Dieppe and scallops
Scallops are the white gold of Dieppe. They are an institution, a symbol that has withstood the passage of time, which is a good enough reason to grab hold of an overly well-behaved timeline and shake it up with mischievous glee… Last October, thousands of painted scallop shells took over the town in a local style of celebrating the beloved molluscs. Here, we’re dreamers, and we have always invited pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago to stop in Dieppe for a unique encounter. In the past, 12th century pilgrims from Northern Europe would sew the symbol onto their clothes, use these shellfish to slake their thirst on the road, and tell age-old stories about them. Nowadays, we like to celebrate the ocean’s winter bounties of herring and scallops. In fact, you can see the scallop shell on the Camino de Santiago’s waymarks, as it has become the European symbol for that route.