Auray is a charming town, with cobbled streets and historic half-timbered houses, known particularly for its extremely picturesque harbour, Saint Goustan. The port served as a major trading site from the 1600s to 1800s, even welcoming Benjamin Franklin who arrived at Saint Goustan in 1776 in order to solicit the support of the French in the American War of Independence. Nowadays, it is a pleasant yachting harbour with an abundance of restaurants and bars at which to enjoy the lovely views. There are regular book and craft fairs and an annual oyster festival that takes place along the quays. Lire la suite de « Auray – Brittany »
The Rance Canal is the inland waterway connecting the Atlantic Ocean and English Channel.It passes through the romantic Brittany countryside between Rennes and the Rance estuary. It runs past the village of Hédé and has 11 locks in the space of about 1/2 a mile. Hédé is the highest point of the canal. The 11 locks were built along 2 miles. Each of the locks has a lock keepers house
Napoleon ordered the construction of the Ille-et-Rance canal in 1804. Many locks are still manually operated and several lock-keepers’ cottages, with their flower-filled gardens, remain occupied to this day.