Rochefort en Terre

Rochefort en Terre is a beautiful old town, a “Petite Cité de Caractére”, a “Plus Beaux Villages de France” in the Morbihan department of Brittany.  On a hot Sunday in May it was surprisingly quiet, it seems purpose-built for coach trips and cruise ship excursions – see the mice in their million hordes, from Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads.  It is just a little too well preserved.

The streets are “dotted with artists and craftspeople: potters, a candle maker, a toymaker” – all that was missing was a National Trust gift shop.

The Chateau up the hill is a little more ragged around the edges and all the better for it:

At the Chateau In the high street At the Chateau In the high street Head at the Chateau Door knocker at the Chateau In the back lanes The Chateau Chapel



  1. easyweimaraner · May 23, 2014

    it’s great :o) if you have the time, you should visit Concarneau and Pont Ave, it’s a beautiful place too :o)

    • northumbrianlight · May 23, 2014

      That’s a shame, we missed that – going back to the UK on Sunday (travelling to St Malo tomorrow)……but we will be back for sure 🙂

      • easyweimaraner · May 23, 2014

        and maybe next time you can visit my crib too? will you visit the Grand Aquarium de St. Malo?

  2. restlessjo · May 23, 2014

    You’re still selling France to me, Robin. 🙂 This looks lovely.

  3. LaVagabonde · May 23, 2014

    You’re really covering some ground over there. Love that last photo.

    • northumbrianlight · May 23, 2014

      Thanks Julie. It all ends tomorrow as we head north for the ferry 😦

  4. Mélanie · May 24, 2014

    There’s another Rochefort, 30kms away from wonderful La Rochelle… but this one is nicer! 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · May 24, 2014

      I think I might have been to that one – now heading home via St Malo 😦

  5. Cindi · May 24, 2014

    Stunning … and those blues in the last two images seemed to leap out of my computer screen.

    • northumbrianlight · May 24, 2014

      Many thanks – two days later the blue in the last was replaced by some nasty grey 😦

  6. elisa ruland · June 4, 2014

    I’ve been enjoying your travels through France. This series of photographs are so serene, and have an almost eerie quality….which is a compliment. You’ve captured the layers of history of the area in each of your shots. They’re really very beautiful.

    • northumbrianlight · June 6, 2014

      Many thanks Elisa – your generous comment prompted me to look at them again. It is a lovely area – mostly unspoilt and very quiet. I am sure we will be back.

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