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L'Abbaye de Beauport - A Peaceful Stroll : Weekend Walk Link Up

August 16, 2013  •  8 Comments

L'Abbaye de Beauport near Paimpol, France is one of the most beautiful and atmospheric ruins I've ever visited. Founded by the Prémonté order, it dates back to 1202 - you can sense the history in the stonework - extremes of richness and hardship. Built, destroyed after the French Revolution, restored, left to ruin  and part restored again. If only walls could talk...

Interesting discoveries at every turn - lots of little nooks and crannies to explore.

Cobwebby leaded windows with hints of the garden beyond. Swallows and bats fly in and out of the many hiding places..

Intricate carvings re-discovered. A careful and sympathetic restoration programme is in progress.

Cider barrels -  lovely rust and grunge!

This is the sort of architectural detail I especially love to capture. A great opportunity to add plenty of interesting textures to my collection I'm working on at the moment.

The rickety potting shed in the walled garden has a display of vintage garden tools.

The walled garden - a peaceful haven and protection against harsh winds. Orchards full of old-fashioned and rare variety apple trees.

The big and bold flowers  mixed amongst areas of wild flowers and grasses make a statement - they complement the rich stonework perfectly. Quite the opposite to a manicured English garden. 

Impressive displays of huge thistles. Textures and colours galore.

Beauport translates as beautiful port and this gives a clue to the location on a wide sweeping cove. The coastline is dotted with hundreds of little islands.

I felt a great sense of calm here. I could've easily stayed all day but the creperie in the village beckoned me! This place is missing a tea room - I spot a great business opportunity there!

Photos processed with Color Efex Pro: Vintage Film with grain.


Hoping to capture a 1940s Style Weekend Festival  for my post next week... 

I'd love you to join me on my weekly Weekend Walk link-up. And it'd be great if you could spread the word!

Have fun! Helen x

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A Flash of Inspiration
Thanks for linking up Cindy! Love your walk!
Cindy Swainson(non-registered)
I found you thru following your lovely blog.

Cathy H.(non-registered)
Wonderful place to wander around! I love how you've captured the many shapes and textures. I'm excited about your link up. I really miss Walk and Click Wednesdays!! Hopefully I'll be able to link up each week!
Amazing photos and great storytelling! I want to go there. Thank you for sharing.
I agree, the stories those wall could tell if only they could talk... Great photos! I hope to join very soon!
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