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Roscoff, a city turntable in the period of the corsairs

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Roscoff, a city turntable in the period of the corsairs

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Roscoff, a city turntable in the period of the corsairs

To go on the island of Batz, I took the boat to the port of Roscoff, a stone city facing the sea, a town of corsairs ready to take off, a defense bastion facing the English (formerly).

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Roscoff

In Britain, the northern tip of Morlaix, on the other side of the face and Penzé Carantec, protected by the island of Batz, Roscoff is a city that had a history with England. During the Hundred Years War the city was destroyed by the raid of  Arundel.

In 1548 in August, little Mary Stuart landed there to get engaged to the Dauphin of France, the future François II. She’s only 6 years old and people came in the crowd called “Pippin of Scotland.”

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Roscoff

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Roscoff

Roscoff, a former corsair town, had homes directly on the sea. Their cellars, floodable, allowed the corsairs to return their loot unnoticed. The city was also home to rich owners, whose homes were decorated with stone balconies, dormer windows and ornate carvings. The terraces facing the sea had a particular shape, whose function was to break the waves advancing to the housing during high tides.

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Roscoff

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Roscoff

It is from Roscoff that began peddling vegetables by land to the west of France in the late eighteenth century during the economic crisis that preceded the Revolution. Half a century later, in 1828, a farmer roscovite, Henri Ollivier, a chartered barge, loaded it with onions and three companions went to England.

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Roscoff

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This was the initiator and founder of onion trade in Britain. There, vendors were called Johnnies in English (“little Jean”) or Johnnies Onions, Sioni Wynwns and Welsh (in Welsh transliteration of “Johnny Onions”). Onion sellers were door-to-door carrying their goods on their shoulders braided then, when the bicycle appeared on their bikes. Often customers kept from one year to another “their” Johnny.

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Roscoff

Roscoff is a dynamic seaside resort. Its local economy is very diverse, ensuring its prosperity: maritime trade, renowned local agricultural production (onions in particular), biological station, center for research and treatment of Oceanography, ferry port, seaside tourism and thalassotherapy centers !

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Roscoff

Roscoff has received the label “Small Cities of Character Britain” awarded to cities that meet strict criteria taking into account the preservation and enhancement of heritage, an environment and a pleasant living environment and preserved and many other aspects that give Roscoff authentic and strong character.

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Roscoff

After discovering Roscoff, I boarded one of the boats towards the island of Batz. After fifteen minutes of crossing, and I was there ! Change of scenery !

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Roscoff

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Ile de Batz

Movie “A day of happyness”:

Day of happiness on the ile de Batz in Bretagne

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