Sainte Anne d’Auray, Pluneret,and Le Bono…Morbihan alive!!!

A typical Sunday here is to get on the car and ride the beautiful spots around the Morbihan. The do not stop showing me wonderful places to see ,and come back for more.

This morning went to show my twins where the new bus line and new school will drop them off starting tomorrow. So we visit the sanctuary _city of Sainte Anne d’Auray. I have done other entries on this city, but in short, it is the center of Breton religious fervor, Ste Anne in bliblical terms is the mother of Mary, grandmother of Jesus Christ, and the patron saint of Brittany or Bretagne or Breizh.

The town is totally her, from a wonderful ,magnificent basilica to arch stairs with beautiful stained glass, to statues of her, and memories of the visit of Pope Jean Paul II in 1996. You will see monument to the fallen and the parishes of all Breton departements. You will see monasteries and houses for the elderly run by nuns, and a nice small quaint city center with good crepes/galettes to eat. I had info on my previous post here. For now, more webpage here of the city of Sainte Anne d’Auray in English, although more info is in French, http://sainte-anne-auray.net/spip.php?article87 ,and the Auray area tourist office webpage http://www.auray-tourisme.com/sanctuaire-de-ste-anne-d-auray/ste-anne-d-auray/tabid/8277/offreid/f1e991cc-aa34-4c2d-9cb9-b2d41c877b32/detail.aspx#

We went on to nearby Pluneret, a nice town, typical of the region, with a beautiful church of Saint Pierre and Saint Paul, 19C on the spot replacing an older church from the 11C. It is right in the center of town, a great stop for lunch overlooking the grand church is forthcoming, no tourism just the Mayor’s office webpage on tourisme in French http://www.pluneret.fr/cartographie.php

We finish our balade par voiture, in the wonderful harbor town of Le Bono, very near me, and just wonderful. I have heard of it by collegues but this was the first time here, so close, so beautiful and just saw it today lol! The modern bridge Joseph le Brix (an aviator born in nearby Baden) has 320 meters total lenght done to connect the circular Auray to Vannes. http://www.lebono.fr/accueil/decouverte/patrimoine/nouveau-pont-joseph-le-brix/var/lang/FR/rub/3155/textes/3600.html  However, the beauty is beneath it!!!! Just a lovely ria or inland bay river of du Bono, with green phospherus waters and lovely sailboats. It takes you out into the Gulf of Morbihan. You come into the Port area, lovely quaint, fisherman paradise, more lovely sailboats,and a nice city center bar Le Petit Mousse to have a light lunch while gulping some Grimbergens ::) beers.

Here you get to see boating par excellence including the beautiful black boat taken out on special occassions and historical,call the Forban du Bono “Notre Dame de Béquerel”, a replica of a chaloupe type boat from 1910 ,and rebuilt to identical in 1991.  The boat has an association for its preservation and can contact them events, http://forbandubono.free.fr/ , and many interesting maritime info on the right column in black.

There is an older bridge from 1835 that was approved for construction by king Louis Philippe in 1837, to cover the ria du Bono, its stil there for pedestrian use. This is the suspended bridge. For those into sailings there is a great event here call Route de l’Amitie or the route of friendship that will end here in Le Bono in August 2013. More in English here http://www.routeamitie.fr/e_index.html

For those who enjoy long walks there is a circuit of 7,4 kms in French but if interested google or other similar can translate totally.  It has a map and the trip begins from the harbor or Port area, webpage http://www.lebono.fr/accueil/decouverte/sentiers-cotiers/circuit-des-deux-rivieres/var/lang/FR/rub/3471/textes/3624.html

I past by it for the only decent hotel in the area but it looks lovely,and overlooks the ria or river harbor of du Bono, Hotel Restaurant Alicia, Rue du Général de Gaulle, email contact hotelalicia@orange.fr and webpage in English here http://www.hotel-alicia.com/indexen.html

However, you have plenty of tourist rentals or B&B here ,http://www.lebono.fr/accueil/decouverte/hebergement/locations-/var/lang/FR/rub/4679.html  For those looking to come in with their boat or go boating info on the harbor is here with contact email on below right of city webpage http://www.lebono.fr/accueil/portmouillages/le-port/var/lang/FR/rub/3474.html

Bus service is limited but available on line 6 from the departement Morbihan TIM lines from Vannes and Auray cities, and from line 13 of the TPV Vannes line. The train is at Auray or Vannes, then bus or taxi to Le Bono. Best is the car off expressway N165 exit D101 . In all a wonderful place to visit, and I am sure we will be back. Some photos for now, cheers,and happy Sunday of Palms.

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