Thursday Doors: Dinan, France

Helloooo everyone! Today the ship is at port in Saint Malo, France and I and 25 other passengers have decided on Dinan as our destination of the day! Something told me it was not going to be as easy taking photos as it is on most of our vacations and I can see right off the bat that I was right. I was forever lagging behind the group to take pictures and then scurrying like a mad woman to catch up! So, I finally pulled out my IPhone and started clicking away. Click and run………click and run………When our guide finally gave us time on our own, most of the group went for wine or cider (very popular in this region) but, I back-tracked to get DOOR photos!

Dinan is set high on the hill, behind a defensive wall, overlooking the River Rance. The historic old town features all the buildings from the 1300’s that did not burn down. It was very charming! I Leaving the ramparts we walked into the town,  first to see the Saint Savior Basilica, built in 1130.

Around the year 1112, a lord of Dinan, Rivallon Le Roux , had gone to the Crusades in Palestine.

He fought with bravery. 
In a very violent battle, he was taken prisoner by the Saracens. 
He vowed to build a church if he saw Dinan, 
a church dedicated to the Holy Trinity and the Holy Savior. 
What happened, he came back …

Saint Savior Basilica, Dinan, France
Saint Savior Basilica, Dinan, France
Saint Savior Basilica, Dinan, France
Saint Savior Basilica, Dinan, France
Dinan, France

Because the Basilica was here, there were monks here and there was a large village market. The town grew to be very prosperous and needed two entry ways…… one for the villagers to enter, and another for the carts with goods to come and go.

The Town Doors, Dinan, France
The Streets of Dinan, France
The Streets of Dinan, France
The Streets of Dinan, France
The Streets of Dinan, France
The Streets of Dinan, France

While the group stopped to replenish their parched throats in cafes on the town square and other various establishments around the village, I ventured around looking for more DOORS!

The Streets of Dinan, France
The Streets of Dinan, France

And some of the group stopped here……….

La Cava des Jacobins

But, I ventured down this path……

The Streets of Dinan, France

And found the red Doors…..

The Red Doors, Dinan, France

and this red door…..

The Red Doors, Dinan, France

and the blue door…….

The Blue Doors, Dinan, France

And le Mostroquet………..

The Doors of Dinan, France

and the door of Chez la Mere Pourcel……..

The Doors of Dinan, France

and down this little lane…….

The Doors of Dinan, France

I ended up at the meeting place for the day’s big bike race………..stay out of the way, they are closing off the streets, so let’s go!

The Doors of Dinan, France

So back to the bus……say goodbye cobblestones!

The Cobblestones of Dinan

I learned so much about Dinan and will share that in another post, next Monday, for Jo’s Monday Walks .  So, in the meantime look at all the other door posts for Thursday Doors by Norm HERE! See you next week in another French Village! Auvoir

5 Comments Add yours

  1. restlessjo says:

    I definitely feel I’ve missed a trick by not getting to this part of the world. It looks a charming town. Norm will love your doors. My favouite, that pretty restaurant, Chez la Mere Pourcel, but like you I’d have just kept on pattering through the streets. 🙂 🙂 Many thanks for the link. Another walk next week?

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  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    What a beautiful place and such wonderful doors in this collection as well. I’m enjoying this tour 🙂

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  3. Vicky says:

    Oh lovely, I went there many moons ago when I was young and probably foolish, I recall little. It was nice to re-visit through your eyes and you found some prime doors whilst the others were carousing! Thank you for taking me back…

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  4. JT Twissel says:

    Looks like a great town to visit – you lucky ducky!

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  5. What a lovely old town with plenty of interesting doors!
    Donna

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