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Lorient town guide


Visitors by hire car will find that this is one of the larger cities in Brittany, it is situated off the N165 which runs through the South of the region. The roots of this modern city lie in the history of French trading activities in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Compagnie des Indes was the equivalent of the British and Dutch East India Companies. This company, with the support of the Fench authorities set up a major trading port here at Lorient.

The fine seventeenth and eighteenth century buildings in the town are a reminder of the times when wealthy traders frequented the bars and cafes. A walk on the ramparts gives fine views of the harbour, if you are lucky you will see a modern cruise ship anchored in the bay, giving some idea of what it must have been like as a busy port thronged with sailing ships. These are, of course now replaced by modern yachts in their marinas.

There are some fashionable shopping streets in the town where, amongst other things, you will see prints and copies of work by Paul Gaugin who established a strong following in this area.

Use your hire car to have a look at the standing stones of Carnac a few miles along the coast.

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