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September 29, 2013

My travels in the Morbihan ,part VIIII

Well one of  those days in Brittany and the Morbihan no exception. Great weekdays and cloudy rainy weekend. Still grapping with the new house purchase and doing work and planning for more on it. So today Sunday , a cloudy and rainy day was a time to relax in the afternoon at home with a nice dinner of rabbit in mustard sauce with white burgundy wines,créme de cassis for the kir, and plenty of cheeses,and desserts ,home coffee and tea, just grand in our new dining room.

We took rides lately on towns surrounding ours such as Locminé, and Grand Champ, then we took a ride into Camors and Baud plus a nice tour of Pluvigner.  There is much to see here.

It is a huge region with plenty of history from the union of Brittany to France in 1532 to now, and the wars and the revolution against the French revolution that is not mentioned much in official media but its very clear and live here. The religious fervor much more than in other regions of France, the numerous chapels or small churches and grand, and the pardon or processions, the costumes, the dresses, the dance, and the language.

The more we interact with the local Bretons, the more friendly we think of them. Today we had neighbors coming in to help get work done and they brought their cousins for additional help, and giving products with good prices. The friendly welcome in the restaurants and services in town we already use, its very comforting to know we are in a nice area and a great friendly town.

This is Locminé main town’s webpage

and here is Grand Champ, , with the area tourist site of  Landes de  Lanvaux,

Here is Baud, where one of my sons take his bus to go his training aprentice job, ,and the nearer town of Camors,

and down to my own now at Pluvigner ,

You have here the Church of saint Pierre in Baud, and the church of Saint Sané at Camors; showing the most outstanding element is the altarpiece of the southern Chapel.  It has embossed with a brutal realism, the scene of the beheading of St. John the Baptist . According to records, the Church Saint-Sane dates from 1640. However, it was amended by annexes which came to piggy back on the main building at different times. The Church is the result of the merger of two chapels, which gives it an original appearance with its two opposite pinnacles. The sacristy was built with stones from the old Sainte-Suzanne chapel which stood to the North. It is its steeple dominates the pinion to the east.

The wonderful municipal pool  or piscine at Baud ,open to the public on Mondays from 17h to 19h30 for adults, wednesdays 15h to 18h for kids and adults, and Saturdays 15h to 19H30 for all, the fees for children under 16 is 1,80€ and for adults is 3,40€.  It is located in the city center, the swimming pool is open all year round. The basin has a length of 25 m and a depth of 90 cm and 2 m 10 maximum. A slide is available to the public. The swimming pool can be open in the summer thanks to its removable roof.

There is a daily bus service to connect with train stations in Auray and Vannes on TIM line 5 where you can connect to the TGV to Montparnasse Paris. 2€ per trip and the schedule now is at pdf file here The gare routiére or bus depot is located across from the municipal pool and nex to the museum of post cards or Cartopole( history of Brittany on post cards nicely display).

Like I said ,plenty to see here and I will try, time permitting, to show you my new area in the next chapters on my blog.  Have a great Sunday. Cheers


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September 21, 2013

My Travels in the Morbihan,part VII

One of the lately rare weekends where I can take some rides in my new area. Very busy on the job with conventions and preparing for long trip next month. Then, of course, is the new home, doing errands all over chasing the French administration, famous for been inadequate on a Napoleonic system ,they seems to hold on dearly and always fears of change.

Well enough for the squals. Today ,I did my trip to a nice inland town of Grand Champ, not far from my new home, in fact, its where I go now to work as it is easier to get to Vannes. The road D779 passes right by it.

Amazing, it has a tourist office, but closed until Sept 24.  It is call the Landes des Lanvaux, or the lands of Lanvaux for the old lord of the region many centuries ago. Here it is ,

Here you have ,well the traditional market day (marché) on Saturday mornings from 8h to 13h with fruits, meats, cheeses,cookies, galettes, etc by the place de l’église.

Grand Champ comes from its Gallo-Roman language Grandi Campo that has been seen in writings from 1224AD ,it is transform into the Breton language by  a chevalier named  Cillart that proclaims the name of  “Kercamp“,or the village of the fields.  At the Révolution, the people of Grand Champ take side with the local farmers or the Chouannerie revolt again the civil constitution ; the local hero of the revolts born in nearby Auray  Gen Georges Cadoudal  spent many times here. The town is invaded several times by the Chouans that cut the tree of the liberty here in one of their incursions in march 15 1794.

The place has a nice mediathéque or library ,picturesque city center, nice restauration, and the main of course is the church Saint Tugdual, the church dated from the early on but totally destroyed during the revolution. It was rebuilt in 1817. The Church houses  two showcases containing  embroidered chasubles of gold and silver thread, the oldest known in Morbihan, as well as a shining treasure of gold. Chalices, patterns, censer, processional cross, etc. are all unique pieces.

Another is the numerous chapels or small churches around, right in the city ,there is the Chapelle Notre Dame du Perpétuel Secours from 1898,right at rue saint yves.  Many more of interests in fountains, castles, and mansions of even the high fashion folks, some private still. Much to explore around.

Restaurant Roi Stevan, and the Auberge de Lanvaux, with the créperie La Galiflette, and the great chocolaterie artisanal La Cabouse with great chocolates.. And, for relaxing a nice municipal pool heated and covered.Only the chocolate has a webpage of its own at,

For those on public transport ,there is a bus No 2 TIM department network from Vannes passing b the train station /bus station and pl de la liberation near city center, there that is connected to Montparnasse in Paris on TGV.

Enjoy Grand Champ, and me just a tip of the iceberg still. Cheers.

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September 11, 2013

Some news from France CXV

Here I am on breton night of Wednesday, kids get off school at half day so traffic was less indeed. Another day in paradise, and waiting for the weekend as always ,the poor’s man reward.

However, while nice to be here, France beckons, and Paris awaits next week again, one can’t never be too far from Paris physically or mentally , it is always there.

Even the elusive Kris Kristofferson is coming to town.  He will be at  the Trianon, 80, bd de Rochechouart . Tél.: 01 44 92 78 00. On September 15 at 19h30. admission from  51 to 62 €.

Hey although nowdays I enter Paris by Montparnasse, I cannot forget my first train station of entrance to work in Paris, Gare St Lazare, it was a bit rusty and old, then, but it has gone a renaissance and its now I said one of the best train stations in France ,not to say Europe.  Take a look at its flashy store front website here  and of course, if trains is all you care about, the SNCF info site will give it to you in English,

This is a great theater near the area of my work,and visit next week, Théatre des Sablons, yes by metro Sablons or buses 43 and 82 at Chartres takes you here easy from Paris, the theater is in nearby Neuilly-sur-Seine dept 92. Great expectacles and Jane Birkin will be in December lol!

Come and relieve your 40’s when the video game took off and king now, with music n the basement or sous sol, with DJ and machines all over in a modernistic game environment, the food is classic of the times too, pizzas and pasta galore. The owners are involved in chic places like Pacha in Paris, so come and see it. Le Fantôme, 68, rue d’Hauteville (75010). Tél.: 09 66 87 11 20. Open from 11h to 2 h. Nostalgic because here was where my now wife worked,and be often afterward, the Paradis quartier , then and now magical Paris. No webpage yet but you get there on metro  Poissonnière (line 7), and metro Château d’Eau (line 4).

For the ecolo side, the bicycle is great in Paris and more and more lanes have been opened. At the end of August 2013 there were more than 700 kms of lanes in the Paris region!!! Some sights, places to rent and regulations :

«Paris à Vélo Sympa», was the pioneer for over 20 years now doing it. see it at  then «Vélo Paris», has thematic rides by night,medieval and along the water, see it at . There are Vélos-Taxis such as around the Place de la Concorde , at the entrance to the jardin des tuileries as Drago Pousse-Pousse.  Tél.: 06 42 25 08 22. All from 15€,according to the distance. Tél.: 09 70 40 66 69.

Don’t forget the stores , you have to be ready with the latest ,after all ,its Paris. The best is Vintage Cycles, offering many choices at 0, rue Alexandre-Dumas (75009). Tél.: 01 44 93 95 85. . Then you have Vélo Vintage with used bikes from the 60’s to 80’s to ride. 58, rue du Ruisseau (75018). Tél.: 06 13 13 42 27. Another good is Bicycle Store, with accessories for bikers at 17, bd du Temple (75003 ). Tél.: 09 51 61 68 29.

The city riders gets a subvention or refund of 25% of the purchase price of bike with electric assistance up to 400 euros this is until December 31 2013 , info in French at city mayor’s office

Right now you have from September 13 to 16 the Salon du Cycle at the parc des expositions de la porte de Versailles. You can test bikes on site, and rides with more than 400 brands from 27 countries. See all info here . .

The cyclist takes a toll on Paris too, as many times they take their own rules at hand to the detriment of motor transport.  Here are some of the unwritten rules, first, the cyclists do not give up the fact to take the shortest distance between two points; they take any street even in one way against the flow of traffic; on traffic lights , on green light they go with the cars, on red light ,they pass on the pedestrian areas and continue; the bikers never get off their bike, they prefer to walk with it, there is no square, or public place that is prohibited for them; so beware of the bikers when walking or driving in Paris. See the photo on the plan routes of bikes in Paris .

Last but not least ,the famous pain aux raisins or raisin bread is one of my favorites for breakfast and one of the best is my favorite Carette at place du Vosges, with fauchon, angelina, Smith, Lenôtre, and Bread & Roses as contenders.

And I leave you with Paris, the movable feast, the city of lights, the city where all should begin and end. Cheers.


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