Archive for January, 2016

January 30, 2016

My travels in the Morbihan XXI

Back to the normal local rounds, and on a rainy day nothing to brag in Brittany, we set out as locals to brace the implement weather and set course in our car to see the back country of my departément 56 Morbihan. For those new reading my blog, Morbihan is the only departément/province/state/region in France that does not have a French name. It means small sea or petite mer in French but its actually Breton language, typical of the area, Mor=sea/mer and bihan=small/petite.  And of course, Brittany or in French Bretagne is Breizh in Breton language too ::) The tourist office is here, http://www.morbihan-tourism.co.uk/

We set out on the country roads of the D16 direction Locminé but cut off at the D115 direction Colpo first. Then took the D157 to Locminé and there took the D1 to Bignan and onwards to the Domaine de Kerguéhennec on the D123 a wonderful castle; then link with the D778 to  Billio, then ,Guéhenno and its wonderful calvary, coming down on the D126 to Plumelec where we had lunch. Continue on the D778 to Saint Jean Brévelay.

We then took the road backwards, coming finally home on the D16. A ride of about 6 hrs counting lunch.  We have from little Colpo a town practically rebuilt and finance by Napoléon III , tourism offices such as http://www.colpo.fr/accueil_colpo

Then ,Locminé, Bignan, Billio,Guéhenno,and Plumelec , and Saint Jean Brévelay, here ; http://www.locmine-saintjean-tourisme.fr/

Passing we saw many churches some close some open, exterior closed churches were  at Bignan Church of  St Pierre et St Paul  ;and the previously visited and Worth seeing the Domaine of Kerguéhennec, http://www.kerguehennec.fr/

Also, closed was the Church of Notre Dame at Billio. As well as that of Church of Notre Dame at Colpo. The Church of Saint Maurice at Plumelec. As well as the Church of St Jean de Beverly in Saint Jean Brévelay. Back in Guéhenno we visited the Chapelle St Michel and the windmill or Moulin du Vent. As well as many worthy memorials to the Fallen in world wars.

We were able to find open these: Church of St Pierre et St John Baptiste at Guéhenno ,wonderful with its Calvary next to it one of the 7 wonders of Monumental Calvaries in Brittany! Chapelle Notre Dame du Plasker at Locminé as well as the Church of St Sauveur , right on the old remains a new modern Church was built in same Locminé.

Of course ,did i said we ate. yes in wonderful typical Breton lands the Créperie is king or queen or better Duchesse(dukedom) and we stop at Plumelec on the Créperie Les Korrigans. In Breton, the korrigans were dwarfs who lived in the forest and perhaps going back to the meaning of Halloween. One site describes them in French, but I give you what is said of them in English: Korrigans are described as druistes who oppose Christianity when the Apostles came to convert Brittany. They hate priests, churches, and  Saints.  They can predict the future, change shape, and move at lightning speed. They sing and comb their long hair, and they haunt fountains and water wells. They have the power of making men fall in love with them, but they then kill the ones who do. In many popular tales, they are eager to deceive the imprudent mortals who see them dancing or looking after a treasure, and fond of stealing human children. On the night of 31 October (All Souls’ Day), they are said to be lurking near dolmens, waiting for victims.  http://legendes.korrigans.free.fr/

The créperie restaurant at Plumelec is a country setting full of little figurines or korrigans as well as portraits of them. The food is typical Breton and with many prices from local travel guides like the Le Routard, and name by the Brittany tourist house as part of the designation Créperies Gourmandes, such as here in French http://www.tourismebretagne.com/sejourner/restaurants-gastronomie/les-restaurants/les-korrigans.

The couple owners are fast and courteous and as the time went by more and more talkative. The food is excellent, we had a bottle of Colpo demi sec cider locally done, and the galette of Teuz with the local andouillette sausage and potatoes, and a crêpe of banana, with coconut ice cream, chocolate syrup and flakes of coconuts, express coffee and all came out to 19.72€ per person! The official webpage is here , http://www.creperieplumelec.com/

In all the rain was on and off, and finally off but still cloudy humid and cool around 10C or 50F. Mild winter indeed/ Enjoy the ride and happy travels.

Bignan    Plumelec  Plumelec  Plumelec

January 28, 2016

Some news from France, XCXVIII

Well once again passing by Paris and thought of France ::) and will be back next week by train all booked!

The museum of Gustave Moreau is having an exposition on Georges Rouault souvenirs from today to April 25 2016.  From  1892 to 1898, Gustave Moreau was a professor at the fine arts school of Paris (Ecole des beaux-arts de Paris); and Georges Rouault was his favorite student.  Exhibition will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10h -12h45 ,and 14h-17h15. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10h to 17h15.  Admission is 6€, webpage : http://musee-moreau.fr/activites-culturelles/expositions

One nice place to eat is La Cave du Paul Bert (11éme), 16, rue Paul Bert. More than 110 wine references in this wine bar!  open 12h to 01h, closest metro Métro 8 Faidherbe – Chaligny. more on it in French : http://lefooding.com/fr/restaurants/restaurant-la-cave-du-paul-bert-paris

And to celebrate the coming Chinese New Year February 8th ,here are some nice places to indulge in Paris.  First, Trois Fois Plus de Piment; 184 rue Saint Martin 3éme, very close to the centre Pompidou, https://www.facebook.com/troisfoisplusdepiment

Raviolis Chinois Nord-Est. 115, rue Saint-Denis (Iéme). All sorts of Raviolis at great prices in a new restaurant, the other one is here  http://www.yelp.fr/biz/raviolis-chinois-nord-est-paris .  Les Pâtes Vivantes, 46, rue du Faubourg-Montmartre ( 9éme). Tél. +33 01 45 23 10 21. http://www.lespatesvivantes.com/  And ,also 3 rue Turbigo (1éme). Tél. +33 01 40 13 08 04.  And the Palace Châtelet,  6, rue Saint-Denis (1éme). Tél. +33 01 45 08 88 88.http://www.palacechatelet.fr/

And to celebrate the Chinese New Year go the Chinatown of Paris in the 13éme arrondissement where the parade on February 14  from 13 h to 17 h) will depart from the avenue d’Ivry. line up at mayor’s office in French: http://www.mairie13.paris.fr/mairie13/jsp/site/Portal.jsp?document_id=16946&portlet_id=2953

In the Carreau du Temple, you will see exhibition on origami, calligraphy and  démonstrations on martial arts. Expos by Chinese artists open to the public on paintings, sculpture,and porcelain. Free admission at  the showing call « the Golden Age of China, 4, rue Eugène-Spuller (3éme), February 6 and 7  from 11h to 19h.  http://www.carreaudutemple.eu/2015/11/18/l-age-d-or-de-la-chine

At the Maison de la Chine you will have two conferences dedicated to the analysis of Astrology and feng shui. Located at  76, rue Bonaparte (6éme). February 6 and 13 from 10h-12h and 14h-16h). Admission is  15 €/half day or 30 €/full day. http://www.maisondelachine.fr/evenements-culturels/forum-nouvel-an-chinois-2016-annee-du-singe-de-feu-6-fev.html

At the Fondation Louis Vuitton, to Sept 5 2016 you will have a collection of Chinese works of art. Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12h to 19h.Nightime Fridays from  12h to 23h.Saturdays and Sundays from 11h to 20h. http://www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr/en.html

And if after all these festivities you find yourselves in Paris hungry and past 02H (2AM) then head for the Le Tambour,41 rue Montmartre (2éme) open Mondays to Wednesdays until  4h30 ,and Thurdays to Sundays until  5h30. https://www.facebook.com/www.letambour.fr?rf=260491870664914

Hold on ,there is a museum for Yves-Saint-Laurent coming in 2017. You will see about 5000 dresses, 15000 accessories ,thousands of croquis drawings, planches of the collection and photographs. The museum will be at 5 avenue de Marceau, (16éme). This was the seat of the fashion house from 1974 to 2004 and it is since 2002 the home of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent. http://www.fondation-pb-ysl.net/fr/Accueil-Fondation-Pierre-Berge-Yves-Saint-Laurent-575.html
You will see at la Villette 50 yrs of James Bond, April 16 to September 4 2016. At the Grande Halle de la Villette,
211, avenue Jaurès, (19éme) Adult admission  21,99 euros  . https://www.facebook.com/events/1507717552867101/ and this is what it is the Grande Halle de la Villette, http://lavillette.com/professionnels/locations-despaces/grande-halle-villette/
Oh well these are just a few, my favorite, of course France ,Paris has a lot more/ Enjoy it.

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