Photos of Dinan

Dinan is an old, picturesque town in Brittany, and it’s pronounced Dee-non, with only a hint at that last n. Every year we go to Brittany for a 2-week extended family vacation, and every year we have a date in St Malo.

This year we thought we would venture further and go to Dinan, though we had already been there years ago to get the famous Breton bowls that are rimmed in blue and are personalised for everyone in the family. These.

dinanBut when we went back this summer, we realised that we completely missed the entire beautiful, interesting part of Dinan. So I’m going to give you a picture tour.

Let’s start with my initials! Cool, huh?

dinan01Okay, no seriously. Let’s start with the medieval buildings that are so similar to Tours.

dinan02They’re everywhere.




They’re gorgeous.


Now let’s examine the cobblestone streets



and all the pedestrian walkways hosting shops and restaurants


and the tiny wooden doors for delinquent teens to sneak home?

dinan16There are tons of artists and artisans.

dinan10With completely unique designs.

dinan11And there are chocolate shops.

dinan03Chocolate flip-flops are all the rage this summer.

We ate at a charming little place that set our meat on fire from a little contraption called the pontence. It means “the gallows.”

dinan13Cute factor aside, the food in this restaurant wasn’t very good though.

There’s a nearly 2-mile walkway around the city walls

dinan19(called “remparts” – pronounced rom-par (and then you spit in your throat).

dinan18On the path leading to it is an overgrown garden.

dinan17And an overgrown house

dinan21with vines imprisoning the shutters.

dinan20France has a rule that if the latest successor on record can no longer be found, the town hall cannot take possession of the land until 25 years have passed. Good stone houses get ruined that way. Although the law makes perfect sense.

When you climb the steps, before you’re on the remparts, there are lots of charming little places.

dinan22This one has a private garden

dinan23and a garden stone chimney that the owners let remain when the neighbouring house was torn down.

dinan24And when you finally get there – on the wall …  there’s the view.

dinan26Despite the not-so-great food, we were so glad that we explored Dinan a little further. We were supposed to go to a movie too – to really take advantage of our date night out.

dinan27But I was exhausted, and so we went home.

The end. :-)


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I am the daughter of a symphony musician who was raised in upstate New York, and I simply breathe all things classical, be it music or 19th century literature (English and Russian). I married Sir Renaissance in New York City, and before I knew it, he had swept me up and brought me back home to his own country. So here we are. Three children, a rather ordinary life in a rather exceptional place. I am now ‘A Lady in France.’

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8 comments on “Photos of Dinan
  1. Ann says:

    Once again–you’ve created a huge hunger for going to France. I love your photos!
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  2. Laura says:

    I would like to go to that chocolate shop!
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  3. Lovely pictures, almost made me a little homesick for Europe :)
    That necklace? Wow! (maybe even more impressed with the chocolate though, lol)
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  4. Alison says:

    You’re making me miss France!
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