Monday, 7 April 2014

Dinan the French home of Harry Potter

October 9, 2013
If you are travelling in Normandy and have time to stop in Dinan, you certainly won't be disappointed. I was amazed at the feeling that we had arrived in Diagon Alley. It rained on and off all day but in between we enjoyed the architecture, the conical shaped sorting hats that top many of the buildings and the low slung over hang of the large beamed buildings all take you back to a time that would have been very comfortable with those who shopped in Diagon Alley.

This is very much a tourist destination but on our day to visit (probably because we were there in October) the number of tourists we had to share it with were very few.  I love it when you don't have to dodge large tour groups. Shopping was at its best here and the cafes and restaurants warm and cozy.

A downpour sent us quickly to a small cafe. Lunch is served until 2:00 and dinner is 7:00 - 9:00PM.

Painting is the object of this trip so a page in my journal was a must. We stopped in the Place Des Mercers, Creperie "Le Connetable" giving us a place to capture the square. Coffee was 3 Euros 50. We really needed hours in Dinan as there was so much to see so much to paint/sketch but then we didn't have hours so two sketches was quite an accomplishment for me. I did take many photos with the idea of returning to Canada and spending time adding more exciting memories to my journal. Always a dream but not something that I do.

Welcome to Dinan, Normandy, France.

1 comment:

  1. Love these paintings and what you said about Dinan..looks like a really lovely place.
    very interesting AND Charming !