Thursday, 1 September 2011
Dinosaurs in Dinan
We've been back three or four times now and taken in a walk around the ramparts, visited the churches and the markets and cycled along the riverside paths that lead directly from our temporary home. There's some great restaurants too. We've had lovely meals at Les Voyageurs, Le Cantine and great wood fired pizzas at La Lumachelle with the added bonus that the leftovers were eaten for breakfast the next day!
What made this place special was that the owner who speaks only a smattering of English is a real enthusiast about what he sells and was fantastic at sharing his passion with two excited kids. Even though they spent less than five euros each the boys were made to feel special and about an hour was dedicated to showing them interesting specimens. All the samples that they bought were labelled with the name and the origin of the stone and a piece of amber was polished to see if there was a prehistoric creature lurking inside Many of the objects on sale had been found by the owner himself on collecting trips around the globe. This may mean that the shop only operates during the summer. But if you stumble upon it when it's open and are in a particularly generous mood, please support this lovely business and buy me a trilobite!