La Gacilly is where Yves Rocher was born and grew up. A local healer taught him a recipe for an ointment based on the lesser celandine flower. He decided to sell the ointment by mail order with adverts in the magazine 'Ici Paris'. Down by the river in La Gacilly the Yves Rocher organisation have a lovely restaurant and shop selling their products and just outside the town they have a botanical garden - Le Jardin Botanique Yves Rocher de la Gacilly which is open to the public without charge.
Wandering into La Gacilly my attention was drawn to the exterior of the local pharmacy with its hand painted wooden panelling showing its added specialisation in Herbalism and Homoeopathy.
The photographs in the festival were scattered all around the town - these are some of Karl Lagerfeld's. He says "photography is an important part of my life. It completes the circle of both my artistic and professional interests. I can't imagine life without this vision. I see the world and fashion through the lens. This gives my work a critical detachment and helps me more than I can say. I am not at all interested in my own past, but I have the strange impression that my success in the fashion world has intensified since I started to take photos."
Claudia Schiffer on the beach at Deauville, Normandy, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld
Lovely black and white photographs by Jacques Henri Lartigue from the Edwardian period.
More photographs displayed in le jardin potager
where I experienced artichoke envy - ours are only a quarter the size of these.
The final post on France follows later this week