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Today, Douarnenez is a town of two halves: the commercial centre and the pretty, tourist fringe. There's the Port-musée, a kind of floating folk museum, and a bustling pleasure port. A path from the latter leads through gorse and fuchsia to the tidy suburb of Tréboul, where arty types who couldn't afford the digs in fashionable Dinard would stay at the Hôtel Ty Mad. Max Jacob, the Quimper-born poet and critic, lived there for two years and Picasso, Braque and Matisse were regular visitors.
Originally published by Conde Nast Traveller (view article)