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Brittany 2003

Pleyben

 

Anse de Dinan beach

The gite

Le Cloitre Pleyben - small village

Pleyben - large village

Châteaulin town

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Locronan - tourism village honeypot

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The central area of Pleyben, with its imposing church.

 

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Many churches in Brittany have a "Calvary", a group of sculptured stone figures depicting the story of Christ for the benefit of illiterate people. Pleyben has the finest Calvary of them all and it is a tourist attraction.

 

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The church from the uncrowded main road.

 

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Local services seem extremely well-developed for a village of some 3,500 people.

 

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In the area next to the church a tourist area has developed, including a chocolate factory!

 

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Souvenirs are sold in these shops, but the one on the right specialises in selling regional delicacies.

 

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One side of Pleyben's triangle central area, with cafe and fish shop.

 

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The excellent roads in and around Pleyben were never full; but here a moment of congestion as a tractor and trailer vie for road space with a delivery lorry.

 

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The Maire's office; even small villages, including Le Cloitre Pleyben, have a building, or part of, for official purposes.

 

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The village supermarket, part of the InterMarche chain, offers a wide range of goods and cheap petrol!

 

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Access to the high-speed road network of Brittany is almost instant for Pleyben.

 

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An evening of Breton folk dancing started in the "square" as dusk fell.

 

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Music was provided by local players, including some on older, traditional wind instruments.

 

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Crepes were organised in a long tent-stall, with six pairs of producers working flat out to meet demand for several hours on end!

 

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