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April 26, 2014

Brocéaliande, a land of fairy tales and magic

Today was and is a rainy day, cool, like fall is back and spring passing away, nevertheless we were not scare by the weather men nor the dark clouds and headed out to meet our king Arthur and magical Merlin in Brocéliande , the region of fairy tales.

For tourism info the site is in French, but loaded , http://tourisme-broceliande.com/  then there are some additional sites to complement such as the one for Guer-Coêtquidan at http://guer-coetquidan-tourisme.com/  ;and the area of pays du mauron, at http://valsansretour.com/

Since a boy, I always heard the wonderful stories of the magician Merlin, the Vivianne, and king Arthur and the round table. I have passed by the area several times on quick runs, and finally decided to visit this part of Brittany with the family. We headed out early on road N24 to link up at past Ploërmel with the road D724, direction Campénéac then the road D40 direction Paimpont, to go back and around the region from there.

The first town we stop was Campénéac, founded from Roman times, and birthplace of a great religious leader and movement that of Armélie Nicolas or the Bonne Armélie. Her skull head is kept at the town’s Church and the body at the Cathédrale de Vannes. You have nearby the tombs of the giants and the abbey of  la joie de Notre Dame . http://www.abbaye-lajoie-nd.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=1&Itemid=2 . As for the tombeau des géants, they are the Tomb, measuring nearly 4 m long and 1 m wide and 1 m in height. This tomb was built from 3 menhirs that stood in this place by 2200 BC. Today are visible walls and 3 menhir lying at 8 m. The Tomb as seen today dates from the Bronze age (about 1500 BC)Its name is probably due to its shape and its dimensions. There are marked by a panel just out of Campénéac from the road D312 to the D40. We decided to walk around a bit in the town and took an aim at the Church where a woooden carved devil holds the table of the priest in the altar, but it was closed.  Church of the Trinity of the most Holy Virgin or église de la Nativité de la Très Sainte-Vierge.

We continue on to Paimpont, we heard a lot of good about the town, but the abbey was Under renovation,and it is heavily tourist invaded, not really my cup of tea ,living here.  Again seen from the outside, the abbey of Paimpont is an impressive building.  There is some treasury visits in the summer months, but not for me. Built in the 13C, on the site of a Priory founded in 645 by Lacy, King of Dumnonia. Benedictine monastery originally, it was the 13C inhabited by canons until the Revolution. Medieval Gothic style (walls, openings, the baptistery and the chapel of St-Sacrement, the vault), the Abbey presents interior decoration (Chair, statue, altars and altarpieces) characteristic of the baroque style of the 17C. The sacristy contains the Treasury of the Abbey Church composed of a beautiful Christ in ivory (17C), a reliquary (15C) offered by the Duchess Margaret of Brittany, mother of Anne of Brittany, which would contain a radius of Saint Luke, a statue in polychrome wood (15C).  You can contact the tourist office in above link for Brocéaliande or call +33 (0) 2 99 07 83 20.

The town has a picturesque open air city center full of shops , amongst the unique ones are the grocery store Votre Marché at 4 rue général de gaulle , and the souvenirs for the memories at Au pays de merlin, http://www.au-pays-de-merlin.fr/  You can always stay at this quaint place right overlooking the abbey ,the relais de brocéaliande, on the rue des forges, http://www.relais-de-broceliande.fr/en/

A bit further out of town, road D224 well marked, you arrive at an old foundaries place call Les Forges de Paimpont. Open from 14h to 18H cost of 6€ per person, you see a foundary site as it was in the middle ages, with a chapel, and now ok to reserve for events and marriages etc. It is a private property today. This is Worth stopping by indeed. I give the description from the site and I translate my best,  As early as 1675, Des Forges settled in the heart of the forest of Paimpont / Brocéliande. Forges in wood, they benefit from a good iron ore, and a hydraulic network set up by the monks from the middle age (7 ponds lead to the etang des Forges). Now, the 3 components of a forge are gathered here, the ore, wood and water (we talk about Forges but we could earlier talk of plant iron and cast iron).  In the 17C, the ironworks begin their activity through a furnace and a refinery. They are placed down the dike to draw hydraulic power generated by the flow of water from the pond. The used fuel is charcoal produced in the forest.  In the eighteenth century, Diderot and d’Alembert retain the refinery to illustrate “the encyclopedia”. The production was 500 tons of cast iron and 360 tons of iron. Des Forges ensure orders linked to the war of independence of the United States of America. The maison de Maître de Forges, as well as worker homes are built start 18C on a plan or map of the 17C.  In the 19C, during the reign of king Louis XVIII, the Forges must modernise; a State of the art made (which gave us a beautiful series of detailed plans visible at the National Archives in Paris). To follow: The construction of a second blast furnace wood, A mill equipped with ovens Puddler powered by coal from Earth or the Coke.  A foundry building equipped with the same technology as that of the rolling mill.  In 1850, we will be at the height of the production of iron and cast iron. (1500 tons of cast iron and 1000 tons of iron). 250 people will work for these Forges, 1/3 of the workforce is present in the Forges and 2/3 work in the forest to produce charcoal, remove and wash the ore. Wood and ore are brought at the Forges by carts pulled by horses. Competitive forces from foreign firms , especially English, made the furnaces  stop in 1866 and then resume activity for the war of 1870 to stop permanently in 1880. In the 20C, the Forges buy in the external market of cast iron and iron at lower cost to make agricultural tools, boilers and other equipment to furnished our Region. We can observe some products manufactured in these Forges (screw press, chimney plates, forged… nails) of slag (slag = rejection of the merger of iron ore) are visible in some masonry. This activity will stop in 1954.  Today, these Forges are registered on the supplementary list of Historic Monuments since 2001 (I.S.M.H.). A restoration program is committed with the assistance of the State, the Council régional de Bretagne, Conseil Général D’ille et Vilaine and the owner. more in French here http://forgesdepaimpont.fr/

We continue passing by Beignon, and seeing the nice Church Saint Pierre, it is in the form of a Latin cross from ealry the 16C. You can admire beautiful classified stained-glass windows dating from the 16C  depicting the tree of Jesse and the life of St – Pierre and its pits carved frame. The North Gate is dated 1268 and an episcopal crest.

Near Guer, on the road D773 we stopped by the école militaire de Saint Cyr-Côetquidan, they started out by order of emperor Napoléon 1ér out of the Château de Fontainebleau,and then at Saint-Cyr in my old dept 78 Yvelines. The schools are in order since 1805. Inside the one at Guer there is a museum. It is a museum of memories or musée du Souvenir, of all the officers dead for France in all wars. Many statues objects,and uniforms, and outside many statues of heroes. Open from  February to December , Tuesdays to Sundays from 10h to 12h and 14h30 to 18h, admission is 4€ adult.  This one we will come back as it was lunch time when we arrive in the area and you know France … no time to retrace back to visit here, so will be back. You will need to provide identification and register at the front entrance before told where the museum is located ar Rue Rivoli Inside the camp, it is a defense ministry site, http://www.st-cyr.terre.defense.gouv.fr///index.php

Moving righth along on this wooded heavily forest area, we came back on the road D773 to St Malo de Beignon, where at the leisure lake base you have a minituare harbor! or Port Miniature,  from boats to rowing to coast guard boats all in small scales right on the lake.  it opens after 14h and Saturday, Sunday,and Holidays from march 30 to  May 31, and june 1 to june 30 14h to 19h30, wednesdays, Saturdays, sundays and holidays. july 1 to september 1, 13h to 20h every day except the Mondays. You get to ride all these miniatures boats,and there is picnic area around the lake very nice. They even allow camping here with 50 spots. and there is the Cap Vert  restaurant on site.  The town is very nice medieval and quaint narrow Streets in the old bishops place of the bishop of Saint Malo. more here in French, http://guer-coetquidan-tourisme.com/spip.php?article16

We arrive at the wonderful town of Plélan le Grand, where we immediately sighted the Church.  The St. Peter’s church or église St Pierre was built from 1850 in a  place of a church from the 13C which survives that  of chapel of Sainte-Anne . North side, a tower dating from 1620 plays the role of Bell Tower. It has a wonderful calvary on the side, beautifully done. We walked this town up and down very lively , very friendly folks, we purchase our baguette for home here at  Michel Bellier boulangerie, pâtisserie on 53 Avenue de la Libération, the main road of the town.

And the highlight of the trip for us, was lunch time at Plélan le Grand. We heard of all the famous ones at the tourist office, but we went to a people place, down to earth and friendly folks , full, but so friendly, the owners do the the cooking and serving and it shows. Les Boucaniers or the Buccaneers restaurant not far from the Church on the main street of ave de la libération, and rue Nationale ,same road. Here we got the big table by the bar,as the back dining room was full. We were behind a door with a picture of Marilyn Monroe, figure it was the toilet or restroom but it was the stock room so all the good stuff was right behind us! The lady owner server was laughting with us all the way. They serve several servings of bread and butter, plenty of water, and good Grimbergen blonde beers. We had the house menu du jour, for an excellent 10,70€ per person. You have entrée buffet with cold cuts, terrines of paté campagne and mousse de  salmon, hard boiled eggs, pasta with shurimi shrimps, potato salad, just to start, then the main dish was hashi parmentier with pork and sausage meats, and bottom cut of steaks, with fries and salads greens, and for desserts, fondant de chocolat, and sorbet framboise and various fruits shunks; the beers we double it, so the total bill came to 16€ per person, a great bargain and sure to remember this place, take a look at the pictures. no webpage and telephone is at +33 (0) 2 99 61 87 90 .

and we came back to buy my wines at Nicolas , Vannes,and do our groceries at E Leclerc in Auray. voilà, just in one day of work. Now tomorrow rest. Enjoy it, and have a great end of weekend.

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April 21, 2014

My travels in the Morbihan Part XI

Today was an off day here, Easter Monday, so had time in the morning to do some house works and move terrace tiles around to prepare for the masons big work in the week. In the afternoon, we took a break and head it out for some sights of our wonderful Morbihan, dept 56, Brittany.

We head it out for the beautiful Le Bono area, just on the road D101, towards the Gulf of Morbihan. Passing by the Les Jardins de Mémoire overlooking the river Bono , a park done in 1998. It is here that many families decided to buried the ashes of their love ones, and its very pristine nice ,symbolic ,and great views of the bay of Bono. Its special for me because I have the ashes of my mother ,also, but instead decided to put them out at sea at Honfleur Normandy, where my father will go and I to follow ,along the braves. The fact that some chose this park along the river is unique and respectful.  http://www.jardinsdememoire.com/index.html

We then went by the Château de Kérisper ,near Auray, the oldest parts are from the 14C, and has 800 m2 along the river bono, with private ownership of the Sirs of Montigny, ancestors of of Lesterlin. more history: In 1426, it was in the hands of the Sires de Kerisper Lestrelin; at the end of the 15C  to 16C; in 1601 to Montigny, who retain the until the Revolution. To the 19C and 20C, the area belonged successively family Montaigu aux St-Pern in 1876,to the  Grand family in 1897, in 1900, Douault,  and Pommois in 1979. The old castle was partially destroyed. The House has been modernisee at the beginning of the 20C. Octave Mirbeau would have stayed there in 1887-1888  and allegedly wrote “Abbé Jules”. In 1990 the Castle houses the Théatre de l’écume  and an exhibition of floral art. Surrounded by a large Park, Kerisper is visible at 4 km south of Pluneret. to the left of the road D 101 to Baden, between the rivers of Auray and Bono.  It is a castle now preserve for weddings, event, birthdays ,and seminars, on a nice verdant space near the above jardin de mémoire on the same road, first the castle on the left hand side and then the gardens in the right hand site. http://mariagechateau56.fr/

Next on the road was the Tumulus de Kérnours, a ceremonial stone burial of Breton heritage that still cause awe amongst many who try to determine where they came from and how here??? This one at Le Bono is great because its in a forest area that once you past by it you descend a steep hill into the bay of the river Bono with spectacular views. You can continue the walk alongside the river banks thru a narrow dirt road.  More on this from the city site translated.  The tumulus or allée couverte of the rock in Kernours  is ‘elbow’ type or ‘square ‘. This form is specific to the coastal region of the Gulf of Morbihan, since only seven dolmens of this type, located between the estuaries of the Loire and the river Blavet, are known. Only the tumulus of the rock has retained an important mound that covers the burial chamber.  This covered walkway is 4 meters  high and has a diameter of about 20 meters. the entrance facing East (towards the winter solstice) provides access to a corridor of approximately 12 meters which leads right angle on a mortuary room extending over 8 meters  in length. Kernours, erected in about  3000 BC, consists of an alternation of megalithic stones and masonry panels forming the walls and the vault. Five of the pillars supporting this building are decorated with an idol in the form of “morgate’ (local name for the squid fished in the waters of the Gulf of Morbihan) treated in a style particular, characteristic of these Neolithic buildings. Scientists have speculated that it would be a from a maritime tribe totem.  At the beginning of the iron age (8C BC), a half-dozen burial circular with a diameter of 10 to 16 meters and covered with a mound of 0.50 to 1.10 meters  height were placed around the tumulus. In these tombs, in fact of small dolmens built more than 2000 years after the Neolithic tumulus, mortuary ash originally contained in rectangular pits were discovered. These buildings bear witness to the persistence of the funerary vocation of this site over many millennia.  In the 19C, excavations have led to particularly interesting objects on the archaeological map. In the tumulus was found flints, in other tombs a “situla” (small cup of circled iron copper) 2700 years old, weapons (daggers) and jewelry (bracelets of bronze). More here in French , http://www.lebono.fr/accueil/decouverte/patrimoine/tumulus-et-tombelles-de-kernours/var/lang/FR/rub/3155/textes/3594.html  as well as the Morbihan tourist site, http://www.morbihan.com/site-de-kernours/bono/tabid/7430/offreid/5e6c9173-b1d8-4bf8-bc80-975c446551ff/detail-visites.aspx

We past by the town of Baden, taking a quick look again at its Church St Pierre, rebuilt in the 19C, and the museum or Musée des passions et des ailes, right next to the Church at an angle. this small museum tells you about the boating history of the area and especially the aviators that came from here like Joseph Le Brix, amongst others. http://www.museedebaden.fr/

We continue towards the gulf to enter the coastal sister of Baden, this is Larmor-Baden ,you come first into the Church of Notre Dame  that is a replacement of an older done in 1857. The one you see now was done in 1880. The story here goes that in 1857, Larmor is still a village depending on the parish and the town of Baden. When in August 1858, the Emperor Napoleon III and the Empress Eugénie visit Brittany, the inhabitants of Larmor benefit to solicit their imperial Majesties that their section is erected in the parish of Larmor-Baden . In January 11, 1860, the imperial decree making it a Church of Larmor-Baden, is signed by the Emperor Napoleon III. A bit on the town of Larmor-Baden, http://www.larmorbaden.com/index.php/DECOUVERTE.html

At the end, we follow to Port Blanc, facing the île aux Moines, with the boat passenger terminal, ready to take you to the islands. a magnificent place to come any time of the year for a drink and boating, and cruising to the islands. One of our niche in the Morbihan, we come often even if not always writing on it. The city of Baden has some info on the port or harbor, here http://www.baden.fr/192-vie-quotidienne/217-mouillages/1015-passage-de-bateaux-vers-lile-aux-moines-depuis-port-blanc.html  ;the main boat operator out of here is Izenah , see webpage here http://www.izenah-croisieres.com/pages/croisieres_individuel.php

in all a wonderful round trip. As its often the case by family vote we had to go to a pizza place, the kids know, Tablapizza, not the best but the service is very friendly and fast service, back on our road D779 going home we stopped to eat and not do nothing at home tonite, break for the chef of the house.  The place is a business park call Atlanville and plenty of eateries here and shops, and hypermarket and cinémas ,and hôtels all around you just outside Vannes off the D779 road. The tablapizza site is here http://www.tablapizza.fr/restaurant/tablapizza-vannes.html ;and the entertainement site is here http://www.atlanville.fr/ . Espagnol with chorizos pizza, with a bottle of GD beaujolais village red wine, and cafe gourmand (créme brulée, choco fondue cake, scoop of caramel ice cream, caramel crumble mousse, and expresso coffee) or for 22€ per person.

And another day in the Morbihan went by peacefully and relax. Now back to work tomorrow and the terrace work continues at home. May is looking good as I get several off days holidays around weekends!! Cheers and Happy Easter!

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April 17, 2014

Some news from France CXXXV

 

 

Wow so much going on, to start my team of my life, (if you read I used to play as benjamin alavin player) ,the Real Madrid just won the Kings’s Cup in Spain over rival culés de Barcelona 1X2 with goals from Di Maria and G Bale. So Champions for the 19th time of this competition. I am happy.

Then, temps in the 20C here lovely Bretagne, and sunny and big weekend coming nice Easter. And my house work continues I see the light at the end of the tunnel on my terrace and cellar.

Now for more, on la belle France, and Paris especially, there is a nice American owned resto there, cool,and not expensive. Verjus Wine Bar,located next to the jardin du palais royal at 52 rue de Richelieu.   For €15, you’ll get a beverage, one delicious sandwich (choose between Mr. Chang’s Buns, Bakesale Betty and Midnight Cuban), and a little dessert. And any local will tell you—nothing beats one of Verjus’s heavenly caramel brownies or cookies. Lunch is served at the bar between 12:30 and 2 p.m. every weekday, but get there early to nab a spot in the cozy space. More here http://verjusparis.com/

Another good one that I have already mentioned previously but did stop by this week on one of my business runs to Paris, La Caféothèque , also offers the largest selection of coffee in the city, and it’s especially cozy in the winter time. Sit by the window and watch the world go by, or spend the day reading in the corner. (52 Rue de l’Hôtel de ville; +33 1 53 01 83 84). more here http://www.lacafeotheque.com/

and how about movies, cinémas, well love them ,and had already told you about the renovated Louxor and the great Pagode, but here they are again with some more.

Cinéma du Panthéon: In the heart of the Latin Quarter, the Panthéon, opened in 1907, is the oldest functioning movie theater in Paris. It  promoted the French New Wave, while also being one of the first to show foreign films in their original language. A special highlight of the theater is its living room-esque “salon,” designed by on-screen legend Catherine Deneuve in 2006. (13 rue Victor-Cousin); more here http://www.whynotproductions.fr/pantheon/

Le Champo:  the Champo is a Parisian film institution. Established in 1938, it boasts a screening room with an unusual mirror-based “periscope” projection technology that allows for the projector and the screen to be housed in different floors of the building. In addition to being considered by François Truffaut as his “headquarters” and Claude Chabrol his “second university.” (51 rue des Écoles);more here, http://www.lechampo.com/

La Pagode: Of all the movie theaters in Paris, the Pagoda least resembles a cinema.  And it is nicer for it,one of my favorites like I said. The building was imported piece by piece from Japan and was initially used mainly for receptions. It was converted into a cinema in 1931 and became an important feature of the film landscape in the 1950s and 60s, with screenings of movies by Ingmar Bergman, Jean Cocteau, as well as the Nouvelle Vague’s Jacques Rozier and François Truffaut. Today it features art house international movies which can be discussed afterwards over tea in the lush Japanese garden. (57 bis, rue de Babylone), more here, http://www.etoile-cinemas.com/pagode/

Le Grand Rex: The Grandest of Parisian historic cinemas, this Art Deco palace features the largest screening room in Europe: la Grande Salle, with 2800 seats. It  has been drawing in crowds since it was completed in 1932. Inspired by American movie theatres of the time, its vast baroque interior includes a starry night sky adorning the 100-foot-high ceiling of the grande salle, along running fountains and reliefs evoking an old Mediterranean village. Its days darkened during the Occupation when the cinema was requisitioned by the German army and reserved exclusively for German soldiers. While the programming includes mainly blockbusters (and concerts), the cinema is still independently owned and just the sight of it takes cinephiles back to another era. (1 blvd. Poissonière); more here, http://www.legrandrex.com/

Le Studio 28: Dubbed “the cinema of masterpieces, the masterpiece of cinemas” by Jean Cocteau, Studio 28 opened in 1928 with Abel Gance’s “Napoléon” and by 1930, it was already making headlines. The cinema is today’s  perhaps best known for its cameo in the 2001 international success Amélie. (10 Rue Tholozé); more here, http://www.cinema-studio28.fr/

Le Louxor:  Inaugurated in 1921, its appearance lives up to its name; a neo-Egyptian façade highlighted by colorful mosaics with floral/exotic animal motifs greets filmgoers as they enter the renovated theater. At the time, it was one of the largest cinemas in the city with just over 1,000 seats. While it originally screened French and American movies, the 1970s saw the cinema turn toward Indian and Arab films in keeping with the population of the neighborhood.  It was bought by the city of Paris in 2003—and, reopened in April 2013, proof that the projection camera is not about to be shut off on the city’s film scene just yet. (10 Rue Tholozé); more info here http://www.cinemalouxor.fr/

Something from the old (railroad tracks of Vincennes) that was brought back and its a hit as everything touching Paris is, we have, you have the promenade Plantée; French for ”tree-lined walkway,”  is an elevated linear park in Paris’s 12th arrondissement. It starts just a few steps away from Opéra Bastille and stretches almost three miles to Bois de Vincennes. Though it’s known as a Parisian High Line of sorts, the Promenade was actually built first, in 1993—and until 2010 was the only elevated urban park in the world.  Parts of the Promenade boast expansive views; other parts such as the Viaduc des Arts feature shops selling local arts and crafts. more here, http://www.promenade-plantee.org/

And last, but not least don’t forget to go up in the tower, the tower I mean is Montparnasse my entry point to Paris nowdays. And, you have wonderful views of Paris ,including that other tower, the Eiffel tower. http://www.tourmontparnasse56.com/

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April 16, 2014

Some news from France CXXXIIII

Ok so we are enjoying great sunshine, and today is the football/soccer match in Spain of Barcelona and Real Madrid, you know I am a Madridista. Then, I need to talk about things going on in the world of France…

vinyl records ,remember them, I do, ,heheehe, well they are back in force even in the fashion capital of France. Some places to check them out

La Source, 46, rue Albert-Thomas (10éme). Tél.: 09 83 38 04 88.

Toolbox Records, 30, rue Saint-Ambroise (11éme ). Tél.: 01 48 05 80 16. http://www.toolboxrecords.com/fr

Crocodisc , 40-42, rue des Écoles et 64, rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève (5éme). Tél.: 01 43 54 47 95.  http://www.crocodisc.com/

The restaurant Rossi comes alive with a sandwich trattoria style, Rossi & Co ,9, rue Mandar,  2éme. Tél.: 09 73 65 06 60.  open every day except Sundays . Métro: Sentier, Les Halles.  Now they have a page in Facebook, I don’t like to mix with them, but Rossi is a great place, so here it is, exceptionally for you. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rossi-Deli/1423062267905193

and do you know the line 14 of metro is going long ,just around areas where I shop for my Spanish specialties in Paris,(tip here somewhere!) ,  the line 14 will go to the Mairie de Saint-Ouen  by  2017,now Under construction and it will go by Pont Cardinet, just where cap hispania is and I parked by there my car.

If you want a store in Paris full of headgears and music lovers paradise then go to Casquade, 58 rue D’Argout, 2éme, open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11h30-14h30 and 15h30-20h. http://www.casquade.fr/

Crazy Horse is coming up with a new spectacle call Désirs, 12 avenue George V, Metro : George V and Alma-Marceau. http://www.lecrazyhorseparis.com/fr/

From 22 april to June 8 at Bobino ,you have the spectacle Tierra de Amor (Land of Love), find men and women who have left their land of origin, of Cuba and Santo Domingo, from the Caribbean to Africa… Their common passion for dance will unite them and transform their lives. Stories of love, exile and of crossed destinies, are told to latinos, African and contemporary rhythms: salsa, samba, tango, bolero, Cha Cha Cha, merengue, gwoka, reggaeton…see here http://www2.aparteweb.com/awprod/BOBI/AWCalendar.aspx?INS=BOBI&CAT=29

See at the musée Maillol at Paris, the expo the Treasures of Naples Italy or le Trésor de Naples, the jewels of San Gennaro. San Gennaro, saint January, died as a martyr of the Diocletian persecution, is the great patron saint of the city of Naples. His blood, collected in two bulbs, liquefies three times a year, on the same dates for centuries, a phenomenon that even today science can explain. more here in English, http://www.museemaillol.com/expositions/tresor-de-naples/english-informations/

And finally, Versailles, will have an exhibition marking the 100 years anniversary of  of World War I, see it all here in English, http://en.chateauversailles.fr/news-/events/other-events/the-palace-of-versailles-during-the-great-war

Enjoy your week, cheers.

April 12, 2014

Some news from Bretagne XVI

A wonderful sunny day in my area and home , so again took advantage and took our little ride with the family as usual.  The temps go up to 20C here today and you can see the folks out like summer is here even if not officially.

I set out this morning into the country near me, at Bieuzy Lanvaux, there are a wonderful Church of Saint Bieuzy , small typical looking chapel like so many in Brittany. This one is high on a hill overlooking the Loch plateau,and better park at the bottom and walk up as the Streets are very narrow and steep difficult for a turnaround.  A bit of history on this Church translated from the French, http://www.pluvigner.fr/module-Contenus-viewpub-tid-2-pid-180.html

Saint Bieuzy is also called saint Bihui. The legend says that the saint was struck in the skull with a knife because he did not want to interrupt his mass to cure of rabies the dogs of the Lord of Melrand. He wished to make a last visit to his friend saint Gildas and made a stop at Bieuzy-Lanvaux. The Chapel is built in the memory of its passageBuilt on a hillside, the Church dominates the village. The southern facade is from  1593 , year where the Church has been modified. The western façade was transformed when the chapel became the parish church, annex. On this occasion, a slightly protruding massif has been integrated as well as the Portal full-arch dated 1838. On the back wall of the choir is arranged a table of the Holy family. There are also two side niches of carved wood from the 17C, located in the choir. On the left the statue of saint Bieuzy is presented and right to throne a Madonna and child. Several other statues are present in the Church: those of Sainte Brigide, Notre-Dame de Lourdes, Saint Joseph and Saint Theresa. A statue can intrigue the visitor: that of a Holy Knight dressed in a coat and holding a shield but no sword. It could be Saint Michel.
We, also, visited briefly the Logis de Florange, one of the main banquet, wedding places here in the country, the pride of the area if you are holding a family gathering. It has a multitude of links for trips ,vacation, tourism in the area, here http://www.relaisdefloranges.fr/index.php?id_page=1,5  .Some of the room rentals can look like this the Castille, http://www.relaisdefloranges.fr/index.php?id_page=9,12  . So if we are getting ready for the summer and family visiting, this is the place we are thinking of doing it.
Last on this area , we went by the front of the Abbaye de Lanvaux, this is private, but full of history. When the local rebels ,the Chouans, gathered here with General Cadoudal (of Auray) , waiting for the immigrant breton to arrive from England by Quiberon, this is where they camp out. Unfortunately the landing was discovered , and the link up never happened, instead many immigrants 795 were sentence to the firing squad ,and today are buried in the Chartreuse of Auray.  A bit of history , other,  this  monastery is located near the old Castle of Lanvaux and the fief of the Barony,  the construction is set as in  July 1138AD!!!  By the Abbot Ruaud and Cistercian monks, with the support of the baron Alain de Lanvaux who donated to the monks of Bégard of a Manor House on the right bank of the river Loch. In the 18C a Abbey House is built near the convent. It  eventually installs a glassworks in 1824 and a smelter in 1827.  In  1824, was built at a small distance of the convent, a glassworks, which was replaced, three years later, by a foundryThe property of the convent and the neighbouring  propertys has passed, then by various hands. But the Park and the forest of Lanvaux, a capacity of 207 hectares, and the forest of the abbey, containing 45 hectares, remained the property of the State. Today in this harvest of tranquility and forest lies a gîte rural that you can rent out with a goût on the wines, http://www.vinogusto.com/fr/adresse/82515/gite-rural-abbaye-de-lanvaux

We past effortless thru the city center of Pluvigner as it is market or jour du marché, and got some goodies, and then a tour into deep country, passing by the town of Landaul and its nice Church or église Saint-Théleau in city center.  This parish Church of Landaul, having been demolished in 1862, the chapel Notre-Dame de Bon-Secours nearby, itself built around 1450, becomes parish church in May 1863. To give to the new Church a form of a cross , two chapels, one to the North, the other South of the nave are added. The original facade is preserved.

Here you absolutely need a car, you go into lieu-dits or section in the country that are attached to nearby towns but are on their own, with only tiny black panels telling you are enterings Kerlios or Kéronic etc. And it is here that I wanted to stop by living just 7-10 kms from them!  The first one encounter was the Château de Kéronic, a private residence sitting in a long one way road that at the end into the woods you come across the castle right at you!!  Beautiful property that is usually open on heritage days in September.  A bit of history, my hobby amateur but doing it for many years and volunteer and or friend of many here in France.  It is an imposing remake of the  15C / 17C reworked by  the family Harscouët Saint George circa 1860. It is still the property of this family, currently represented by the vicomte Christian de la TullayeThe lordship of Queronic or Keronic was Henry de Launay in 1427. In 1717 it passed by marriage to the Lenvos Carpenter, who kept the castle  until the Revolution. In the 19C, the Castle entered the family Harscouët Saint George, it is always in this family. The entrance to the cour d’honneur, several times restored, has a pond ; a private chapelis surrounded by  a large forest. The park of Keronic  was designed by Legendre in the 1880s, is remarkable with its land plants from Heather, rhododendrons, camellias and hydrangeas, as well as its exotic trees, sequioas, araucarias, etc… It is with a pond and a garden à la française. The castle can be seen from afar, from the grid, at the end a long aisle of beautiful trees, 2.5 km to the Northwest of Pluvigner, right of the D. 102 to Languidic. http://www.pluvigner.fr/module-Contenus-viewpub-tid-2-pid-165.html

We moved on to the other side of Pluvigner to visit another private property, the Château de Kerlois; This is even more difficult to find as there is no panel on the road D102 and we found it by pinpointing the lieu-dits on the map and figuring the grassy wooden entry off the road looks like a grand house was there. Well , it proved right as once going thru this narrow one way road, passing some rusted gate, we came across the beauty of this castle. Info you can find on the link above from Pluvigner city town hall.  A bit of history here too, of course. The castle dates mostly from the 17C (facade) but retains some elements of the 15C. At the beginning of this 15C, it then belonged to Eon of Kernigues, Squire of the Duke Jean V of Brittany. In 1607, the lordship of Kerlois was acquired by Olivier Le Gouvello, Lord of Keriolet. His son, Pierre de Keriolet, spent his childhood. The private chapel was built by the mother, in Thanksgiving for the conversion of her son in Loudun. In 1800, the castle is owned by the Bobinnec family. The seigneurie belonged in 1407 to Eon Kernigues, Squire of the Duke Jean v. It then passed to the Lestrin of Saint-Avé, the Keriolet Gouvello (Pierre Le Gouvello was born there. Converted he died in 1660), to M. de Moncan, to the the Ville-Gonan. The garden was planted of medicinal plants and a vegetable garden. It must be said that at the end of his life the man without faith nor law, housed a hospice at the rear of the Castle. The 17C marked the transformation of the Park in a French style garden. The 2 highlights of this park are camellias with over 15 varieties and remarkable charms,you can admire a beautiful cedar of the bicentennial Lebanon brought back by an ancestor of the current owner, who was Captain in the Royal Navy. Its chapel was restored in the 18C, as well as its beautiful stables. Acquired around 1800, by Armand de Bobinnec. The House is now the property of his descendants, the  family Bourjac.

We took around the woods trip ,and came back to Saint Goustan, the lovely port of Auray for a meal at one of our favorite spot and now friends ,the Créperie Saint-Sauveur. Again great galette La Madriléne, and La Lulu strawberry sorbet, before  I had the local Chouchen liquor of macerated honey and eau de vie from apples, its very old and traditional here, something like this, http://www.distillerie-warenghem.com/uk/melmor-chouchen/  , and of course a bottle of local cider brut, all for 22,75€ per person.

Finally, we gather some material for our house at Jardiland, the home,garden,  handyman deco store in Vannes , got some driveway stone for decoration, and getting quotes for many works on the tube for the rest of the year. http://www.jardiland.com/nos-magasins/jardiland-vannes.html

And time to rest, and think of what to do tomorrow ::) Have a great weekend !!!

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April 5, 2014

My travels in the Morbihan ,part X

We had a sunny Saturday and then it became cloudy but not before having my usual drive trip around my beautiful département 56, the Morbihan.

For those new to my blog, the Morbihan is part of the region of Bretagne or Brittany or Breizh(in breton), it was created  at the French revolution on March 4, 1790. It took part of the old province of Bretagne, compose of the bishop of Vannes, parts of it on the north and east, and west on the extremes of the Cornouaille on the South of the bishop of Saint-Brieuc, and the southwest of the bishop of Saint Malo, and the Northwest on the bishop of Nantes. The word Morbihan means Mor for sea and bihan for small in the breton language so therefore small sea (coming from the famous gulf of Morbihan). The region of course, has French as the official language, but also part of the local costumes is that in the South areas around Vannes, Breton is spoken by the elders ,taught in schools ,and all signs on the roads, etc are bilingual. ON the extreme north by Loudéac par example ,Gallo, a gallo roman language is also spoken, and the road signs are shown in both gallo and French.

The tourist office for the department is at http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/ and for the region of Brittany is here http://www.brittanytourism.com/

I set out in the morning with my father to help him with his errands, bank,lab for medical results, and stop by the colorful Vannes marché by the place du poids public and all along the adjacent Streets, halles aux poissons and up to the pl de la République. This is a wonderful market all visitors should plan to attend, merchant from all over the region comes here to sell their good healthy natural foods from vegetables to fruits, cheeses, chicken, beef,pork, paellas done on site, the local bakeries,butcheries and fish markets all open at the same time so it is a festive ambiance and great family time. Not to mention great buys of delicious local produce. We went for the cheeses and sausages this time, and some bottles of wines.

We are home relaxing on our shopping on our favorite stores, and having my sons enjoying the fruit of their first jobs and first shopping with them paying lol! Its Worth it. Have a great weekend y’all. Cheers.

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Came back , to pick up the rest of the family, and out to see home décorations, and building Equipment to enhance our garden. The terrace is coming along and looks great, tiles of stone will be lay on top, and concrete trails will be done along the house. More when its all done and compare the old and the new.

We became hungry doing all this so decide to take them to a new place. I always drive by it on my way to the office, and always think of stopping by but time constraints left me out all the time. Well today I finally hit the place, brasserie, pizzeria, bar Les Trois Soleils,  right off road D779 in the business park ZA de Tréhuines, Plescop, just outside city limits of Vannes. Tel +33 (0) 2 97 49 97 47.  This is a local place with many town activities posted on the community board Inside, no webpage but you should come if in the area. The service, friendly staff, nice local patrons, and the food well done with great prices, menu for 13€ , read this, entrée, plat, dessert, and quart of wine or beer, or water or lemonade with great selection. I had the chiffonnade des lardons, steak and fries, lemon tart, a quart bottle of red wine, for the 13 euros then coffee for 1,25€ awesome prices and great food.  They even have a cheaper menu at 10,50€; open Mondays to Saturdays from  7H30 to 20h, for the evenings and Sunday reservation is required; the bar is open Sunday evenings as well.

April 3, 2014

Some news from France CXXXIII

Another wonderful day in Brittany with temps in the upper teens and sunny,no rain. We are hoping for a very nice weekend. I am in the area for a change. Some of the latest from France are on:

The beers of Paris, yes we have some local beers too, some were gone and now back on, such as Gallia and Demory. The Gallias is brewed about 60 kms from Paris and the Demory is brewed in Germany with the hops from France. Some are from the district of Château Rouge, 28, rue de la Goutte-d’Or, 18éme. http://www.brasserielagouttedor.com/

Some bars do brewed their own in Paris such as French Beer Factory ,176, rue Montmartre, 2éme,   the pubs chain The Frog with five addresses in Paris, and O’Neil, 20, rue des Canettes, 6éme. La Volcelest, in my old Yvelines dept 78, My Beer Company in Hauts-de-Seine, dept 92, the Biére de l’Ourcq in Seine-et-Marne dept 77, the La Parisis in the Essonne ,dept 91 or the Biére du Vexin in Val-d’Oise, dept 95.  webpages to follow:

http://www.frenchbeerfactory.fr/

http://www.frogpubs.com/

http://www.oneilbar.fr/

http://www.brasseriechevreuse.com/volcelest.html

http://www.mybeercompany.fr/

http://bieredelourcq.fr/

http://www.brasserie-parisis.com/

http://www.biere-du-vexin.com/

And to along with a local beer ,why not a local fashion made here with local colors and designs, such as the following;

The Parisian label Gat Rimona unveiled two weeks ago a t-shirt displaying large characters,  American football shirt,  they are found at  104, rue Longchamp (16th). Brand Bazaar, 33, rue de Sèvres (6th); BIBA, 18, rue de Sèvres (7th). http://www.gatrimon.com/

To give himself an air more rabble, is better opt for a Paris Nord sweat. Models are labelled and packaged in the workshop-shop located  oddly, in the Marais. The company, 15, rue Charlot (3rd). http://www.Le-Bouclard.com; Isakin, 9, rue André-del-Sarte (18th) http://www.isakinparis.com

Precursor, of the Pigalle store landed in 2008 by editing its name, white on black clothing. The aura of the sector has done the rest. Rihanna has several sweatshirts. Pigalle, 7, rue Henry Monnier (9th).no web it has a facebook page, but I do not put facebook in my blog.

The nostalgic Brandon and Kelly will melt on the ‘Belleville Hills’ pastiche displayed by No/One printed in the workshop Amelot (11th). Studio Store, 57, rue de Charenton (12th). Also at Colette and Isakin. http://www.atelierstore.fr/  and http://www.colette.fr/

For travel incognito from the Porte de la Chapelle to the Place de la Concorde  metro line 12, we choose printing “river droite”. Attention: the passing to the “rive gauche” model is required past the ­Seine. http://manegeatrois.bigcartel.com/

Saint Laurent, Bardot and Gainsbourg, among other retro icons appear on the creations of Rue JacobAvailable soon in Heaven Dauphine, 40, rue Dauphine (6th). http://manegeatrois.bigcartel.com/

Photographer Theo Mouvras (of the Racket claw) prints his own images with a certain sense of telescoping: t-shirt “Place des Vosges” is illustrated with a decor of HLM.  high with the effigy of the Church Saint-Gervais  or the place des Victoires (2éme).Racket, 47, rue d’aboukir. http://www.racketparis.com

and if you are on the run like me many times in Paris for a quick sandwich of ham and butter à la française, you to go to the new gare Saint lazare, LAZARE. and if can indulge a bit more time head over to L’Avant Comptoir ,3 ,carrefour de l’Odéon, 6éme.

And to finish with something classic and way away from Paris, try to see this wonderful gardens, the jardins secrets de l’Abbaye Saint-André, on top of the mont Mont-Andaon,  in the town of  Villeneuve-lès-Avignon (the one next to Avignon) with a beautiful view over the Rhône river and valley,  mont Ventoux , and the  palais des Papes.It is open to the public now to November 1st, where nature and heritage comes together. more info here http://www.abbayesaintandre.fr/les-jardins/

Cheers and enjoy your week wherever you are.

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