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Boat Friday (or tempora mutantur)

 

spotted in Douarnenez, Bretagne, an old fishing harbour, "it has declined since the mid-20th century because of jobs lost from declines in the fishing industry. But it still has fish canning facilities (sardines and mackerel) although sardine fishing, for which the town became famous, has fallen off in recent years." Now a popular yacht harbour  -  Man at work - how many times has the bridge (Passerelle Jean-Martin) to be lifted every day? - twice within 15 minutes to let through four sailing boats as I could notice.

Boat Friday (or tempora mutantur)

 

spotted in Douarnenez, Bretagne, an old fishing harbour, "it has declined since the mid-20th century because of jobs lost from declines in the fishing industry. But it still has fish canning facilities (sardines and mackerel) although sardine fishing, for which the town became famous, has fallen off in recent years." Now a popular yacht harbour  -  Man at work - how many times has the bridge (Passerelle Jean-Martin) to be lifted every day? - twice within 15 minutes to let through four sailing boats as I could notice.

comments (14)

A great montage of this harbor, Philine!
Philine: Many thanks, Elizabeth!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Jan 2019, 06:43
This is lovely Philine, I almost feel I am there
Philine: It was a lovely, quiet harbour, but a bit rundown. Many thanks, Chris!
it may not have much activity but looks good on a clear, sunny day!
Philine: Yes, a rather quiet harbour, the glorious, old days are over. Many thanks, Ayush!
Don't we all just love Boat Fridays!
Philine: I don't see as many boat/ships as you in Nederland, but I like Boat Friday. Heel bedankt, Ginnie!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Jan 2019, 06:57
There is something about boats, Philine. I might become one of those people that just sit next to the locks and see all the boats come and go (and solve the world problems with all the other old geezers on the same bench as I am sitting grin)
Philine: The man had to do something - but in general it was a sedate and a bit rundown place. We had here our lunch pause and the only restaurant was a bit busy. Heel bedankt, Astrid! Oh, if we could the world problems!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 11 Jan 2019, 07:08
You have had a great selection of Boat Fridays over time, Philine
Philine: Not as many as Ginnie and Astrid, but in France (Bretagne and Normandy) we saw lots of boats, ships, vessels, ferries ...Many thanks, Lisl!
If more leisure craft come here it will become more prosperous and the loss of the fishing will be mitigated. It won't be the same though
Philine: The town looked a bit rundown, there are some more attractive leisure places in Bretagne. The loss of fishing is a general problem in many countries, also in Germany along the sea coasts. Many thanks, Bill!
Meli melo très reussi .
Philine: Merci bien, Claudine!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Jan 2019, 07:58
A lovely old harbour - maybe the sardines will show their little faces again. They did this spring, along our coast.
Philine: The loss of fishing is a general problem in Europe, also a controversial issue in the EU, one reason for the Brexitiers to leave the EU. Heel bedankt, Louis!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 11 Jan 2019, 08:17
It looks a very pleasant place Philine.
Philine: Yes, it is, but a bit rundown and 'verschlafen'(sleepy).The loss of fishing is a general problem in the EU, one reason for the Brexitiers to leave the Eu. Many thanks, Chad!
  • Salima I.E.M. Senders
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Jan 2019, 09:28
A lovely little harbour in the sun, with a promise for next summer (so needed on these grey days)!
Philine: Yes, it is, but also a bit rundown and 'verschlafen'. Only one restaurant was open, the museum with old ships was also closed. Heel bedankt, und gute Besserung for your hands! Be cautious!
I like the rural feeling of this place, an interesting trio of images.
Philine: It was a quiet place, a bit rundown. I had the feeling that we were the only tourists. Many thanks, Brian!
I just received a birthday gift of tuna, sardines and mackerel from Italy. I have tried only one type of mackerel so far.
Philine: Oh, this is a fine birthday gift. Happy Birthday to you, Mary!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Jan 2019, 17:47
It seems the the decline in fishing is common on both sides of the Channel. I understand that in the heyday of the English herring fishing industry you could walk across Whitby harbour simply going from boat deck to boat deck. I assume that the lifting bridge is used just by pedestrians and cyclists?
Philine: Yes, the decline in fishing is common, also one theme in the discussion about the EU. Norway is the prominent fishing nation. The fish we are eating comes often from Norway. Yes, the bridge is used by pedestrians, I didn't see any biker. Many thanks, Alan!

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