Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Dinan to Josselin: July 11, this old house

The oldest recorded house still standing in the village is a delight to behold. It's a half-timbered structure with a roof of slate featuring a beautiful example of "pan-de-bois". The carvings are of a chase scene with animals and mythical creatures overhead. Flanking the door are carvings, most likely of the first owners of the house, and the year 1538 carved over the man's head.

The house is still lived in. I've always wondered what it must be like to live alongside history of this kind, to be it's caretaker for a while.

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