Let’s continue our tour of this petite cité in Bretagne, France, as we finish our walk through the village Jugon Les Lacs. Tomorrow, we will start to explore the lake areas!
In the opening scene, I take you to Artiz’artistes, a sweet boutique in the middle of the town center. The shop features all local artists and creations perfect for gifts and treasures to take home. Head on over to their Instagram @artizartistes to follow and shop their online store! I found a gift for @myparisportraits and her petites jumeaux (twins), local organic honey, the sweetest ceramic flowers for my garden, and an investment piece – a stunning handmade wool shawl, perfect for cool summer nights.
French vocab of the day: Lavoir. These washhouses are usually supplied with a natural running water source. Most often found on municipal land, lavoirs can also be private. I am hoping to find time to take you to an exceptional village in this region that features almost all private lavoirs along a river!
Washerwomen often went to lavoirs not to wash the linen but to rinse it. Going to the laundry was the last step before drying. As washing used only a few buckets of water, this task took place in homes or laundry rooms where laundry piled up before the “big wash.” Rinsing required large quantities of clear water, only available in streams or a captured spring. Lavoirs are a unique space to sit and reflex along the water’s edge for a moment.
Oh! I found more info about the church in yesterday’s video. Notre-Dame et Saint-Étienne is the church of a priory of the abbey of Marmoutier; the first stone was laid in 1108 by Olivier de Dinan. It was largely rebuilt in 1850 by the architect J. Ramard, retaining old elements: tracery bays, bell tower, and south arm of the 14th-century transept & a west portal from the 16th century. The steeple is covered with a Norman saddleback roof, rare in this part of Brittany. The building was listed as a historic monument in 1926.