My train to Carcassonne via Paris was not due to leave Dol until after 4 in the afternoon of January 8th. This gave me plenty of time to look around the historic city of Dol de Bretagne. Paul and Jane, from my B and B, said it was packed full of beautiful buildings and that it was strongly linked with the history of
Paul dropped me off in the town centre, after showing me the lay of the land and how to find the railway station.
Immediately I was in the midst of streets lined with gorgeous old buildings.
I was so glad that I was persuaded to take some time to visit Dol, I had no idea about this special place.
Many of the towns in this area of Brittany are named after Welsh saints. Saint Marcan was a Welsh saint, and I had just been staying in the village of Saint Marcan.
In 549, the Welsh Saint Teilo was documented as coming to Dol where he joined Samson de Dol, and to this very day the fruit groves which they planted remain and are known as the groves of Teilo and Samson. There are many interesting legends about St Teilo.
Paul had told me to look out for signs about the Stuarts.
Right on the Main Street there was this sign right by a paassage.
This particular corner intrigued me.
It was nice to see some colour on this January day. Oranges, lemons and limes on little trees in the pathway in front of a shop.
I sat on a bench and ate my lunch just across the street from this beautiful cathedral.
Then I headed down the narrow streets for a last look before making my way to the train station.
I really do love the shutters on all the buildings in France. These blue ones caught my eye.