My wonders of Auray,nice town in the Morbihan

Today Sunday is my last day before going back to work tomorrow after a 3 weeks vacation which was mostly a rest period with the moving and paperwork changes. So we stay in town of Auray, and welcome the opportunity to finally meet a friend from the travel forums that was visiting the area.

In the morning I took my father for a walk of town and gave me another opportunity to take some pictures of Auray. Many times one reads of travel posts from visitors and we dont find the time to write or take pictures of our own town. So I do ,will take pictures of my town.

We headed straight for the parking of Keriolet as my father cant walk too much.

We did the tour around pl de la republique taking a shot of a wonderful little fountain at pl des roues, and going over to the chapelle Eternelle, then we took the car to go over the local municipal pool, the mediathéque or library, and nearby the chapelle Saint Esprit. This last one was not open due for an exihibition.

We went by some of our favorite stores so will let you know where to do some shopping here.

Sacmania, for all your bag,wallets, belts etc needs nice store good brands local like hexagona, local store at 3 Rue du Lait , webpage http://www.sacmania.com/

Charcuterie and take home food at the best quality at Eveno, 28 rue Barré, tourist office listing at http://www.auray-tourisme.com/charcuterie-rotisserie-eveno/auray/tabid/8284/offreid/d56c151c-3897-42db-a532-d271f70d2b8a/detail.aspx

Créperie St Michel,  great crepes and galettes in upper city center at 33 Rue du Belzic, webpage Auray tourist page   http://www.auray-tourisme.com/creperie-saint-michel/auray/tabid/8269/offreid/8b4cc1a1-abb8-4b73-acd4-1150fb3984fb/detail.aspx

Créperie Korrigane, 15 rue du Belzic, Auray tourist office listing at http://www.auray-tourisme.com/creperie-la-korrygane/auray/tabid/8269/offreid/1fb16b75-a8e6-4eb1-bb49-a8b37a36d0a9/detail.aspx

My clothing store MCS at  60 pl de la republique city center,tel +33 02 97 37 74 39 just behind the hotel de ville or mayor’s office.

Supermarché Sparr, grocery store for that quick impulse buying or fast need in upper city center 11 rue de Barré, just by parking Keriolet, http://www.spar.fr/proximag.php?mg=_mag&lang=F&mc=_mag&id=C1851

Monoprix, the classic discount store at 11 Rue Maréchal Foch ,webpage for this store, http://www.monoprix.fr/trouver-mon-magasin/monoprix-auray-auray-26.html

Then, you can cruise walking by le bélvedere a nice tree park that goes into stade du loch and you can climb down to the old castle ruins into St Goustan district in low city center. Great games held here. You can walk and see the chapelle du pére  Eternel when in the 17C Franciscans order arrive in town, then the cordeliers, and finally the sisters of the charity of St Louis in 1807, you can visit it in July 7 to September 3rd for free.

One of my favorites but when decided to take photos today it was close for an exhibition that opens later on. I am talking about the Chapelle Saint Esprit,Pl du Four Mollet, with historical facts translated here ” The duke of Brittany Johne II, crowned at Rennes in 1286 appreciated Auray and had built a chapelle du Saint-Sépulcre. It was located at the southeast of the building you see today, and was active still until the 18C housing a tomb chrome of Christ (today at the church of St Gildas). The last mass was held here in 1790,and later under the revolution was use as a military headquarters. IN 1831, it was acquired by the Ministry of War that took the renovation to house the soldiers, the chapel was completely disfigured. She found her original aspect after the renovation in 1994. It houses today each year a exposition of comptemporary arts.” Auray tourism webpage http://www.auray-tourisme.com/chapelle-du-saint-esprit/auray/tabid/8277/offreid/7e87038d-cd73-49e0-a688-32991827b894/detail.aspx

Of course a visit to the church of St Gildas is a must where you can see the tombeau chromowood body of Christ dating from the 1520-1550 period. A wonderful organ( 18C) very much in use with full musical schedule, and a very nice altar in marbre (1657). http://www.auray.fr/culture/patrimoine/les-restaurations/

You can come in summer and enjoy the municipal pool(piscine) and do your lectures year around in the municipal library or mediathéque, by the espace and parking Athéna at Place du Gohlérez , city webpage for library http://www.auray.fr/culture/mediatheque/ and for the pool http://www.auray.fr/?id=1412

Some miscellaneous photos like those from ave du prés Wilson looking towards St Goustan, and last but not least one of my favorite restos in St Goustan Le Bistro du Port at pl St Sauveur, and the meeting point of my friend Yehuda coming from Cuba to visit friends in the area and of course stop by to say hello. A nice first live encounter after many years of internet exchanges and hopefully more often get together from now on. Auray tourist webpage http://www.auray-tourisme.com/le-bistrot-du-port/auray/tabid/8269/offreid/79eed3f7-610b-4fc9-9e63-0c17879ea84b/detail.aspx

Now get ready to go back to work tomorrow,and hopefully will be back to my blog soonest as time will be less but travels will continue. Cheers.

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