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October 5, 2011

Auray, quaint,historical,and medieval

I am back in my backyard as I live just 11 kms from this wonderful town, seat of my area for citizen services. I love the area of Saint Goustan, very historical and quaint river front area.

The city has a good train station with direct service to Paris Montparnasse on TGV, and bus connection to nearby towns, an Avis rental car counter ,and 3 taxi companies. From the train station to ST Goustan is about 20 mins walking leasurely.

It has several chapels or small churches,  and very old medieval streets full of commerce activity and souvenirs galore. The food and drink area is well serve, including some historical eating places that the name cannot be change to protect history.

Outiside is the monument to Cadoudal the great General who led the Chuans or farmers in the area in their revolt against the French revolution remaining royal and Catholic until the end.

However, the best part of all is going down to St Goustan, the district just bordering the river Loch, that eventually ends in the Gulf of morbihan (Unesco World heritage site). This area is where Benjamin FRanklin came in 1776 to seek support from the French king  for the news nation of the U S A. And he got it !!! Beginning the oldest continous alliance in the world between the two countries that is to this day even with some distractions.

You can sleep where he did and eat where he did at ST Goustan relais Franklin and Bar Franklin, even the street is name after him Quai Franklin. Tourist info can be found here

The department tourist info can be found here  and the region of Brittany or Bretagne here

There  is a nice inexpensive hotel by the train station or gare d’Auray call the Hotel Terminus; webpage also in city center there is the fine Celtic at and the wonderful historical near the cathedral the Cadoudal at

For eating go to my favorites La Fromentine, just on rue chateau coming down from city center to st Goustan area, hilly street steep going down to river but worth it, no web but tel +33 (0)2 97 29 18 29 .L’Armoric is all in one pizza, resto, bar at pl Saint SAuveur on the river bank just after the old stone bridge, no web but tel +33 (0) 2 97 24 10 36, and the famous Bar Franklin on the same pl St Sauveur  facing the plaza no web but tel +33  (0)2 97 56 65 56. And finally the Relais Franklin, along the quai Franklin facing the river Loch no web but tel +33 02 97 59 32 98.

You have great Italian ices and churros at L’Igloo just after the stone bridge going down to St Goustan, and a nice souvenir store, then up the road rue de Chateau you have antique, arts shops, souvenirs ,until you reach the top of the hill and enter into the city center of Auray.

In all  you will have a very good time here, for bigger shopping you can go to nearby Porte Océane which along the N165 road with Super U,Leclerc hypermarket, and many other stores including the Comptoir de la >Mer with all kinds of fishing and seafaring stuff.

Have a great time in my backyard and details let me know. Some of my latest photos to follow,enjoy them.

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