Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pontrieux


Last year I was greatly blessed to spend a week with friends exploring Brittany. One of the delightful towns we visited was Pontrieux. (I have also posted other images of this town previously).

Francethisway.com describes it thus -

"Pontrieux stretches along the banks of the River Trieux and owed its prosperity - from medieval times onwards - to its position at the head of the estuary.

The success of the port led to the building of many fine bourgeois houses here, each bourgeois house has its own lavoir - a special wash area on the edge of the river where the maid could do the family’s washing without having to go to a communal washhouse. There are 50 of these private lavoirs along the river, each of which has been restored and beautifully planted up with attractive flower displays."

The scene above shows two such lavoirs.  The weather was glorious and the surroundings peaceful - the twitter of birds and the hum of bees complementing the ambience!

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11 comments:

Linda W. said...

Lovely stone houses! Thanks for sharing your photo.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Very tranquil. Love all that stonework.

Mari said...

It seems like a pretty friendly town. I like those stonehouses.

diane b said...

France has some amazing little villages oozing with history.

Phil Slade said...

A charming view Valerie.You are so lucky. I have always wanted to visit Brittany but never got around to it. Am I right in thinking that "lavoir" is the origin of "lavatory".

Penelope Puddlisms said...

I liked your Penelope Paddlisms suggestion … very creative!

Looking at your picture, there is such charm in the brick façade and style of the house. Although it all looks so pleasant, it must have been a difficult chore washing clothes in that river.

Fun60 said...

How clever and upmarket to use the river in this way.

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! I looked your many posts. I enjoyed them very much. You traveled all over the world.I envy you. Thanks for sharing.

ladyfi said...

It's just beautiful!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Nicely composed! Thanks for the explanation on the lavoirs. I would have taken them to be boat moorings or water taxi stops.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Great capture! I love the old stone walls. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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