Posts tagged ‘Bretagne’

August 30, 2015

Bitburg, land of the Bitburger beer

Ok ok, just a short post on a wonderful little town of Bitburg in Germany. We check this out as we drink this beer here in Bretagne(Brittany), and decided that about 60 kms we will never be any closer so there we went.

Tourist office here ; http://www.eifel-direkt.de/go/info_english.html

So we went up on the road B51 from south of Trier to Bitburg, easy. We walk around the town and check out the Church of Our Lady just when a wedding was going on in the city hall across it;we came back for the inside. We had a good inexpensive lunch at El Greco Greek resto with gyros specials for 10€ per person with bitburger beers lol! The picture is from our table a bit sideways!

Then we went over the Bitburger brewery, to our surprise ,they were doing only tours in German lol!! no help for tourism here. The English tours are done on reservation , I guess needed to call the translators from England ::)

Anyway, we took some of the tour trying our best as we do not speak German alas;;; others yes but not German. The brewery seems impressive big and the beer is one of the most popular pils there. It has nice history and museum next door; will see when back and make reservation. The long scripture tower is the history of the beer and sometimes it pours beers!!! The other photo is the tower of singing bells and the horse market fountain as before the town was big on trading horses.

The ride back was easy on the roads too, another town on my map and still drinking that German bitburger beers ! Cheers and happy Sunday y’all ::)

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August 3, 2015

Some news from France XCXI

So right off the week unusual for me but it’s August and summer is here and my vacation is just next week and onwards. So what is going on in my favorite city and France.

For one ,free parking in Paris during August is gone this year blame on Hidalgo…. and more transport problems with the closing of the metro station Saint Denis-Basilique until August 30th. Nothing new in the city of light.

Then, Paris is more than Paris plage or beach you know.  In the 13éme arrondissement or district of Paris and all over from my favorite paper Le Parisien.

It has become the spot most Parisians in July and August come to, the quai d’Austerlitz (13éme) until the quai François-Mauriac, restaurants, clubs, bars, terraces, boats and floating structures are invaded every evening by crowds eager for an aperitif, dinner or dance partying in by the Seine. At 32, quai d’Austerlitz in the immense walls of the Cité de la mode et du Design or city of fashion and design, http://www.citemodedesign.fr/  the hippest crowd on the very popular terrace Wanderlust ,http://wanderlustparis.com/ ,   on the classiest “rooftop” of the Nuba,http://www.nuba-paris.fr/  or in the club and concert hall Grand RivageA little further, at the foot of the Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand, fifteen terraces face boats-restaurants. The most joyful and ephemeral of them, La vie est Belle (10, quai François-Mauriac)  or more here, http://parislanuit.fr/lieux/la-vie-est-belle/ where you can enjoy music, cocktails and small dishes at table or chairs.
boat-restaurant «La Dame de Canton, which has installed a huge semi-covered terrace unrounded just after the bridge or pont de Simone de Beauvoir.http://www.damedecanton.com/

Continuing until the pont de Tolbiac, other terraces such El-Alamein, http://www.bateauelalamein.com/ and the Vagalame ,http://www.lavagalame.com/ ;  alternate lounge bars with DJs and sofas at the water‘s edge or more conventional restaurants with tables and servers. Finally, just before the bridge, the aptly named Batofar (11, quai François-Mauriac), bright red boat with its visible light lighthouse from far away, loving the revelers: both restaurant, bar and club, there is dancing to the end of the nighthttp://www.batofar.org/

It is 9.30 pm and,  the ‘King’s River’ dropped the moorings from the pontoon situated opposite the House of radio (Paris 16éme) to start a cruise that will extend for 30 hour. Every Thursday of the month of August, the floating guinguette vogue for evenings “The Afterwork share cruise” paid and open to all. The program is immutable: installation aboard 19h to 21h30, with bar open bubbles» free, cruise on the Seine from 21h30 to 23h, then back to dock where the feast lasts until 01h0 (1am). On board, you can enjoy, on 450 m2, a dancefloor with DJ and lighting way disco, topped by a giant, semi-covered, terrace where a bar and a barbecue with burgers, sandwiches, kebabs and salad…

The evening really makes sense in the dark, when the River’s King starts its cruise. http://www.riversking.fr/photos_rivers_king.php?photos=bateau  .The glass or the sandwich in hand,  hair in the wind, and folks  massed on the roof, admiring, at low speed, the Eiffel Tower, the Orsay Museum, the Louvre and the Quays of the Seine illuminate progressively, all in music: Magic! Under each bridge, partygoers grow shouting or screaming , enjoying a unique view of the most beautiful city in the world. At the end of the 90 minutes that seem too short, they no longer to be consoled on the lower floor, dancing, eyeful images…More below

The Afterwork part cruise”, every Thursday from 19h. boat ‘River’s King’, facing the 108, avenue du Président-Kennedy (16éme). Price: €20 or €15 with a past available on Internet (bubbles open bar included). Cocktails: €20, Burgers €10. Reservations +33 (0) 6.28.07.06.05.

And also… Other dancing locations on and near the water, including the charming Guinguette Rosa Bonheur (port of the Invalides, 7éme), http://www.rosabonheur.fr/ the huge boat ‘Concorde Atlantique(port de Solférino, 7éme),http://www.bateauconcordeatlantique.com/ La  Javelle (port of Javel down 15éme) ,http://lajavelle.com/  and the Eiffel Tower (port de Suffren 7éme) Guinguette.http://quefaire.paris.fr/fiche/87112_la_guinguette_au_pied_de_la_tour_eiffel

At the Canal de l’Ourcq , it feels like in Cuba; Atmosphere popular dance, Michel Sardou. At the end of the afternoon, not far from the Church of Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis), along the Ourcq canal, several folks gather and  become bobo , disregard the weather. The  Festival of the Ourcq is going on!!!  until August 23rd.  They dance to tunes of Cuban salsa DJ Harold is on hand  warm, sensual.  Having fun from all walks of life.http://www.tourisme93.com/ete-du-canal/programme-festivites.html .  This is Paris.
And of course, in my other love ,Versailles , you have  the fantastic wonderful awesome, Les Grandes Eaux Musicales until November 1st.  Les Jardins Musicaux until October 27th, Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes until September 19, and the
 Compagnie de Danse l’Eventail and the Musiciens de Saint-Julien presents the Sérénade Royales de la Galerie des Glaces until September 19 as well. More here from the city tourist office in English, http://www.versailles-tourisme.com/en/whats-on.html
Summer is awesome; and I can’t wait to start mine lol!! Cheers and happy travels.
July 26, 2015

My new home of Pluvigner in the Morbihan Breton VI

This has been a rainy weekend and cool so after doing some running yesterday we stay put today. We took the time to pinpoint last minute planning for our summer vacation next month in Germany and Luxembourg.

For now, this is Pluvigner in the Morbihan dept 56 yes!!! Small town in the country a new change and it has been great. Looking forward to towns like this.

We did our usual shopping in Vannes, got some stuff for the house, always something to do around the house, and then we came back. I was ask to eat and I say wait until we get home.

Then, I was coming up this créperie resto that is on my way home ,always look at it, always make a point to visit but as usual when you have so much to see around you, you just keep going. Well not this time.

I made up my mind as I was coming on the next to last traffic circle before arriving home to stop by and have lunch. I pull over and immediately the friendly folks came out to greet us. We had a terrace table and went on.

the place is like a small Breton longére , a long house good to keep the family on one side and the farm animals on the other. this one has a veranda of stone with a nice terrace and nice garden. In the back , you have additional parking which is where we parked. Coming around to the front you see a big wood firing oven and come up around to the front door and terrace.

The young lady came to serve us and then another and then the owner Jean-Noêl (because was born on Christmas day), and it turns out he is a native of the same town as my wife !!! Meaux in Seine et Marne of the brie cheese fame, mustard of Meaux and now close to the action of Disneyland Paris as well as the new museum on WWI! yes! and not only that but he had lived in Auvergne ,near where my father in law is from lol!! Welcome to the family ::)

We started out talking a lot find out everything and before starting to order made reservation for the event of the resot créperie Le Vorlen, Rost Er Forn, Breton for roasted pig in oven , a specialty only done on the first and third Sunday of each month by reservation. We are on for  August 2nd! complete dinner of the pig 300grms, entrée, dessert, 1/4 wine for 18€ nice. See the picture on the process of the cooking lol!

No need for another post, this is the follow up on the above today Sunday August 2nd 2015. The menu was the main dish roast er forn, or cook pork with bake potatoes about 300 grams per person; entrée salad greens and tuna, 1/4 bottle of wine red/rosé, and dessert two scoops of ice cream flavors locally produce; plus apéro with Breton beers and coffee for 3 persons all came out to 18.83€ per person. Just perfect dish , very juicy tender , plenty of meat delicious we have found another hangout spot in town. More photos added too.Pluvigner Pluvigner Pluvigner Pluvigner Pluvigner

Then we had our usual Breton beers, Duchesse Anne, Morgane, Blanche Hermione, and even a Leffe Belgian beer. We continue with the beers and had our galette noir montagnarde with reblochon cheese and potatoes, goat cheese and 3 cheeses types, expresso coffees and more beers for a total of 17€ per person. Nice place to had lunch or dinner and right in town.On the traffic circle at the entrance to Pluvigner on the road D768.

After that it was time to head home and finish our day. We had all the tools we need to attack the garden and windows once the rain stops next week,and fully well fed by the friendly Le Vorlen. Until we can meet around the woods, have a great end of Sunday y’all. Cheers

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July 18, 2015

My travels in the Morbihan, XI

SO finally some relaxation away from far away travels and airports. This weekend is home with nice 19-24C temps cloudy bit light rain at times but the roads empty at least the D departémentales roads I like. We got up late maybe from all the exhausted trips taken lately and once had our snacks the travel virus set in and well where do we go now…

We just took a leisure ride and wak into some lesser known town just south of me about 20 kms( about 12 miles) in our beautiful department 56; Morbihan. http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/

For those new to my blog, Morbihan is Breton not French, it means Mor=mer/sea and Bihan=petite/small or small sea. We took off on the D22 towards Belz. http://mairie-belz.fr/point-i-de-belz,737.html ; the tourist info office

Here we came up to a beautiful memorial to the fallen (erected in 1925)  right next to the Church Saint Saturnin in city center. The church was name in honor of the bishop of Toulouse replacing a roman church from the 15C; and it has no belltower, and still not completely done.  It has a marvelous Mairie or city hall or city govt office dating from 1832, renovated in 1912, and rebuilt in 1984 , as well as again enlarged in 2005. http://mairie-belz.fr/bourg,317.html

Here we took a turn around the church Saint Saturnin to follow the coastal road to St Cado, we have been here before, so did not go to the end where the roman chapel of St Cado  is. We went by the water front park where families were gathering on the pétanque game and soaking sun and water sports like kayak. http://mairie-belz.fr/saint-cado,311.html

We continue our ride on the road D16 and passed the nice bridge of Pont Lorois into Plouhinec.There is a lot more to see here and we just touch the bridge. There are tumulus megaliths stones,and archeological sites such as Mane Vechen,  and wonderful church St Pierre et St Paul and many chapels, and a huge choice of water sports, the tourist office at http://www.plouhinec.com/decouvrir/point-i.html

Having already lunch we did the round tripper, going we stop at Bar Ty ma’lor at Corn er Houet, 1 rue du moustoir 56400 Ploemel tel +33 (0)2 97 24 15 47 . We had to stop we know the owners and had our cold beers just to get going on a sort of hot day. Then, on the way back we stop at American’s  Snacks  , this is the same owners as the bakery next door at the foot of pont Lorois,by the before Passage-Neuf. Tél :+33 (0) 2 97 85 60 59. Unfortunately, they were close for serving food  until 17h the rest ok to 20h, and so we had a corona beer to speed the hunger and come back home rushing to eat which we are now preparing ::)

In all, another nice quiet day in the Morbihan;lovely. Keeping it low until our long summer vacation in August. Cheers and enjoy your weekend.

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July 14, 2015

Vannes is the Morbihan! Let’s the festivals begin.

Let’t the festivals begin, Vannes is more, the Morbihan main town , Capital city of dept 56 ,and it has all the attributes of a bigger town while keeping intact it’s wonderful wooden houses going back to the 14C all intact,originals!!! The tourist office ;http://en.tourisme-vannes.com/ And, I must say, work in its metro area in a castle, château du Talhouêt,of course not open to the public ::) On this wonderful four day weekend lol! enjoying the home country with the passing of the tour de France (see other entry), and yesterday and today (14 july Fête Nationale or Bastille day) we had the Fêtes Historiques, as we are more traditional we tell you of times gone by link to old regime ::) This is the 30th edition of the Fêtes Historiques de Vannes; with a parade of personalities that number in the 1000 and many visitors expected in the hundreds of thousands every year. There is firework in the ramparts by the old castle of Hermine. The theme for this year’s event is Jean IV Le Conquérant. or John IV the Conqueror. He was the winner of the wars of  succession  of Brittany and ruled for 35 years.residing for the most part in the Chateau de l’Hermine built from 1378 that he ordered built.  Some of its heritage is told here at the mayor’s office in English, http://en.mairie-vannes.fr/discoveringvannes/history-and-heritage/discovering-the-heritage-of-vannes/ And the castle now an exhibit;event place (Chinese portraits,paintings are on now) info in French, http://www.mairie-vannes.fr/vannesdecouverte/histoire-et-patrimoine/qr-patrimoine/chateau-de-lhermine-en-detail/ Jean IV was friendly to the English, and married Marguerite, daughter of Edward III of England, as well as his second wife was English too, Jeanne Holand. Many English nobles were his advisors and on July 19 1372 signed a secret defense and protection treaty with Edward III. He welcome many heroes at the Chateau de l’Hermine including the Constable Olivier de Clisson in 1387. The Duke Jean IV restored the ramparts and enlarged them creating a second circle of defense for the city. He was married a third time in 1386 to Jeanne de Navarre and a total of 8 children,one Jean V le Sage or the Wise that succeeded him in the duchy after his death in November 1, 1399. He was special to Vannes and the guest of honor in this year’s historical festival. The festivities started from 12h and we were there by 11h free parking past the capitanerie of the harbor on rue du commerce. You had the Chinese exhibit same time as an expo on coins and engraving from medieval times in the castle yard. By the ramparts gardens there were shows of swords and medieval camps with archers and all! You many folks walking by in period costumes very colorful, and see the courtage of Duke John IV the Wise passing with the Count of Buckingham.  The parades were from 16h30 out from the church of Saint Patern, then 17h from the place Maurice Marchais the Olivier de Clisson and his Breton nobles, and the combine night parade at 22h30 from place Maurice Marchais with all of the above.Fireworks by 23h30 but too late for us by this time. All meandering through the medieval narrow cobblestone original streets of old town Vannes!!! Today 14 July there is a Bal dance in the Esplanade du Port by pl Gambetta. There is a total of 40 historical organisations here including those from Llanera, Asturias  ,Spain! with a great outspoken group! Group Hassel from Germany, fencers from the Czech Republic, costumes group from Venice, Italy, all wonderful choreograph and done. At the end we will have fireworks from 12h30 past midnight, and a free city center bus rides. Of course, been in town, we did not let go going into places we have been briefly and wanted to see more , such as the museum of fine arts (beaux-arts) Le Cohue and the museum of History and Archeology (muse d’histoire et d’archéologie) both on Rue Noé and les Halles. One ticket see both; children under 18 free adults 6,50€ In the wonderful historical Chateau Gaillard from the 15C in stones while the rest of the town at the time was in wood. The original owner of the lot was a Gaillard Tournemine so there goes the name of the castle. In 1457 it was the auditorium of the Parliament of Brittany! and home of the President. The castle has four levels and all link by a stair in stone. The street level room opens to the garden linking it with the Hôtel de Roscanvec ,and has two monumental chimneys. First floor (Fr) has wooden decorations, and the 2nd floor has the library of the Societé Polymathique du Morbihan where it has installed the collections of its museum here in 1912. The SPM is the current owners and the management is handle by the city of Vannes as well as the Cohue. Wonderful arts in a medieval setting. Some last minutes shopping like for baguettes!!! and came home in the evening after another wonderful day with the family in amazing Vannes, you need to see it to believe me::) Cheers. Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes Vannes

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July 13, 2015

Tour de France in the Morbihan, Bretagne!

Well this is a race that many years ago was not known to me, and once got the bug for France in 1990 …. the family I married to was an avid follower of the race. So the story began, for the short of it, I am a fan, and followed it with the family to the Auvergne or the town of Pau to see the races over the years since. Another turning poing , we moved to Brittany in 2011.

This past Sunday, yesterday, was our baptism here. The tour de France 2015 was coming again to Brittany ,and this time again to the Morbihan, just too close to miss it. The 9 stage against the clock was run right on my usual route to work!!!! So we set up our bag and went on to see it. http://www.letour.fr/le-tour/2015/us/stage-9.html

We knew it is popular, not only here but internationally as well, so the stages are all packed with people. The caravan was to start by 13h10 or 1:10pm and the first team of races were to follow by 15h10 or 3:10 pm in our post. I chose to come in by 11h and park in the city residential area for free and secured off rue Michelet in Saint Avé.  We walk down about 7 minutes to the giratoire de Beauregard or traffic circle of Beauregard on the road D126 intersection with the road D135 in Saint Avé. There is a beautiful castle there not open to the public only for weddings, events etc Chateau de Beauregard, http://chateau-de-beauregard-56.fr/

Here there were plenty of folks already but we found a nice spot right on the traffic circle on the side of the passing of the team trials or against the clock race. Lots of goodies to eat and folks to talk, and share all, even the souvenirs the caravan was throwing at the crowds. We stayed from 11h to 16h45….

As said, the caravan its all the sponsors of any kinds that comes in with a disneyaise show even Mickey was there!!! and then the road is prepare for the racers. As this was a team trial, they go out together as a team each on intervals of 5 minutes.

The call of order was Orica,Bretagne-Séché, Lampre, FDJ,Europcar,Bora,Lotto,IAM,MTN-Qhubeka,Lotto Soudal,Trek,Astana,Cannondale,Cofidis,Katusha,Movistar,Giant,AGéR La Mondiale,Etixx,Tinkoff,BMC,and Sky. Needeless to say BMC won it over Sky.

My favorites were Lotto Soudal with Tony Gallopin, Giant with Warren Baguil, Tinkoff with Alberto Contador, Movistar with Alejandro Valverde, BMC with Tejay van Garderen, Katusha with Joaquin “perico” Rodriguez.

The entire day was fun for the whole family and was able to get back in town many times stop for bread and such this time there was even the Sunday morning market! Now keep up with the race as it winds thru France.

The first 15 so far are

1. GBRFROOME Christopher 31 TEAM SKY 31h 34′ 12”
2. USAVAN GARDEREN Tejay 61 BMC RACING TEAM 31h 34′ 24” + 00′ 12”
3. BELVAN AVERMAET Greg 68 BMC RACING TEAM 31h 34′ 39” + 00′ 27”
4. SVKSAGAN Peter 47 TINKOFF-SAXO 31h 34′ 50” + 00′ 38”
5. ESPCONTADOR Alberto 41 TINKOFF-SAXO 31h 35′ 15” + 01′ 03”
6. COLURAN URAN Rigoberto 118 ETIXX-QUICK STEP 31h 35′ 30” + 01′ 18”
7. ESPVALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 59 MOVISTAR TEAM 31h 36′ 02” + 01′ 50”
8. GBRTHOMAS Geraint 39 TEAM SKY 31h 36′ 04” + 01′ 52”
9. COLQUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander 51 MOVISTAR TEAM 31h 36′ 11” + 01′ 59”
10. CZESTYBAR Zdenek 116 ETIXX-QUICK STEP 31h 36′ 11” + 01′ 59”
11. FRAGALLOPIN Tony 71 LOTTO-SOUDAL 31h 36′ 13” + 02′ 01”
12. CZEKREUZIGER Roman 44 TINKOFF-SAXO 31h 36′ 30” + 02′ 18”
13. ITANIBALI Vincenzo 1 ASTANA PRO TEAM 31h 36′ 34” + 02′ 22”
14. FRABARGUIL WARREN 82 TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN 31h 36′ 55” + 02′ 43”
15. NEDGESINK Robert 131 TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO 31h 37′ 04” + 02′ 52”

And the next race is on to Tarbes to Pierre-Saint-Martin on stage 10. tomorrow been 14 July National Day here (Bastille day) is a holiday ! so enjoy the races. Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint Avé Saint AvéCheers

 

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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