Concarneau Brittany

Concarneau Brittany

Concarneau Brittany

The walled town of Concarneau in the medieval Ville Close was the next stop; when you go through the main entrance, you will find many attractions, tourist shops, clothes shops, and restaurants, Concarneau port is also France’s third most important fishing port.

It was around the 4th century that monks, built a priory on the island then uninhabited, which is now the walled town of Concarneau as we know it today

The imposing walls encircling the town of Concarneau were built in the 14th and 15th centuries when it became a fortified town.  Du Guesclin was responsible for removing the English troops who were entrenched there.

The Ville Close de Concarneau was the location for Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter movie, so Diagon Alley is real with its ancient narrow streets and shops.

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

My travel photography all started in Helsinki, Helsinki is the capital of Finland, it is a very compact city and easy to explore on foot but it still has 47 hotels.

I arrived in November and the weather was good but in December Helsinki saw the worst winter in twenty years, unlike the UK nothing stopped, there was a coach run by Finnair that went from the train station to the Airport, it never failed to run.

Helsinki has two outstanding cathedrals, the Evangelical Lutheran cathedral to admire its stunning architecture in Senate Square and Uspenski Cathedral is the main cathedral of the Finnish Orthodox Church in the diocese of Helsinki, and it is claimed to be the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe.

Each Christmas Helsinki has a Xmas market with over 180 stalls, its the best Christmas market I have ever seen, my photograph of the blizzard at Christmas time taken from the Helsinki Christmas Fair.

When it came time to return to the UK, the snow was so bad, British Airways stopped flying to Helsinki, so had to switch to Finnair I got home two days before Christmas.

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