December 8, 2021

The parc du golfe fun activities in Vannes!

So will come back to tell you about some wonderful family activities in a great spot in my capital city of Vannes. This is the parc du golfe and its great , plenty here for all, see my many posts. However, I will update a previous post on the aquarium and butterfly garden which are in the parc du golfe. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

You  will find in the Parc du Golfe a garden of butterflies or jardin aux papillons ! ,and what was the  aquarium of Vannes. Its a mix feeling of nice family visits and many enjoyable moments here and then sad story of a closure. Life goes on we just keep our memories intact. Let me tell you my story on these.

You have the Le Jardin aux Papillons or Butterfly Garden, where you will discover an ecosystem with hundreds of tropical flowers and plants, in the midst of which tropical butterflies and a few birds evolve. The site is covered and the conditions are tropical: it is between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius (68 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit) with an ambient humidity of 80 to 100%. The tropical climate conducive to life gives beautiful colors to plants and flowers. The luxuriant vegetation reveals its treasures to you: Coffee trees, Banana trees, Guava trees, Hibiscus in bloom, Citrus and Pass Flores.   Butterflies are shy but if you are discreet and attentive, you will be able to observe them all around you. Prefer a visit on a clear, sunny day, as they will be more active between 11h to 16h. You then walk among the butterflies which fly and forage in freedom.

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It is a small tropical paradise, refuge of a multitude of butterflies from Africa, America and Asia. This astonishing 500 m2 greenhouse recounts the ephemeral life of these “sky gods”, who fly and forage in total freedom, among the lianas and flowering shrubs. Like true entomologists, you will discover the nursery, which welcomes 400 chrysalises every week, to finish their moult in a hatcher. Under the eye of the most curious, the pupae will then crack, revealing the still crumpled wings of the butterflies. A fleeting and unique moment, since some varieties only live for a week or two … Also, sit in the calm of the garden, listen to or look for the 2 parakeets or the 3 Chinese quails ; by the way, why do we find quails in the Butterfly Garden? Well, quite simply because these birds have a cleaning role: everything is natural in the Garden, the quails eat the parasites or insects that chase the butterflies.

An educational and nice place to visit with the whole family! The parc du golfe is wonderful with plenty of other activities even eating/drinking places , peniche boat on the gulf with piano Jazz , and boating passing by , making them, and ferry to the out islands, A magical spot indeed !

The official Jardin aux papillons webpagehttps://jardinauxpapillons.com/

The Bay of Quiberon tourist office on the butterfly gardenhttps://www.baiedequiberon.co.uk/to-see-to-do/for-children/butterfly-garden

The Aquarium of Vannes was located in the Parc du Golfe as well, and had three sections to see, Temperate seas Waters, Warm and tropical seas, and  Warm fresh waters. The aquarium was carrying out a mission to save the fauna of the Gulf of Morbihan. It presents two endangered species from the Gulf: the seahorse, and the cuttlefish. Unfortunately, the Aquarium of Vannes has closed a while ago, and the doors of the site, having welcomed no less than 5 million visitors in 36 years of activity, will remain closed this summer 2021 as well as in the coming months. The ponds emptied, the fish sold and the employees made redundant… End of the story of the Vannes aquarium ; sadly indeed,

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The residents of the aquarium, including the female crocodile Eleanor or the tropical fish, have found refuge in other sites and in particular at the Biarritz aquarium, The man who opened the Vannes aquarium in 1984 is actively considering the future. He said « I am working on the design of a new major project that could welcome you in 2023 or 2024, A project on the sea and biodiversity instead of the former aquarium « assures Denis Konnert, the owner.

The aquarium hosted a Nile crocodile found in the sewers of Paris, under the Pont Neuf, in 1984. Measuring less than a meter at the time, Eleanor measures 3 meters in adulthood for a weight exceeding 250 kilos . Its habitat is singularly reminiscent of the sewers where it lived before being found by sewer workers and captured by Paris firefighters. In 2020, it was entrusted to La Ferme aux crocodiles in Pierrelatte (Drôme 26). He died sadly in June 2021.

There was even a mini-golf course part of the Aquarium! It was the ideal place to test your skills in a friendly and good ambiance ! With a course of 18 tracks, the mini-golf offered you 1h30 of relaxation. We love the design with decorative arrangements that punctuate the course: lighthouse, mill, castle, tower, sundial and a suspension bridge 4 meters long. It was fun but as the aquarium same owner is closed no date as what will be next here or part of the overall future project,

The official Aquarium of Vannes webpage with sad news: https://aquariumdevannes.fr/

There you go folks, two mythical spots for family trips to our capital city for many years now; sadly one is closed. Nevertheless, will keep this post for the memories and remind me of our family visits to the aquarium. Gladly, the butterfly garden is still there to marvel young and old. Hope you enjoy the tour of the Aquarium and Butterfly Garden of Vannes as I.

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December 8, 2021

Rue Saint Vincent of Vannes!!

And of course, can’t let you off easy from my dear capital city of Vannes of my beautiful Morbihan in my lovely Bretagne, and in my belle France.. This town has charm, quant, historical ,and great architecture; one town needs to be discover more by visitors. I have many posts on Vannes, and will continue to detail its marvels, such as this wonderful half-timbered houses street of Rue Saint Vincent! Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Rue Saint Vincent was created on land ceded to the inhabitants of Vannes by the Duke of Vendôme in 1610. The first constructions were made at the end of the 16C, but most of the mansions were built in the 2nd half of the 17C for or by parliamentarians during the exile of Parliament of Brittany in Vannes between 1675 and January 1690. The opening of the Porte Saint-Vincent gate (see post) in 1624 allows an outlet from the street to the port (see post). The street is straight bordered by houses built on plots, on the east side, deep and shallow reaching the city wall, unlike the mansions on the west side of Rue Saint-Vincent built on larger plots, a probable result of grouping together. narrower plots.
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A major breakthrough in the intramural area, the Rue Saint-Vincent can be considered as the city’s first attempt at urban development, the city’s first real link with its port, through the very demonstrative Porte Saint-Vincent. open on marshy grounds. The marshes undoubtedly required special work when the land in this sector was reduced. The estier of the Moulin des Lices (formerly the Moulin de la Nue), the influence of the canal on the fishmonger side can still be seen in the current plot. Most of the houses along Rue Saint-Vincent were built in the 17C. Many of them have kept stairs, fireplaces, wall cupboards despite essential renovations. On the other hand, some have been the object of irremediable destruction, including 11 Rue Saint-Vincent, rebuilt in 1960, and of which only the very beautiful wooden staircase with central opening, comparable to that of the Hôtel de Limur, (see post) in stone remains. 

One nice house here is at No 15 rue Saint-Vincent; near place de la Poissonnerie, The construction of the mansion on the largest plot of Rue Saint-Vincent, bordered by the place de la Poissonnerie, by the canal de la Marle supplying the mill of Lices from which it still separated it in 1844. The mansion was established between the courtyard on which its main facade develops. The courtyard is bounded by two square freestone pillars cushioned into balls, once marking the western edge of the canal on the Place de la Poissonnerie. A second series of pillars, of which only the south pillar remains, once bordered the east bank of the canal. In alignment with the street, the main facade of the mansion developped on two floors and a top floor a regular facade with 6 bays, the door of the entrance shifted giving access to a paved corridor leading to the staircase; the staircase with three revolutions and two flights of granite is similar by its limestone arches delimiting a central day, to those of the Hôtel of Limur (see post) and the episcopal palace, the latter on a more important development. however, the stone balusters were replaced in the 19C by a wooden balustrade without character: a single baluster remains on the half-story rest, undoubtedly in limestone and covered like the arches with a hideous plaster the distribution comprises of the noble floor 1st floor (2ndUS) , Below the stairwell, a large square apartment comprising two rooms facing the street and three rooms in the back wing overlooking the courtyard including the kitchen, distribution which must be repeated on each level . On the other hand, the levels of the main body contain only one or two rooms facing the street, the wing back onto a courtyard dedicated to the stables not linked to the main body. In the 2000s, the resumption of shop facades on the facade made it possible to discover traces of part of the old openings,

The mansion known as Hôtel Dondel at 8 Rue Saint-Vincent, was possibly built in the first half of the 17C, acquired by Pierre Dondel, Lord of Keranguen, king’s adviser and first magistrate at the presidial seat of Vannes from his uncle François de La Pierre, Sieur des Salles, on May 29, 1680, In 1726, had the latter built the body on the street level in limestone, rejecting the staircase in the body on the back with the creation of a stairwell explaining the recess of the south gable wall. The basement takes up the L-shaped plan of the first dwelling, showing the remains of old air-holes blocked during the creation of the stairwell. The family still owns the hotel in 1840 according to the archives kept, The two-part hotel set up in alignment with the street and the alley, with a small separating interior courtyard and rear garden. The main body on L-shaped street with return to the rear, double in depth, built in regular granite rubble, with framing of the bays and paintings under the windows and molded limestone cornice. The hotel shows an elevation with spans with 2 square floors and an attic floor on a large vaulted basement with central access door on the ground floor., The rear lateral staircase gives access to the floors and to the latrines located on the half-floor. There is a secondary staircase for each level which starts at the half-floor. The posterior body grafted onto the back of the main body comprises a pavilion part; the rest join the tour Trompette or Trumpet tower, (nice creperie here now see post) passing over the alley; this part has only one square floor under a two-sided roof.

Today, the Rue Saint Vincent has a new face with widened sidewalks, a narrowed traffic line, an upgrade for people with reduced mobility, an absence of height difference between the roadway and the sidewalk. It is full of shops and restos so quant one of our favorite and leading to the Le Port marina passing under the Porte Saint Vincent is very nice, On the other side going into the old town you pass wonderful square where the big market (see post) is held and which we love to come on Saturday noonish.

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The city of Vannes on the Rue St Vincenthttps://www.mairie-vannes.fr/vannesdecouverte/histoire-et-patrimoine/qr-patrimoine/rue-saint-vincent-en-detail/

There you go folks, another dandy in beautiful Vannes, my capital city. We come to the Rue Saint Vincent often and very much shop in this street many goodies, nice shops and restos here amongst the wooden houses, love it. You too will just stop by will you! Hope it helps your planning

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December 7, 2021

Rue Saint Salomon of Vannes!

And of course, can’t let you off easy from my dear capital city of Vannes of my beautiful Morbihan in my lovely Bretagne, and in my belle France.. This town has charm, quant, historical ,and great architecture; one town needs to be discover more by visitors. I have many posts on Vannes, and will continue to detail its marvels, such as this wonderful half-timbered houses street of Rue Saint Salomon! Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Rue Saint Salomon of medieval origin, connecting the Faubourg Saint-Salomon, outside the walls, to the Place Henri IV. It has an irregular layout, very narrow and winding, lined with half-timbered and stone houses. Gorgeous to walk indeed, A certain number of houses, suffered the consequences of the alignment plan after 1844, leading either to the reconstruction of some of them like No, 4 and 6 or to their resumption on the street. largely No 2 and 7. Nevertheless, the Rue Saint-Salomon has retained a high number of half-timbered houses compared to other streets which have seen this implementation be replaced by stone dwellings.

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The nice house at 13 Rue Saint-Salomon shows built in cantilevered timber and aligned with the street with a rear courtyard and small garden. At street level, the house has 2 square floors and an attic floor under a long-sloped roof. This medieval house on three levels has a ground floor with four animals, one of which is a bear and a lion depicted on the central pillars; the others, placed at the ends, are difficult to identify, perhaps fantastic animals. The house probably built, because of its architectural characteristics, in the first half of the 16C, for the family of Trevegat, who remained the owner until the 17C, The house at No 15, was built in the 1670’s by François de Trevegat, and which according to the texts communicates with No 13. No doubt at the same time, a staircase common to the two houses was built on the site of the posterior courtyard of No 15, replacing the stairs of the two dwellings mentioned in the archives as well as a perpendicular body flanked against the facade.of the main building on the street. The house was restored in 1964. On the street front, we can see the traces of the old windows on a few posts.

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Another nice one and recorded by the city of Vannes is at No 10 Rue Saint-Salomon .This house built in 1560 for Jehan Foliart, according to the inscription made in the wood of the high sand pit of the ground floor, The site is occupied in the rentier of the ducal domain 1455-1458 by a group of 4 houses which extend from the No 16 to this place and it is undoubtedly in the place of this last house that the current house is rebuilt in the 16C. The house is doubled in the 18C by a later body built on a part of the courtyard mentioned in the reform in 1677. It is probable that the openings of the facade on the street were repeated at the same time. Skylights were added to the roof at the end of the 19C. In the 20C, the expansion of the stores led to the disappearance of the lean-to house on the fence wall visible on the 1844 cadastre and the entire courtyard coverage at ground floor level. This house was built in two parts; the first on the street level shows a timber-framed facade developing over 2 square floors with a stone base, of which are preserved in the center two columns with capitals bordering the entrance the frame is stiffened by Saint-André crosses or fern strands . This structure shows repetitions at the level of the current openings having replaced small windows which ran on the facade before transformation and which were supported by small crosses of Saint-André, The second part which doubles the first body to the north houses the cage axial staircase and two side pieces of unequal dimensions. The staircase is in wood, with dayless returns with a baluster banister. The north facade is built in stone, plastered with segmental arched windows.

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The city of Vannes on the No 10 Rue Saint Salomon househttps://www.mairie-vannes.fr/vannesdecouverte/histoire-et-patrimoine/qr-patrimoine/maison-10-rue-saint-salomon-en-detail/

There you go folks, another dandy spot from my beautiful capital city of Vannes or Gwened in Breton language. You will love it walking here with its cobblestones, half-timbered houses and wonderful shops; a delight. Hope you enjoy the Rue Saint Salomon as I

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December 7, 2021

The Préfecture of the Morbihan in Vannes!

Well I needed to have this one in, sure not a tourist destination but for folks living in France its a must. I had mentioned it briefly in several posts but feel one on its own is most deserving. Let me tell you a bit more on the Préfecture of the Morbihan in Vannes! The administration government house.

The Préfecture of the Morbihan is an administrative building located in Vannes, capital of the department 56 of Morbihan. It accommodates the prefect and the prefecture services.

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The préfécture or regional government building at Rue Alain le Grand or entrance by 10 Place du Général de Gaulle is for official events only as the administrative part is elsewhere in city center behind the post office and next to the courthouse so at 24 Place de la République (the one folks like me go to). The official préfecture was inaugurated in 1865, this prestigious building is built on the site of a former convent. A large park surrounds this U-shaped building. On the pediment, a bas relief shows two important figures in the history of Brittany: Nominoë and Alain Barbetorte, as well as the imperial eagle and the arrival of the railway at Vannes in 1862.

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The Préfecture of the Morbihan is surrounded by a five hectare park. Most of it consists of an English garden designed in 1862 by Louis-Sulpice Varé, landscape architect from Paris, author of the Bois de Boulogne. Placed below the archives wing, a 5,000 m2 French-style garden was re-designed in 1975. The winter garden created around the years 1880-1890, this piece echoes the English gardens designed in 1862 by Louis-Sulpice Varé.

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In June 1940, the Nazis settled there. On July 22, 1945, General De Gaulle held an audience in the council deliberations room. This room was refurbished and decorated by Bompard, painter of the navy, for the visit of the King of Cambodia in 1948. The building has a floor surmounted by a mansard roof. Its central, raised part is cushioned by a rounded pediment where the imperial eagle and two armed figures are carved (Nominoë and Alain Barbe-Torte, hero of Breton independence). A bull’s-eye lights up the dome above the central pavilion. Two wings frame the main courtyard. An arched passage, fitted out under the left pavilion, leads to the outbuildings. The ground floor of the main building is reserved for ceremonial rooms. In the wings are the offices and apartments of the Secretary General. The park was designed by the English landscape designer John Wallen from 1863 to 1865. In 1920, a granite building intended for the departmental archives completed the ensemble.

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The official Préfecture of the Morbihan contact infohttps://www.morbihan.gouv.fr/Outils/Horaires-et-coordonnees

The city of Vannes on the préfecturehttps://www.mairie-vannes.fr/vannesdecouverte/histoire-et-patrimoine/qr-patrimoine/la-prefecture-en-detail/

There you go folks , a building I only go to renew my Dad residency card as an American retiree. Well, I am planning to change car and will need a new registration that need to ask there but all this now is done online and you go for pickup the originals only. Better to stay away as much as possible from French administration, they have been horror stories and we have been lucky to cruise on it since 2003. The building worth a look and the gardens are to visit with permission. The area is near the ramparts and lovely spot to walk around indeed. We always parked by the ramparts area when around here, and at the parking République when getting our original residency card for Dad. Hope you find it interesting

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December 7, 2021

Chapelle de la Manoir de Larmor of Vannes!

And here I am again, finding gems from my capital city of Vannes which had just briefly mentioned in my blog, but feels, they need a post of their own. These are monument full of history and great architecture foundations to make worth the detour while in town. This time will tell you a bit more on the Chapelle de la Manoir de Larmor of Vannes! Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Chapelle de la Manoir de Larmor is on the edge of Avenue René de Kerviler just coming out of the Tunnel de Kérino direction Séné. This half-cut chapel dates from the 16C and, long abandoned, was recently restored. The stone pinnacle dates from the 17C. The upper floor has retained a 17C skylight The chapel has 2 entries. One access by the gable under the pinnacle from the manor and a lateral access for the neighbors, used even during the French revolution, Its canted sides is surmounted by a 17C bell tower.

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The manoir de Larmor or mansion is first written on in 1513 and was last known to be reformed in 1536 while belogning to the Lord of Talhouet, It is located rue Larmor-Gwened, this manor house is in the middle of a large enclosure. Its origin dates back to the 14C. There are architectural elements dating from the 16-17C. Its 16C chapel is clearly visible from avenue René-de-Kerviler. It occupies a corner of the manor of Larmor whose enclosure of the domain is fully walled. Seat of a former 15C lordship and successive family property. Its enclosure walled on all sides is occupied in a corner by a small chapel

You can see the stele to Gérard Verdeau , founder of the Association Breiz Santel , Founded on April 16, 1952 in Vannes the association and the review “Breiz Santel” (Brittany Sainte) to safeguard and protect the religious heritage of Brittany.  By creating this association, he was able, and others after him, to save hundreds of chapels, crosses, fountains from ruin and oblivion, and to raise awareness in the towns of the treasures buried in the thickets. Their webpage : https://breizsantel.fr/historique/

Not much info on it on the web but you can get more by contacting the city of Vannes tourist office: https://www.mairie-vannes.fr/vannesdecouverte/tourisme/office-du-tourisme/

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on discoveries of Vanneshttps://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/explorer-vannes/activites-vannes/randonnee-pedestre/balades-urbaines-vannes/

There you go folks, an off the beaten path nice piece of history of my Vannes. You are better to see it with a car but by bike or walking is doable as the Kerino tunnel have bike and pedestrians pathways! go direction Séné and the Chapelle de la Manoir de Larmor is on your right hand side once out of the tunnel. Hope you enjoy it as I

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December 6, 2021

Chapelle Sainte Catherine of Vannes!

And here is another find in our walks in our capital ,and former worked city of Vannes! It is a beautiful town still in the off the beaten paths routes by many visitors, but its architecture and history is second to none in Bretagne. It is the capital city of the beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne in my belle France! 

I have written plenty on Vannes, but never enough. I briefly mentioned the Chapelle Sainte Catherine but need a post of its own me think. Therefore, here is a bit more on it. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Chapelle Sainte Catherine Chapel renovated in 1848, also called Chapelle de la Congregation is next to the Church Saint-Patern (see post). It is accessed by a staircase with several steps. On the facade a statue of the Virgin Mary, recalls that this chapel was formerly called Chapelle Notre-Dame . On the ledge, located below the small rose window, an attentive eye can discern an inscription in the Breton language “Congregation en dud Yaouank” which means “congregation of young people.” Today fitted out for parish needs, this small chapel is used for Mass on weekdays and evenings of prayer and adoration.

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The Chapelle Sainte Catherine is rectangular in its layout, and endowed with a single nave with a chancel ending in a semicircular apse, the chapel is built in stripped rubble stone with a freestone base. The elevation is crowned with a pediment, pierced with an oculus. Bell tower on the roof. The bays and the door are in a semicircular arch, surmounted by a limestone entablature. Neoclassical interior decor.

The parish of St Patern on the Chapelle Ste Catherinehttp://www.stpatern-vannes.fr/paroisse-saint-patern-vannes/les,chapelles,de,la,paroisses-la,chapelle,sainte,catherine-21.php

The city of Vannes on its heritagehttps://www.mairie-vannes.fr/histoire-et-patrimoine/

There you go folks, another dandy architectural and historical monument of my Vannes. And this is right in the St Patern district ,the oldest in Vannes with its oldest church see my posts on it. A great walkable area and we love it, we go for lunch by there often. Hope you enjoy the post and do visit.

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December 6, 2021

Chapelle des Ursulines of Vannes!!

And here is another find in my capital city of Vannes that have been left out but should be in my blog. These have been great finds on my capital city, and there is always more in my lovely Bretagne and belle France. Let me tell you a bit more on the Chapelle des Ursulines of Vannes, now part of a school!

The Chapelle des Ursulines or Chapelle de la Sainte Famille (Ursulines chapel or Holy Family chapel), formerly dedicated to Roman Catholic worship, located in my capital city of Vannes , and in my beautiful Morbihan. The chapel is located at 3 rue Thiers, within the walls of the Collège-Lycée Saint-François-Xavier or Saint-François-Xavier Middle School-High School.

The chapel, placed under the name of the Holy Family, was built between 1688 and 1690 to serve the Ursuline convent. This convent was built between 1627 and 1670 to accommodate a community of nuns from Tréguier. The convent, except the chapel and the sacristy, is sold in the French revolucion, The later bishop of Vannes, erects an oratory in the chapel in 1802 (upon the concordat given back religious buildings in France).  It became the property of the Jesuits around 1850, and following the construction around 1870 of a new larger chapel to house the students of the school, The Ursuline chapel was divided in height by a floor and transformed into a library and study room. Of the convent, burnt in 1949 and largely rebuilt, only this chapel remains, transformed into a library on two levels as above. Only the facade has retained its aspect of the 17C. The facade of the chapel is built in granite, for its lower part, and in tufa, for its upper part. The facade bears the Latin inscription Sacrae Familiae, 1690, confirming its dedication and year of construction.

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A bit on the Middle and High School tell us that this is Catholic secondary and higher education establishment, founded by the Jesuits in 1850, it takes up the Jesuit pedagogical tradition of the former Saint-Yves middle school (see chapel post) founded in the 17C from which the Jesuits had been expelled in 1763. Converted into a hospital during the Great War or WWI, it was rebuilt after a fire on Sunday May 29, 1949. The Saint-François-Xavier Middle-High school in Vannes, with the Cordeliers de Dinan, the Saints-Anges de Pontivy, the Likes de Quimper, Saint-Stanislas de Nantes and the Saint-Malo Institution can claim to be part of the group of six historic private high schools in Brittany.

Some of its illustrious alumni are Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the National Front political party; Auguste de Villiers de L’Isle-Adam,a writer, Auguste Brizeux, romantic poet, Jacques Jacquesson, atomist engineer craftsman of the first French atomic bomb, Jean Robieux, physicist, pioneer of nuclear fusion by laser ,and René Kerviler, engineer, archaeologist and bibliographer.

The official Saint François-Xavier Middle/High School on its history: http://www.saint-francois-xavier.fr/Histoire_3

The city of Vannes on the history of chapel/schoolhttps://www.mairie-vannes.fr/vannesdecouverte/histoire-et-patrimoine/qr-patrimoine/college-saint-francois-xavier-et-chapelle-de-la-sainte-famille-en-detail/

There you go folks, another dandy wonderful architecturally and historical monument of my dear Vannes. You can see the chapel from the outside and upon request from the school you may see the inside. The Chapelle des Ursulines its better known name is very nice indeed. Hope you enjoy the post as I

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December 6, 2021

Chapelle St Yves of Vannes!

Well here is another find in my vault of my blog. Of course, no excuses as I past by it every week at least, and have taken pictures of the city hall and college with brief mentioned in previous posts. However, I have left telling you about this nice historical monument of my capital city of Vannes. Therefore, this is time to remedy the omission and tell you a bit more on the Chapelle St Yves of Vannes!

The Chapelle Saint-Yves Chapel is in the heart of the city of Vannes in my beautiful Morbihan. Built in the 17C as the church of the Jesuit college which is immediately adjacent to it, The Saint Yves Chapel is located on Place Maurice-Marchais. It is adjacent to the Collége Jules-Simon (middle school), a former Jesuit college, across the street to the city/town hall of Vannes.

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The first college in Vannes, with a first Saint-Yves Chapel, was built in 1577. In 1629-1630, the college and its chapel were entrusted to the Jesuits. The chapel was restored in 1616 before being rebuilt from 1661 to 1685 with the financial assistance of Catherine de Francheville.(see post mansion), The Saint-Yves Chapel, built in a spirit of austerity, is inspired by Italian Baroque models and representative of the Jesuit style of the time. It was built at a time when the city experienced an important religious boom with the installation of many communities and the construction of convents, retirement homes or chapels.

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Built in white stones, the Saint-Yves Chapel is built on a granite base. The two levels of the chapel are topped with a high pediment, in which is engraved the traditional Jesuit monogram IHS (Jesus Hominum Salvator). The volumes of this chapel are simple, a single nave, a reduced choir. making of an altarpiece in 1684 , This altarpiece with black marble columns with Corinthian capitals has wings, the niches of which are furnished with two statues. The painting at the heart of the altarpiece is dedicated to the triumph of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The sculptured elements of the facade of the chapel: above the bay of the second level there is an effigy of the Virgin of Bethlehem in a medallion; in the center of the top pediment is the IHS monogram with the cross and the Sacred Heart, inscribed in a circle on each side of which are hung two garlands of plants.

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In 1991, the St Yves Chapel was to be closed to the public for security reasons. Unoccupied, its general condition deteriorates over the years. In 2021, the chapel benefits from a major restoration campaign which should be done by January 2022, The exterior lighting, on the other hand, and the lighting of the chapel should be done in early December 2021 when the City’s illuminations are launched for the end of the year celebrations.

The city of Vannes on the Chapelle St Yves and renovationhttps://www.mairie-vannes.fr/vannesdecouverte/histoire-et-patrimoine/mecenat-restauration-de-la-chapelle-saint-yves/ 

There you go folks, a dandy monument in my Vannes. It always made an impression on me passing by and looking forward to it full restoration to see the inside. The Chapelle St Yves is nice and the whole town/area is waiting for it. Another wonderful spot in the city, and great walk area as well as the entrance to the old town section full of shops and restos/bars! Hope you have enjoy the post as I

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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December 5, 2021

The Japanim of Vannes, mangas anyone?

Ok so this will put in my blog but is strickly my boys domain! They read the blog as this is our family history. We have come here since store was around about 2012 and continue now into the bigger new store in our capital city of Vannes.  

We have come here for many years , and enjoy it very much. One of the places the whole family took part with the boys who listen to videos in Japanese! . Needless to tell you again, many posts on this city. However, briefly mentioned the store and is time to showcase it in one post. Therefore, here is my small contribution to the Japanim store of Vannes!

The Japanim store was at 14 bis rue Emilie Burgault for several years, but it has grown and the space was very tight, Now they move to 3 Place Joseph le Brix.  My boys have gone to the new store already as they are regular customers,,,, and today was my turn to visit and pay all those Christmas gifts lol !! Pic below my boys and Dad going in!!!

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Japanim, 3 Place Joseph-Le Brix in Vannes. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10h  to 12h30 and 13h30 to 19h.

Japanim quadruple its surface by moving to rue Joseph-Le Brix. It offers 12,800 mangas. A literary genre booming since confinement. It’s a low-key bookstore that only manga fans know about. Established rue Burgault since 2001, Japanim has just left its 23 m2 premises to move into a former 80 m2 clothing store, rue Joseph-Le Brix, in front of Monoprix (see post).

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Of the six stores opened by Julien Pelletier (owner)  in the west of France ,from Saint-Brieuc to Nantes, via Rennes, Vannes is one of the most profitable per square meter. The Japanim network has adapted and offers sections dedicated to adults (seinen) and teenagers (shōnen). Julien Pelletier intends to organize, in the coming months, dedications, in particular with French authors. “We can touch them more than the Japanese. There are currently a dozen of them working well, including Tony Valente, who has already been to Vannes and a series of which has been adapted in Japan. “

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The old store was tight hardly a place to move about, a bazaar really. This new store is great, spacious, and loaded no need to search inventory for a manga , most are on display complete! The service is great as my boys are known there with the manager, of course! I was there today for their chosen Christmas gifts, I left ruin but happy! Their mom Martine would have been proud of spending money today so do I. I am blessed with wonderful good young men, 3 of them!!

Are you into mangas? if do you need to come to this store while in the area. The service and selection is excellent. Japanim of Vannes that is…

Manga lovers will be delighted thanks to Japanim, a Breton chain of bookstores exclusively specialized in manga and other Asian comics (20th Century Boys, Brothers, Naruto, YuGiOh, Cantarella …). You will also find artbooks, VHS and DVD animations as well as goodies. Japanim applies the 5% discount that the Lang Law allows on all items through a loyalty card.

Their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JapanimVannes/

There you go folks, a nice setup store, friendly knowledgeable staff, and a great location in old town Vannes. A killer combination that even I will not hesitate to go again; just hope not buying again lol! This is Japanim, the manga king. Hope you enjoy it as I

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!

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December 5, 2021

The Monoprix of Vannes!

Well this is one classic department store came to meet in Paris and was lucky to have one in Versailles ! As we moved west to the coast in the Morbihan dept 56 our capital city where I worked is Vannes. Therefore, on my run with collègues came to see it again in old town Vannes and voilà, the rest is history for us at Monoprix of Vannes!

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We have come here for many years , do not recall exactly but must have been since 2011 or 2012 and enjoy it very much. One of the places the whole family took part for our misc shopping spree while enjoying the quant medieval ambiance around it in  Vannes. Needless to tell you again, many posts on this city. However, briefly mentioned the store and is time to showcase it in one post. Therefore, here is my small contribution to the Monoprix of  Vannes!

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The Monoprix store of Vannes located at Place Joseph le Brix, is open Monday to Saturday from 9h to 19h and Sunday from 9h30 to 12h30. The largest store of ​​Vannes ,when it was inaugurated in March 1967, it has kept a special place in the city center. the modest Utyl at the bottom of the rue du Mené, it is partly to her that we owe the creation of the Monoprix on the land which until then housed the community of Le Mené and their chapel Notre-Dame-du-Mené. The nuns wanted to sell, and voilà.  On the day of the inauguration, the whole of Vannes was present and discovers with wide eyes the 6,000 m2 of the immense building and its 1,800 m2 of shelves on two levels.

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Created in 1932 in the context of the crisis of the 1930s, the first Monoprix store opened on the initiative of Max Heilbronn, a French resistance fighter. Its goal was to offer the population a store at a low price. The concept was very popular and the Monoprix stores quickly spread across France. Today, more than 200 French cities have it, and the brand also has more than 80 stores in other countries in Europe, Africa and Asia.

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But if the concept was at the base of offering articles at reduced prices, the brand decided to change its positioning in the early 2000s. Indeed, to face the competition, the idea was to embark on offering more upscale products. Despite this radical change of position, success was evident. There are therefore currently very good quality products, especially those of the brand’s , in fact, Monoprix has its own food, cosmetic, textile and cleaning brands.

The official Monoprix on the Vannes storehttps://www.monoprix.fr/monoprix-vannes-vannes-56000-s/47.6597931830647,-2.75709876453306/%20%2056000%20%20VANNES

There you go folks, a by now familiar landscape while shopping in France. The Monoprix of Vannes is nice and already overcrowded but a nice underground parking too! We come here once in a while still, and we remember my dear late wife Martine love it!! Hope you too and do come visit, the area around it is awesome for walks and shopping/eating.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!!

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