Pays d’Auray , my new place in France

Well here I am back and with new photos to share the wonderful world of  France. Today, I will talk a bit about my new area the Pays ‘Auray. Its a agglomaration of several towns into a metropolitan system of cities. The capital and main city is Auray or An Alre in Breton language. Then you have St Anee d’Auray the most important religious site in Brittany as it is the site of the patron saint of Bretagne, Sainte Anne.

The webpage for the pays d’Auray or the metropolitan area with information in French is here (i have it in the towns page ) http://www.auray-tourisme.com/accueil/nos-villes-et-villages.aspx

You can go into each town and find all information to the particular town.

Auray is to start very historical, one Benjamin Franklin landed by sea here at age 70! to try to convince king Louis XVI the support for recognition and credits to the new nation of the United States of America; he got it!!! You can know all about by walking the quai Franklin in the old port district of St Goustan in Auray, an extention of its city center medieval look.

Here at the port, St Goustan ,you will find all good old world accommodation, great boating, and cruise ships to the outer islands, and plenty of cheers and bar,bistros,and restos which especially at dinner time makes you go back in time, romantic, nice, quiet, educated; great for the whole family.

Maindering its cobblestone streets , you will see a plethora of shops typical of the area. You will love to climb the old Chateau d’Auray now in ruins but the climbing gives you a look over the town, the port area and beyond with magnificent views and at night very romantic!

Over to the city center area crossing the old bridge or pont vieux you will come to the Halles, a covered market selling all the goodies of the land and sea. Plenty of  wandering old world streets, and beautiful shops,restos,bars etc. µ
See the Chapelle Eternel ,given to Franciscan friars in the 17C to established a school for girls today its richly preserved. Chapelle Ste Helene, one of the oldest in town chapels. Chapelle du Saint Esprit anothter old chapel of great architectural significance.

Wonderful place de la Republique takes you in center stage to all the above areas;its where the halles or market is located. Going over to walking the street you will see plenty of maisons en bois or woodend houses of old, very nice. Another area is the churches of ST Gildas,and Charles-le-Blois of historical significance, and the memorial to Cadoudal, a peasant chief who fought against the French revolution, his tomb and of thousands of chouans or peasants Bretons are at the memorial of Kerleano, his native home.

The train station here is my public transport contact with the world as it has direct Roissy CDG TGV service as well as thru Montparnasse in Paris. There is an Auraybus service for free from the gare train station to the city center area in summer months, but walking is about 15 mins.

The Franklin was a natural to have some crepes,cider ,and great views at ST Goustan,and be right in American history too nearby plaque attesting to the landing of Benjamin Franklin. address: 21 Place St Sauveur, 56400 Auray tel +33 (0) 2 97 56 65 56

Moving over to the adjacent town of St Anne d’Auray you entered into the religious heart of Britanny, here is their patron saint Ste Anne, the grandmother of Jesus ,and mother of Mary, who appeared to a peasant Yves Nicolazic in around 1623. One of the cities of sanctuary in FRance it welcome Pope John Paul II on September 26 1996 and a plaque and park is name after him.

The basilica of St Anne d’Auray is magnificent, the annual pilgrimage from all over Britanny and beyond is held on July 26 each year. You want to know what is a sanctuary city, then see this site in English http://www.villes-sanctuaires.com/?lang=en

You see here the cloister, the holy stairs, the inside of the basilica, the chapels,the memorial to fallen soldiers of Britanny, the house of Yves Nicolazic, the park of Pope John Paul II, you want to know more about this wonderful place, then see this website http://www.sainteanne-sanctuaire.com/index.html

You have a wonderful wax museum showing the life of peasant Nicolazic and the history of the area all in wax figurines of large sizes, very nice indeed to see a real life picturial of the history here, the admission is 4€ open every day, and Pope John Paul II also was here! its to the right facing the basilica cant missed it, the mayor’s office has wonderful photos of the city here http://sainte-anne-auray.net/spip.php?rubrique32

All around the huge basilica you will have old world accommodation and wonderful restos serving the popular Breton cuisine of crepes and galettes in different palates.  For me so far I have tasted this one and its gooood ! Le Ty plouz : 20, place Nicolazic 56400 Ste Anne d’Auray, Tel +33 (0) 2 97 58 56 61.

And to recap, my village 2000 strong and part of the Auray region, just 6 kms from the train station! and direct access to the N165 main route linking Nantes to Brest and connection to everywhere on the road warrior, the place is name Brech or Brec’h in Breton.  The valley whre the river  Loc’h runs toward the prot at  Saint-Goustan, connects with the river Auray before ending into the Gulf of  Morbihan, and the UNESCO world heritage site. Many chapels of old are here and the Ecomusée de Saint-Dégan , with all the natural beauty of the area and its agricultural past and present. website here   http://www.ecomusee-st-degan.fr/

See ,also, the Moulin de Treuroux or windmill of old at site for more info here  http://moulin-de-treuroux.pagesperso-orange.fr/Le_moulin_de_Treuroux/Le_Moulin_de_Treuroux.html

One of the most beautiful chapels in all of the Morbihan dept is the Chapelle de Saint Quirin in the hamlet of St Guerin near me in Brech. The 16C chapelle Notre Dame de Grâce is another jewel near me. A new chapel in the traditon of old is the one of Notre Dame de la Route, near me in the village of Mané Salut.And the Chartreuse, the historical one as it was built after the battle of Auray in 1364AD that face Jean de Montfort to his cousin and rival Charles de Blois, for the duchy of Brittany.

And if you want to learn the Breton traditional danse then come over for the  festoù-noz (night parties in breton) where the traditional dance puts together all the generations around music and dance bretons.Danses of two or three such as Laridés, Gavottes, Plinn, Fisel, An dro…and even in circles ! You come to the feast of « Les mardis de la Dañs » The tuesdays of the dance at  Brech (Brec’h) every tuesday in july and august at 20h at Park Kreisker and its free!.

Until next time in Bretagne by the Versaillais Pedmar10!!!! Cheers!!!!!!

 

4 Comments to “Pays d’Auray , my new place in France”

  1. I have fond memories of Auray. It must be quite a change for you from Versailles to Auray but then, you’re used to moving around, aren’t you? 🙂

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  2. Te dejé un escrito debajo de ésto,refiriéndome a tu estada en La Trinité du Mer,no sé sí lo verás,de no ser así déjamelo saber y escribo de nuevo.Oscar Perez.

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  3. yes indeed,beautiful area easy to adjust,and i have been adjusting all my life.Piece of cake; the people so far are very nice. best wishes to you

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