Monday’s Travel Photos – Vitré

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We stopped for the night in Vitré, about 40 K east of Rennes, on the way back from Brest on the western tip of Brittany one summer. We discovered a very pretty little town with a mediaeval granite castle, one of the first castles in France to be classified as a monument historique.  There are many beautiful granite, slate and half-timbered houses and colourful façades, mainly in Rue de la Baudrairie. I can’t remember the name of the hotel as it was nothing outstanding, but we had a view of the castle from our window. However, we were given a very useful free Michelin guide to “secondary” towns in France that we’ve been exploring ever since.

Another view of the castle

The castle in Vitré is one of the most imposing mediaeval castles in France. Here you can see one of the towers of the old ramparts

 

Vitré castle is one of the most imposing feudal castles in France

South façade and Place Saint Yves

Rue de la Baudrairie, from  the French "baudroyeurs" or leathermakers

Rue de la Baudrairie, from the French “baudroyeurs” or leathermakers

More granite and half-timbering

Typical juxtaposition of granite, slate and half-timbering

Typical street window

Typical colourful street window

Mediaeval manor house

Mediaeval manor house

Granite, slate and half-timbering

More granite, slate and half-timbering

interesting outside staircase

Interesting outside staircase

La Soupe aux Choux where we had a very pleasant meal

La Soupe aux Choux where we had a very pleasant meal

Gatehouse and Saint-Laurent Tower, Vitré

Gatehouse and Saint-Laurent Tower at dusk

 

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5 Responses to Monday’s Travel Photos – Vitré

  1. Susan Walter says:

    Very interesting buildings.

    So are the baudroyeurs tanners or is it more than that? So far as I can work out they are the step before the corroyeurs, who finish the leather to make it waterproof and other treatments. Are they both connected to the diaspora of Cordoban leatherworkers when Ferdinand and Isabella finally expelled everyone who wasn’t of Spanish origin and Catholic, some of whom went to northern France, or did the Cordobans end up there because there was already an industry, which they just slotted into and introduced new decorative techniques? I’ve no doubt Diderot can enlighten, but I don’t have easy acess to a copy.

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