Exploring Morlaix

Exploring Morlaix

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The old French town of Morlaix is one of the most picturesque places we have ever visited. Nestled between the foothills of the Monts d’Arrée national park and the towns beautiful estuary, Morlaix is a charming mix of ancient buildings and cobbled lane ways, just waiting to be explored. The whole town sits under the watchful eye of a large viaduct, framing its spires and roof tops and further adding to its photographic appeal.

Viaduct

We explored the maze of cobbled lane ways and stumbled across tiny French patisseries and creperies hiding out of sight. We found ourselves wandering for hours, pressing our faces up against the windows of bakeries and marvelling at the old world charm. Poking our heads into cute little shops selling Breton biscuits and traditional French dress. When we stumbled across a bicycle outside a shop, we half expected its owner to arrive wearing a Breton top, carrying a baguette, with a string of onions around his neck. Sadly he did not, but even without the stereotypical native, Morlaix is the quintessential French town.

Locals greet each other with the obligatory double cheek kiss as they meet in the street. They sip coffee and smoke cigarettes, lost in conversation outside the many cafes in the town. Overhanging the cobbled streets are large half-timbered houses build by linen merchants in the sixteenth century. These jut out above the streets below, framing the winding lanes. At dusk, the lane ways of Morlaix are illuminated by the gentle glow of lamp light. Slate tiles and church steeples dot the sky line against the backdrop of the mighty viaduct.

Exploring the old French town of Morlaix is a great experience that cannot fail to warm even the coldest heart. We were won over completely by the sheer loveliness of the place and left the little French town feeling all aglow.

France Morlaix

13 Responses

  1. What a fantastic place! Your photos are so beautiful and the light on the aqueduct is amazing!!!

  2. Lovely pictures! Definitely makes me want to put this on my ‘must-see’ travel list

  3. What a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing the views.

  4. Merci beaucoup & thanks a lot! You really convinced me that I should visit the Bretagne some time next year. May be I will then also find the small village of Asterix and his friends?

  5. I’ve added it to my must go there list. I have a feeling following your blog will make that list longer.
    Jean-Paul

  6. I have never heard of this town but so glad I have now…gorgeous and loved your photos with the sun/lights..just gorgeous girls.

  7. A place I haven’t come across before. It looks wonderful!

    • Wandering Wives

      It’s only a small town but the viaduct and little cobbled lanes make it so sweet and picturesque!

  8. I’m so enjoying your posts from a part of France I know a little but not a lottle …. I am inspired to head North next year (though with two of my best friends in France being a Norman married to a Breton, I shall have to be careful to visit both 😉

    • Wandering Wives

      It’s very rural here, there are plenty of small towns and quaint little villages. It isn’t action packed but it is very beautiful and there are lots of hikes and water sports available. I would say it’s worth the trip, especially if you have friends here! We are hoping to make it to Mont St. Michel soon, but we have a lot planned between now and Christmas so may not manage it until January. It looks pretty spectacular to visit.

  9. I visited France this year and I fell in love with the architecture. Loving these pictures, they bring back memories.

  10. How wonderful, your pictures reminded me of Segovia in Spain.

  11. Oldie but a goldie, right? Nice post and pictures 🙂

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