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June 21, 2015

At least Father’s day is special, still.

Well here we are on a hot day up to 28C or about 82F sunny dry. it’s day that makes me think of my mother too, but at least I have my father. This is our day, it should be every day but we take at least one. To remember, think, enjoy the good things we have around us even if small.

Today, I went out with the family all five of us, and my father =6, he is already 80 with a pharmacy of medicines but looking strong. We had a restaurant reserved in medieval nice Vannes at 1pm or 13h.

We set out from our house knowing that it was music festival day as well, Fête de la musique in France and Vannes had circulation limited in the center. So we gather our knowledge and went around it parking on boulevard de la paix and going into the old quarters of Saint Patern by rue de la Fontaine.

This is marvelous area full of shops , libraries of old books, restaurants of many lands and bars. Including some traditional Breton créperies and restos. We choose our old reliable La Gavroche. http://legavroche-vannes.com/

Before the lunch, we had our walk around the area , always pleasant; noticing some new business like the Portuguese resto now has a grocery store just a couple houses away!

Finally, it was time to go in, they already remember us!! It’s always a great thrill to be recognize when you patronize one of the local places here, very typical and nice we think. We had our table in the middle section so by now we have try it all front , terrace ,and middle.  The whole place is painted by a local artist we will contact to make them do some work in our house too ::) Many dolls, and puppets and a great wines , and local liquors collection.

The food of the day was pigs head so not our fancy ….we settle for the fish Dos de Colin with a herbal thai sauce(hake) in the menu for 17,90€ including a delicious entrée on goat cheese with tomatoes, and finish with a great rice pudding with caramel sauce. All with a porto rouge for apéro. We had a muscadet white wine from the Loire ,Chateau le Coing de Sainte Fiacré, and a expresso coffee to finish. All with excellent prompt service of breads, water, and change of utensils, perfect as always here. The rest had different things from steak with mashed potatoes, basque chicken in sauce, coca cola, aperitifs from vodka base to fruity non alcohol, More fish colin or hake, and ice cream from two to three scoops of different flavors all for 26,20€ per person.

We finished with the house serving of a digéstif liquor mix of rum, honey, and banana liquor on the house. Delicious. We went home with no traffic at all , I guess folks were either at home or at the beach…. Tomorrow one day and then on my four nights holiday vacation in Fontainebleau, Paris and Versailles! and coming back from that no time as off on business trip to Madrid, Spain ::)

Happy Father’s day to all celebrating! Cheers , life is beautiful, la vie est belle.

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June 13, 2015

Presqu’île de Rhuys has it all!

Well my regular rounds in my department 56 Morbihan, took me to the peninsula of rhuys or Prequ’île de Rhuys. Indeed a peninsula full of boats, megaliths stones, and especially beaches;great in summer, peacefully nice in winter season.

the region tourist office here , http://www.rhuys.com/  ; and here in English from same site you can see all the cultural and natural sites just go to the center clip link and ok. http://www.crouesty.co.uk/en/heritage-visits-port-du-crouesty-navalo.aspx

We set out by car as it is only about 60 kms (about 37 miles) from me all the way to the tip of the peninsula. The road N165 runs Nantes to Brest and take it past Vannes to the exit with the name Presqu’île de Rhuys and Sarzeau the biggest town there. You will be on the road D780 and as we took some side steps we went on the D198 as well.

We stop at the village of Le Hézo to load up on cider! 2,50€ a bottle for a case mix of brut, doux, and fruité or semi sec. There is a museum here too, musée de la cidre,  and they show you how it is made ; and a great boutique with a lot more than cider, such as honey, jams, house deco items, whiskies, eau de vie de cidre, etc etc. http://www.museeducidre.com/en

We continue on to arrive on the D780 to Sarzeau, before we made a quick look at a castle always planning but never done it, opens in July 1, Chateau de Kervelenan, wonderful property, the gardens are open more time, more here at thetourist office, http://www.crouesty.co.uk/en/SARZEAU/Domaine-de-Kerlevenan_c414718.aspx ,  and then into the city ,there was market day of course, all Saturdays we load up on goodies and baguettes, saw the wonderful church Saint-Saturnin dating from the 17C where the square the market is held all around it. Plenty of parking by the cinema le Richmont area on the place des Trinitaires for free.  Markets info here http://www.crouesty.fr/fr/marche-arzon-port-crouesty-navalo-presquile-rhuys.aspx

we wondered about town city center with the great ambiance of market day, but continue our journey for lunch. We took the road D198 and headed for Saint Gildas de Rhuys a  great peaceful community surrounded by great beaches and a nice quaint city center where we had our lunch. Pizzeria Restaurant Le Casier, http://www.morbihan.com/st-gildas-de-rhuys/restaurant-le-casier/tabid/1564/offreid/c582ece8-f372-4711-996c-5b3ff29a61d0

Here the service was very friendly and very attentive to detail as well as prompt. The resto has a nice garden terrace and then go inside with two dining sections we took the back by the wine cellar, very nice decoration and the food was great from moules/mussels( curry and white wine) to pizzas (rustique and mexicaine)and ice creams in two and three scoops,diabolo menthe, and a bottle of Spanish Rioja wine Arjona 2014 joven young red wine nice. all for 21.50€ per person.

Fully loaded we took turn on the local church just a few meters away, this is the Abbaye Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys  founded by one of the monks that left Britain for old Armoric (today Bretagne) when the migration leaving the Saxons invasions; today it is one of the most beautiful roman style churches in Bretagne/Brittany! Official site here in French ,http://www.abbaye-de-rhuys.fr/

Just behind the abbey there is a circuit going to the beach or plage  de l’appel du 8 juin 1940, and the port aux moines boat pleasure marina, nice lovely place to relax too.

We continue our journey into deeper in the peninsula of Rhuys and came upon Arzon, a smaller town just across from marvelous harbor of Port de Crousty, and the church of Arzon, completely done in the 19C even if the town is one of the oldest here on record mentioned since 836AD.

We continue our journey into the corniche du phare and walk along the waterfront into the great lighthouse while getting a great look at the island in the harbor tip such as île de Meaban, Cromlec’h, Er Lannic,île longue, île de Gavrinis, and île de la jument. All wonderful view along the harbor high ground walkways. Beautiful peaceful boat and sea magic. Love it. We went around on the other side and into the pointe de Bilgroix to get more views of the harbor and the wonderful stone statue of the Madonna, near the entrance to a megalith dating 2500-3000 BC.

As this was the end of the road, we headed back home first on the D198 then the D780 and finally the N165 direction Vannes to the D768 and home. In all ,another wonderful day out in beautiful Morbihan, which as many of my readers know is petite mer in French or actually  small sea in Breton. Mor=Sea, Bihan=small. Cheers.

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June 7, 2015

And Carnac is sublime in beach weather!

Again, before going to last post early this morning was in Carnac. Lovely area about 30 kms from my house, and believe it or not last wrote on it was on August 6 2013 in my blog lol!

The tourist office is here in English; http://www.carnactourism.co.uk/

So went backward with previous post on LTsM, oh well. Carnac is sublime, a beautiful big beach=grande plage and plenty of bars/restos and shops all close in in a couple blocks, its like having a big street party with a beach lol!

It is only about 30 kms from my house (19 miles) , and we come here often on weekends when at home. Go early and you have all the parkings you need, go by noon and scramble to find one. So we leave home about 9h (9am) and always parking right by the entrance of the grande plage.  More on it in French on a beach site here, http://www.plages.tv/detail/grande-plage-carnac-56340

There are other beaches there all over the coast as this map on the site can tell you, http://www.plages.tv/station-balneaire/carnac-56340

And of course, the tourist office of Carnac has plenty too in English, http://www.carnactourism.co.uk/discover-carnac/natural-environment/beaches-and-villas

We had some drinks here while looking at the grande plage and the boys went into the water yikes! a bit cold for me even if the temp outside was 24C the water was like 16C! Out nice hangout is Memes Tra just at the corner of Miln and blvd de la plage upon the main entrance to the grande plage, see it all with style while having a really good Breton beer, Duchesse Anne at 7,5°!  not a webpage of its own but showcase in the tourist office site here, http://www.carnactourism.co.uk/detail/72ba6b4efef7e28593cbd026abd57ec7/549864

We did our normal walks in town and by residential areas with the great beach mansions, did a bit of the tourist office visit (always recommended visiting or living here), did some shopping visiting our favorites la Trinitaine store next to the tourist office , here http://www.latrinitaine.com/magasins/carnac/

And we went by the other spot that is a must to visit here bypassing an army of motocycle riders here for a weekend ride event along the route des kerlescan or D196. This is the route of the dolmens, menhirs, megaliths and alignements in French. These are stones from thousands of years that were move here in line on differents fields of which the main ones are along this road, Menec, Kermario and Kerlescan. It is thousands of stones all line up with meaning still to be found really. It is UNESCO heritage site indeed worth it.

At first , I saw them and wonder why would anybody would come here to see old stones, but then once here, realize it has a greater meaning to the local Bretons. Our homes like mine is full of them and gardens decorated with stones and house front with stones, it has a deep heritage meaning here. There is a house museum by the Menec site call the  Maison des Mégalithes; open every day , May and June from 9h to 18h, July and August from  9h30 to 19h30, and September to April from  10h-17h, holidays like Jan 1, May 1 and Dec 25 is closed. admission now is 6€ adults. To get here you do the N165 expressway then get off at exit 34 D768 direction Carnac, at the traffic circle Purgatoire take the road D119 direction Carnac until reaching the road D196 right to the house. The D196 camping cars are not allowed going westward.

Impressive to see and  undertand. Hopefully ,you will be able to print this pdf file it shows a map of all the sites along the road D196; print it and take with you. http://www.ot-carnac.fr/files/ot-carnac/files/fichiers/media_fichier_fr_plan.alignements.de_.carnac.pdf

You have the stones or menhirs, and the funeral enclosing from Dolmens,couloir ,and cistes. At Kermario you have 1 100 meters long of stone alignments with over  980 stones.  Kerlescan is the smallest but the best preserve; with 350 meters long of alignments and 140 meters wide, the great stone known as the giant of manio or  “le géant du Manio” it is about 300 meters west of the center of the ensemble.  The Champ de Menec the most westerly and in front of the maison des mégalithes is 1050 stones along  950 meters long. Here you find the tallest with more than 3 meters high call the giant du menec or  “géant du Menec”.

These are several sites that will help you undertand this wonderful showcase some in French and some in English.

http://carnac.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

more specialize reading in French at the Ministry of Culture. http://www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/arcnat/megalithes/index.html
at the institute for research in France
http://www.inrap.fr/archeologie-preventive/Actualites/Communiques-de-presse/Archives/2006/p-58-Les-menhirs-de-Belz-decouverte-et-fouille-extensiv.htm
panorama des arts ,history of the arts site in France
http://www.panoramadelart.com/alignements-de-carnac

The department of Morbihan tourist office in English
http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/carnac/les-alignements-de-carnac/tabid/8474/offreid/4000c136-c40d-43f3-a0b9-50216484c50b

special section on them by the Morbihan in English
http://www.megalithes-morbihan.com/sites/carnac-alignments.html

and the Region of Brittany tourist site in English
http://www.brittanytourism.com/things-to-do/all-activities/maison-des-megalithes-alignements-de-carnac

All showing the wonders of these stones, walking amongst them is a sight on special occasions, if not comptemplating them is awesome. Enjoy the history and wonders of Carnac.

Have a great Sunday everyone! Cheers!!

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June 6, 2015

La Trinité sur Mer , heavens on boats!

This is a wonderful heavens and boater’s paradise about 33 Kms ( 20 miles) from my house. Weekends specially in good weather is glorious to have it as your backyard, even if do not write of this area since my last post of August 7th 2012!!! Not to mention the whole of the coastal department 56 of Morbihan in Brittany, France. I am talking about La Trinité sur Mer. The tourist office for it again is here : http://www.ot-trinite-sur-mer.fr/ We go by car along the D768 to the N165 and then turn direction Vannes for a while on this road before hooking up again with the D768 direction Carnac and hooking up with the road D186 direction La Trinité sur Mer. Plenty of parking by the pleasure marina and along the harbor as well as the St Joseph parking lot up by the Church St Joseph, it is a public parking. The Church of Saint Joseph  is in the high town or haute ville, built in 1865 around houses of fisherman; the belltower was raised in 1891 to serve as guide to the boaters in the harbor below!  There are nice eateries up here too,and the quaint house to repair your bike or your small boat with antiques fixtures right by the Church behind it next to the memorial to the fallen. And of course, the harbor, all glorious boats of it, restos, bars, shops. The wonderful SNSM lifesavers at sea volunteer force which I proudly support by the fish market or halles aux poisons. Always great to walk it leisurely and no hurry. We of course had our lunch here at the usual A l’étage right by the harbor and overlooking it with  a top floor terrace for drinks only. You come down to second level to drink more and eat some big burgers and fries, fish harengs, and Serrano ham, grimbergen and corona beers and expresso coffee all for 15€ per person.  The best is the vistas and at night is tapas! no webpage but just entering La Trinité sur Mer you can’t missed the bigh house by the harbor quai eric tabaly, the telephone is +33 (0) 2 97 59 56 12. We continue to do some walking passing by the mairie or mayor’s office where our car was park to head out to St Philibert and our shopping at our favorite area Breton store La Trinitaine. Then , we headed home. Enjoy your weekend wherever you are! La Trinité sur Mer La Trinité sur Mer La Trinité sur Mer La Trinité sur Mer La Trinité sur Mer La Trinité sur Mer La Trinité sur Mer La Trinité sur Mer La Trinité sur Mer La Trinité sur Mer La Trinité sur Mer La Trinité sur Mer

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June 3, 2015

Some news from France, XCX

I come back to this series, so many since my humble beginnings in this blog , the Roman numerals are becoming more difficult to find lol!!! Already five years of blogging and counting it’s so much fun. We have sunshine today temps in the upper teens and up to 29C tomorrow! Can’t wait for another weekend….In the meantime in France,

We have a brand new brasserie Guy Martin at Roissy CDG airport, I Love Paris in terminal T2E hall L, try it this is from one of the most famous chefs of France (Le Grand Véfour).  Scale down version at the airport, with sandwiches gourment!

Some bars to have the sun in Paris; Buddha Bar Hôtel. 4, rue d’Anjou (8éme). Tél.: 01 83 96 88 70. From  18 h.http://www.buddhabarhotelparis.com/fr/buddhabarhotelparis-official-site.php#boutique-hotel-paris-8.php . The former Hilton Arc de Triomphe is this one now , Hôtel du Collectionneur  51-57, rue de Courcelles (8éme).  Tél.: 01 58 36 67 00. http://www.hotelducollectionneur.com/fr/terrace.html . The Molitor at the toit terrasse or roof terrace. 8, av. de la Porte-Molitor (16éme).  Tél.: 01 56 07 08 50.http://www.mltr.fr/fr/ ,   Prince de Galles. at Le Patio, 33, av. George-V (7éme). Tél.: 01 53 23 78 52.http://www.hotelprincedegalles.fr/cuisine  One showcase n my blog before the Mama Shelter. 109, rue de Bagnolet (20éme). Tél.: 01 43 48 48 48; http://www.mamashelter.com/fr/paris/restaurants/rooftop/  ; Le Méridien Etoile. 81, bd Gouvion-Saint-Cyr (17éme).  Tél.: 01 40 68 34 34. You can see the sun here on a sunny day its flashing at you and great jazz music; resto jazz here http://www.jazzclub-paris.com/en/ ; and remember you don’t have to stay in these hotels to enjoy their restos/bars:so enjoy them!

How about pique-nique in Paris! the picnics are a popular event once weather starts to show up friendly::: Some of my favorites in Paris from a long list are:

by the Opéra Garnier, the small square or  place Boieldieu you can have some goodies from Grillé, 15, rue d’Augustin (2éme). Tél.: 01 42 96 10 64 . Small garden by  87, rue Vieille-du-Temple and get your goodies here Causses, 222, rue Saint-Martin (3éme). Tél.: 01 42 71 33 33, webpage http://www.causses.org/

Take a baguette at Landemaine ,26, rue des Martyrs, and head for Rap 4, rue Flechier (9éme). Tél.: 01 42 80 09 91.http://www.rapparis.fr/  .Do try the Le Bagel Corner 40, bd Haussmann (9éme).http://bagelcorner.fr/

To have some bellota and pata negra hams of Spain go to Bellota Bellota, 11, rue Clément-Marot (8éme).  However, several stores in Paris see it http://www.bellota-bellota.com/nos-adresses.htm ; see something wonderful along the SEine, the jardin flottant de Niki-de-Saint-Phalle, (7éme); near the port du Gros-Caillou.after getting loaded at Papa Sapiens 32, rue de Bourgogne (7éme). Tél.: 01 44 05 97 54.http://www.papasapiens.fr/

The square Saint Gilles du Grand Veneur,  between boulevard Beaumarchais and the rue de Turenne,but first go up rue de Hesse or rue des Arquebusiers , and load up at the wonderful Maison Plisson 93, bd Beaumarchais (3éme) http://www.lamaisonplisson.com/ ; continue to Fontaine St-Sulpice (6éme) and facing the marché Saint Germain here is  Le Petit Capri Bazar 6, rue Mabillon (6éme),  and behind the rue de Charonne by no 159 you go to square Colbert , nearby load up on Caffe Da Rosa 15, rue Basfroi (11éme). Tél.: 01 77 37 99 98.http://www.darosa.fr/#!vierge/c5j9

And to finish what I could have call the foods of Paris ::) I leave you with one museum that needs to be known more, I do meetings next door and escape to its beauty many times. Musée des arts et métiers, 60 rue Reaumur, (3éme) open Tuesdays to Sundays 10h to 18h, and Thursdays to 21h30, considered one of the oldest industrial technical museums in the world;;; http://www.arts-et-metiers.net/musee/visitor-information

Cheers and enjoy the week, we are almost there ::)

May 24, 2015

And more Finistére at Roscoff!

Following my previous post on a swing by car thru the Finistére region no 29, we went by car to Morlaix and with time decided to take a plunge into Roscoff a bit further. This was a good choice as we enjoy the sea breezes here with plenty of visitors. The tourist office is here, http://www.roscoff-tourisme.com/

The town is very touristic and seafarer, with lots of British influx due to the Brittany Ferry trips. We came by car along the D58 road, very nice done road and very little traffic almost alone on the road !!!  We hit first the ferry port and saw the many cars lining up to go over the manche… This is a busy port indeed with 85% British visitors. The website for the ferry is here, http://www.brittany-ferries.fr/ .   We went by the Casino de Roscoff at port de Bloscon as well very nice and conveniently located by the ferry boat harbor ::)  website here http://roscoff.groupetranchant.com/

We ,then proceeded by car to the lighthouse or phare right off the street coming in by the fishing old harbor ;this lighthouse is 24 meters high and has 95 steps, the square top was started in 1914,as well as the optic lense and done in 1917.  Funny we follow the petit train into the narrow streets all the way to the parking behind the church Notre Dame de Croas Batz that itself was started built in 1520, with the belltower from 1576 and all done in granite. There is a marker on the wall as you come from the embarcadére to ile de Batz showing the spot where Marie Stuart of the Scotts once lived and also a plaque commemoration across from it. Queen at age 7 days! she crosses into Roscoff history as girlfriend of future king of France François II , she lands at Roscoff by the chapel of Saint Ninien , (today destroyed) on which remaining façade there is the writing of this event. Ann event in history longer to write about it in my blog.

We went to the pleasure boat marina of Bloscon, website here; http://www.plaisancebaiedemorlaix.com/en/introduction-to-the-port-of-roscoff

and the embarcadére or cruising terminal to the island or ile de Batz, very nice indeed, we went down on the side of the Ibis hotel to the stony beach and you a great view of the passerelle to get the boat here,nice. It is done several times a day but cancel in case of high tides with coefficient greater than 100. In addition to Roscoff tourist office, you have in French more on the island here , http://www.iledebatz.com/l%C3%AEle-de-batz/acc%C3%A8s-et-travers%C3%A9e

The town is very lovely with vibrant activities and plenty to shop for souvenirs and eating places. I rather think the beaches are great in season and one must come early for space. It has been years for me here;and first time with the family. Other than the tourist office link above, the petit train has an association of these wonderful family train in French here on Roscoff, http://www.trainstouristiques.fr/fr/guide-petit-train/roscoff/

It was already late and as not planned to visit here ,we headed home, just our routine one day or weekend trips in our area and writing about it for eternity ::) . It goes to say, we will be back in season as it is nice for longer stay by the ocean . The road back was not the same as the one coming to Morlaix and then Roscoff. I always try to beat Michelin lol! We took the same road out of Roscoff back to Morlaix on the D58 briefly on the D712 and then on the D769, and then by La Feuillée change to the D764  and continue to Carhaix-Plouger to hook up with the N164 dir Rostrenen. At Mûr de Bretagne we got off heading into the D767 direction Pontivy, at Pontivy we took the D768 direction Baud, and here the road D768 direction Camors into our town. So in this way we saved 11 kms with 15 mins more of travel. In all the first one by Michelin won as the ride along the Mont d’Arrée is fantastic.

and now home writing about the new adventures; have a great Pentecôte or Pentecost day wherever you are and if celebrating it as we are on a 3 day weekend. Cheers.

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May 24, 2015

How about that Finistére, this is Morlaix

Another of my weekend trips in my beautiful Bretagne/Brittany or Breizh. This time it was in the departément of Finistére no 29. We went to see Morlaix. The tourist offices are ; http://www.tourisme-morlaix.fr/ We went by car of course , it is about 2h30 from us on the N165 to Quimper past it take the N164 direction Pleyben/Morlaix, then hook up with the D785 again direction Pleyben/Morlaix , take a quick right on the D712, D712B and again back on the D785 and again on the D712 on a series of traffic circles until reaching the D769 direction Morlaix into city center by rue de Brest which is strangely the D712 road ! The signs are well posted. Going there we passed by the wonderful nature of the Mont d’Arrée the historical hills of Brittany. This is wonderful for the nature lovers and history buffs like me, we drove by it this time but stops frequents to soak in on the scenary, the monts Saint Michel is wonderful, to see it in depth to come. More on it here at the Finistére tourist office, http://www.finisterebrittany.com/arree-mountains-and-montagnes-noires We found easy parking at the place Charles de Gaulle right past the viaduct and in front of the Tourist office and House or Maison Penanault which has a nice mini presentation of the history of the area,both house and office are the same. The statue of the Corsair Charles Cornic is there.  You walk right into the viaduct and have on Saturdays a wonderful food and fleas market or marché; here as well as heading to the great architecture of the city hall or hotel de ville. Across the basin that is part of the Harbor or portat quai de Léon,  you have the Manufacture des Tabacs that for 250 years was a main motor of fabrication of cigars etc, today it is save by administrative offices and it is open to the public to showcase it. As we arrive by midi or noon, it is time here to have lunch, and as we were in Morlaix central, just when the marché or market was going on under the viaduct transport bridge we choose the historic Le Grand Café de la Terrasse just past the parking at the next square Place des Otages; it is regal house done in 1885, and serving since. Very nice belle époque designs and friendly local service. We sat inside and had a great course with me having apéro as usual porto rouge (red) ,then  pizzthéque ( blend of watermelons, salads, cheeses, cherry tomatoes entrée) , then the tartine de chévre et deux jambons or goat’s cheese and two hams including iberico type ham.toasted bread and on a bed of salads, all with a great Chinon red Expression 2012 and expresso coffee;others had different things from omelette to burgers to risotto seafood platter. café gourmand (with sweets), raspberries surprises mousse and coffee as well as assorted aperitifs from cognac to vodka to poire Williams liquor. All for 30 euros per person; bit high but all worth it. http://www.tourisme-morlaix.fr/spip.php?page=detail&id=RESBRE029FS00032&alias=RES We continue our wandering to visit the church Saint Melaine, very rustic pretty old nice; right by the viaduct almost touching it. Church started from 1489 and continuously renovated to 1574 and even 1956. It has an impressive belltower that recognizes it all over town. We walk all over on the meandering streets to the hotel de ville or mairie past the days market and into the place E Souvestre and place de Viarmes , the Grande Rue and the place des jacobins (couvent des jacobins) with its city museum or Musée de Morlaix , also some in the Maison à Pondalez, http://www.musee.ville.morlaix.fr/fr/visite/le-musee-aujourd-hui.php Up to the Rue du Mur and wonderful Place Allende with a nice lookout of the city up by the old ruins Chateau (now a college) and into the next nice Church of Saint Mathieu, a gothic church from 1494 is now done from 1824. The magnificient tower dates from the 16C renaissance style ,the first one in Brittany in this form. Inside you have the magical opening door of the virgin Notre Dame du Murs done around 1400 in the region of Koln, Germany! On the left there is a last supper and the washing of the feet of Christ,and to the right the reliefs of the Crucifixtion We climb very high steep hilly streets you name it, to reach the district or quartier of Saint Martin and see the more modern Church of Saint Martin,Place Saint Martin,  oldest roots since end of the 14C but the church much newer now after damage end of the 16C ,and not finish until 1863. Up in the square du chateau you have a wonderful view of the city and viaduct, this castle was dismantled in the 16C following the wars of the League, you go along the rue des Vielles Murailles and rue Edouard Corbiére to rejoin the rue du murs. It is now a school college there. There is a nice theater or théatre du pays de Morlaix ,done from a gift of the count of Ange de Guernisac to the city; the theater is done Italianesque style and opened in 1888.  renovated and newer reopen again in 2002 after a  period of closings. Do not missed the maison or house of Anne de Bretagne in the Place Allende, very historical for Brittany. The kiosque or bandstand  in front of the hotel de ville dating from 1903; the harbor or port and the fountain or fontaine des anglais,  named after the English attack in 1522 , the inhabitant return and defend the town ,the blood it is said came out of this fountain (of course just a leyend here).  It is just past the port and manufacture des tabacs on the other side the quai de Tréguier. along the day we shop at the boulangerie de Aurore et Benoit by 11 rue Gambetta, the great liquors Bretons at the Le Cave des Jacobins at place des Jacobins, the biscuiterie de Morlaix at rue du murs for cookies. 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May 8, 2015

A town crisscross by three waterways! it’s Redon!

Today loomed like a rainy day but no matter what we are use to Brittany already lol! We head out for a family day in a town I pass by on car or train but never went in really. This is the water heavy boat crazy and leisure inland living town of Redon in South Brittany, the still land of the Gallo language not Breton but it can be heard too.

The area tourist office in French, http://www.tourisme-pays-redon.com/

and the mayor’s office tourist section in French, http://www.redon.fr/tourisme/p26-patrimoine-architectural.html

We live less than 2 hrs from it so we took the D779 over to the D135 past Saint Avé to hook up with the D775 at Saint Nolff and straight to Redon avoiding all N national roads. Easy leasure ride and plenty of parking by the Quai Surcouf in Redon as today its the anniversary of the end of WWII in France on May 8 1945, a holiday off day!

Once we arrive the rain was no more and we had a great time walking all over the town, from the famous harbor of pleasure boats to the in and out of the boats on the levies, the tranquil waters of the Oust and Vilaine rivers as well as the Canal Nantes-Brest passing by this town is all boats and waterways.

The musée de la Batellerie is nice but as a holiday it was close, something to come back for it. It shows the history of boat making and river navigation in the area, http://www.tourisme-pays-redon.com/musees/PCUBRE0351000021/detail/redon/musee-de-la-batellerie-de-l-oust

We continue wandering to the point of ave jean Burel past Quai Jean Barts to see the La Croix des marins, or the mariners cross pointing out to the union of the rivers oust and vilaine. We walk over the Vilaine to visit the nearby town of Saint Nicolas de Redon ,unique because this is in dept 44 Loire-Atlantique so two departments regions in one walk !

We did not buy but took a peek at the Les Halles wonderful covered market ;huge renovated in 2012 but dating from the 19C, very lively with about 30 fix merchants inside selling all the area goodies. We did purchase our baguettes there from Le Fournil de la Fontaine at 1 Rue Duguesclin a wonderful wooden house of old; great looking architecture near the abbey of St Sauveur.

We visited the Abbey of Saint Sauveur of course, again for me, and first for the family. A wonderful church with chapels and organ and wonderfully decorated altar as well as the unique bell and clock tower gothic style detach from the abbey and 28 meters high. The clocktower roman style is from the 12C. The back chevet is from 13-14C. The west side dates from 1786-1992.The nerf or nave is from 11-18C. The gothic choir is from 13C. The ambulatory is from the 14C. The baptismal chapel vases are from the 17-20C. The altar and retable is from 1634 – 1636 also 18-19C. The altar and retable of the Sacred Heart is from 17C. The relics of the Pope Léon III are from the 18-19C.  The gothic tower standing alone is from the 14C. The chapel of Jeanne d’Arc is from 1920. the Chapel of the Dukes and Chapel of Saint-Roch are from the 14C. You will find the encrusted tomb of Raoul de Pontbriand (15C), abbey of Redon from 1419 to 1422.

Of course, we had our usual lunch away from home and we walk so finally decided to eat at L’Ecluse pizzeria resto in nearby Saint Nicolas de Redon! just over the department 35 to 44 line! oh well we do walk here. The place was great, we were the first one in, all staff waiting us , and service was prompt and nice. We had our aperitifs or apéros with porto red, piña colada, whisky cola , l’ecluse house special of fruits no alcohol and cocktail alexis with rosé wine and lemon. Then we went with the tagliatelles with goat cheeses for two, calzone of ham and cheese, and pizzas of Indienne, Royale (beef for me), we had a lyonnaise house rosé wine bottle and then desserts were bounty (coconut ice cream and choco syrup), banana split, peach melba, pears belle helene, and caraibe coffee with vodka. We left paying at the counter for 28 ,20 euros per person. A bit high been in an off area away from the main tourist spots. However, the place is sparkling clean very nice decoration with riverware and old Paris posters, and the place was pack with local people by the time we finish. No webpage but it is at 84, avenue Jean Burel  tel +33 02 99 72 33 04. On the D164 road to La Gacilly.

In fact, we left town the other way on the D873 out of Redon, towards La Gacilly the same, and went to a nature place my collegues at work told me to visit especially in good days, this is the Ile aux Pies.  A wonderful nature of Brittany site, with the oust river passing and spaces for picnic, horse riding, children playground, kayak,canoe, boating, and mountain climbing on a great cliff. plenty of free parking, the site here in French, http://www.tourisme-pays-redon.com/pays-de-redon/canal-de-nantes-brest-manche-ocean/ile-aux-pies-perle-du-canal-de-nantes-brest

You continue on the D873 and reach the panel for ile aux pies take it left and follow the signs until the end. Plenty of camping cars spaces too. More on the climbing in English here, http://escapades-verticales.com/?page_id=695

And we continue this way towards La Gacilly (yves rocher cosmetic center) but been here already continue home passing by Saint Martin sur Oust and Saint Gravés direction Questembert and back on the D775 home. Now still no more rain lol!

And getting ready for Sunday go out again next week Portugal and Spain here I come. enjoy your weekend;cheers.

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May 2, 2015

My Travels in the Morbihan ,X

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passing la saudraye river on d152

This was supposed to be a grand weekend, Labor Day here so 3 days off weekend. Instead it has been miserable, rain all day hard sometimes, traffic jams all over as folks that planned on the beach now coming back in hordes. Even Vannes last night was almost impossible. Talk about small town traffic jam lol!!!

We had ideas of going over to Nantes on the Atlantique shopping center but the roads was completely jam on the N165 all the way there. So we turn around and decide to explore new areas on the Lorient area. Happy we did as here there is always great surprises and new found beauties all the time. An un-exhaustable abundant of natural beauty.

We went off the N165 to Ploemeur and took a ride by the little airport that already receive big planes at about 9 kms from Lorient and a mix use of civil and military. The naval base of Lann-Bihoué is here too since 1938. Big parking spaces one terminal ,one entry for arrival and one for departures. on the D163 follow the signs of Lann Bihoué . http://www.lorient.aeroport.fr/en

I had to bring a collegue on a night trip here and now saw it better in daytime. You never know what rates you can find. We continue our journey to the town of Ploemeur, and on city center saw the nice Church of Saint Peter or St Pierre. The beauty is to go along the coast on the D306 and see the beaches such as Plage du Fort Bloqué ( 1 900 meters long), many menhirs or stones, and chapels, as well very nice quaint city center. Also, beaches at Kaolin, Peréllo, Port Fontaine,  Anse du Stole,Kerpape, Kerroch and Lomener. The church of St Pierre is from the 12C and was ruined in 1668. The reconstruction of the tower and bell was done in 1686, the four bells benediction was done in 1726 and two are newer from 1783. A copy of St Pierre is up at the front door and the original is in the altar.

Info on the town is at the city page in French, http://www.ploemeur.com/modules/cartographie/patrimoine.php?id=1-2-3

and the agglo of Lorient site http://www.lorient-agglo.fr/Ploemeur.ploemeur.0.html

some info on the Lorient tourist site in English, http://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/decouvrez-le-territoire/

and a bit more in English at the region of Morbihan site, http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/home/discover/morbihan/the-main-destinations/lorient

We continue our exploration of new or fairly new territory and went into a new one at Guidel. Great find. Plenty here http://www.guidel.com/decouvrir-guidel/tourisme/bars-et-restaurants/

This is just covering the coast and wonderful beaches some secluded and most open and best for water sports like surfing. There is an imposing church of Guidel in city center, and surrounded by shops, restos etc vibrant. We decided to take a break here and eat lunch. We pick a picturesque Italian villa call La Villa Toscane  resto grill pizzeria at 15 place Jafffré. Very nice decoration toscane, great welcome nice friendly service, big portions good prices , and great quality. We have pizzas of different combi I had the Mexicaine with chorizos and spicy beef, expresso coffee and a bottle of côte de provence st tropez rosé we share all for 18 Euros per person, nice. Great pictures of the resto here http://www.lorientbretagnesudtourisme.fr/votre-sejour/restaurant-la-villa-toscane-guidel.html

We notice that bus 60 from the Lorient agglo metro area takes  you all over here so good to know of those not with a car as we are always here with ours….schedules here http://www.ctrl.fr/se-deplacer/horaires/fiches-des-lignes-regulieres/#searchtc18840

We came on the express road N165 and got in thru Ploemeur first and then Guidel and then back on the N165 home. From Ploemeur we took the D162 and continue into Guidel where we took the D152 coastal road before taking the D306 back to the N465 beltway at Lorient and the N165 home.

There is a great pleasure boat harbor at Guidel with great beach parking and plenty of restos and vacation homes even campings. Passing Fort du Loch (built in 1756)http://www.guidel.com/agenda/article/detail/visite-du-fort-du-loch/   and eventually Fort Bloqué (built between 1747 and 1758 after the English invasion of 1746, and it was integrated into the fortification network defending Lorient. During WWII it was part of the Atlantic wall done by the Nazis).

along great beaches and wild coastal cliffs. All the way out to Lorient. A place to come back to and explore in more details. I leave you with the taste and good vibration we had. Enjoy your weekend. Cheers.

 

 

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April 25, 2015

A whimsical walk in Auray

Well today went back to my old town of residency here, last post I notice was from Sept 2014. I still only live about 15 kms from it, so it was going to rain in the afternoon (it did) so took off for it in the morning for a walk and some quencher drinks.

If no time to read on my posts on Auray( just entered Auray on the research space right column on my main page) the Tourist office here is http://www.auray-tourism.com/

We went on the back side and park at Athena by the mediathéque and municipal pool, and then walk by past the chapel of St Esprit; this is now use for exhibitions, events concerts right in the middle of town done from 1286 the last Mass was done in 1790 (due to French revolution) and then to now use as other functions; http://www.auray-tourisme.com/chapelle-du-saint-esprit/auray/tabid/8277/offreid/7e87038d-cd73-49e0-a688-32991827b894/detail.aspx

We went around this, to reach place Gabriel Deshayes, and come up again the wonderful Church of Saint Gildas, it was started built in  1623  but not finished until 1663. The belltower with a square top in three levels was not finished until 1701. We wondered around in city center to past the tourist office of the old chapelle  de la Congregation, and continue to the hotel de ville area (newly renovated) to up the space jeu de paume a very narrow street that takes you to a nice garden and the old prison.

You continue coming down to the hotel de ville area and go around on your right when the hotel on your back and go see the Chapelle du Pére Eternel, the old cordeliers order was here since 1644 ,lost during the French revolution, in 1807 it was given back to the Sister of the Holy Charity of Saint Louis . Here in 1820 the priest of the Chistian instruction were given the order for God only and the rules  by the Vicary of Saint Brieuc and the priest of Auray Gabriel Deshayes. It is now awaiting renovation. After it you have the park Le Belvédére with beautiful views over the river basin of Saint Goustan below and a football field of the city of Auray. http://www.auray-tourisme.com/chapelle-du-pere-eternel/auray/tabid/8277/offreid/a6c89645-865f-464f-b97d-933a8171cffd/detail.aspx

You take here a narrow street call the rue du Belvédére to go down to the river basin of Auray, at the end of this street you arrive at the top of the Castle ruins overlooking the river and the district of Saint Goustan for marvelous views.

Here at Saint Goustant, our favorite local area where we are often, we had our let down and our ice cream and gauffres from L’Igloo just overlooking the river Auray that goes out into the Gulf of Morbihan and eventually the Atlantic ocean above it the N165 expressway Nantes-Brest.

Finally, after a bit of walking on the beautiful harbor of Saint Goustan, we decided for some drink, a nice cold Grimbergen blonde beers with coffee genoise and diabolo menthe overlooking the river, the crowd and the beautiful life in the Morbihan. We stop at the L’Armoric café pizzeria resto right in the corner of place Saint Sauveur. http://www.restaurant-pizzeria-bar-saint-goustan-auray.catchop.fr/

And already raining a bit hard, we went back to our car and home just 15 kms away where we spent the rest of the day until new urge to go out again. cheers and have a great weekend wherever you are in our wonderful world.

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