Today started with a visit to Vitre. It was 1 ¼ hours away but a pretty easy drive on a super highway. (We didn’t have any of these in the Dordogne!) Our tour book says Vitre is the best preserved old world town in Brittany; its castle and small streets remaining as they were 400 to 500 years ago. The castle is imposing.
We wandered the little streets making our way to what was the most picturesque street in town to find that there had been a fire recently. The street was blocked off and work was being done. Actually there were a lot of construction projects around including a big paving job in front of the castle. They have a lot to do to be ready for the summer crowds.
This is Notre Dame of Vitre. It has a very unusual outdoor pulpit.
Lots of cute streets.
The house on the left is surrounded by streets on all four sides.
We drove 30 minutes north to Fougeres and were pleasantly surprised. Not “rated” as high as Vitre, I thought it was much more picturesque. It has a castle with massive towers and a little old town surrounding it.
We had lunch in a little square. I had a salad with ham and Will tried the plat du jour – a sausage with potatoes and mushrooms. They were both winners.
We met a small group of Americans that were part of a Rick Steves tour group (a travel company based in Edmonds, Washington.) This was a lunch stop for them and they were going on to Mont St Michel for the night.
The St Leonard Church, perched on the hill overlooking the castle, has beautiful gardens.
We walked down the hill and around the ramparts.
This is the church of St Sulpice.
I really liked this town!
On to Dinan. Rain is predicted for tomorrow so we decided to see Dinan this evening. Dinan is a much larger town but the old city is a small area and easy to walk…… unless you park where we did – at the Port of Dinan, at the bottom of the hill. We had to walk up the Rue du Petit Fort, a steep ½ mile hike up to the town.
After a stop for drinks we wandered through the old streets.
On the left is the Tour (Tower) de l’Horloge with the town clock from 1498.
The Jardin Anglais has wonderful views of the Port.
St Savior’s Basilica has one wall from the 12th century. The rest is from the 15th.
We enjoyed our dinner last night so much we returned to the same restaurant. Will even ordered the same thing!! I had the pasta Bolognese. Italian in France. Tres bon.