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Concarneau

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From Quimper we went to the Atlantic Ocean, only few miles away, and then we took east to get to Concarneau, a very small town which is supposed to be the third most important fishing port in France, the temple of sardines and tuna fish. The town's greatest appeal – besides the ocean - is its “Ville Close”, the small and very well-fortified old city located a few metres offshore on an irregular rocky island in the bay. It’s a delightful place, but we have been told that in summer it’s like hell, because too many tourists get crowded there and make the charming peaceful fortified island look like a subway train at the peak hours. We found it already a little too crowded in May, so we don’t dare to think of it in full summer!
When we arrived to Concarneau it was ebb tide....
When we arrived to Concarneau it was ebb tide....
Totally incongrously we looked at a sausages stands...
Totally incongrously we looked at a sausages stands...
The omnipresent personalized Breton bowls….
The omnipresent personalized Breton bowls….
At the gate of the fortified small island....
At the gate of the fortified small island....
The small square of the Ville Close
The small square of the "Ville Close"
The importance of beautiful details...
The importance of beautiful details...
Peeping through the ancient and thick walls...
Peeping through the ancient and thick walls...
Taking advantage of low tide...
Taking advantage of low tide...
Not only human beings take advantage of low tide...
Not only human beings take advantage of low tide...
But then ocean always come back....
But then ocean always come back....
The village on the fortified island
The village on the fortified island
A young man played a strange big horn...
A young man played a strange big horn...
There was a certain disproportion between the boat and the two men...
There was a certain disproportion between the boat and the two men...
Back to the main street of the Ville Close
Back to the main street of the "Ville Close"
No, this is not what we drank,,
No, this is not what we drank,,
A golden figurehead invites us to taste home-made cakes…
A golden figurehead invites us to taste home-made cakes…
I was curious to see what one of these little houses might look like inside...
I was curious to see what one of these little houses might look like inside...
Interiors of houses are like boats!
Interiors of houses are like boats!
Maybe an old little house on a island...
Maybe an old little house on a island...
Who did find the rare pearl?
Who did find the rare pearl?
Had I already told you that Concarneau is famous for its canned foodstuff?
Had I already told you that Concarneau is famous for its canned foodstuff?
Sergey's insane passion for macarons...
Sergey's insane passion for macarons...
Far from the Madding Crowd....
Far from the Madding Crowd....
The peaceful  courtyard ...
The peaceful courtyard ...
When we arrived to the beach it was very windy...
When we arrived to the beach it was very windy...
It was not high tide yet ...
It was not high tide yet ...
Then people started looking at the horizon...
Then people started looking at the horizon...
The windsurfers  started reaching the shore...
The windsurfers started reaching the shore...
Finally we realized  people had left...
Finally we realized people had left...
Something like little tornados....
Something like little tornados....
But the black clouds were too fast…
But the black clouds were too fast…
One minute later the rain arrived on us...
One minute later the rain arrived on us...
Back to the Ville Close
Back to the "Ville Close"
We have still time to give a look at the floating museum of fishing...
We have still time to give a look at the floating museum of fishing...
The last hour in Concarneau
The last hour in Concarneau
On the top of the fortified small island...
On the top of the fortified small island...
And we left Concarneau...
And we left Concarneau...