was Saturday and I'm thrilled to be free!

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  3. What a delightful walk Magali! This is such a charming old town. I simply cannot imagine being surrounded by such history! I'm happy to hear you had a good report with the doctor. I have a dermatology appointment this summer and I am quite sure sun hats will be recommended for me as well. I hope all the summer renovations go well. Can't wait to see! Have a lovely Monday.

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  4. Beautiful! Even I would go to the doctor if I could visit Dinan! what a beautiful place. Thanks for taking us along, and glad there was nothing serious, healthwise, going on. Have a wonderful week.

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  5. Thank you so much for this lovely tour! I truly enjoyed it. The pretty village makes going to the doctor a treat!

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  6. I love your walk abouts, so much historical buildings. Centuries old and I like how some are accented in bold colors. I'm sure packing up for the renovation is a chore, but the outcome will be so nice for you upstairs. Thinking of your kitties, I hope they don't get to upset with the going ons. Always enjoy your pictures of your beautiful country, France. Kathleen in Az

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    1. One of the kitties is very worried when things change, so he'll go with me to the little rental I'll have during the worst of the renovation, I'll visit the others everyday as I'll check on Cottage. I'm sure it'll be a difficult time for them, as for me, but it'll be so nice being able to light my bedroom in the evening without worrying after the renovation is done!

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  7. What a beautiful place!Ok I'm putting your area in the to-be-visited-dream destinations!AriadnefromGreece!

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  8. What a lovely morning walk I've had! How wonderful it would be to walk through that medieval tower into a charming and quaint French town uphill and down...thank you for the tour!!!. Have a lovely week, and remember to wear your sun hat! ~ Mickie

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  9. This post made me wish we didn't have a wedding this summer. I would buy tickets today and pop over to the lovely town for a visit.

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  10. I love your arm-chair tours. Thank you for taking us along.

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  11. Dear Magali,

    a very charming village! Nice shoes of course... Paint in your hair? That sounds very promising as far as the renovation projekt is concerned! As to Prince Charming - perhaps he knows perfectly well, that you wouldn´t leave Cootage for this huge old castle of his. Well, bad luck for the prince....
    Anticipating the next posts
    Yours, Sarah

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  12. Oh my gosh Magali - this looks exactly like the " Shambles " in York, England !!!
    Just gorgeous beyond words really !

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  13. How great you could take a day off and tour a charming place -- even though for a visit to the doc. We must all take better care of our skin, a new hat couldn't hurt. Thanks for the wonderful photos. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  14. Do you have any idea how lucky you are? Not just to live near such history, but you have the cutest shoes ;)

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  15. Dinan est une très jolie ville, je me souviens y avoir mangé de très bonnes galettes (gourmande moi ? non...).
    Il est vrai qu'elle se mérite mais ça vaut vraiment la peine.
    Attention à ne pas mettre d'autres mèches de cheveu dans la peinture :-). Couper une mèche, ça va, plus ça peut être embêtant !
    Bon courage pour la "destruction" (oh là là, ça fait peur...)
    Nathalie

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  16. Quelle jolie ville avec son architecture si typique. C'est beau comme tout.
    Bon courage pour les travaux & la poussière parce que je connais bien.
    Caresses aux chatons. Bises. Babette

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  17. Dinan est vraiment une ville comme je les aime. Elle nous replonge dans le passé car presque toutes les maisons ont gardé leur aspect typique ancien. Les photos sont superbes. Bon courage pour les travaux ! Après l'angoisse, la destruction et la poussière, ce sera tout beau !

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  18. This park and walk was a grand idea Magali! This is a fairytale village and a great place to go for a walk, just maybe not in those flats with all those cobblestones (although I'd have worn them too, so cute.) Such a charming village, one I haven't visited so I do hope you will take us back there for the full tour with you have time. I sure enjoyed my walk, it left me with a buzz I get when I'm on an adventure in France! Thanks, loved walking to the doctor with you.

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  19. HI...Glad all is well..and only a new hat needed..i think those darling shoes would override the knees and locks for Prince Charming..i also think a 45 minute drive to end up there is even worth seeing a dr..looks like i better get back in shape if i ever think about visiting Dinan..or maybe anywhere over there..we have one street left in my tiny town that is still paved with the original cobblestones from when it was settled in 1684..i just love it..looking forward to another armchair trip when you have time..happy packing..i'll be thinking of you next week..i actually was thinking it started this week..hope your weather is nice..mine is still incredible..

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  20. gorgeous! beautiful. those half timbered houses, oy. this reminds me of dieppe and honfleur and lyons la foret with this houses. so lucky you can see such history whenever you want.
    b

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  21. I was smart an wore comfy shoes for our walk! I doubt I'll ever be to France, but I do feel that I have visited by your post and sharing such great places with us. I so enjoyed our walk together...remember better shoes when we head out next time!

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  22. Thank you for the wonderful tour,it was fun i love old buildings and your shoes are very cute.Have a great day Magali.

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  23. What a wonderful place to live! I love all the fabulous houses and shops.
    I reading "Pillars of the Earth" and this is my book come to life! Thanks so much for the tour!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  24. beautiful! I grew up in a Medieval town, so I am loving all these pictures and the details

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  25. Such a lovely place, but I wonder how your knees hold up on those hills????? Thanks for showing me this town I'm unlikely to walk in. But the history is enchanting. Selling pigeon pie or dry goods from a shelf reminds me of buying perfume in the Casbah in Tangier. Such small spaces for trade. And we think a shopping mall is worth our time and effort. Not, not, not.Gie me a busy winding street on market day any old time. Merci for the photo shoot. Marje in NC, USA.

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    1. Unfortunately here as well, big malls or shopping centers are all the rage and our small shops are closing one at a time...

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  26. I loved your tour! To think that all of that history was on your way to doctor! So amazing. I should have been born in the med-evil times (with all of our modern conveniences of course). Thank you for sharing, someday I am coming for a visit, and we will do lunch. Don't over work yourself, and keep wearing those sun hats. Jo

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  27. What a lovely walk, but I am out of breath....... They city is so beautiful and I am so glad that I got to come along.
    I hope that you have a smooth renovation. Take care and don't work to hard in the Cottage.
    Mary

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  28. I did not realize what a medieval city Dinan is – your photos are excellent and show the old city well. Looking at the hills though – I would not be able to walk down as my knees have become so bad – no cartilage anymore so going down is worse than going up – but I liked your shoes.

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  29. IT REMINDS ME OF WHEN I VISITED SCOTLAND. LOVED IT THERE. SURE WISH I COULD TRAVEL. THANKS FOR SHARING.

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  30. I wish my doctor's office was in such a charming local!! It is even worth the steep incline to see him! What a beautiful country you live in! And what a cute cottage you have! Yours in my favorite blog!!

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  31. It's never pleasant having to go to the doctor, what what a charming town you got to explore!

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  32. Thanks for the tour of Dinan, it was a fun walk.
    Love the shoes!
    Amalia
    xo

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  33. Oh Magali, what a darling little place! How I wish I could go there and see it all in person, but since that may never happen I am VERY thankful you took us on a tour with your stunning pictures :) The buildings are so lovely and unique. And your walking shoes are adorable :)

    Have a beautiful weekend, my friend. Hugs!

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  34. Wow, what a detour on the way to the doctor's office!! I think I'd have to cancel the appointment and spend all day walking around. This is such a beautiful and charming town. Thank you for taking us along and for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

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  35. Hi Magali, I came on your blog from Stephanie linky party.
    What a lucky girl to have a little cottage in Brittany! Wonderful photos!
    Have a nice week-end,
    un baiser
    Roberta
    La Sportina - ideeroberta.blogspot.it

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  36. Oh Magali! If my trip to the Dr's was like yours, I would be there every day. This really is the most exquisite town I've ever seen and is on the top of my places to visit now. Thank you so much for showing us around! Keep that hat on!! Chel xx

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  37. What beautiful photos of a most beautiful place! I love the buildings, the cobblestones and yes....your darling white flats!!! lol.
    I would love to visit this charming little village some day!
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog

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    1. I'm glad ou enjoyed the walk without your feet hurting!

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  38. C'est vrai, un blog bilingue anglais/français? :D !!!! J'adore vos affiches et photos; et je suis enthousiaste de vous trouver sur le blog de Stephanie!

    Les maisons ci sont tellement belles!

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  39. Hello friend! Just wanted to let you know that this beautiful post was featured at Roses of Inspiration :) Hapy hugs to you!

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  40. Oh, Magali, I am visiting from dear Stephanie's blog today, and what an absolute delight! I love the scenic trip you've taken us on and the Old World beauty where you live! I love the charm and warmth, and it reminds me of a beautiful framed painting we purchased many years ago depicting the cobble-stone streets and buildings, some of which look like yours! Thank you for sharing this beauty with us! Hugs!

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  41. Wow, what a fascinating town! The old buildings are incredible, and it must be great exercise walking up those hills! Thanks for the tour, and I hope your knees are less blue now :-)

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  42. Hi! I am here from Dana's blog ... The city looks like a delightful place where to have a pleasant walk! Luckily your health problems weren't too serious, so you could enjoy the trip...beautiful photos!

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  43. I'm pretty sure I visited Dinan - years ago. But, if I did, I don't remember it looking that good - I should have lingered! Keep well.

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  44. I'm pretty sure I visited Dinan - years ago. But, if I did, I don't remember it looking that good - I should have lingered! Keep well.

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  45. Such a beautiful town! Thank you so much for taking the trouble to share with us!

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  46. Thanks for the tour, such lovely old homes with wood in the façades! You French have Dinan, we Belgians have Dinant :-) Both lovely cities to enjoy ! Been absent from your blog for a while due to illness, but proud to see that you have not stopped your lovely care for Cottage ! Good luck with the new project ! Marie from Belgium

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    1. Oh my! I checked Dinant on the Internet and it looks really lovely!

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  47. I'm guessing you're rather busy, I hope the renovations are going well, at least the Doctor seems to think you should treat yourself, and buy more hats !
    I'd love to visit Dinan some day, such a beautiful town with so many gorgeous historic buildings - thank you for the tour.

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  48. I know you are tremendously busy with everything being out of place, but I did want to let you know how much I enjoyed this walk. However, I would have worn walking shoes before attempting that hill! I love the idea of the drop down shutters.

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  49. What a treat to tour this beautiful little town with you, Magali! You did a great job of capturing its beauty. And, nice shoes, too!

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  50. You live in a breathtakingly beautiful region of La Belle France, Magali! Your excursions to cities and towns near Cottage are always so magical, and today's is no exception. The stone walls, the climbing roses, the painted window frames, the cobblestone streets...so very pretty! Thanks for taking us along with you and hope your doctor's visit was not too scary!

    Happy weekend,

    Poppy

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  51. I love Dinan!!!!! Thank your for taking us along Magali, those old buildings/houses are all so beautiful!!!!

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  52. Such beautiful photos! I've missed you and your cottage so much, I have lots of catching up to do!

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