The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Dinan (Part 3): Walking tour of the ramparts

This is the third and final post on our walking exploration of the ancient port town of Dinan (click to read parts one and two). There aren't many photos in this post, as the rain had cut short our plan to complete a walking tour of the entire ramparts that fully encloses Dinan, and we also had a bus and train to catch back to Paris in the afternoon so we didn't have the luxury of continuing if the rain stopped (which it didn't). Dinan's ramparts may not be as big as Saint-Malo's wall, but it possesses a certain rustic charm that conveyed better of an era long gone by.

The starting point of our walking tour of the ramparts was Dinan Castle, which also houses the museum:

St Louis Gate by the castle keep:

The exterior of the castle keep:

The exterior of the rampart was mostly monotonous (see next photo) except for occasional features such as this:

Looks pretty ominous and effective at keeping out any unwanted visitors in ancient times:

Residential area outside the wall:

Taking shelter from the drizzle under a large tree that hadn't yet been soaked through its foliage:

Modernity juxtaposed with the medieval. We were heading towards the main part of town. If you look closely, the steps are wet from the drizzle except for where it is sheltered by the foliage of the tree we were resting under:

A medieval building:

We really enjoyed our trip out to this part of France - it was a refreshing change from the busy fast-paced ultra-modern life in Hong Kong.

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