Josselin is dominated by its medieval château, still owned by the Rohan family who built it in the 14th century.
Like many other towns in Brittany a large proportion of the houses are medieval and half-timbered.
Before moving to France DiL's father taught Latin and French; however, whilst living in France he and his wife decided to open a book shop specialising in English books.
The Book Shop sits at the heart of Josselin midway between the church and the entrance gates to the château.
Sadly, after running the shop and building the business up, they have decided that after almost 10 years it is time to close the shutters and sell.
View of the château from the apartment above the bookshop.
A quick wander around the market before climbing the church tower of Notre Dame due Roncier. The church is built on the spot where in the 9th century a peasant is said to have found a wooden statue of the Virgin under a bramble bush. The statue was burnt during the Revolution, but a charred fragment can be found in the church. The style of the church represents the flamboyant architecture of the 15th century, however, parts of the church date back to the 12th century.
The stone steps were very narrow and seemed to twist on up forever. There was nothing to hold on to and I hoped that we would not meet anyone coming down. Half way up it was too late to wonder about our own descent!!!
The view was worth the climb
Its lovely having a birds-eye view over all the rooftops seeing into back gardens, and the countryside beyond.
The Mairie with loudspeakers on the rooftop. The Mayor is very important in France, he has the final say on most matters in his community.
Time for lunchBelow the château sits the river Oust which forms part of the Nantes to Brest canal system.