Josselin, a Medieval Gem

Hey there you wonderful people, how goes it with you? If you’re in the UK, I hear the rain has finally stopped and you have some bright, autumnal weather on it’s way. Unfortunately you buggers have pointed it in our direction so we’re currently keeping a close eye the weather satellite and trying our best to dodge the wet stuff!!

I’m going to share a smashing little place with you today. We decided to give it a go on the recommendation of an old friend of ours. The pretty, medieval town of Josselin, in the Morbihan Region of Brittany. It’s been on our radar for a couple of years but we’ve never made it here before. It straddles the Nantes-Brest Canal. The magnificent Chateau de Rohan and its three Rapunzelesque towers overlook the banks of the canalised River Oust below. It is still inhabited by the Rohan family who once owned a third of Brittany.

Inside the grounds of this fairytale Chateau, the old stable block houses a famous Toy, Doll and Puppet Museum. Saving this for next time. It looks great but was closing for lunch when we arrived.

The Motorhome Aire here is a free one, with dump and fill facilities, (God bless the Motorhome loving French). It’s in a pleasant tree lined square at the top of town by the Church. Note you can’t park here on market days before 2pm.

The attractive, historic town is centred around the gargoyle studded Gothic Basilica of Notre Dame du Roncier. The panorama from the top of the bell tower is amazing. You may need oxygen half way up!! The cobbled streets with their multicoloured, half timbered old houses, each one different to the next, are interesting to wander around or if you prefer, just take a seat at an olde worlde pavement cafe and watch the world go by with a Pastis like the locals do. It’s absolutely lovely. There’s a lively street market apparently on Saturdays that brings out the locals from all of the surrounding villages but unfortunately we can’t hang around for that. If we were sticking around we’d definitely go on a boat trip down the canal to nearby Redon, but today we had to make do with a nice walk along the towpath to see the locks and a stroll through the Bois d’Amour, past the open air theatre to the water clock.

A super little detour, this town certainly doesn’t disappoint. There’s plenty to do and see in the area, it really deserves longer.

We are heading down towards Vannes now, we’re a bit behind schedule and need to put a few more miles in. Time to turn those front seats around to drive position folks!!

Hope our little nip inspired you. Join us at the next stop. Hope the sat nav is in is good mood today!!

Love to all of you back home and to our fellow travellers, see you on the road guys. TTFN ❤️

4 comments

  1. Josselin looks lovely so made a note to see it next time we are in Brittany, we will be setting off in December and going south so may see you along the way…take care and happy travels! X

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