Tucked away at the end of a ria ~ an ancient valley flooded by the sea ~ Auray stands on a promontory overlooking the Loch River.

The peaceful atmosphere has captivated many painters. Medieval timber-framed houses line the charming quay.

Port of St. Goustan ~ seemingly antiquated boats must await
the incoming tide in order to float

A 17th-century stone bridge at the bottom of the town leads to St-Goustan, which was once Auray's port ~ it was here, in 1776, that Benjamin Franklin landed on his way to seek the help of Louis XVI in the American War of Independence.

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