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December 2, 2012

My travels on the Breton Morbihan….et finistére

BelzLocoal MendonLocoal MendonBelzLocoal MendonLandevantPlouhinecSt CadoSt CadoSt CadoSt CadoSt CadoAfter a well deserve rest from my trip to Asia I set out today to see something old and something new of my new home in the Morbihan dept 56. The day was a bit gray, cold and some drizzles of rain on and off, but by now we are adjusted lol!!!

We drove on the D19 into Landaul, landevant, Locoal Mendon, Plounihec, Etel, Saint Cado isle, and Belz. All wonderful places just had been before to Etel the rest were new finds…At the end we rush to our Quimperlé arriving almost 14H and convince the owners of the Créperie du Pont Fleurie to allow us to eat,and it was great as usual.

The créperie du Pont Fleurie is at 5 Rue Ellé  29300 Quimperlé, just behind the roman church of Ste Croix. the webpage for the Finistére dept has info at the bottom of the page in French, http://www.quimperletourisme.com/index.php?page=restaurant&cat=restaurant . We had quatre fromages, orientale(chorizos), chévre or goat cheese, galette complet ham and cheese ,two, a liter 100 ml of rosé wine, desserts as coupe bretonne 3 (breton whisky and caramel ice cream) banana splits 2, coffee for five persons total was 96.60€

The sights were many chapels and churches of old in those towns, and very nice war memorials. The museum of tuna boats or Musée Thoniers of course was closed but been there and it is nice ,this is in Etel. The webpage is at http://www.museedesthoniers.fr/ . Then , we went into the island or isle of Saint Cado. A priest who came from Wales and settled in the area spreading the gospel, well it stuck, with British tourists and all today. The calvary was nice as well as the bridge over the harbor to connect to the isle of St Cado around the nice harbor.

The story of this isle is as short as this, St Cado was a son of a prince of  Glamorgan in Wales, he later was founder and abbey of the grand monastery of  Lancarvan (Llancarfan in Great Britain, region of Cambria), Saint Cado  came to the armorique area (today Brittany) by between the 5C and 7C. He came to find his compatriots chase by the Saxon invasion and lived on the isle in the ria of Etel that today carry his name. He built an oratory, founds a monastery, and dedicates his life to the evangelism of the region. He was at the origin of the construction of the pont road of 100 meters that link the isle to the mainland ,which today you can walk on it.  Only the residents can drive a car in the isle.

The tourist offices for the above towns are to follow, needless to say the best way to move in Brittany and on these small towns especially ,is the car, automobile.

Landevant, http://www.landevant.fr/landevant.php?catp=culture&IDpage=78

Landaul refer to the one above . Locoal Mendon, http://www.locoal-mendon.fr/patrimoine-de-la-commune-p-14.html

Belz, http://www.mairie-belz.fr/tourisme,11.html , Plouhinec, http://www.plouhinec-tourisme.com/decouverte-plages-ports-plouhinec

Saint Cado isle, from the Brittany tourist office, http://www.tourismebretagne.com/decouvrir/sites-insolites/saint-cado-et-la-ria-d-etel  .Given info on the other towns as well. A site for the communities of the ria of etel that includes some of the above towns , http://www.ria-etel.com/pages/FR/tourisme-ria-etel/tourisme-ria-etel.html

Etel dedicated tourist webpage http://www.etel-tourisme.com/, all of this in the Morbihan, webpage of tourist office in English at http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/

Not to forget the Quimperlé is in dept Finistére or No 29 here  http://www.quimperletourisme.com

Happy Sunday everyone, cheers.

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December 1, 2012

A different trip to Asia

Well this was a different trip not expected but had to do it for work and in the process saw two new countries to my list of 76 now its 78!!!

It was supposed to be a quick trip but it went a bit longer due to the travel distance and the changes of airplanes. I arrive there on Air France to Singapore Chiangi airport , very nice airport. However, a bit plastic it seems I was back in the USA.  I once again saw KFC, Burger King McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Quiznos (try them again) etc there with a hotel Crown Plaza (too expensive at 457 SDollars). The webpage for the airport is at http://www.changiairport.com/

I instead went out pass immigration to stay at Ibis Hotel Novena, for 268 SDollars; indeed expensive little island you can cross in less than an hour. webpage here http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-7451-ibis-singapore-novena/index.shtml  The city rides by taxi were nice, but definitevely needs to have more time to see the tourist areas of Sentosa, the flyer, jewel box,tiger brewery tour etc; pershaps another time. The place does look very clean,and very friendly people.

While at the aiport I needed to try one of my old favorites from the States ,the Quiznos sandwich shop, and it was as usual very good. Its right in T3.

I then move on to Vietnam, after clearing some passport issues and getting the flight change ,took on Vietnam Airlines to Ho Chi Minh City (old Saigon), never in my mind did I imagine visiting here but business does has its turns.  The airport is smaller less plastic, and clean, the people very friendly again. the webpage is at http://www.hochiminhcityairport.com/ This was a round trip to go back home from Singapore.

Here I stayed at the Grand Silverland Hotel & Spa, on District I, a very nice old world hotel with all amenities and right in the buzzle of the city, close to many attractions that due to the business nature of the trip could not see this time. The webpage for the hotel is at http://tanhailonghotel.com.vn/grandsilverlandhotel/

I had my apero at the Hogs Breath Cafe,  with a nice tiger beer in the terrace outside, with the world passing by, and good friends, the webpage is here http://www.hogsbreathcafe.com.vn/  ,we move on for dinner at the colonial very nice and friendly (they serve all for us on the plate) at Qua nhà hàng ngon restaurant, with an array of noodle dishes very hard to remember their names lol!!! webpage http://www.nhahangquangon.com/en/

In all a very nice introduction to two new countries, and ones that will keep on my list to return with more time and more surprises. The trip is looong and tiring thus, need to have better timing next time too. Enjoy the weekend everyone ,cheers.

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