A rainy day in central Brittany

It was Sunday and the first day at St Gilles Vieux Marché – time to explore! It was also chilly and wet. However I was prepared – thermal vest, jersey, warm trousers, and padded coat (and umbrella).

The Abbey of Bon Repos

The Abbey of Bon Repos

The Nantes-Brest Canal at the Abbey of Bon Repos

The Nantes-Brest Canal at the Abbey of Bon Repos

The rain let up for long enough to allow us to wander around Gouarec, a pretty village filled with flowers and situated on both the River Blavet and the Nantes-Brest Canal. Apparently the Dukes of Rohan once had a castle here, but nothing remains. There is historic town house, an interesting market hall, and a church overlooking the river.

The house of the Dukes of Rohan

The house of the Dukes of Rohan

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Flowers at Gouarec

This part of Brittany is undulating, with farmlands and woods – there are even dirt roads – something I never expected to see in France! And hidden away in the countryside we found two small chapels: the 14C Chapel of St Eloi and the similarly old Notre Dame of Séléden. The 15C Chapel of St Eloi is still the destination of an annual Pardon as is the Chapel at Séléden.

The Chapel of St Eloi, SE of St Nicolas du Pelem

The Chapel of Seleden

The Chapel of Seleden

And then it was back to the gîte to dry out!