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July 17, 2016

Plougastel-Daoulas, remember the name!

Well here ,I am ,again, this town has magic. I have been in it several times including to celebrate my sons birthdays but now in rapid fire postings on it,  realise ,my last post on it dates from Nov 17, 2012!!! exactly the birthday of my twin boys lol!

Plougastel-Daoulas is full of tradition, and the only town in Brittany where stepping into a bistro you can hear Breton language been spoken!  The tourist office is here: http://www.brest-terres-oceanes.fr/office-de-tourisme/office-de-tourisme-de-brest-metropole-bureau-de-plougastel-daoulas

And the regional Brittany office on it here :http://www.tourismebretagne.com/decouvrir-les-destinations/brest-terres-oceanes/les-incontournables/de-la-presqu-ile-de-plougastel-daoulas-a-logonna-daoulas

The city of Plougastel on tourism here: http://www.mairie-plougastel.fr/tourisme/decouvrir/patrimoine/

And the region in English here: http://www.finisterebrittany.com/parish-closes-Brittany

You come in on the N165 expressway and take exit 33A to centre or city center/downtown. there is parking in there easy to find always around the Church/Calvary unless service is going on.

The first that you see is the Church of Saint Peter (église Saint Pierre) rising above the place de l’église, monumental front and great belltower. The Church was built in 1870 amazingly new for French timelines and was destroyed during the bombings of 1944. It was rebuilt as it is today in 1950.  The current Church was rebuilt in crossshaped, style  with a recessed Spire, a nave of five bays with aisles, a crossroads with lantern and wings at the centre of which is the choir, then another nave of three bays with aisles terminated by a right chevet. The Church of the 19Ct has retained a beautiful retable of the Rosary (dated 1654-1656) and topped by an altar the tomb of 16C (sse photo of Fallen Christ). The modern altar, made with marble of Mayenne dedicated in 1957.  There is a path of modern cross and the baptismal fonts from the 12C. The Church houses a statue of St. Peter and a Pietà. Nice.

Right behind it or to the side as you wish ;lies the Calvary or Closed Parish. This is a tremendous beautiful gorgeous magnificent calvary that is a must see even passing just for it is good. My best in the region simple yet detailing of such love and history of Christ. It was first built in 1602-1604 and restored in 1860. It was originally done to bear thanks for the eradication of the black death épidémies of the region; the original date is Under the statue of Christ.It has 171 statuettes giving life to the calvary. the frieze is decorated with a multitude of bas-reliefs depicting the life of Jesus Christ. There is the Nativity, the flight to Egypt, the Last Supper, and the washing of the feet. The great drama of the passion then unfolds in an army of actors among different groups of statuettes. One is the one depicting the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ in Jérusalem. It is old done in kersanton granite stone dominated by three large crosses in the center.  Destroyed during the period of the terror (French revolution), it was restored again after the liberation after been damaged during the siege of Brest(WWII).

Right in the place de l’église and to the side of the Church you see the fountain of the imagery or fontaine de l’imageur. This fountain is indeed rich in symbols, evocative of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela(St James/St Jacques).  But beyond the symbols, carved in granite and bronze for any other reasons, the story of this fountain tells Saint James in several ways rendering honor to those artists, painters and sculptors who builds these calvaries, retables etc.

And of course, as in all these trips , we need to eat. We came back to our favorite where we have held our twin boys birthdays and the folks are really friendly; even setting up a table for us in the middle of the square or place de l’église overlooking the wonderful Church Saint Peter/église St Pierre. Le Bistrot de Plougastel resto we had our mussels and fries and fish and chips with tall glasses of Royal Beer (pints) for 18€ per person. No direct webpage but a French site on reviews all good here: http://leclubdesbonsvivants.com/restaurant/Bretagne/Finistere/Plougastel-Daoulas/29215808/BISTROT-DE-PLOUGASTEL/carte-et-menus.0.html

For desserts we just walk around the Church to the Boulangerie/Pâtesserie/Salon de Thé Mulliner on 5 Rue de l’Église. Here we had several sweets and sodas, such as belle hélene, trois chocolates, etc all for 2€ each and serve on the table! Recognise as the best in Plougastel-Daoulas. info to find it here: https://www.yelp.fr/biz/milliner-guy-plougastel-daoulas

Enjoy your Sunday , I am heading out again ::) Cheers

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July 17, 2016

Plougastel-Daoulas Museum of the Strawberry and Heritage

This is a small museum fully loaded that on our trips here missed each time due to timing. The Saturday hours starts at 14h to 18H. It is the Musée de la Fraise & du Patrimoine; right in city center. 5€ adult admission is fair.

The webpage is here: http://musee-fraise.net/

You can see it from the Church of St Pierre (more later post), the back of it, nicely decorated in mosaics; and if you go around to your right past the tourist office ,there is the main entrance to the museum ; a very nice modern buiding on two floors.

The first floor tells you the history of the strawberry and the commerce with Europe ,especially England. From types of strawberries to harvesting, collecting, and packagings; as well as shipping it. It tells you the strawberries here are the local variety and the white strawberry brought all the way from Chile in South America. And yes the strawberries here are the best, we buy them in all kinds of versions yoghurts are great!

The second floor or 1er étage here, tells you about the traditions , customs of the local Breton families and paintings/objects of arts depicting the life and time of the area and the strawberry harvesters. You can taste them in the boutique below where you will find very nice objects dedicated to the strawberry. We got our jams and tea flavor strawberry .

The welcome is very friendly and informative and the family trip is wonderful;especially as it involves food lol!  Enjoy it on your way in the area or if visiting bigger towns like Brest across the passage and the Iroise bridge. Have a great Sunday!

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July 17, 2016

Brest 2016, the sailing capital of the world;for a few days…

On a nice sunny Sunday I report to you the sailing event of the year, the Brest 2016. A wonderful event with beautiful boats and family entertainement. Well, the first time I came by here not knowing about the sailing event; saw  mobs of people ,and great traffic jams ;so return and went to visit nearby places instead.

This time, yesterday, I gave it a go again;last minute decision. I saw the same traffic jams leading to Brest and parking setup where you leave your car and pay 3€ for a navette bus to take you into town. The admission price is 15€ per person a bit high for this type of event me think. So decided to take a look for free ::)

As we had zig zag the area by car several times and knowing that it has several peninsulas leading into the sea and facing Brest, went for Plougastel-Daoulas (more in other posts to come). As you past this town on the country roads without number you reach wonderful inner beautiful areas in real country.

Leading direction La Croix Neuve (new cross) you go direction Kerougar and then see signs for the harbor of Keralliou with beautiful views of the passage to Brest at sea and the bridges of Albert Louppé and l’Iroise (N165 road) to Brest. There are plenty of Oyster harvesters here for that wonderful direct purchase  from the Cooperative of Les Hûitres de Keraliou/Les Viviers.  

You come back on same road but at the small hilly traffic circle you turn right direction Kernisi. Here there is a Natural Reserve park of Kernisi and a great lookout point into the bay of Brest and the boats!!! Gorgeous views walking along a path facing the harbor of Brest across water, wooded area and hilly, stony; good shoes and good health a must. For more see the walkers assoc of dept Finistére-29 here on Kernisi: http://rando29.free.fr/randonnees/Plougastel_Kernisi/Plougastel_Kernisi.php

The tourist office part of the Brest metro area contact is here: http://www.brest-terres-oceanes.fr/office-de-tourisme/office-de-tourisme-de-brest-metropole-bureau-de-plougastel-daoulas

Even from the distance the boats look good and the trip was great for the soul and losing some kgs ::) The budget way to see the boats with large families in tow. For the festivities and planning for the next Brest sailing extravaganza here is the official site: https://www.brest2016.fr/en

Only sad part, missed seeing the Hermione, the replica boat of the Marquis de Lafayette trip to help the USA independance. It will have to be next time and better planning. In the meantime, get your budget in shape for the next one. Cheers!

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