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Serendipity Rules!!

FRANCE | Saturday, 5 August 2017 | Views [608] | Comments [1]

Never heard of La Gacilly, but we were told that their Photo Festival was really something to see. So, we decided to explore and wow did we stumble into a pot of yummy chocolate. We had to find a parking spot first and let me tell you, it wasn't easy; we all most gave up. So glad we didn't.
The first exhibit we came to was done by middle school students. It was interesting but not outstanding. We proceeded toward town, however, and as we did the crowds began to thicken. Just beyond the town, we entered into a fairy tale land of photographs. Some were the size of huge American sized billboards and they were gorgeous. African animals were captured displaying so many different emotions. They were truly amazing  And there were also some incredible photos of dogs.(If you don't believe me, look at the photo in the gallery).
Like Maldroit, the history of La Gacilly dates back to prehistoric man. And during the Middle Ages there was a chateau and dungeon. But, like just about all the other towns in France, it was sacked many times. However, in the 19th century, someone decided that it was worth restoring the old buildings. Then, in the first half of the 20th century, as a result of the war, people started moving out to the country and the town became more populated.
But, the real transition took place when Yves Rocher, who had been born in La Gacilly, returned and started his company making and selling cosmetics with ingredients found in the region. The rest was history; he turned his business into a billion dollar plus empire AND gave back to his community. Rocher encouraged artisans to come live and work in la Gacilly. His company also provides jobs for most of the town's residents. The city has flourished and so did the artisans shops, over 35 now. And the current mayor, Jacques Rocher, (not sure of the relationship) started the yearly summer Photo Festival which now draws over 400,000 visitors each summer. It is now the largest outdoor Photo Festival in France. This summer's themes are "Love Africa" and "Man-Animal - Face to Face".
This artistic part of town is built on different levels. And it really does look like something out of a child's fairy tale book. Between the decorations from the artisans shops and the photos displayed all through town, it is truly something very special.

So, if you are a random reader of this blog and you happen to be in Brittany, visit La Gacilly and the Photo Festival. You will be very glad you did!




That doggie photo is priceless !!
Also liked the "urban" giraffe

  Susan & Abe Aug 6, 2017 1:09 AM



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