Paimpol harbour with sun rising DSC_5207




We all know that the best photos are taken at sunrise and just as the sun sets. In this one, we can see the sun shinning on parts of the surrounding harbour buildings. A small ripple in the water broke the calm just enough to give some texture.

Welcome to Paimpol, the fishing and oyster farming centre of Cotes d’Armor! This pretty little Breton town, once a peninsula, has been shaped by its maritime past, starting with cod fishing trips to Newfoundland and Iceland. Today, its glory is an oyster: the famous Paimpolaise!

Restaurants are legion in the old town, serving fish specialities, and there are delicatessens specialising in local products. These include the delicious cocos de Paimpol, semi-dried beans with AOC status. These shops sit alongside beautiful ship-owners’ houses and half-timbered houses from the 15th and 16th centuries, on picturesque side streets to be explored on foot. The Latin quarter is a maze of old streets that lead to the fishing harbour and marina. On Rue des Huit Patriotes stands a beautiful 15th-century house that is a listed Historic Monument, the Jézéquel House. It has been a hardware shop since 1886. Other sights to see are the Old Tower, part of the old church, and the Church of Our Lady of Good News, completed in 1914.

I took this photo during my trip to Paimpol in August of 2017.