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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.

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 ,  as well as the Morbihan tourist site,

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.

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,

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  ;the main boat operator out of here is Izenah , see webpage here

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 ;and the entertainement site is here . 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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