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Pont-Aven, Finistère, Brittany, France, back in 1974.

A bit of a oldie this time, but a brief virtual visit courtesy of Google Maps just now indicates that little has changed: it's easy to identify this row of houses in Quai Théodore Botrel. This was probably taken on my Canon AE1, but it could actually be its predecessor, a Yashica J rangefinder. A transparency, scanned on a Nikon film scanner, as ever with my old film stuff.

East of Concarneau, Pont-Aven is best known for its association with the post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin. This attractive little village also has some lovely riverside walks, one of which we were on when I took this snap. One of the loveliest walks in the area is the Promenade Xavier Grall, named after a famous writer who lived in the village, which runs alongside the river and is lined with beautiful plants and shrubs throughout the year. There is also a Promenade des Moulins, a trail around the remains of the village’s 15 watermills. But it's Pont-Aven's association with Art that is the town's main selling point. In 1886 Paul Gauguin arrived for the first of several stays; in 1888 he met fellow artist Émile Bernard and the École de Pont-Aven art movement, which focused on colour and symbolism, was born.

This image brings back memories for me of the first holiday I took with the girl I subsequently married, and she's still around, somewhat to my surprise! We were sleeping in the back of my little green Mini-van, which was certainly cosy, if not especially comfortable.

No EXIF data, of course.

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