Pink Shutters in Locronan

Locronan is a town in the Finistère region of Brittany in north-western France.  Locronan is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (The Most Beautiful Villages) association, one of only six in Brittany.  We were driving from the very western tip of Brittany down to Quimper and decided to stop and check it out.

The town is quite popular with tourists and has narrow streets, so you aren’t allowed to drive in.  You can park at either end of town, and then walk in.  It’s only a few hundred meters from the parking to the center of town.  Locronan is a rather small town of around 800 inhabitants, and was given town status around 1500, though the town is considerably older than that.  The town produced hemp, which was used in the rigging of many of the ships that operated from Brittany.

Cobbled streets are lined with ancient stone buildings.  Many have gardens with beautiful flowers, in particular, hydrangeas.  I was on the hunt for good door photos as we wandered through the town.  I have always liked photographing doors, and they seem to resonate with others as well.

This one really caught my eye.  The wooden door isn’t as interesting as the pink shutters accented by the beautiful hydrangeas planted in front.


I’ll be returning to Brittany this summer, and hope to find more scenes like this one to photograph.  For more France photos, please click here.




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