Rochefort en Terre, inland Morbihan

Well I continue my week-end travels in and around my area of the Morbihan. Today was a bit cloudy with rain on and off ,so decided to head inland instead of beaches. There is so much to see, and I am just touching the basics for later in depth research and enjoyment.

This morning I was with my boys by Questembert , a nice small town with lots of history and the wonderfully rich Rochefort en Terre. The official tourist webpage is at http://www.rochefortenterre-tourisme.com/

We rode by car off the N165 and got on the D777 later the D775;which you can connect from the N166 as well before reaching Vannes. THere is a train station in Questembert but I would imagine the car is king here.

Questembert has a wonderful Halles or market stalls from the 16C instact as well as a beautiful church of St Pierre, nice walkable streets and flower bunches all around. We just stop here on our way for a quick look.

We headed for our destination at Rochefort en Terre. A medieval town full of quaint cobblestone streets, old homes from the 16-17C, wonderful church from the 12C, and many shops and restos to satisfy everybody. The area is well known for leather and antiques items and there are shops galore about them. Many stores specialising in the local delicacies, and souvenirs from the fairy tales of king Arthur and the figurines and dragons of this leyend abound.

We purchase a dragon by my son and chains with medieval swords on them, very nice and good value at 5_10 euros each. The shop name is Le Lutin Charmeur at the main street and shopping eating street in town. Parking is at the end by the old chapel of ST Michel under the trees and only 2,50 euros for the whole day!!!

Fo lunch we checked into the oldest building serving food in town at Le Cafe Breton, 8 rue du Porche, Tel +33 (0) 2 97 43 32 60. We had a bottle of local cider cave des sangliers, a galette complete with ham and cheese,complete bacon and onions, and the savoyarde with ham,eggs and fresh cream, 3 congolaise crepes with coconut ice cream and malibu rum as well as chocolate, 3 coffees all for 49 Euros for 3 persons. Very nice service too.

The day was a special heritage one in FRance or journée du patrimoine so we took advantage for a free admission to the Chateau de Rochefort en Terre as well as museum ,and an exposition on stone tile cutting as from the 18C. The chateau first residents tells us is from 1118AD, and by 1374 AD was part of the Dukes of Britanny.  After many ownership transfer and destruction after the FRench revolution, it was purchase by American painter, designer, Alfred Klots (born in St Germain en Laye of American parents) in 1911. During WWI, he opened it for the Red Cross to care for American soldiers. He and his son spent their time between the property and Baltimore ,MD,USA until father death in 1939 and son in 1976; the castle is now part of the department or state of Morbihan, and its open to the public with large section of paintings by many American painters who came for a visit even afterword the owners passing. More on the Klots from the Maryland Historical Society, http://www.mdhs.org/findingaid/klots-family-papers-1889-1978-ms-2404

I must, also, add Rochefort-en-Terre is part of the nomination of the Most Beautiful towns in France. As per the webpage in English at http://www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org/en/rochefort-en-terre

So there you have it ,the Morbihan or petite mer or small sea is more than just water, its a beautiful country indeed. Some photos of my incursion there.

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