Pontivy or Napoleonville country Morbihan

I had a busy day today not at work, rest day ,but between helping my father with his immigration papers (he is here as carte de séjour visiteur), and picking my son in school , at the end turn out  more busy than if stay at work. Even thus ,work always bothers you even on vacation thanks to today’s company mobile phone lol!!!

Well our famous Napoléon Ier wanted to give this time more notoriety n central Brittany, at the time with only 3000 inhabitants . The idea during peace a center of great commerce and during war a military important stronghold.  From the year brumaire XII or November 9, 1804 it received the name of Napoléonville.  All is arranged to make this a model city with new architecture whereby the first stone was put on August 12 1807 in his presence.  It had large avenues and beautiful gardens,and many streets were name on imperial figures . An imperial high school or secondary school was created in 1808 , the the 3rd high school in Brittany after those of Rennes and Nantes This school recruits from the area of Morbihan and  Finistére .  The district of the cavalry was finished in 1811, the house of detention in 1813,the mayor’s office in 1834, the department government building in  1839 , and the justice building in 1846.  With the monumental buildings which responds to the huge bourgeoises mansions.

The town ask to be called Bourbonville after the first Restauration  1814-1815, and takes the name of Pontivy after the return of king Louis XVIII ,later it comes back to be called « Napoléonville » under Napoléon III. From  1870 the town regained the current name of Pontivy. Which of course in Breton is Pondi.

This site tells you all about the region pays de Pontivy or Bro Pondi (breton), http://www.pays-pontivy.fr/ at the city page you can find many tourist info in French, http://www.pontivy.fr/patrimoine/  Just to know the river Blavet passing thru the valley of Blavet is whre the Canal Nantes Brest passes thru making it a nice city with a river just like Paris ::)

We had a wonderful lunch at resto Le Martray, pl du Martray on 32 rue du Pont, just so good we book for next weekend again. fish in crustacean sauce, bavette or steak in poivre sauce, half bottle of muscadet white wine, ile flottante dessert, coffees, and apero like porto red all for about 21 euros per person, and the service like at home. http://www.morbihan.com/le-martray/pontivy/tabid/7419/offreid/45c54944-5466-430d-8180-edb68d760100/detail-restaurants.aspx

Come see this picturesque town, and others like Baud passing by on my way to Pontivy on the D768 road. Enjoy your weekend everyone !!!

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