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Back few months ago, this photo was shot in Locronan in july... This beautiful village is only few miles away from the place I stay when I'm in Brittany but I didn't visit it for years. Very hard to take a photo whithout tourist in summertime!

Here what is told in Wikipedia about Locronan:

Locronan (Lokorn in Breton) is a commune in Finistre, Bretagne, France. Locronan has been credited with being one of the most beautiful villages in France by an independent association aiming to promote tourism into rural France.

The Place Name:
The village's name means the hermitage of Saint Ronan. It has previously been known as Saint-Ren-du-Bois.

St Ronan is greatly venerated in Brittany. He was a Celtic (possibly Cornish or Irish) missionary of the 6th century. His association with Locronan is close, and his relics are kept in the parish church.

History:
Locronan is a small town built at the foot of a hill, and was granted town status in 1505 by Anne of Brittany, who went there on a pilgrimage.

Since the 15th century, hemp has been blossoming in Locronan's surroundings. This led to a hemp industry in the town at the time, making the town quite prosperous. Locronan's hemp used to be shipped around the world. It was at this time that the Saint Ronan church was built as well as the small chapel of Penity.

Events:
Tromnie is a pilgrimage festival, involving a huge procession, which features the banners of participating parishes. Held every six years between the second and third Sundays in July, the Grande Tromnie is a pilgrimage of about 12km., traversing the wider sacred area around Locronan. In the intervening five years, the Petite Tromnie is is held on the second Sunday in July and is focussed on the town and church of Locronan. These are among the major pardons of the Breton festal calendar.

Popular culture:
Locronan features in a few films:

Tess by Roman Polanski
A Very Long Engagement by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Chouans! by Philippe de Broca


PP: framed and sharpness & levels slightly adjusted.

Here is a link to the exact localisation of the place where this photography has been taken: click here.

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Model: Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Exposure Time: 1/200
F-Stop: f/9.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 18 mm
Date: 2007-07-10 14:09

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